South Africa’s largest mountain bike race series, the Nissan TrailSeeker Series Gauteng, wraps up for 2016 at the Diamond Rush edition at Cullinan, northeast of Pretoria on Saturday.

In addition to the podium battles on the day, 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Series titles will be contested by what is expected to be a capacity field.

After four rounds, SCOTT LCB Factory Racing’s Arno du Toit is the current leader of the men’s marathon series. However, with each rider’s best three events to count, he will be wary of the Team NAD duo of Nico Bell and Gawie Combrinck.

A win on Saturday could put Combrinck into the overall lead, while Bell may only need to finish second to ensure he defends the series crown he claimed in 2015 after a win and a second place in the two events he contested this year. Others that will be gunning for a top finish on Saturday include Joe Bester and Alan Gordon.

Current women’s series leader, Theresa Ralph (Galileo Risk) will be missing the event, but she appears to have scored enough points in the four rounds she has completed to secure the title. There will still be a fierce podium battle for the final round prize purse though, with Maricel Bekker likely to be the favourite.

There are a total of four distances – the 69km marathon (761m of ascent), 37km half marathon (398m of ascent) and the 20km Fun Race and 10km Fun ride.

The marathon route is a single loop and shares the early and final kilometres with the half marathon. It will offer a test of fitness, skill and experience with a variety of challenging sections, including riding through rock formations, across rivers and over hand-built bridges.

The half-marathon route will also offer a scenic experience, but with less formidable sections and a high percentage of dual track and gravel roads.

As is customary at Nissan TrailSeeker Series events, there will be a Nissan Chill Area as well as food, refreshments and a beer garden tent. There’s a kids play area that includes a jumping castle and face painting.

The four events will all start and finish at Cullinan Sports Grounds. Online entries can still be done at

Nissan TrailSeeker Diamond Rush schedule of events:
Venue: Cullinan Sports Grounds, Cullinan
Friday, 25 November at Cycle Lab Fourways 10h00–16h00
Friday, 25 November at Torq Zone Cycles, Centurion 10h00–16h00
Friday, 25 November at Bruce Reyneke Cycles, Lynwood Extension 10h00–16h00
Saturday, 26 November at Cullinan Sports Grounds, Cullinan 06h00-10h00

Race times:
Saturday, 26 November
06h45: Riders briefing
07h00: 69km marathon
08h15: 37km half-marathon
09h55: 20km fun race
10h30: 10km fun ride
13h00: Prize giving

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