Quattro ROAG Series ready for a virtual restart

On 18 August 2020 by admin

By: Tim Whitfield

It’s time for mountain bikers and trail runners to shake off the lockdown-induced cobwebs and hit the trails once again. As sportsmen and women all over the world desperately try and return to action, South Africa’s richest MTB and trail running series will have a virtual restart later this month.

The Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum came to a temporary halt in March after just two of the ten scheduled events for 2020, but on the weekend of Friday, August 28 to Sunday, August 30, the popular KZN-based trail running and mountain biking series will be restarting with the Sappi Scottburgh Virtual MTB and Trail Running event.

ROAG, the series organisers, are still finalising details with the race directors of many of the remaining seven events, and details of those will be released shortly, but on Friday to Sunday next week, riders and runners will be able to enjoy the pleasure of taking part in an organised competition, albeit virtually and with no head-to-head racing.

The organisers of the Scottburgh event have negotiated with local land owners and will open up some of their trails for the extended weekend, although the routes are still in their raw, unprepared state. This means that runners and riders can run and ride on the same trails they would normally be racing on, but, as with most virtual events, competitors can also take part on any trail that suits them at any venue.

The only requirement for the Sappi Scottburgh Virtual race is that riders and runners must “compete” on an off-road route and must obey all Covid-19 lockdown rules.

ROAG Managing Director, Nicole Talbot, was excited about the restart of the well-known series: “We know how frustrating it has been for the riders, runners and race organisers to have their mountain biking and trail running plans on hold for the past few months, so we are thrilled to be able to announce the restart of the 2020 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum.

“Due to the current regulations in place, the Race Director of the Sappi Scottburgh MTB and Trail Run has opted to hold his race as a virtual event, where riders and runners can take part at any venue, as long as the riders and runners are off road.

“We are determined to complete the series in 2020 for a variety of reasons, not least of all because we want to send out a positive message to the cycling and trail running communities that Covid-19 will not beat us.

“We also owe it to help the event and series sponsors, as well as the race organisers who put so much time and effort into planning their events. We also believe it is important for riders and runners to have an incentive to train in these tough times.

“However, we also have to ensure everybody connected to all events are as safe as possible and we are assisting organisers and competitors to comply with all the regulations. Starting with a virtual event over three days at Scottburgh later this month, allows us to ease into the series without riders and runners congregating in one area at one time.”

There will be a R50 entry fee for the Sappi Scottburgh Virtual race with a portion of that fee being donated to the Cycling 4 Mobility charity, which is an official beneficiary of the event.

Although there will not be an official results list and prizegiving, all competitors at the Sappi Scottburgh will earn points toward their ROAG Series points, and the event will count as a completed event for all finishers. The latest standings will also be updated as results are submitted to give competitors an unofficial live leaderboard throughout the weekend.

Stuart Marais is the current leader of the mountain bike section of the series with a maximum of 200 points after winning both the Wartburg and Kamberg races earlier this year. Andrew Hill, with two second places, is second, while Christie Hearder, with a win and a second to Frances Janse van Rensburg at Kamberg, leads the women’s log.

In the trail running competition, two points-place finishes allow Carel le Roux to hold a narrow lead over the respective winners of the opening two events, Linda Zondi and Nkosingiphile Ntshalinyshali. Sarah Gray, with two wins from two, leads the women’s trail running log on maximum points.

For more information regarding the series and events visit https://roag.org or www.roagseries.co.za

Current standings for 2020 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum events
(after two events)

MTB: Men
1Stuart Marais200
2Andrew Hill172
3Tyronne White130
4David Low128
5Dean Van Dyk93
6Jedson Tooms78
7Grant Lavers75
8Willie Van Eck74
9Brad Thompson69
10Chris Horter67

MTB: Women
1Christie-Leigh Hearder186
2Jean Hackland138
3Nadine Nunes137
4Tarryn Morgan104
5Frances Janse Van Rensburg100
6Elmarie Thole89
7Isabel Moolman88
8Brenda Potts87
9Ilse Longmore82
10Belinda Mason81

Trail Run: Men
1Carel Le Roux102
2Linda Zondi100
=Nkosingiphile Ntshalinyshali100
4Wiseman Vezi86
=Nicholas Fowler86
6Jules Cassere80
7Themba Dlamini74
=Fabio Freitas74
9Neil Mackenzie69
10David Lamont64
=John Wasserfall64
=Travers Pellew64

Trail Run: Women
1Sarah Gray200
2Michelle Corns121
3Hayley Mackinnon98
4Apiwe Gaga86
=Wendy Arnott86
6Karen Maiden79
7Sarah Mthembu74
8Patricia Dammann64
=Pauline Rainbird64
10Carey-Anne Radford56

Provisional dates for 2020 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum events

28-30 AugSappi ScottburghScottburgh Main Beach or ANYWHERE (VIRTUAL RACE)
10-11 Oct (TBC)Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail FestivalKarkloof Country Club
25 Oct (TBC)Illovo Eston MTB ChallengeBeaumont Eston Farmers Club
14-15 Nov(TBC)Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens ChallengeGooderson Drakensberg Gardens Resort
Date TBCHolla Trails ClassicFairview Estate, Ballito
Date TBCHusqvarna ClassicGwahumbe Game and Spa
Date TBCHarburg Tour de KrantzHarburg Hall
Date TBCSafire Baynesfield ClassicBaynesfield Recreational Club
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