Steyn City’s 947 Ride Mountain Bike Challenge a huge success

Shaun-Nick Bester and Robyn de Groot soloed to comfortable victories in the elite men’s and women’s feature races.
Shaun-Nick Bester and Robyn de Groot soloed to comfortable victories in the elite men’s and women’s feature races.

Johannesburg, November 8, 2020: Not even Covid-19 could keep mountain bike enthusiasts out of the saddle, with 1 000 riders flocking to take part in this year’s 947 Ride Mountain Bike Challenge, hosted at Steyn City.

Restrictions on mass gatherings meant that 2020’s race looked very different to previous years’ editions – but Steyn City rose to the challenge with an upgraded 50km track that had been prepared especially for the event.

This route was roundly endorsed by Faces, new owners of the event. Says the company’s Fritz Pienaar, “We were extremely excited to acquire 947 Ride Joburg and add it to our stable of events, and pleased that to host it at a venue that cherishes values closely aligned to our own: safety, community and a healthy lifestyle.”

The route developed especially for the race comprises predominantly single track, connected by sections of gravel roads and cement pathways. Richard Mitchell, Head of the Steyn City Management Association notes proudly that the trail is a diverse one, encompassing sharp climbs, grassland and lush river sections, ensuring a gritty challenge for mountain bikers who enjoy pushing their abilities.

Mitchell, who pedalled the course himself on race day, says “we had a relatively short period to prepare with the organisers, but we feel that we have done our parkland residence proud! It’s wonderful to be able to give Joburg’s mountain bikers an opportunity to do what they love best in our secure and peaceful setting. And, of course, we’re pleased that our residents will be able to enjoy the route long after the race. That’s a real boon for us, because healthy outdoor living is one of the cornerstones of the Steyn City lifestyle.”

Participants in the 947 Ride Joburg Mountain Bike Challenge gave the event the thumbs up, commenting on the pleasure of being able to ride in a country-like setting so close to the urban hub.

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