South African mountain biking got a boost when current sponsor MTN increased its commitment with a three-year sponsorship of a 19-member team and events. The cellular network giant will also supply communications to the Cape Epic stage race. The agreement runs through 2010 and will benefit the national series for marathon, cross country and downhill.
"This support from MTN is going to help us take mountain bike racing in this country to a new level and bring our events and our riders closer and closer to the top international standards," said Theo Grobler, Director of the MTN Mazda Series to www.cyclingnews.co.za. The series may also see increased prize money.
MTN Mazda National Marathon and Half Marathon Series for 2008
January 26: Barberton Marathon, Barberton
May 3: Forest 2 Falls Marathon, Graskop
June 14: Induna Marathon, Hazyview
August 2: Paul Roos Marathon, Stellenbosch
September 6: N3TC Dirty Harry Marathon, Harrismith
September 27: Chandelier Marathon, Oudtshoorn
November 9: 50 Miler Marathon Midmar
MTN Mazda Cross Country / Downhill Series for 2008
January 19 - 20: Western Cape (XC, DH)
February 9 - 10: Gauteng (XC, DH)
March 15 - 16: SA Championships, Pietermaritzburg (XC, DH)
April 12 -13: Southern Cape (XC, DH)
May 17 - 18: Mpumalanga (XC, DH)