Wesley Botton
Chief sports writer
1 minute read
11 Sep 2014
12:00 am

Top riders add lustre to bike race

Wesley Botton

The inaugural Munga mountain bike race will include a strong elite field, organisers confirmed on Thursday.

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Veteran Dutch cyclist Bart Brentjens, a former world and Olympic cross country champion, will join countryman Jeroen Boelen at the 1 000km unaided single-stage event, which caters for teams of two riders.

German Karl Platt, a four-time winner of the Cape Epic stage race, lines up alongside Frenchman Thomas Dietsch, while Canadian Cory Wallace, a two-time winner of the Mongolia Bike Challenge, pairs up with Australian Jason English.

“Having riders of this calibre, and with the diversity of our entrants, it is certainly exciting,” said race director Alex Harris.

“Not only does it stand testament to The Munga’s credibility as a world-class race to ride in, but will definitely create a dynamic riding environment.”

The unique race, to be held between Bloemfontein and Stellenbosch in December, offers $1-million (R11-million) in prize money, of which $750 000 (R8.2-milion) goes to the winners.