Lionman race in the Mabalingwe Game Reserve, north of Pretoria will be hosting the Gauteng Nissan Trailseeker Mountain Bike Series 2016 on 28 May.
There are four race distances on offer catering for all ages and levels of fitness, while some route changes from the 2016 edition will ensure a challenging, yet rewarding experience for all entrants.
The 70km marathon will once again include the formidable climb to the Vodacom tower, the highest point in the region. The descent that follows makes the ascent worthwhile and the views of the Waterberg mountain range are simply spectacular.
There’s just under 1000m of vertical ascent in total, fairly evenly spread after a relatively flat first 15km.
The 40km race has a total of 336 metres of ascent and offers participants a good mix of terrain and vegetation. The 20km Fun Race and 10km Fun Ride are both relatively undulating with routes created to embrace the bushveld feel.
Because the event takes place entirely in the Mabalingwe Game Reserve, game sightings and close encounters are attractive feature. Resident game includes various antelope, giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, rhino, hippo and buffalo.
The organisers, Advendurance, have redesigned the format of the Nissan Trailseeker Series events for 2016 by creating two separate routes with separate starts to eliminate the risk of bottlenecking and overlapping of participants from the different distances.
In the men’s marathon, last year’s winner, HB Kruger (Team Telkom) will return to defend his title. But he’ll be up against strong opposition with the likes of Nico Bell, Gawie Combrinck (both Team NAD) and South African marathon champion, Max Knox (Valencia) notable names on the early start list.