Scottburgh – South Coast MTB star Candice Parker-Dennison
is eager to take on the Sappi Scottburgh MTB race challenge on 13
August, keen to defend her title and in the process rewrite the history
books by becoming the first athlete to win the prestigious title three
Those close to the 23 year old teacher from Scottburgh South will fancy
her chances, as she has come off an impressive start to the year in
which she has openly targeted the biggest races on the local calendar.
“This year my brother and I wanted to target the big stage races, so we
trained for the KAP sani2c and the dusi2c races, which went really well,
so I feel really confident going into the classics now,” she said.
The pairing with older brother Wesley was peerless as they raced to
victory in the mixed category at the dusi2c, showing ominous signs of
form and accumulated experience from the siblings.
She is a proud supporter of the South Coast Series that was started last
year, and is encouraging MTB fans to ride the Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race
as she feels it has found itself in a great space.
“Flavio and the team continually keep working on it, and they listen to
what the riders want. Last year they really prepared the single track
well and they took us around one section of rutted trail that we didn’t
really enjoy, and onto some great new single track.
“I felt that the race last year was the best ever, so I am really
looking forward to it again this year,” she added.
“I like it because it is an out-and-back race, with no laps. You can get
to the furtherest point and feel that you have turned for home and plan
your race accordingly,” said Parker-Dennison.
She said that the local Scottburgh MTB community as a whole was looking
forward to the race’s tenth anniversary.
“A lot of us train at Rocky Bay, so we don’t get to ride that section of
trails that much, and we are all looking forward to it,” she said.
Last year she matched Hayley Smith as the race’s only multiple winner,
and now she stands poised on the brink of a hat-trick of wins in the
women’s race, and a record that she can stake a solitary claim to.
“It would be really great to win it again,’ she enthused. “I feel like I
am taking a lot of confidence into the race, and my single track
experience has also improved.”
Entries for the race on 13 August are being taken at
Date: Sunday 13 August
Start/Finish Venue: Scottburgh Main Beach
08h30 - 45km Sappi Scottburgh MTB Race
(Pre-entry - R170, Late Entry - R195)
08h45 - 28km Dash &
(Pre-entry - R130, Late Entry - R155)
09h00 - 10km Family Fun
(Pre-entry - R60, Late Entry - R85)
Registration: Sunday 14 August (06h30-08h30) at Scottburgh
Lifesaving Club clubhouse
Contact: Flavio Scarpa - 084 330 6029