Although labelled “tricky” and “steep”, there are some B-lines for those who are not so confident to hit the hard sections, yet there are still a number of obstacles that will put technical abilities to the test.
Hicks says that the Giba Gorge MTB Park downhill track is the roughest of the provincial season, with its natural, raw rock garden extending for some 250 metres from just below the start. With the inclusion of the round as part of the National Points log, the track has been extended with a new step-up above the rocks and the addition of a new slick rock section high up on the course.
“A couple of changes are likely to be made near the bottom too, to aid in the spectacle of the riders sending some big hucks to the finish line,” says Hicks.
Although being one of the more technical tracks on the KwaZulu-Natal MTB calendar the track is not known for big airs, with the riders having to tackle the mentally and physically jarring rocks before entering a fast flowing middle section with a steep off cambers and natural fade-aways to the finish.
Newer riders fear not, as the track is totally ride-able with B-lines around the one large drop on the course. All other obstacles are designed with safety in mind and are fully roll-able.
As a tip of advice offered to all at the top of the hill before their giving their all – Hicks says:
“With Giba being a relatively short track with a steep overall gradient (25% average) and limited pedalling sections, the track requires absolute precision from the riders if they want to lay down a good time. The smallest of mistakes can put paid to a medal as the times are always exceptionally close on this track.”
KZNMTB would once again like to thank both Giba Gorge MTB Park and landowner Brian Zorg of Hillcrest Lawn Mower Centre for their continued support towards Downhill racing and allowing the event to take place on their properties and utilise his access roads.
Enduro course designer, Guy Ronaldson talked us through the Enduro track: “We have two trails on the blue side and a few inter-linking trails as well, and we’re adding one or two new pieces being built as we speak.
“On the freeway side we have two exciting trails, which start at the top of the main line. Stage three is the old Enduro course, including the “Three Bridges Backwards”.
Ronaldson said that the Queen stage (stage four) includes some great pallet jumps. “What’s also cool is that we have a lot of B-lines around the sections, and this course leads down to the restaurant. In the middle of stage four, however, riders will have to huff and puff quite a bit, as there is a steep climb of about 10-15 metres,” he added.
The family-fun sport of Enduro is an ever-growing discipline, and knits well with the personalities and general way of the people of KwaZulu-Natal. “Enduro is a really cool and exciting fun thing to do. It combines gravity with the need to pedal everywhere. It’s totally relaxed and fun,” he concluded.
Round two of the 2016 KZNMTB Provincial Enduro/DHI Series – presented by Greg Minnaar Cycles takes place at Giba Gorge MTB Park (near Pinetown) on Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March respectively.
For more information, contact Rebecca van der Linde email@example.com.