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29 Jul

Old Mutual Wild Series iMfolozi Challenge

Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve

The Old Mutual Wild Series iMfolozi Challenge, sponsored by Old Mutual and the Sunday Tribune is an exciting and gruelling mountain bike challenge that runs its course through the Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Game Reserve, home of the Big Five and the African Wild Dog. With a limited entry field, this event must rank as one of the most sought-after entry events in SA. The iMfolozi Challenge forms part of Wildlands’ pledge to save the Wild Dogs of iMfolozi.  Sadly, there are fewer than 5 000 African Wild Dogs left in the African wild today. Threatened by habitat loss, snaring, poisoning and disease spread by domestic dogs, the “painted wolf” is now endangered. By participating in this amazing challenge, you directly contribute to the conservation of this beautiful protected species.

Once again, entrants from the 2016 iMfolozi event will be given a 1-week entry preference over new riders wanting to take part in the event. The accommodation bookings for the event will also open at the same time as the entries, and will operate on a “first mail, first allocation” system, based on the date and time received. Check out the online entry page for more information and applicable dates.

Not only does the race weekend promise a breath-taking experience in the arid Zululand bush, but participants, family and friends will get a chance to socialise on the Saturday evening. Accommodation for the event includes campsites within iMfolozi at the field near the Centenary Centre, as well as self-catering chalets, bush lodges, rest huts and safari tents.

Organised by: Wildlands
Email: ZandiM@wildlands.co.za
Web: http://www.wildseries.co.za/events/imfolozi-challenge/


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29 Jul

Wildevy MTB

PLM Boskamp Burgersfort, Between Burgersfort and Lydenburg R37

Email: pinocchio@lantic.net
Phone: 082 806 5622 / 083 396 2820 / 082 410 8094
Web: http://www.wildevymtb.co.za


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29 Jul

ASHBURTON NATIONAL MTB SERIES VAN GAALEN #NATMTB5

Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, R560, North West

Van Gaalen really does its job to show off what the Magalies area has to offer for mountain bike thrill seekers, without disappointing results. Over the years, hand built single track has been put together which meanders through the Magalies ravines and gorges, as well as along river banks and over bridges. The trails at the cheese farm switch between varied terrain and include river crossings, bush tunnels and spectacular views, with occasional tough climbs.

You can look forward to a great day out, supporters are able to see some of the race from a hot air balloon at Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris. Routes features with hand built single track, uncongested routes with little overlap, well stocked water points, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike wash and VIP Area.

 Venue: Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, R560, North West

GPS Location: S 25° 47′ 271” E 27° 46′ 327”

Elevation: 1400m

Terrain: Single Track, Jeep Track, Gravel Road, Savannah, Rocky, Hardpack, Indigenous Forest, Bushveld

Features: Hand Built single track, Bridges, River Crossings, Bush tunnels, Spectacular Views, Floating bridge


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30 Jul

Stellenbosch MTB Challenge

Stellenbosch

DATE: Sunday, 30 July 2017
VENUE: Stellenbosch: start @ Eikestad Primary school and finish at van der Stel Sportgrounds
TIME: First start at 08h05, last at 10h20 (provisional)
Mountain Bike DISTANCES:
•    15km funride for children & novices.
•    30km funride for beginner riders
•    50km funride for intermediate

•    42km challenge for intermediate riders, but fitter riders
•    60km challenge for advanced riders
•    75km invitation race for top riders

Meurant Botha of Dirtopia, who has been designing and maintaining mountain bike trails for nearly 20 years says that the routes will pass through more than 50 farms in the area, giving riders the opportunity to tackle some of the best and most beautiful trails in the country. At the finish line there will be kid’s entertainment, food & drink, medals to all finishers and a lucky draw where a bike can be won!

This is a CSA Sanctioned event and CSA membership is required in order to start in the first starting group per distance. If you do not have CSA membership and would like to start in the first group please contact CSA and get your membership before entering. Please note all CSA and UCI rules apply. Read here!

Make sure you LIKE Stellenbosch MTB Challenge page on Facebook to stay updated with all information.


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4 Aug

Glacier Storms River Traverse

Tsitsikamma Village Inn

The original Traverse MTB event, the Glacier Storms River Traverse, combines the relaxed atmosphere of the Tsitsikamma Forests with non-technical riding and a bit of mud to produce the mountain biking calendar’s most enjoyable ride. Bring the whole family along and remember to pack your fancy dress costume for Saturday night’s party (www.glaciertraverse.co.za).

For general enquiries & media queries, please contact:
OFFICE:
Dryland Event Management
+27 44 279 1013
info@dryland.co.za


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12 Aug

Trans Baviaans | Race 1

Willowmore to Jeffrey's Bay

The Trans Baviaans is a 24hr mountain bike marathon single stage race of 230km from Willowmore in the heart of the Eastern Cape Karoo through the world heritage site and remote Baviaanskloof and finishes in Jeffreys Bay the surfing capital of South Africa. Simply put, it is the original and toughest single stage race in the world!

Rolling under the Spur arch at the Fountains Mall in Jeffrey’s Bay to complete the Trans Baviaans with teammates by your side is one of the unique highs of mountain biking.

Rolling under the Spur arch at the Fountains Mall in Jeffrey’s Bay to complete the Trans Baviaans with teammates by your side is one of the unique highs of mountain biking.

Trans Baviaans 2017

Dates: Race 1: 12 & 13 August | Race 2: 19 & 20 August
Entries Open: 1 December 2016
Distance: 227km
Altitude Gain: 2 843m
Website: www.transbaviaans.co.za
Facebook: Trans Baviaans
Twitter: @EcoBoundMTB
Instagram: @transbaviaans

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19 Aug

Trans Baviaans | Race 2

Willowmore to Jeffrey's Bay

The Trans Baviaans is a 24hr mountain bike marathon single stage race of 230km from Willowmore in the heart of the Eastern Cape Karoo through the world heritage site and remote Baviaanskloof and finishes in Jeffreys Bay the surfing capital of South Africa. Simply put, it is the original and toughest single stage race in the world!

Riders grinding their way up the infamous Mother of All Climbs. Photo by www.jacquesmarias.co.za | Pentax.

Riders grinding their way up the infamous Mother of All Climbs.
Photo by www.jacquesmarias.co.za | Pentax.

Trans Baviaans 2017

Dates: Race 1: 12 & 13 August | Race 2: 19 & 20 August
Entries Open: 1 December 2016
Distance: 227km
Altitude Gain: 2 843m
Website: www.transbaviaans.co.za
Facebook: Trans Baviaans
Twitter: @EcoBoundMTB
Instagram: @transbaviaans

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19 Aug

Q4 Platberg MTB Race

Harrismith

Q4 Platberg MTB Race
This is a weekend filled with MTB and Trail running in Harrismith.
Registration from Friday 18 August 2017
Friday 18 August 2017 late afternoon we will host a night MTB or Trail run
Saturday 19 August 2017 we will be hosting the Q4 Platberg MTB race 10km, 25km, and the 60km race.
Sunday 20 August 2017 we host the trail runners for a nice trail run two different distances, we will confirm the distances and maps ASAP.
MTB: We are the host for the Free State Marathon series leg two in a series of four races to take place over the Free State.
The 60km route will have it fair share of climbing and then the reward of going down the very nice and flowing single track with some of the trails crossing streams and over bridges, you will get some awesome views of the Drakensberg, Sterkfontein dam and even Harrismith you will also pass near an old blockhouse while doing the race.
The 25km race will be fun and if you did a MTB race before this one you will have fun with it there is a few climbs but as for the single tracks that follow and the crossing over and thru some water streams you will enjoy the day out on the bike and love the scenery.
The 10km race will be for the youngster to enjoy and will be with little technical terrain.

 

Accommodation detail for both events:
1) Mountainview Inn Harrismith Tel: 058 623 0255/079 511 0777 Email: mountainview@mighty.co.za
2) Shady Pines Harrismith Tel: 058 622 3020/072 480 2677 Email: info@shadypines.co.za

 

http://www.platbergmtb.co.za/

Contact

Morne Cotton       076 358 7804

Jano van Reenen  082 337 5228 platbergmtb@gmail.com


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26 Aug

Wees Wakker Fees MTB Challenge

Middelburg

A premier event on the Highveld MTB calendar for 2017. Three distances planned (70km, 35km, 15km and 5km fun walk ride). Fun run to start 15 mins before Fun ride. Serious prize money shared equally between women and men. Fun filled day for the whole family with good food, coffee and lots of entertainment. Event forms part of the annual Wees Wakker Fees as hosted by Laerskool Middelburg www.laerskoolmiddelburg.co.za.

phillip.mulder@gmail.com

082 603 62 67


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26 Aug

Tour De Pilanesberg Wilderness

Pilanesberg - Bakgatla resort

Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Exclusive Ride – Save the date!

 

Facebook event hosted by: Pilanesberg National Park & Wildlife Trust

Ever thought the odds were against you? I mean facing 45 hungry lions, 40 sneaky leopards and 300 musting elephants, strolling about in a thick bush almost the size of Pretoria CBD (they can’t mention how many rhinos). The African animal density is insane! An now you want to come ride your mountain bike through here…askies…?
Jip this was the 38th NO answer I humbly received, pulling all the strings I could find in my 3 month visit to the majestic park. I begged and borrowed lifts through the park as every day was more special than the previous one. Wildlife oooozing out the veld. I thought it’s just easier to say NO than to have a cyclist following close to the car…until the one day I was distracted in the game viewer and my game ranger was so exited he could see new born antelope – why is that I asked? Because they are usually eaten by now – his words were not cold when he almost had a light heart attack… “Leopard!” he silently yelled. The leopard was 4m from the vehicle (how did I not see him?). I guess in the same way the antelope grazing around him did not either…then the 38 NO’s made sense…
This place became the ultimate bucket list to cycle through – not just because everyone said NO but finally I can be amongst these animals in their homes. Maybe as their dinner guest?? But a guest none the less. Unfortunately you will not be in so much danger as they are now leveling the playing field for an annual ride through the park. With the exception to enter with one vehicle per 10 cyclists – There are only 15 armed rangers allocated to us and 1 scouting chopper (the bush is way too thick to only rely on vehicles and rangers on ground floor). To make it worse… a cyclist is an odd shaped creature and can surprise a few larger animals that might cause a stampede (get your life insurance in order before you join).
So, on this promised day (24 August 2017 – Saturday) of entry into this magnificent park – we shall ride our iron, carbon, aluminium horses from 7am for 65 hilly kilometres. (please don’t assume its flat – you will be riding in an extinct volcano ridge! – AND, AND, AND…we will have the privilege of cycling the ‘wilderness area’ – no public allowed…can you imagine!!!)
The exclusivity had to be limited to 50 lucky people to get an entry.
Lunch is at the luxurious Bakgatla boma (still inside the park) – imagine a fine dining burger experience…chicken or beef?
Don’t rush through this day as it might never pass you again. This day will be dedicated to securing the rhinos in the park and 80% of the entry will go to rhino conservation in Pilanesberg National Park.
Entries are R3500pp – Jip, you will have armed body guards paid to risk their limbs for you.
If you would like to make The Pilanesberg Wildlife Trust your charity this year please go to their web page and click on the donate button (Waaay at the bottom of any page). You can also find more info about their efforts in the park by following the link http://www.pilanesbe…ifetrust.co.za/
Stay tuned for specials and activities in the area, and make this event a weekend away! Give the Tour de Pilanesberg a thumbs up for their conservation efforts!

 

http://pilanesbergwildlifetrust.co.za/

Contact Information

Phone: +27 (0)14 555 1600 (switchboard)
Fax: +27 (0)14 555 5871
Email: manager@pwt.org.za

Postal Address: PO Box 1201, Mogwase, 0314

 


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