“The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is proper-mountain biking,” says De Groot. “I was a newbie to the Magalies Monster last year. I had been warned that it was a hard race. It certainly delivered on its promise and gave me a good workout. In terms of climbing, descents and also the technical aspect, it’s a nice hard route.”
“My approach to racing is generally stress-free,” continues De Groot. “Returning as the defending champion doesn’t result in added pressure. I know that once I pedal my bike, it all falls into place. I just focus on the moment. It is always nice to defend a title. My advice to newcomers to the Monster is to come in with a pretty good fitness level. Don’t be frightened of the rocky terrain. These days the bicycles handle the terrain pretty well.”
Professional Sports Coach, Nico Sterk will be gunning for a top five position in the men’s race. “In 2013 I secured my personal best Magalies Monster result, a second spot on the podium. I wouldn’t miss the event for the world. It is without a doubt one of the bucket list events for all cycling enthusiasts in South Africa. You cannot call yourself a mountain biker if you have not conquered the Monster. We wear the finisher’s t-shirt with pride.”
For more information on the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic or FNB Platinum Trail Run contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email email@example.com or visit www.stillwatersports.com.