It will be man against nature all over again when the second series of the Ultimate Cycle Base Kgale Cross Country Series race will be held this coming weekend. Consisting of a trail run and mountain bike challenge, the annual race, which is hosted around Gaborone’s most challenging terrains is considered one of the toughest.
According to Game Mompe of Ultimate Cycle Base Botswana, who are the race organisers, the second series will start and finish at scenic Waga Gardens.
“For 2017 participants can expect an improved challenge. We will have both the trail run and mountain bike challenge on the same morning and on the same route,” she said. Mompe said this year a lot of energy has been focused on establishing the most challenging but scenic route. “Although it’s a loop race like it has been the previous years, this year we will have it along the beautiful Notwane River and around Gaborone Game Reserve back to Waga Gardens. The trail run will start at 7am and participants have the option of running 12 or 15 kilometres,” she explained.
She said the mountain bike challenge is expected to start at 9.30am right after the trail run. “The mountain bike challenge is broken down into categories. The first is a single lap of 15km. The second category is the 30m double lap and the third one is the 45km triple lap,” Mompe said. Mompe said biking participants would be awarded bronze, silver and gold medals for completing the race while runners will receive a standard completer’s medal. According to Mompe, there will be price money to appreciate those who beat other participants with time in the 45km mountain bike challenge.
“First price is P2 000, second price is P1 500 and third price is P1 000 for both male and female participants,” she said.
“To appreciate those who do well in the 30km mountain bike challenge Mompe said the first price is P1 000, second is P500 and third price is P250,” said Mompe. She said those who do well in the trail run will be awarded vouchers. “We will give out gaming vouchers to spend at Ultimate Cycle Base Botswana to the tune of P1 500. In addition to that there will be a raffle open to everyone where the winner will walk away with a brand new bike from our store,” she said.
According to Mompe, the challenge keeps raking in more numbers every year. She said in April despite the event clashing with a public holiday, they managed to attract over 100 participants.
“Today as we speak, we have already sold over half of the tickets and still counting. This year we will provide kiddies fun rides, wellness stalls as well as a dietician at the disposal of our participants,” she added.
She said because they have made the event so family friendly she is expecting even more people to turn up. Winner of the last series of the 45km mountain bike challenge Thato Madibame said the Cross Country Challenge was worth the time and money spent on it.
“I have participated in the challenge since its inception and I strongly recommend it to anybody who has long term plans of competing internationally. It is also a chance for avid runners and cyclists to mingle and learn from each other as well as the professionals present on the day,” he advised. Tickets are still on sale for P200 until July 7 at 1pm at Ultimate Cycle Base Botswana and Pick n Pay stores in Gaborone.