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About the Race

What started out as a dream is now a reality.  Having taken part in various stage races around South Africa, as well as often riding in the Howick/Karkloof region, we had a huge desire to bring a stage race to the KZN Midlands.

We identified that whilst there are amazing multiple stage races around the country it was time for something different.

What we aim to achieve is to have mountain bikers of all levels enjoying our event. There will be something for everyone, but most importantly the Midlands Stage Race will be an event that is accessible to all. If you are a weekend warrior or a person with an extremely busy life, committed to family or work or both and don’t have the time to train all day every day and want to experience and enjoy a stage race, then this is the one for you.

We need to add that those of you who are mountain biking machines, will love doing this race too, as you will have the afternoons to chill and chat with your friends and maybe family if you are a husband/wife or parent/child team. There will be time to have a few beers or a cold wine, comfortable in the knowledge that a fun (but thrilling) ride awaits you the next day.

Remember this is a brand new event and you will be riding a mix of existing trails as well as trails created for this event ONLY! The routes will be through Sappi commercial plantations, jeep track, single track and along public gravel. Iconic points of interest have been purposefully included to expose you to the beauty and history of the Midlands area.

The routes have been created to make this event fast for those aiming for a podium finish but also easily manageable for the rider who is entering to experience their first stage race event. The emphasis is on fun for all.

In accordance with Cycling South Africa (CSA) rules we have made provision for junior age category riders to partake. These distances are shorter yet just as much fun. By doing this we are giving the younger riders the opportunity to experience stage racing, gain experience and mature to the full distance event.

All 3 days of the event start and finish at Howick High School situated in Howick, KZN. This ensures easy access for all participants as well as avoiding the hassle of traveling to different venues each day.

EPIC   |   Three Day Event

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The Epic

Date 29 June – 01 July 2018
Registration Thursday, 28 June 2018
Venue Howick High School
Distance Day 1: 56 km
Day 2: 55 km
Day 3: 50 km

EXPLORER   |   Two Day Event

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The Explorer

Date 30 June – 01 July 2018
Registration Friday, 29 June 2018
Venue Howick High School
Distance Day 1: 55km  (full)
Day 2: 50km  (full)
U14 Day 1: 23km  (half)
U14 Day 2: 21km  (half)

SCOUT   |   10km Kids Ride

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The Scout

Date 01 July 2018
Registration Sunday, 01 July 2018
Venue Howick High School
Distance 10km

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Race Ambassador

Natalie Bergström

I was a late comer into the sport of cycling starting in 2011 at the ripe age of 38 years old. I’m a mom of 2 gorgeous girls (Cheyenne and Alea), a wife and very happily married to the man behind my sport, my husband and best friend Neville. Without my family team behind me, the past 6 years competitive racing wouldn’t have been possible or successful. The commitment, dedication and time is the receipt to success.

I’ve won numerous races over the past 6 years, and I still love riding my bike, however 2018 will be filled with new adventures and challengers!

It’s my time, my space and most of all keeps me sane. I don’t have to worry about anything, just think about the next kilometre or next adventure!

“It only takes you and your goals to reach your dreams”

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