Dryland Event Management’s premier racing events – the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, and the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek, presented by Biogen – will once again boast Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) status in 2018.
The Attakwas Extreme, the traditional South African season opener will feature class three status and will form part of the 29 race strong UCI Cross-Country Marathon World Series. The event to take place on 20 January 2018 will be one of only five Marathon World Series events outside of Europe in 2018.
The Tankwa Trek, meanwhile, moves up to S1, becoming the only race in South Africa to boast that exulted status. The event has rapidly grown – since its 2013 launch – into the premier three day stage race in South Africa and for 2018 it has the UCI status to match. The upgrade from S2 to S1 means more prize money for the elite riders and more all-important UCI points will be on offer during the event which takes place from the 8-11 February 2018. With the UCI MTB World Cup season kicking off in South Africa on 10 March 2018, the 120 points on offer for both members of the victorious elite men’s and women’s teams at the Tankwa Trek will be fiercely contested. Victory at the Tankwa Trek will secure riders more UCI points than winning their national cross country title, making participation a virtual must for any rider looking to start on the first three rows of the grid at the opening round of the UCI MTB World Cup.
The final UCI event in the Dryland Event Management stable is the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek presented by Biogen, retains its S2 status for 2018 as the event moves into an exciting new era with its tenth edition. The 2018 Cape Pioneer Trek will take place from Sunday, 14 – 20 October 2018 and is set to include a prologue and a mid-race time trial in a diverse route which explores three distinct Southern Cape biomes. In its tenth edition the event will undergo arguably its biggest change yet, as Dryland Event Management introduced a four day taste of the Race with Soul – the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure.
Running concurrently to the main event the Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure will start on 17 October 2018 in George, and conclude on 20 October 2018 in Oudtshoorn. The stages will include a time trial through the forest singletracks of George, the traditional ascent of the Montagu Pass and crossing of the Klein Karoo to Oudtshoorn, the Queen Stage which concludes at the summit of the Swartberg Pass and the Grand Finale. In total the route will cover roughly 280 kilometres and provide riders with an intoxicating introduction to the world of week-long stage racing.
Riders entering the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure, presented by Biogen, will take part in the solo categories and there will be no racing awards, to help keep the focus on enjoying the experience.
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