PG BISON backs Maloti 100 Miler
Afri Adventures and PG Bison present exciting new 100 miler cycling event – the Maloti 100 Miler
Bloemfontein, 15 August 2019 – Afri Adventures, the outdoor adventure events company, and PG Bison, one of South Africa’s largest manufacturers of timber products, are launching an exciting new off-road cycling event offering some of the most spectacular climbing and scenery in Southern Africa. The inaugural Maloti 100 Miler will be held on 28 September, starting in Barkly East and finishing in Maclear, in the Eastern Cape.
Race Director, George Stroebel (Junior) says that he’s thrilled to have PG Bison onboard as the headline sponsor and is expecting some of South Africa’s biggest off-road cyclists to take part. “It’s high time we got the wheels rolling on a fantastic new event showcasing some of the most spectacular gravel riding in the country,” he says. “The average elevation for the Maloti 100 Miler over the 162km is 1 900m above sea level – this will be a challenge that takes your breath away in more ways than one! The views are equally breath-taking, with riders tackling the country’s third highest mountain pass – Naude’s Nek, topping 2 590m above sea level.”
Justin Berry, Sales and Marketing Executive at PG Bison says that the sponsorship makes sense for the company on multiple fronts. “We have our Ugie operations – both a board factory and plantations – in the vicinity of the event. We believe this race will bring business and much needed revenue to the area and benefit the local communities. We already invest in sports development within the wider Joe Gcabi District, and we see this as an extension of our soccer, netball and rugby efforts. Plus, PG Bison has already established a presence on the South African cycling scene through our sponsorship of the notorious Sani2C floating bridge. We hope that we can build on our efforts with the Maloti 100 Miler.”
The Maloti 100 Miler will begin in Barkly East, progress through the village of Rhodes (with the Rhodes community supplying breakfast to riders on the go), and then climb through Naude’s Nek Pass, before heading downhill to Maclear. “A warm welcome and cold refreshments await riders at the finish of the toughest 100miler in South Africa,” says Stroebel. “Entries will close on 6 September, so if you think you’ve got what it takes, book your spot now.”
George Stroebel (Junior)
Tel: 082 442 4988