||Sun, 09 September 2012
||Fort Beaufort Country Club
Excitement, challenge, steep climbs, grueling downhills, magnificent scenery, that is what is in store for riders of the LIONS WOODOC KAT MTB CHALLENGE.
This year’s Challenge will take place on Sunday 9 September, starting and finishing at the Fort Beaufort Country Club. The first Kat Challenge was hosted in 1999 by the Fort Beaufort Lions, and has since become an annual event, attracting cyclists countrywide (such as Cape Town, Johannesburg, East London, Port Elizabeth). It involves the whole of the local community, from medical personnel to farmers whose land the route crosses.
There are now three choices of routes (85km, 45km or 25km) which include an excellent combination of mountain climbs reaching heights of 1100m, grueling downhills and stunning views. The race is listed on the National Cycling Calendar, is a recognized EC MTB Event and also CSA Sanctioned.
WOODOC is our main sponsor for the event, and they have their Head Office in Fort Beaufort. Other sponsors include the majority of the local businesses in town, and other service organizations, such as Fort Beaufort Round Table, also get involved. Without sponsors this race would not be possible, and all the income generated from the event has always been used for the benefit of the Fort Beaufort Community and the charities supported by the Lions. These include Thatcher Home for the Aged, St.Michael's Catholic Church Feeding Scheme and AIDS Project, NG Church soup kitchen, Because U Care Street Children Project, Child & Family Welfare, Cancer Care, Nkonkobe Animal Care, and Lions eye care to needy children etc. etc.
The event is open to riders of all ages and race groups, including sponsored Development Teams. The whole town of Fort Beaufort gets involved running food stalls and entertainment. The local Kat River Valley Montessori School usually holds a “fun cycle” for children around the golf course.
Excellent facilities are offered with many out of town participants arriving on the Saturday and camping at the Country Club overnight. There is a real festive atmosphere at the Club on the Saturday evening. Prizes are awarded in all the categories, and backup, route markings and marshalling is of a high professional standard. An excellent web page and internet exposure has been developed over the years, as has media coverage through cycling magazines, local press and Algoa FM.
The aim of the Lions Woodoc Kat MTB Challenge is to make it the best experience for riders and spectators in the Eastern Cape.
For more information visit our website: www.katchallenge.co.za
Or contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
General Enquiries: Julie on 083 7010014
Route Enquiries: Dudley on 083 2862977