Three days of intense racing in the Magoebaskloof mountains saw the final stage of The Magoeba mountain bike stage race climaxing in an extremely exciting finishing stage. From Friday 24 to Sunday 26 August, cyclists tackled tough climbs, freshly made single track and exhilarating descents through a wide range of terrain offering incredible views of the area.
The field of riders, who competed in either the 40km/day Trail or the 70km/day Race, was made up of many local riders, a large contingent of cyclists from elsewhere in South Africa, as well as participants from Botswana and Namibia. Several pro teams completed the field, taking the level of racing to new heights.
In the men’s category, the Pyga Eurosteel combination of Pieter du Toi and Phillip Buys proved unbeatable, while Amy Beth McDougall and Sam Sanders of Dormakaba took the win for the ladies and local BF Petroleum team from Polokwane, Janine Muller and Heinro Malan team category.
“The first two days were super challenging and there was a mix of everything. It’s a brilliant way to challenge yourself and loads of fun, the vibe has been amazing and the food was spectacular,” said McDougall. ‘It was a proper race. Day three was super fun and a beautiful way to finish. Super well done to the organisers.”
The Pyga Eurosteel team, riding in the area for the first time, thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. “It’s our first time racing this area in Limpopo. The scenery was great and the race venue makes for a fun event. The guys putting up this event for the first time really did a great job,” said Phillip Buys.
The event was organized by Magoebaskloof Adventures and Rotary, and couldn’t have been done without the immense input of key sponsors, Insect Science, BF Petroleum, Talisman, Spar and Miami.
The Magoeba aims to grow from strength to strength and will certainly be one to watch on the 2019 mountain biking calendar.
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Why did we want to host a mountain bike stage race in Haenertsburg, you may ask? While the local mountain bikers may roll their eyes at such an ignorant question, I am happy to elaborate a little.
Magoebaskloof has some of the best, yet unexplored mountain biking terrain in the country – it is extraordinarily beautiful, it is diverse, it is challenging and last but not least, it is only four hours away from Johannesburg, Gauteng. This makes it perfect for you to leave the hustle and bustle of the city and participate in a stage race without having to board an airplane and deal with the drama of transporting your bicycle down to the Cape.
It is actually quite strange that it has taken so long for a stage race to be organised in Limpopo. With so much to offer, one may consider it a no-brainer and for years we did actually hear rumours of a stage race that was in the throes of being organized. So-and-so was always said to be doing it, and then…nothing. One day after years of this rumour amounting to nothing, all the passionate mountain bikers decided to team up and… viola…the project got off the ground!
This combined team-effort has turned out to be a very good thing too. You see, mountain bikers are very discerning about the standard of race that they expect and as race organisers we take this very seriously. Our goal is to showcase the very best that our beautiful province has to offer and to deliver a world-class mountain bike stage race which is no small feat. It literally takes a village!
We certainly can’t wait for August and we do hope to see you at Cheerio Gardens where our race village will be stationed. It is going to and exciting ride! Get your entry in today!
The Magoeba 3-day MTB stage race is set to become Limpopo’s premier mountain bike stage race this August. As one of the latest mountain bike stage races on the South African racing calendar, this big new challenge offers a completely different adventure for cyclists who have previously had little opportunity to explore the majestic Magoebaskloof mountains on two wheels.
Having a new race in the vast Limpopo province also offers sponsors an excellent opportunity to connect with a niche audience, improve brand recognition and engage existing clients in the region.
Mountain bikers are a gutsy, loyal, service-oriented group of people looking for great quality products with excellent service. They’re fun, adventurous, passionate and community oriented.
If you have a great brand that fits this profile and are looking for the perfect target audience in Limpopo, get in touch with us and we’ll make the right connection between our incredible race experience and your brand!
With mountain biking now considered to be ‘the new golf’ there’s no better way to build your brand connect, network and have fun with a diverse audience of likeminded people.