De Groot ready for round two at the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic

North West ProvinceReigning women’s champion Robyn De Groot has set her sights on a problem free day on the bike and hopefully a second victory at the 2016 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic that will take place at the ATKV in Buffelspoort this coming Saturday, 21 May 2016.

“The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is proper-mountain biking,” says De Groot.  “I was a newbie to the Magalies Monster last year.  I had been warned that it was a hard race.  It certainly delivered on its promise and gave me a good workout.  In terms of climbing, descents and also the technical aspect, it’s a nice hard route.”

“My approach to racing is generally stress-free,” continues De Groot.  “Returning as the defending champion doesn’t result in added pressure.  I know that once I pedal my bike, it all falls into place.  I just focus on the moment.  It is always nice to defend a title.  My advice to newcomers to the Monster is to come in with a pretty good fitness level.  Don’t be frightened of the rocky terrain.  These days the bicycles handle the terrain pretty well.”

Professional Sports Coach, Nico Sterk will be gunning for a top five position in the men’s race.  “In 2013 I secured my personal best Magalies Monster result, a second spot on the podium.  I wouldn’t miss the event for the world.   It is without a doubt one of the bucket list events for all cycling enthusiasts in South Africa. You cannot call yourself a mountain biker if you have not conquered the Monster.  We wear the finisher’s t-shirt with pride.”

EVENT INFORMATION FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic

The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic is ideal for all mountain bikers.  Entrants can choose between a 15km Fun Ride, the 35km ‘Half Monster’ and the 70km ‘Monster’.

Date: Saturday, 21 May 2016
Venue (start & finish): ATKV, Buffelspoort
Distance, cost & start: 70km / R320 / 08h00
  35km / R220 / 09h00
  15km /  R130 / 09h30
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With the FNB Platinum Trail Run taking place at the same venue the very next day, sports enthusiasts are encouraged to make a weekend of it with family and friends.

FNB Platinum Trail Run

Date: Sunday, 22 May 2016
Venue (start & finish): ATKV Buffelspoort
Distances, cost & start: 24km /07:00 / R300
12km /07:15 / R200
8km / 07:30 / R120

Special entry rates will apply to individuals taking part in both the FNB Magalies Monster and FNB Platinum Trail Run.

Prizes up for grabs will include:

  • THULE Bike Racks and backpacks for the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic
  • A FNB eBucks voucher valued at 50 000 eBucks for the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic
  • A R35 000 Specialized Bicycles Voucher for the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic
  • A weekend away at the Kosmos Manor Guest House in the Presidential Suite for two for the FNB Platinum Trail Run /
  • FNB eWallet vouchers for the FNB Platinum Trail Run

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For more information on the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and/or FNB Platinum Trail Run contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045 or email

About the Sponsorship

FNB Business and FNB Private Wealth have made a joint commitment to sponsor the annual Magalies Monster Mountain Bike Classic.

FNB’s ongoing strategy is to support local and community events that show the potential to grow. This sponsorship affirms our dedication to providing an experience that is beyond expectation, through a sporting discipline that continues to grow in popularity as one of the key activities in the South African sporting calendar.

The Magalies Monster Mountain Bike Classic is aligned to our belief that adventure is the heart of innovation and this is one of many platforms on which we seek to make a lasting connection with new and existing clients.


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Issued by:                        NEWSPORT MEDIA

On behalf of:                  STILLWATER SPORTS

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