First National Bank has announced that it will forge new sponsorship trails as official prize money sponsor to the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 mountain bike race, which takes place around Knysna in February next year. Race organiser Louise Wilson of Garden Route Events said the financial institution’s involvement was “massively exciting” as it meant that the prize purse would almost double for the third edition of the three-day event. Wilson said the R70 000 cash injection would enable them to attract some of the country’s top riders and grow the 300km race, which was recently rated as offering the best value for money per kilometre in an online poll. She said R50 000 would go to the overall winners, while the remaining R20 000 would be given away in three daily lucky draws, affording all entrants the chance to walk away as winners. “Good sponsorship is essential to maintain the level of service mountain bikers have come to expect from our stage races.” According to FNB provincial head for the Western Cape, Stephan Claassen, the institution preferred to avoid high-profile sports and rather took the road less travelled when it came to sponsoring events. “First National Bank believes in investing in sponsorships that will contribute to the development of the community as a whole,” said Claassen. As a community engagement brand, he said the bank’s sponsorship decisions were based on the particular merits of each event. “Our ongoing strategy is to support local events that demonstrate the potential for growth. This also gives us the opportunity to actively show our support for the local economies and businesses within our communities.” Claassen said FNB was delighted to be involved with one of the premium cycling events on the national calendar. “The event epitomises the values associated with the sport – healthy living, outdoor activity and a focus on family. FNB places a great deal of emphasis on our values and principles, so mountain . . .
The newly-announced Moon to Noon endurance race around Knysna will keep adventurous mountain bikers quite literally in the dark when they ride out at midnight on Friday, October 26. In contrast to other long-distance events, which start in the day and finishes at night, the inaugural 170km race will set out under the stars and roll on into the early hours of Saturday morning. “It’s all about seeing that there’s a different way to ride these events,” said race organiser Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events, who is also the mastermind behind the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 and RE-CM Knysna 200 three-day stage races. “It really levels the playing fields for pros and backmarkers alike, because from 12 to five o’clock they’ve all got to deal with the darkness.” He said night racing offered some special challenges for riders. “You are essentially riding in a bubble and have to learn to trust yourself and your partner.” Because of safety concerns, the field is limited to 300 and Mosterd said no solo riders would be allowed. According to him, the event also presented a range of logistical challenges for organisers. “The race is divided between dark and light, with a compulsory halfway stop at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains. “We go over at first light and no vehicles or lead bikes can follow. So our whole safety and support infrastructure is split in two on either side.” At 1 100 metres above sea level, riders would summit on a section of a hiking trail belonging to Garden Route National Park, said Mosterd. “On the other side, there’s a 10km downhill, so we want everyone to be fresh and make sure that their brakes are working.” Mosterd said the route started in Rheenendal just outside Knysna. “It goes through indigenous forest and then there’s a nice open road for about 10km so everybody will have a chance to find their positions.” He expected the racing to start in earnest on the descent into the well-known Hydro, which is part . . .
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