Mountain Biking News
The MTB section of the club.
Known as the ‘Mambas‘, this section is growing from strength to strength; supporting training rides for all levels of recreation and competitive cycling.
The manicured 8km MTB track @ at Amanzimtoti Sports Centre is constantly being maintained and is well marked with black arrows on white boards.
Mambas have booked the track for the club to ride it, on Thursdays from 4:30pm to 6pm. Anyone is welcome to ride the track to improve their skills. The club also arranges rides every Sunday afternoon from 3pm for those who are true beginners to mountain biking.
The rest of the time it will be used by others i.e. Amanzimtoti Athletic Club for the use of their cross country. Walkers are welcome, too, with or without their dogs.
Sections of the track have been affectionately named, so look out for them! There are easier sections to ride, known as the “Chicken run”, for those who are less brave, and for the more adventurous or experienced riders, there are the “Bull runs”.
We all need to be aware of the rules of the track, which are quite simply:
- Run or walk in the opposite direction of riders so that each can see the other and try not to crash!
- Preferably 3 people should ride together – one to seek help and one to remain with the incident.
Please always wear a helmet as no helmet no ride rule applies. Follow the track in the directions of the arrows and do not go against the flow of other riders.
Just a hint of warning: don’t ride on your own as minor incidents have occurred.
If you are a beginner MTB rider and need to know more about MTB with our club, you can contact the Club Chairman, Barry Walker, on 0834598253 or our MTB Club Captain, Shaun Heinze, on 074 848 7405. We request that you can ride at least 20km comfortably on the road.
Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in South Africa and our aim is to make it easier for the new rider to get from the purchase of their bike to riding the trails and entering their first race.
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