The Eliminator Series
Eliminator is a short course heat racing format of mountain biking. Riders race 4 at a time across a course that will test their speed, power and bike handling ability. The top 2 finishers advance to the next round and the bottom 2 finishers are eliminated from the event. The racing is elbow to elbow, fast and exciting. Spectators are able to get up close to the action and see majority of the course from one spot.
The Junior Eliminator Series was created in 2014 with events spread across the Western Cape, KwaZulu Natal and Gauteng. The aim was to introduce young riders to this UCI format of competition and is a great way to test their/teach them skills needed to participate in the other cycling disciplines. Eliminator puts everyone on an even playing field as everyone can go fast for a few hundred meters and with this format something as little as a slip of the gears, a dropped chain or being boxed out in a corner can leave the door wide open for the other competitors to take the win.
After much begging and pleading, in 2017 we dropped the "Junior" part of the series to include the "older children" which saw the addition of u/23, Open age divisions as well as a very popular "moms and dads" category. As well as the addition of the older kids, we also further extended to included an event in both the Free State and Eastern Cape.
2018 bought with it big changes, the Eliminator Series would be added to the Cycling South Africa's SA Cup Series(Cross Country) to create a festival of bikes and racing with events spread across the country further extending the reach of the Eliminator Series. Once again the Eliminator Series would be offering prize money to the podium finishers in all divisions and fantastic raffle draw prizes at each event including a bicycle valued at R40 000 at the end of the series.