Posted in News on Monday, February 26, 2018 by The Beachcomber Tours correspondent
The third edition of the Mauritius Tour Beachcomber (MTB) is looking very promising, both in terms of the athletes taking part and the scenery of the trails that have been selected. After announcing South African rider James Reid as the patron of the MTB’s 2018 edition, Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels has now unveiled the four stages of this year’s race. The MTB, which is open to riders aged 17 and above, has attracted mountain bikers in search of a challenge and a change of scenery for the past three years. This year it will take place on May 17th, 18th and 19th. Here are the stages of the race – undoubtedly one not to be missed!
The starting gun for the MTB will be fired on Thursday, May 17th, at the Victoria Beachcomber in Pointe aux Piments, on Mauritius’ north west coast. During the first 65 km leg participants will cross the island and make their way to Shandrani Beachcomber on south eastern Mauritius. This diagonal track will take riders through sugar cane fields and the island’s famed pineapple plantations, offering them breathtaking views of the northern islets. After rolling terrain the track will become steeper, more rugged and technical until it reaches the small village of Valetta. The competitors will then tackle the Piton du Milieu, the undergrowth at Chemin Français, and Le Val. Thereafter, they will follow the river at Riche-en-Eau until they reach the airport and make their way towards the finish line at Shandrani Beachcomber.
The second leg of the MTB is scheduled for the 18th of May and will very much be a southern affair. It will start at 7:30am at Shandrani Beachcomber and set a course for the village of Trois Boutiques, and then on towards the mysterious pyramids of Plaine Magnien, whose origins are lost to history. As this terrain tends to be less challenging the race is expected to be a fast one.
Having completed the second leg of the race in the morning, MTB participants will then enjoy a few hours of rest before tackling the race’s third leg, scheduled to kick off at 5:30pm later that day from Shandrani Beachcomber. The riders will cover 22.5 km during this stage (that is, five times a 4.2 km track). The leg will consist of a race around Shandrani Beachcomber through sugar cane fields and the Omnicane rainforest. Adding another exciting element to this stage is the fact that it takes place at dusk.
The MTB 2018’s final 63 km leg is scheduled on Saturday May 19th in the south east of Mauritius. Riders will start from Shandrani Beachcomber at 7:30am and make their way to Riche-en-Eau, Falaise Rouge, Sans Soucis, Chemin Français, Saint-Hubert and Le Val. They will then reach the airport and make their way to the finish line back at Shandrani Beachcomber.
"The MTB’s objective is to promote mountain biking as a sport and to allow participants to discover Mauritius’ landscapes and priceless heritage," explained Arianne Devienne Bellepeau, Leisure & Events Manager at Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels. "In addition to the new tracks we’ve created this year, the MTB will also feature a race for children aged 5 to twelve. A number of fun activities will also take place after the race at the games village at Shandrani Beachcomber. Riders can register online at www.beachcomber-events.com until the 7th of May " she added.
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