There’s high interest in the fourth and final round of the 2022 Gauteng XCO Series, presented by Suzuki – partly because Round 3 was cancelled due to heavy rain and partly because it’s at a brand new venue in the very south of the province.
With dry weather predicted for Saturday, a large field is expected to contest a range of category podium places for the event as well as the slightly abbreviated 2022 series positions. There’s also the inter-schools points battle being contested, which has added another layer of interest to the series in 2022.
The new venue is Race Craft, which is situated at Stonehaven on Vaal, a country restaurant and functions venue on the banks of the Vaal River at Vanderbijlpark. There are three courses:
- Provincial XCO: 4.05km lap with 60 metres of ascent
- Provincial XCO Short: 1.67km with 21m of ascent
- XCO Lite: 1.57km with 21m of ascent
Nippers and Sprogs will use the Short course, which is part of the Provincial XCO lap, while XCO Lite have a separate course.
What the courses lack in gradient, they make up for in flow, with a high number of turns and small rises and descents.
“It’s unfortunate that we had to postpone and then ultimately cancel Round 3 last month, but the weather just wasn’t in our favour. What that has done though is elevate the value of the points on offer at this fourth and final round of the series,” said Paola Damilano, Gauteng XCO Series organiser.
Suzuki is the presenting sponsor the 2022 Gauteng XCO Series. Other brands that have invested in the sponsoring the Gauteng XCO Series are EcoLogic (bike wash products), 100% (eyewear products), 32 GI (performance supplements), Med Guys (medical support) and SHRED (media partner).
Online entry closes at 22h00 on Thursday 5 May 2022 and can be done here.
For more information, contact Paola on 083 2523752 or firstname.lastname@example.org