Cyclists eager to beat the rush have been registering their entries for the 2008 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Mountain Bike Challenge, taking place on 2 March 2008, and some of the top contenders have been making sure their form will be top-form.
Teamed with Amy Jane Mundy for their victory in the Sabie Experience just completed, 2007 MTB winner Sara Muhl has demonstrated the standard at which the elite women can expect to perform, to stand a chance of a podium finish.
And while entries are only scheduled to close on 31 January 2008, the unprecedented demand for entries could result in the entry limit of 3,500 riders being reached a lot sooner than anticipated.
"The event has enjoyed such phenomenal growth over the past number of years that we can no longer accept late entries," says Arina Botha, co-organiser of the Mountain Bike Challenge.
"We therefore urge cyclists to secure their entries early to avoid disappointment." This is the sixth time that Boschendal Wine Estate plays host to the event, which takes cyclists on some of the most picturesque routes in the country.
Preceding the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, the Mountain Bike Challenge offers a varied playing field for participants of all ages, skill and fitness levels.
- The flat and shady 13km fun ride which is geared towards families, children and beginners;
- The adventurous and popular 26km route;
- The all new 35km challenge, perfect for 26km graduates looking for a new challenge; or
- The 55km marathon for very experienced and technically skilled riders.