Exciting New Cycle Challenge in KZN!
The Liberty 250, a new event on the cycling calendar, offers TWO new three-day stage races to suit every cycling enthusiast’s taste. For the roadies there will be three days of scintialting racing on tar, and for the mountain bikers three days of adventure await! In both races there will be prizes for the fastest male, female and mixed teams. Solo riders may take part, but will not be eligible for prizes.
The brainchild of Barry Holland, director of the Race Organisation Company (ROC), these races are going to offer riders something new. “The cycling calendar may already be full, but we believe there is room for something fresh and exciting, and the Liberty 250 is just that, something that every cyclist can take on while riding some of the best routes in the country! It is also worth noting that this is the first major cycling event on the North Coast of Kwazulu Natal.” says Barry.
Happening from the 10th to the 12th of August 2018, the two three-day stage races are just waiting for you to do one thing, enter, so click on the link below and enter today!
Liberty 250 Road Race
All stages start and finish at Sugar Rush Park, making it easy for the riders, as no shuttles will be needed to get back to the start each day. Stage one features an undulating 124km route that will challenge those fresh legs as teams of four and two embark on their three-day journey. The second day will see a shorter 87km with some sharp, steep climbs to make sure riders are challenged, but also rewarded with beautiful views at the top of each climb! The last day sees an easy 39km to spin out the legs, making sure that the first day back in the office won’t be too bad!
While riders who will race in teams of four, only the top three riders’ times will count towards results, so team tactics will be key. The first two days there will include three King of the Mountain Hot Spots – the first rider to reach the pinnacle will claim the prize. And to keep things exciting on day three, there will be a Sprint Hot Spot around the 24km mark, so save a little in the legs to charge for the honour of fastest rider!
Liberty 150 MTB Race
Also beginning and finishing at Sugar Rush Park, teams of two riders will be treated to some brand new single track as well as some firm favourite sections of the Holla Trails. The first day’s route is 60km of sublime riding, with a fun-filled 50km to follow on day two that will have the riders pumping down the trails at speed and flying up the hills like they aren’t even there! The third stage will see a lighter 32km ride – just enough to challenge the riders after the first two days of racing, but still finishing with big smiles on their faces!
But how much does it cost?
We know that race entry fees have sky-rocketed and budgets are even tighter after the fuel price increase, so the good news is that for both the road and MTB races, you will only pay an entry fee of R1500 per rider per race! That’s just R500 a day to ride some of the best routes in the country! Riders will also receive a top quality race top, an impressive goodie bag, a meal and drink each day, as well as well-stocked water points and mechanical back-up should anything go wrong. And of course, to reward you for all your hard effort on the bike, a medal for every finisher!