Varsity College Boosts MTB Race Prize for Students

The Independent Institute of Education’s (IIE) Varsity College will be awarding a R 50 000 bursary to the winner* of the U23 category of the GO!Durban100 mountain bike Race on Sunday, 8 September 2019.

The GO!Durban100 is a brand new CSA-Sanctioned mountain bike race on the KZN race calendar and will feature some of the most pristine trails and never-before-ridden sections along the Umgeni river between Inanda and Blue Lagoon (100km start is at Giba Gorge Mountain Bike Park).

“The GO!Durban100 is set to become the next signature mountain bike event in Durban, replacing events like the Marriot Freedom Race and Hill2Hill Stage Race,” explains Shaun Peschl, Director of Peschl Sports. “Partners such as IIE’s Varsity College provide a huge boost for the race and will attract young riders who are the future professionals of the sport to compete. We believe that education is equally important as sports training, which makes the IIE’s Varsity College partnership the ultimate prize for riders who want to further their careers in all aspects.”

The prize is only open to riders aged 19 – 23 competing in the 100km race and riders must meet the minimum entrance criteria to study an IIE qualification at the IIE’s Varsity College in order to qualify for the prize. The prize is eligible to riders nationwide and the bursary can be used at any one of the 8 IIE’s Varsity College campuses. The bursary recipient will be eligible to compete at the USSA Cycle Tour in 2020, as well asother races as part of the IIE’s Varsity College cycling team.

“Our partnership with the GO!Durban100 MTB is in line with our future plans to further our investment in cycling, in particular, the U23 category over the next few years,” explains Carole Adam, National Sports Manager of IIE’s Varsity College.”We believe that there is gap in terms of support for riders in this age group once they leave high school and we are putting robust measures in place to improve this for students within our tertiary institution. We are excited to witness the talent that comes to the fore and we look forward to welcoming new riders to the IIE’s Varsity College Cycling Team for 2020!” she concludes.

Race entries cost R 350.00 and are available on www.roag.co.za until 31st August 2019. There is also a 50km (R220) and 20km (R150) option. For more information on the event, visit the Facebook or Instagram page, or email Tennille Taylor at cycle@godurban.co.za.

For more information on the IIE’s Varsity College category prize please contact Travis Hesom at thesom@varsitycollege.co.za.

*Full terms and conditions for prize winners:

1. The prize is only open to riders aged 19 – 23 competing in the 100km race.

2. Riders must meet the minimum entrance criteria to study an IIE qualification at the IIE’s Varsity College in order to qualify for the prize.

3. Eligible riders will be subject to an interview with a student advisor at any one of 8 IIE’s Varsity College campuses nationwide. The interview will assist the prospective student in identifying which qualification would be the most suitable for the prospective student. The interview must take place before the race in order for the rider to be eligible for the prize.

4. The prize will be a bursary towards the student’s tuition fees to study a fulltime (contact) qualification at IIE’s Varsity College which is valued at R 50 000 for one person only. The balance of fees must be paid by the student or fee payer. It is only valid for one (1) year of study in 2020.

5. The bursary recipient will be eligible for selection to the IIE’s Varsity College Cycling Team for 2020 and must be available to compete for the IIE Varsity College at the USSA Cycle Tour in 2020 and a minimum of 8 races in the IIE’s Varsity College kit in 2020.

6. The student will be eligible to apply for sports bursary to assist in funding their studies after year one (1).The sports bursary based on their 2020 academic results and sporting performance. If the student is successful, they are required to sign a sports bursary contract.

7. The bursary prize is not transferable to cash and excludes academic material, VC sports club fees, repeat modules, development modules, online or distant qualifications or Short Learni