Race report – Zini Buffalo Classic 2013


    Riders braved the strong winds to ride in the Zini Buffalo Classic on Sunday. Photo: www.jacquesmarais.co.za/ NIKON

    The first race to kick off the 2013 MiWay Big5 MTB Series got under way in windy and cold conditions on a crisp Sunday morning on the KZN north coast. Beautiful Mtunzini Country Club was the host for the race venue yet again, with the superb course of sugarcane single-track, dense indigenous forest and boardwalks of mangrove swamp treating all riders who took part! With the worst weather in the 16 years of the race’s existence, luckily, the turn-out was superb.

    “We were very happy with the 800+ turn-out for the race this year, especially for the 10km Challenge in its inaugural year of being part of the overall Series Challenge”, says Shane Webster of Big 5 Marketing. “The 10km Challenge attracted over 200 participants alone, proving yet again the need for more timed races short enough for the up-and-coming youth but also for beginners looking to compete in their first race!” The riders were batched again at start, which not only ensured a professional and hassle-free ride, but also added to all the other elements that ensured a memorable event – lots of supporters, family fun and a relaxed atmosphere!

    Adding to the Zini Buffalo Classic’s success was the superb course designed by Frank Uzzell. Although it took up to 4 months to prepare, it was worth it – with award-winning photographer, Jacques Marais being so impressed that he’s decided to include it in his upcoming MTB TRAIL GUIDE for 2013, which showcases the best MTB trails in South Africa. “ I’ve never been mountain biking on such a diverse course before, and have assured Shane and the rest of the MiWay team that I will be back soon with my mountain bike to ride and review the track first-hand!” said Marais.

    For MiWay, participation and support of mountain biking is not new – it’s something the short-term insurer has been involved in since 2009, shortly after the company launched.

    “We’ve always been big supporters of mountain biking and followed its phenomenal growth in South Africa and abroad,” says Max Huggins of MiWay.  “It seemed natural to develop a standalone bicycle insurance product that appealed specifically to the cycling community – because we understand that for some people a bicycle isn’t simply a line item on a bigger policy.”

    Results for the Zini Buffalo Classic’s 50km, 25km and 10km Challenges can be found on the MiWayMTB website by clicking here and all photos can be viewed on the MiWayMTB Facebook page (Facebook.com/miwaymtb).

    The second race in the series takes place on June 23rd, with new race route and venue – the Pick n Pay Elephant Classic Eshowe. All details can be found by clicking here.

    To keep up to date with the MiWay Mountain Biking show on SuperSport, follow MiWayMTB on Facebook (Facebook.com/miwaymtb) and Twitter (@MiWayMTB). Click here for more information on MiWay’s standalone bicycle insurance – covering you for theft, fire and accidental damage during AND en-route training and races.


    Ride Zululand at its best in the 2013 MiWay Big5 MTB Series. Photo: www.jacquesmarais.co.za/NIKON