The E-Volution Of Mountain Biking

The 2018 Glacier Stormsriver Traverse - Image by www.zcmc.co.za

Dryland Event Management have announced the inclusion of an E-Bike category for a selected few of their mountain biking events. As one of South Africa’s leading event companies, this comes as monumental news as a new door of opportunity opens for all riders – irrespective of their fitness or ability.

“We have constant enquiries about the inclusion of an E-Bike category at our events and realised that there is a growing demand for it. Not many events allow E-Bikes, but they definitely have their place. This category will provide equal opportunity for riders to explore the unique areas of South Africa that our events showcase,” explained Henco Rademeyer, director of Dryland Event Management.

One of the first events selected for an E-Bike category is the Glacier Storms River Traverse, which takes place from 9-11 August. With manageable daily distances and scenic trails that traverse the Tsitsikamma Forest, the event is every adventure-seekers utopia.

The Glacier Cradle Traverse is another Dryland event that has been chosen for similar reasons. With exclusive trails in Gauteng and a non-competitive atmosphere, the stage race is the perfect fit for E-Bikes.

Riders will be particularly excited to discover that the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge has also been added to the E-Bike list. The one-day race is a real classic on the Dryland calendar and offers the unique opportunity to explore Seweweekspoort – an iconic mountain ravine near Ladismith.

It might come as a surprise for some that the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure presented by Biogen will also be offering an E-Bike category this year. The four-day event forms part of the longer seven-day stage race, which is renowned for its world-class trails and highly competitive field.

Perhaps even more surprising is the addition of an E-Bike class to the Momentum Health Attakwas Half presented by Biogen. With the 52km route, E-Bike riders will now get a taste of the one-day race deemed as the toughest South Africa has to offer.

Rademeyer carefully explained, “We want E-Bike riders to be able to test themselves and experience the reward of conquering some of our tougher events. In no way, however, will these riders be allowed to influence the outcome of the racing element of these events. They will not be allowed near the top half of the race during the event and will start separately.”

All five events have grown in stature and popularity in both local and international circles over the years, and are set to attract even more cyclists with the exciting addition of an E-Bike Class.