THE country’s richest mountain biking and trail running series, the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum, will start in a few days with a new joint sponsor on board, increased prize money and a slightly updated format.
The Illovo Wartburg MTB Classic & Trail Run will once again kick off the prestigious series early next month. At the end of ten events in September, the top mountain-bike and trail run competitors on a Grand Prix-style points system, will walk off the biggest prize money of any MTB and Trail Running series in the country. The men’s and women’s winners will enjoy equal reward for their efforts.
The Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum was the brainchild of the Race Organiser Admin Group (ROAG), one of the largest sports entry event administration companies in South Africa and Mauritius, and was devised as a way of giving back to their clients â€“ mountain biking and trails running events and their competitors.
Started in 2012, the ten-event series now offers R25 000 prize money for both the winning male and female athletes in the mountain biking category, and R10 000 for the top trail runners in both men’s and women’s classes.
The series is not only about the elite athletes, with all age categories being rewarded. The top three winners in all age categories (for both mountain biking and trail running) will receive prize money and a gift at the annual Awards Dinner in October. The total prize purse is in excess of R170 000.
For the first time the top schools will also be able to compete for an inter-schools prize. Prize money of R5 000 will go to both the winning high school and top primary school in the School’s Challenge. The School’s Challenge has been created in an effort to grow mountain biking and trail running from a grassroots level and to encourage up-and-coming riders and runners to participate in more races.
In the School’s Challenge points are awarded to schools for each learner that crosses the line which ensures the top schools are rewarded for participation as well as having the best riders and runners.
This year a tenth event has been added to the roster and riders and runners must compete in at least six out of ten of the most prestigious events in KwaZulu-Natal.
Competitors are awarded points according to their race positions with the best six results counting toward determining the overall winner. In the case of a tie at the end of the series, the seventh-best result will be used as a tiebreaker; if results are still equal, then an eighth will be included; until the tie is broken.
Last year’s events were tightly contested with Julian Jessop scraping home by just six points after second placed Tyronne White was out-sprinted into second place in the final event of the series at Baynesfield. For the final event Jessop was overseas with the South Africa team and was desperately waiting to hear the results â€“ and if he was R25 000 richer. Had White won the sprint finish at Baynesfield, Jessop would have been squeezed into second position.
In the women’s series things were even tighter with Christie-Leigh Hearder and Andrea de Boer sharing the first prize. They ended in a tie on points after the nine events and on a count-back they had identical results in different events and could not be separated.
In the trail running series, Nomore Mandivengerei was a runaway winner in the men’s category and Sarah Gray edged into the lead at the final event to claim the title from Wendy Mills.
The series will welcome a new sponsor on board this year with Momentum joining long-time sponsors The Quattro Finance Group to ensure the growth of the series.
“For us as Momentum it is a privilege to partner with ROAG, the premier events organising company in KZN, and The Quattro Finance Group who have been involved in the series for a few years,” said Carel Bosman from Momentum. “It is a triangular partnership that is coming to life and we are hoping that through this partnership we can bring some real benefits to the participants and their family members.
“Our research shows us that people who are proactive about their health actually claim from insurance a lot less. So we have hard evidence of the benefits for people who are active and we are hoping to inspire new participants who will have a momentum shift toward a healthier lifestyle by taking part in the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum.”
Gary Watkins, CEO of the Quattro Finance Group, sees a strong synergy between the series and his company.
“The biggest reason we are involved in the Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum is because we like dealing with people who share the same values as us,” said Watkins. “That applies to the ROAG staff as well as the participants in the events.
“We like the lifestyle associated with both sports. Mountain biking and trail running are great family activities and all the events in the series are family orientated, where mums and dads as well as kids can come out for the day and take part in the various running and cycling events â€“ they are all very social.
“The people who do these events are the target market for Quattro. We are very lifestyle and health conscious and our products reflect that, so it makes sense for us to be involved in mountain biking and trail running and this is one of the biggest and best-organised series in the country.”
Nicole Talbot, the Managing Director of ROAG, sees the series as a way of giving something back to the MTB and trail running communities.
“The Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum has exceeded all of our expectations and we are delighted that we are able to take it to the next level this year with the help of our major sponsors,” said Nicole Talbot, the Managing Director of ROAG. “The series has always been one of the ways in which we can give something back to our mountain biking and trail running community.
“The aim is for our ROAG Members to love taking part in the series of races we have on offer, and for the world-class races that form part of the series to get the promotion they deserve.”
“Last year the racing was tight and exciting right up until the final event and I expect more of the same this year. With Momentum coming on board to join long-time major sponsors Quattro, I think we can make the 2019 series the best we have ever had.”
2019 Quattro ROAG Series powered by Momentum events
|9 Feb||Illovo Wartburg MTB & Trail Run||Wartburg Kirchdorf School|
|30-31 Mar||Kamberg Classic||Glengarry, Kamberg|
|28 Apr||Husqvarna Mid Illovo Classic||Gwahumbe Game & Spa|
|12 May||Sugar Rush Classic||Sugar Rush Park, Ballito|
|1-2 Jun||Sappi Karkloof Classic Trail Festival||Karkloof Country Club|
|29-30 Jun||Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Challenge||Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens Resort|
|16-17 Jul||Sappi Scottburgh||Scottburgh Main Beach|
|4 Aug||Illovo Eston MTB Challenge||Beaumont Eston Farmers Club|
|17 Aug||Harburg Tour de Krantz||Harburg Hall|
|15 Sep||Safire Baynesfield MTB & Trail||Baynesfield|