Press Release: Where legends are born
Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #2 Legends MX
Saturday, 23 June 2018
Nissan Trailseeker Legends MX kicked off with over 2700 mountain bikers lining up at the start of the renowned Legends MX trail park just East of Pretoria. This venue was voted best vibes in 2017, and you could just feel the energy in the air as riders warmed up in the cool winter morning breeze. The course is both challenging and technical for any rider, which included 780 metres of accumulated elevation across the marathon distance brought to you by Wahoo Fitness.
Pro riders like Nico Bell, Matthys Beukes, Sarah Hill, Samantha Sanders and many more could be spotted at the start for the second round of the Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series. Fritz Pienaar and Vanessa Bell was on route with their Specialized Levo Bikes, to keep you updated with the latest action and news alongside pro riders.
The pro men riders started with Matthys Beukes on the attack and the pace keeper for the first leg of the race. Soon after, four leading men took charge namely Arno du Toit, Shuan-Nick Bester, Nico Bell and Pieter du Toit. They managed to stay in the lead until the last second of the race, where Arno du Toit took the win. Pro ladies were next to the start. At 17-kilometres into the race Samantha Sanders, Sarah Hill and Robyn de Groot were looking strong and setting the pace for the rest of the ladies. They managed to stay on each other’s wheels for the remainder of the race and finished with an epic sprint battle, where Samantha Sanders took first place.
One of the highlights of the day was when A-liners reached the Big Box Container obstacle at water point two on the Rosemary Hill Trail Park. Riders showed off with big jumps and tricks as they traversed the obstacle.
Next to follow, were the trail blazers for the half marathon (40km), fun race (20km) and fun ride (10km). Riders were spoiled with fully stocked water points, exciting trails which led them through rocky terrains, fast straights and winding single tracks. Head turners included game viewing through the local game farm and scenic views as they reached the plateau of the hill. The exciting atmosphere at the finish line, made sure for a thrilling finish for all. Monster Hydro was there to provide riders with the much-needed recovery drink, after a tough race.
“The race was tough, but I really enjoyed the water points stacked with cake and doughnuts” Lerish Lombaard (Half Marathon)
2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series #2, Gauteng
Legends MX, East of Pretoria
Overall men 72km marathon (Preliminary Results)
Arno du Toit winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB #2 Legends MX
- Arno du Toit – 02:25:30
- Nico Bell – 02:25:31
- Pieter du Toit – 02:25:32
Overall women 72km marathon (Preliminary Results)
Samantha Sanders winner of 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB #2 Legends MX
- Samantha Sanders – 02:43:31
- Robyn de Groot – 2:43:33
- Sarah Hill – 02:43:34
Round 3 of the 2018 Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series, takes place at Grabouw on 14 July 2018. Information and online entries at www.trailseekerseries.co.za