FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
19 October 2012
BRIDGE CAPE PIONEER TREK DELIVERS ON GREAT ROUTE QUALITY
As the 2012 Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek comes to a close the general consensus amongst riders is the substantial route quality. Expectations have been high this year due to the shorter stage races and riders have not been disappointed. Carel Heroldt of Dryland Event Management says "We have shortened some of the stages this year to make the race more accessible and enjoyable;
Zandile Ndhlovu, the first black woman to compete in the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek says she has been pleasantly surprised by the route quality and over all organisation of the race. "I had heard about the Cape Pioneer Trek for a while and I have always wanted to compete. This year I finally had the chance and I have enjoyed every minute of it," she says. "Every stage has had its challenges but all have been enjoyable. I have been able to ride on some of the best single track in the country and I look forward to participating again next year."
Netherlands rider, Liwald Doornbos who is riding in the open men's division along with Matthijs Eversdijk has returned to the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek for the second time and has marked a positive difference in the route quality. Placing in the top 5 so far with one stage to go, he is optimistic that they will come in with a good overall finish. "Though the stages are shorter this year they are still challenging but with some good single track and technical descents the ride is more enjoyable than ever. There is not much single track where I come from in Holland so to get to compete in this kind of long distance race is a real pleasure," he explains. "The fact that the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek is also at the end of the season makes it a perfect finish to the year."
Veteran category rider John Hayes who is participating in his third Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek sums up the route quality perfectly. "The emphasis on distance in previous Cape Pioneer Treks, has given way to emphasis on route quality. It's still a difficult race but you are back in time for lunch, to take a break and get to know your fellow competitors. This element alone will ensure that this race grows from strength to strength in the coming years with the great pioneer spirit still very much intact."
2013 promises to be just as challenging and enjoyable for the riders and with a large increase in riders this year, Carel Herholdt says they expect the race to grow even bigger over the next few years. "The anticipated reaction to the route change this year was met as expected. We strived for shorter stages with average finishing times but without compromising route quality and I think this was achieved on all accounts. We had a 40% increase in riders this year and we hope to achieve the same in 2013 by making the Bridge Cape Pioneer Trek the most sought after race on the mountain biking calendar."
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