It’s time for the Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run Weekend, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the popular South Coast event, and trail runners and mountain bikers can look forward to sublime racing conditions after near perfect weather conditions in the build-up to the event.
Flavio Scarpa, the founder and the driving force behind the event, which forms Round Two of the South Coast Fever MTB Series, says the rains last week were light, giving the trails a mild soak.
“They are riding and running absolutely beautifully,” gushed Scarpa, whose original idea to start the event as a fundraiser for Cycling For Mobility will be celebrated at the tenth anniversary festival this weekend.
Scarpa said he was looking forward to the riders and runners reactions to a new bridge that he and his son Angelo have built at the ten kilometre mark as part of his drive to continue improving the route.
The 40km ride will take the riders on well-known single track and also into an ever-evolving area of Scottburgh where some residential development and a new Sappi logging yard are being built.
“It will be the most interesting and probably the best trail conditions in the past ten years,” said Scarpa.
He said that the trails had matured well over the years and were always fine-tuned before the race, but added that he would always strive to stay true to the Scottburgh philosophy of “raw and untamed” trails.
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Photo: There are many elements to the Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run Weekend that have made it such a popular event over the past ten years including the river crossings that riders must negotiate along the route. (Anthony Grote/Gameplan Media)