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New course for next UCI marathon world series round
Clarens will host the next round of both the UCI Marathon Series and the South African marathon series on May 3-4.
The world class route and UCI points are attracting top names like multiple-time Cape Epic winner Karl Platt (Team Bulls). He'll be looking to make a point after he had to withdraw from the 2014 Cape Epic in March with a knee injury. Another rider to watch will be South African Nico Bell (Team RECM).
This year will be the fourth time Clarens plays host to the national series and its second year as part of the UCI World Marathon Series.
According to Wessel van der Walt from Advendurance, the route is probably the most visually appealing and varied yet challenging courses they've ever put together showcasing what South African mountain biking has to offer on the world stage.
"Don't let the profiles fool you! - it's real mountian biking out there!" he said.
After much time spent scouting, organizers have laid out a new route. Most of the course will be new to the racers as it traverses private land with hand built trails especially for the race. The region is home to various types of wildlife and will cross the Maluti Mountains on the edge of the Lesthoto border, which is the highest mountain range in South Africa.
Elite racers will cover 120km.