24hr MTB marathon team event in the Drakensberg region of Van Reenens Pass and Bezuidenhouts Pass – distance 210 km – ascent 3600m.
Web registration is available.
Opens on 2011-03-01.
Closes on 2011-10-15.
Cost: R 3 500 per team
License: CSA license
Course Description: While training for the “ TransBaviaans” we started exploring the region of the Van Reenen, the Lost Valley, Middledale Pass, Bezuidenhout Pass, Retief Pass, and have come up with a 200km route with a 3600m ascent around the mountain called “TINTWA”. This route really suite the extreme mountain bike riders (the latest MTB trend). We have asked mountain bike riders across the country what there thoughts were if we launch such an event. The proposed route will start at Highlands Farm Estate near Van Reenen towards farms Nelsons Hoek (Waine Goble) and Bagshot (Jacques Van Niekerk), using tranquil MTB jeep and single tracks. First check point will be on farm ‘Bagshot” at km 36. The race will continue towards Swinburne on jeep and dirt roads to 2nd checkpoint km 74 at “Montrose” shell ultra city.
Following dirt roads and jeep track towards Bezuidenhouts Pass with breathtaking panoramic views of Kwazulu Natal. All downhill riders take off to the game farm Kwaggashoek of Willie van der Merwe our 3rd checkpoint km 114. Here riders will join their family and supporters with a well deserved lunch. Riders will then continue on dirt road towards Geluksburg our 4th checkpoint km130, followed by little tar road up Middeldale Pass turning at farm Gevaar (Ben Bester) down towards the Lost Valley and Sand River Valley our 5th checkpoint km170. The last climb of the day towards Van Reenen on a cattle path next to the N3 takes riders to “Windy Corner, and ending at Highlands Farm Estate km 210.