The re-implementation and extension of Lockdown Level 3 has dealt another blow to an already ailing mountain bike events market in South Africa. But the Covid-19-compliant format of the Pursuit Challenge offers some form of hope for competitive mountain bikers. Here’s the lowdown.
Traditional racing is off limits during Lockdown Level 3, but the Pursuit Challenge gives amateurs and pros a chance to stay competitive.
Pursuit Challenge was started by Francois Theron, who is a partner at Buffelsdrift Trail Park. The former pro mountain bike racer is firmly in tune with the market, particularly in Gauteng, where around 50% of mountain bikers live. Understanding the high level of competitiveness among South African mountain bikers he developed the Pursuit Challenge to offer competition during lockdown when traditional events are unable to be held.
Round 3 of the the Pursuit Challenge takes place over four days at Buffelsdrift Trail Park, just north of Pretoria. You get to start your challenge any time that suits you from Thursday 21 until Sunday 24 January 2021.
The distance is a very manageable 45km with 426 metres of ascent and the route will incorporate a range of the park’s trails with the biggest climb coming at the start and flowing riverside singletrack providing a memorable end.
There is an entry fee of R299 which includes entrance to Buffelsdrift Trail Park for the event, a goody bag worth R500 (collected at the start), a hydration station on the race route and a finisher sticker and digital certificate, with refreshment drink at the finish.
There are prizes for category winners (couriered to their homes) and prize money for the top Elite riders.
For more information or to enter click here. https://pursuitchallenge.co.za/buffelsdrift/