The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and FNB Platinum Trail Run both take place this weekend at the ATKV Buffelspoort and will offer participants beautiful views of the Magaliesberg. They are sponsored by Falke and Thule, with the Magalies Monster MTB Classic also sponsored by Olympic International and Specialized.

Givemore Mudzinganyama was last year’s FNB Platinum Trail Run winner in the 24km. Photo: David Tarpey.

“Trail runners will have more time to absorb the unique scenic surroundings of the Magaliesberg,” says Harry Schubert, course designer for both the trail run and MTB event. “What makes the FNB Platinum Trail Run special is that it runs through wonderful mixed bushveld, ravine forest and the top of a pristine mountain plateau. The longer 24km distance is regarded as one of the toughest, but most enjoyable trail running events in the country.”

Photo: Dawid Tarpey.

The 12km and 24km races follow the same routes as last year, but they will now be run in reverse. Sections of the 8km have been redirected so that it doesn’t clash with the other two. “The 8km route features mainly easy terrain from start to finish, while the 12km and 24km routes feature loose, rocky and sandy terrain.”

Philimon Sebona, last year’s winner of the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. Photo: Tobias Ginsberg.

Two MTB participants can win a R10 000 voucher and an entry into the 2018 Origin of Trails MTB Experience, both from Specialized, and one MTB participant will win an all-expenses paid trip (valued at R15 000) to also take part in the Origin of Trails MTB Experience, which takes place 24-25 November in Stellenbosch.

“The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is the North West Province’s most revered single day mountain bike (MTB) race, while the two-day Origin of Trails MTB Experience is the Western Cape’s MTB party of the year,” says Michael Meyer, Managing Director Stillwater Sports.

The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic takes place on Saturday (2 June) and the FNB Platinum Trail Run on Sunday (3 June).