Reigning champions Erik Kleinhans and Yoland├¿ de Villiers will defend their titles at the AMArider 100Miler Ultra marathon in Malmesbury on Saturday, 22 May 2010.
According to Kleinhans, crossing the finish line first at the 2009 AMArider 100Miler was by far the most rewarding feeling of his cycling career.┬á ÔÇ£I doubt that my performance at any other race will ever be able to top that feeling.┬áThe weather on the day was atrocious, but as with all AMArider events the route was well marked┬áand enjoyable.
“I take my hat off to all riders who still participated in spite of the poor weather conditions, still participated.┬á I will never forget the event organiser Meurant Botha’s speech beforehand that went something along the line of:┬á’I know the weather is terrible, but we are not going to cancel the event, because this is a mountain bike race and we are all mountain bikers, so let’s go and ride.’┬áThat was such an empowering speech and I had such an amazing race,ÔÇØ says Kleinhans.
Defending women’ champion and marathon mountain biker De Villiers prefers a long, difficult route.┬á According to De Villiers the 2009 AMArider 100Miler Ultra marathon was extreme.┬á”Cold, wet and windy weather conditions prevailed throughout the day.┬á Any rider who finished the 2009 event is a hero in my eyes and deserved a medal, because it took lots of courage and determination to complete the race despite the terrible weather conditions.
“The route was beautiful and the support shown by spectators along the way was awesome and much appreciated.┬á My advice to riders competing this year is to ensure that they are well nourished as 160km is really far.┬á If I am correct, there are three check points, so instead of looking at the complete 160km, divide the race into three sections as 55km at a time just sounds easier,ÔÇØ laughs de Villiers.
Start (7.15am) and finish are at Swartland Cellars in Malmesbury and competitors can enter individually or in 4-member teams.┬á To make the event even more exciting, the first 4-member team to have all its members across the finish line will be awarded the Fundamental Finishers prize of R5 000.
Event organiser Meurant Botha advises first time riders to ride within their limit as the race is long, take in enough carbohydrates and remember to pack a rain jacket.
This year’s route will definitely be more demanding but the changes will make for a better route and rider experience. There are two food stops and three additional water points on the route to ensure that riders are well supported on race day. There are four official spectator support points on this year’s route and judging by last year’s spectator turnout this facet of the event is very popular as family and friends rarely get the opportunity to be a part of the action.
Amarider is a non-profit organisation and all proceeds from the event goes towards the improvement of mountain bike trail opportunities around South Africa.
For more information on the AMArider 100miler visit www.amarider.co.za or phone (021) 884 ÔÇô 4752 or email [email protected]