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The new Liberty 250 road and mountain bike stage race which takes place in the Ballito area of the KwaZulu-Natal north coast in August ticks many boxes for South African cyclists and could turn out to be the next big event on the race calendar.
South Africa’s newest most exciting Team Road Cycle Racing, Team Mountain Bike Racing and Trail Running event will be held on the 10th, 11th and 12th August 2018 at Sugar Rush Park west of Ballito on the KZN North Coast.
Road riders riding in the Liberty 250 have a chance to compete in a 250km, three-day, four-man team stage race on the rolling roads in the Ballito area. Mountain bikers riding the Liberty 150, will be able to enjoy 150km of the sublime Holla Trails in their event for two-man teams, also over three days.
Mountain bikers are used to competing teams in multi-day stage races, but for the average weekend warrior road cyclist the concept is relatively rare and should provide lots of intrigue and excitement as tactics develop out on the road.
Both events will start and finish at the Sugar Rush Park on the outskirts of Ballito with the race village and all activities based at the popular cycle park.
The road riders’ three days begin with an undulating 124km opening stage on Friday, August 10. They follow that up with an 86km ride that contains some testing hills on the Saturday, and then wrap up the event with a fast 39km on Sunday, 12 August. The road riders will compete in four-man teams, with the third-rider’s time counting for each day’s result.
On each of the first two days there will be three King of the Mountain Hot Spots for the road riders, with the first complete team to reach the pinnacle of each climb claiming the prize. The fast, flat third day will have a Sprint Prime at about 24km.
Holla Trails are putting together a new single track-laden route for the mountain bikers with the course for two-man teams featuring new and existing trails of about 65km on Friday, 53km on Saturday and wrapping up with a 32km challenge on Sunday.
Both the road and the MTB event will offer prizes in all-male, all-female and mixed categories. Solo riders can compete but are not eligible for category prizes.
Both events will be chip timed with riders receiving timing chips in their race packs, along with a top-quality race jacket and an impressive goodie bag. The entry fee of R1 500 per rider also includes a meal and drink each day, as well as well-stocked water points, mechanical backup and medals to all finishers.
All male participants 45 and under
All male participants 46 and over
All female participants 40 and under
All female participants 41 and over
Mixed: Any ages
2 men and 2 women
1 man and 3 women
To note a team of 3 men and 1 woman will be taken as an All Male team. If the men are from both age catagories the the team will be in the 45 and under catagory.
The 9 August is a public holiday making this event ideal for local and inland cyclists and runners. Make a long weekend of it and come and enjoy The Liberty. There is something for the whole family.