An exciting initiative will benefit early entries in the Sanlam MTB Invitational with a state-of-the-art backpack from presenting sponsors Scicon up for grabs.
The early bird incentive for the race, which will take place at Rhebokskloof near Paarl on November 19 and 20, will apply to those who enter before July 29.
Race director Darren Herbst, from ASG Events, said riders who beat the deadline would receive a Scicon Solargenome Hydracharge backpack.
He said the ergonomic hydration pack was equipped with the latest generation solar panel and other winning features to recharge yourself and your devices.
The backpack, he said, was constructed of lightweight materials and had a functional design that made it the ideal companion for any outdoor activities.
Herbst said the early bird giveaway model had a seven-litre capacity and provided extra room for food and had integrated pockets for bike and outdoor essentials.
Cyclists wanting to enter the Sanlam MTB Invitational, which is co-presented by the City of Drakenstein, can also benefit from Scicon’s involvement in the event in terms of secure cycling transportation.
A leading global brand, the Italian-based company promote and facilitate safe and stress-free travel by offering a range of exclusive offers to participants.
Herbst said they were looking forward to another exciting test for the cyclists and were already in the process of planning the route.
“I’m heading to the Western Cape next week and while we must still identify the exact way we are going to go, we are confident we will be able to provide something all the riders will enjoy.”
The event is open to all members of the public, while Herbst said there would again be an emphasis on making it a family-oriented weekend to promote Sanlam’s family culture.
“Riders can enter as father and son, mother and son, father and daughter or mother and daughter combinations,” said Herbst. “But the event is open to all members of the public as well.”
“We have received entries of 1 000-plus in the last two years and we are confident we will get another big field.”
He said the family aspect would extend to the accommodation.
“While Paarl has many options for cyclists, we have designed a tented package for the Saturday evening that will make for an ideal family camping opportunity at the race village.”
Keeping the focus on providing an incentive for the younger set, there will be a number of prizes in the siblings’ category, sponsored by Sanlam and ASG. These include Rudy Project eyewear and helmets, High 5 supplement hampers and Scicon backpacks.
For more info, or to enter, visit www.sanlammtbinvitational.co.za.