All set for the ultimate off road testPOSTED: 09/27/12 12:24 PM
St. Maarten – In addition to riding against the clock in the first St Maarten Duo Extreme which will take place this Sunday, the 50 odd participants will also have an opportunity to discover some rare scenes when they cover the 60 kilometer course on both sides of the island.
The event will start and conclude at Port De Plaisance on Sunday morning at 6.30 a.m. and is organized by Erick van Engelen with assistance of several local mountain bikers. It is the first in a series of races. Following in order will be Aruba during the month of October; in November the action will shift to Bonaire and in December, the curtains will come down in Curacao.
“St. Maarten has the potential to have an extreme mountain bike race because of its trails in Bellevue and the many hills around the island,” said Engelen who also sees this event as a huge boost for sports tourism due to the fact that riders from Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba and the British Virgin Islands will be participating.
The event will be divided into categories for men, women, mixed, seniors and junior riders. “We are operating on a limited budget, so the only thing at stake will be the fantastic race around the island and the adrenaline pumping when going downhill,” Engelen added.
The registration for the event takes place on Friday and Saturday at Port De Plaisance from 5.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. The entry fee for each rider is US $50 and all participants will be able to get breakfast prior to the start.