Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run host outdoor race once again
The Sappi Scottburgh Mountain Bike and Trail Run becomes the first event to allow mountain bikers and trail runners to formally get back to provincial competitions.
This will be allowed when a modified virtual event that will signal resumption of the Quattro ROAG Series is to be hosted on Friday 28 August.
Under level two lockdown regulations, event organisers will allow riders and runners to cover the required distances over appropriate terrain close to them. Some who wish to can travel to Scottburgh where Flavio Scarpa, the race boss arranged for the trails to be available to participants to enjoy.
According to an article by Southlands Sun, Scarpa staged this unusual format of races to ensure that the event maintained its support for Cycling4Mobility, the charity is central to the South Coast classic.
“We want to make sure that we kept Cycling4Moblity involved and supported them whichever way we could this year” Scarpa said.
Virtual events in the recent past had been done indoors on tread mills and static trainers, but Scarpa decided to switch up the game this time allowing runners and riders to virtually join. However, riders and runners that are doing this have to follow two set rules: riders must be outside and do the distances over real terrain and all running, and riding must be done off-road.
The event is offering runners a 5km and 12 km option to choose from while bikers are offered a 10km, 22km and 42 km distance to choose from. Prices will also be given away at the event for the most elevation gained, a selfie competition as well as lucky draw prizes will also be up for grabs for those taking part. Entry fees cost R50.
Picture: Dave Macleod