Mountain bike race a family affair

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MORE than 100 cyclists took on the two-day Fish River Sun Mountain Bike Challenge last weekend, with Neill Clark taking the top spot overall after winning both stages.

It was the fifth edition of the annual mountain bike race, and a family-friendly affair, with many couples taking part, as well as father and son or daughter pairings tying in with Father’s Day on the final day of the race.

Stage 1 on Saturday was a 60km race, taking in some scenic gravel roads, jeeptrack and singletrack cattle paths on the eastern side of the Fish River. The stage finishes with a unique loop through the Fish River Sun golf course, crossing the bridge over the Old Woman’s River and finishing on the lawn in front of the Fish River Sun clubhouse.

Stage 2 on Sunday took place on a course in the Kap River Nature Reserve, on the western banks of the Fish River. Riders cycled among an abundance of wildlife as they took on the 50km route.

Cyclists set off at 8am on both days, enduring chilly but sunny weather.

It is a Cycling SA (CSA) sanctioned event and was run according to the rules and regulations of CSA and the Union Cycliste Internationale.

The entrant categories were for male team, female team, mixed team, solo male and solo female.

See the full story in this week’s Talk of the Town.

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