Kachelhoffer, who will again link up with Seyffert for the Sanlam MTB Invitational, said he felt some riders lost interest in the longer events after a few days and that two or three-day events were perfectly suited to cycling in South Africa.
“I think everyone loves the shorter multiday events and the two-day concept should work.”
He anticipated a good challenge from a route that circled Paarl Mountain on the opening day and involved some climbing on day two.
“I have never done a race in the Paarl-area on a mountain bike so I don’t know it very well.
“But having moved to Paarl in the last month, I have learnt a bit about some of the trails. There’s lots of climbing, but it should be a fun route.”
In the sections he had encountered on his training rides, Kachelhoffer described the single-track as fast and flowing and believed the route would make for an exciting race.
“It’s actually short enough for a few teams to stay together and then I think possibly whoever has the best climbing legs on the day could end up riding away.”
Although he still competed in premier road events such as the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope and Jock Tour, the former SA time-trial champion said his focus had moved to multiday mountain bike events.
“Cycling is massive globally but in South Africa mountain biking seems to be exploding, so I’m very much focused on that now.”