After not featuring on the cycling calendar last year, race director Darren Herbst said they had decided to reintroduce the event next month after an overwhelming demand from the cycling fraternity.

He said the third edition, presented by ASG Events in partnership with the City of Drakenstein on May 20, will take participants through the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and past the Taal Monument.

"I can't put into words how beautiful the scenery is and how excited I am about the new single-track we've created," said Herbst.

"It's an experience I can truly say the riders won't forget."

He said they were providing 60km and 30km options to cater for riders of all levels.

"For the long distance riders, there's a lot of new single-track and plenty of great views as they get to experience riding along the top of Paarl Mountain.

"The route does have a kick or two in it so it will be for the more seasoned riders."

He said they had placed a lot of focus on the shorter race and had included a number of custom-built tracks more suited to "weekend warrior type riders".

"In a lot of other events the shorter race is neglected, so we've really concentrated on providing something that's really special."

He said the 30km event incorporated some of the single-track sections - especially the newer ones - of the longer race.

With much of the single-track for the revamped event created from scratch, Herbst said the route would offer a completely new experience for the field of about 1 000 that will take to the start at Rhebokskloof.

"With the route we've put together, along with the overall experience, the day will really be something special."

Visit www.asgevents.co.za/paarlmtb/ to enter or for more information.

CAPTION: The third Bestmed Paarl MTB Classic will take riders through the scenic Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve and along custom-built single-track trails. Photo: Capcha Photography