Cyclists tackle Cullinan?s Diamond Rush route Print
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Tuesday, 18 August 2009 03:33
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Elsabé Maré

The second leg of the mountain bike endurance series lured over thousand entries of bikers to Cullinan for the Diamond Rush competition held on Saturday 18 July. This is the follow-up on the competition held at the Bronberg route.

According to the organisers of this event the run was put together to test your limits and to spend a day with your family, which everybody enjoyed. Cyclists enrolled online before the event or at Fritz Pienaar Cycles, while others added their names to the list early on Saturday at the start and finishing point at Oak Avenue, Cullinan.

A number of technical sections for the average to skilled riders were included in the 60 km run. This rider approached the single track through the cave with care
Photo: George Oosthuizen, Howling Hound Photography

The event comprised 60 km, 30 km and 10 km bike races. Each group of cyclists was sent off in batches according to experience and ability. Starting time for the 60 km run was 9 am and the winners were expected at about 11:15 am.

Schalk Botha, a 15 year old grade nine learner from Centurion, completed the 30 km run and commented, “this was my first cycling competition; I missed out on stamina especially at the many high-speed, flat areas, but I will be back”.

The latest Nissan sporting coupe chaperoned the competitors out of Oak Avenue

The Diamond Rush routes took cyclist to Horseback Africa, through the wet cave patches at Little Eden, over the wetlands owned by Petra Diamond Mine, up and over Windy Brow towards World’s View near Somabula and back again. Refreshments at control points and goody bags were distributed, with a large array of prizes at the end.

This mountain bike endurance race drew thousands of cyclists and visitors to Cullinan to share a fun-filled day. The third leg of the Nissan MTB series would most probably be the South Bound competition in September.