MESSAGE FROM THE RACE DIRECTOR
2017 sees the 5th running of the dusi2c. We always knew that dusi2c would become popular as it is a short 2 day stage race which has some great mountain biking trails through the valleys between Pietermaritzburg and Durban.
This would not have been possible without the enduring support and enthusiasm of a number of passionate groups of people to whom we are enormously indebted.
Firstly, I extend my appreciation and gratitude to the Natal Canoe Club who are committed to the communities along the route through which we will be riding. Without them and their years of continued work with these communities’ preparations for this event would have been extremely difficult. Their enthusiasm and support of dusi2c is appreciated and we would like to assure them that we are committed to work together and benefit many people from within their communities and beyond. Thank you too, to all the landowners and rural household concerned for their generous co-operation and assistance where in many cases we will be riding through their back yards. With their support, we will be able to continually upgrade the event and the route.
Thanks to for the support from Durban Green Corridor and DUCT. Durban Green Corridor together with DUCT are our official route partners and without their support and assistance the relationships in the valley would not be what they are. Great mountain bike events are all about the route and this will be our focus each and every year. Ultimately, dusi2c is all about the riding. That’s what will make it a success for everyone involved. Once again, we continue to work hard to innovate and incorporate new features to keep the event fresh and exciting for riders, sponsors and our valued dusi2c communities. We hope that you all master the GPS navigation method. We convinced it is the way to go particularly with stage racing.
Then there are the riders… all the first timers, we hope you have a great ride and that we live up to all your expectations. Thank you for placing your trust in us with this event.
We are honored to be associated with a local Pietermaritzburg company who shares our passion for helping those in the valley. To all our other great partners we appreciate the great relationship we have built up over the years. We look forward to working with all these particular groups and continuing to build this event together in the future.
Thank you to one and all, for your support and commitment to the dusi2c.
Durban Green Corridor (DGC) is excited to be working in partnership with the dusi2c again this year to ensure that trails are clear, fun and safe for all riders. Durban Green Corridor has a staff team of local people from within the valley who are employed to develop and maintain mountain biking trails along the whole uMngeni Valley so it makes sense that we are working in partnership when the dusi2c route passes directly through this area.
DGC is a local economic development initiative of eThekwini Municipality managed by DUCT (Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust) which aims to create opportunities for those living within the uMngeni River Valley through job creation, skills development, community upliftment and youth development. In addition to the trails, DGC has also turned many previously inaccessible areas of natural beauty into places of adventure and leisure for all to benefit. Local communities are involved in the development, design and operations of these areas to ensure they benefit the communities and also respect tradition and culture. The sites and trails now attract mountain bikers and other adventure and eco-tourists from all over the world as well as offering youth programmes for local youth in the areas of sports development (with a big emphasis on mountain biking), environmental education and culture.
By working with dusi2c not only are we able to bring more people along to experience and enjoy our trails, but it also provides a chance to showcase the difference we are making to the communities and a chance to celebrate this wonderful event with them in their valley.
To find out more please see www.durbangreencorridor.co.za