“If you enter a local stage race, you are investing in the future of Mtbiking in the Eastern Cape! “
This was the statement made at the launch of The PwC Great Zuurberg Trek last night. So true and we indeed have some top class events to choose from.
The Eastern Cape covers a huge and diverse area from the coast to deep into the Karoo. A perfect way to explore this beautiful and untamed region is by doing one of the many stage races on offer. Not one of them the same catering for those attempting their very first stage event up to the seasoned racers who are looking for something different and challenging!
25 – 26 April ( 2 stages )
The Mpekweni MTB classic is a two-day stage race in the heart of the sunshine coast that will take place during the long weekend of the 25th April 2015. Day one 60 km and day two 50 km. Mpekweni is situated between PE and East London. There are different race packages on offer. The route will take riders through the old Ciskei farms and offers some of the most pristine single tracks, breathtaking views, river crossings and some of the best jeep tracks in the Eastern Cape. This is an ideal MTB stage race as it caters for the whole family; while Mom or Dad are enjoying the adventure-filled route, the rest of the family can enjoy the entertainment and facilities on offer at the Mpekweni Beach Resort. Both stages will start and finish at the Mpekweni Beach Resort.
29 – 31 May ( 3 stages )
The PwC Zuurberg Trek gives you the unique opportunity to ride once off single track in the Addo Elephant Park! All 3 stages are circular routes, starting and finishing at the same place, meaning you don’t have to pack up your stuff and move house each day, and you don’t need to see to complicated transport logistics to get back to your car after the final stage.
Hayterdale Trails is located in a unique position offering a completely different riding experience depending on which direction you ride.
Stage 1 – 70km with 1400m climbing (Sundays River Valley)
Stage 2 – 75km with 1970m climbing (Untouched singletrack and jeeptrack in the heart of the Zuurberg Mountains)
Stage 3 – 50km with 1380m climbing (Singletrack Heaven at Hayterdale Trails)
13 – 14 June ( 2 stages )
Situated between PE and East London this is a race perfect for those attempting their first stage race. A good combination of off road riding combined with the beautiful Kap River Nature Reserve. Stage 1 starts in the Nature Reserve, on the Western banks of the Fish River. Riders will be riding amongst an abundance of wildlife as they take on this 50km route. Stage 2 takes place on the Eastern side of the Fish River. It is a 60km stage, taking in some scenic gravel roads, jeeptrack and singletrack cattle paths and finishing with a unique loop through the Fish River Sun golf course, crossing the feature bridge over the Old Womans River and finishing on the lawn in front of the clubhouse.
8 – 10 August ( 3 stages )
The Tsitsikamma Village Inn situated in Storms River Village – The beautiful and untouched gem of the Garden Route, will host riders on this 3-day mountain bike stage ride. With tracks hugging the rugged coastline and views only seen on postcards, this ride is designed around the intermediate cyclist looking for an adventure without having to spend hours training every day. The daily distances range from 40-70 kms and will traverse the mountains, plantations and coastline adjacent to the Village. Stage distances: Day 1 – 62.2 km; Day 2 – 40 km; Day 3 – 45.7 km
3 – 6 September ( 4 stages )
The route in 2015 will once again reverse and the start will be at Wedgewood Country Estate outside of Port Elizabeth and the finish will be quite dramatic as the riders cross the Keurbooms River by floating bridge and onto the finish line at Forever Resorts. The distances for each day will be less than 100 km: Day 1 – 80 km; Day 2- 92 km; Day 3 – 65 km; Day 4 – 92 km
New Class and Prize Money
We have opened up entries to 100 solo riders, no money will be awarded to solo class, only trophies. Prize money will be R200 000 in total to all teams.
2 – 4 October ( 3 stages )
The Lormar Endurance MTB Tour provides all of that and more! The Tour’s starting venue is at a well known Arabian horse farm, Fairview with the Lormar Endurance horse stud, hence the Tour name followed. Stage 2 takes the riders to the artistic town of Nieu Bethesda where the Tour will overnight and experience the town and it’s people. This is a 3 days stage race totalling 160 km and 2000 m ascent.
At the Lormar Tour we make sure the family is part of the experience, therefore we introduce to you the Lormar Mini and Lormar Kiddies races. The Lormar Mini is for beginner riders, the family and supporters that like to do shorter distances each day. The Lormar Kiddies race is one of the highlights of the Tour. Here, the parents cheer and the kids do their own race on a 500m circuit!
More events taking place towards the end of 2015 to be added as we get confirm information