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At the end of an extended season of racing Tyronne White will give it one last big push at the aQuellé Tour Durban powered by CycleLab 40km MTB race on Saturday 27 November.

DriveTrain Academy’s White showed his all-round form by being the first rider home at the recent Amashova 80km road race and has been heavily involved in the popular Quattro ROAG Series where he finished in second place to winner Stuart Marais.

White says he is confident that he can give the aQuellé Tour Durban MTB title race a good crack despite it falling outside his training window.

“The form is probably on its way out and I’m taking a bit of time off ahead of the Tour Durban but I’ll definitely be there to give it a full go next weekend,” White said.

“It is exciting that we can race close to sea level in an area that isn’t Hola Trails because I know those trails like the back of my hand!

“I am looking forward to the change in scenery and I am sure it’s going to offer up a tough challenge because I see that there is a fair bit of climbing on the cards but that’s going to add a good aspect to the racing.”

The DriveTrain Academy that was set up in Ballito has fast become one of the most prominent team on the mountain biking circuit in KwaZulu-Natal and for White having a group of like-minded people has led to that.

“We have always tried to instill in the team that we are there to have fun because that is why we all started riding our bikes.

“There is a serious element where we try and push each other to be the best we possibly can be but we are also there to have a good time with good friends.

“Hopefully we can get some of the team to the Tour Durban this year and put in a good showing at the race.”

The Tour Durban road race on Sunday will attract some of the country’s top roadies and for the MTB race on the Saturday White thinks that there will also be a strong field assembled.

“The MTB race will probably incorporate quite a lot of district road and probably won’t be as technical so that some of the roadies will take part but I think that we will see a good group of MTB riders taking part.

“To win a race like the Tour Durban whether it be the road race or the MTB race would be a great achievement because it is one of our big events in KZN.

“It’s also nice that this year they’ve gone with an out-and-out MTB race after there used to be the cyclo-cross event so that might attract more riders to the MTB events,” he added.

The 2021 aQuellé Tour Durban will offer two different MTB race with a 40km race and a shorter 20km race on Saturday, 27 November.