Event Cost: 50km – R275; 25km – R205
Location: Emperors Palace
Distance: 50km, 25km
The MTB event consists of a 25km track which riders complete either once or twice.
Sweat & Gears’ Lee Stockenstrom, who designed the mountain bike courses, has assured that riders would once again get to experience the excitement of riding in the shadow of the aircraft on the grounds of OR Tambo International Airport.
It’s urban mountain biking at its best and it’s so close and easily accessible for riders from all over Gauteng; it’s practically in their backyard.
Stockenstrom, who has been responsible for the mountain bike routes since the discipline was added five years ago, said the course would remain largely unchanged.
It’s very user-friendly and slightly undulating, with some tar work thrown in as well.
There is just one technical drop-off on the 25km track where riders have the option to either take the dive or use the chicken run on the side.
The track is essentially made up of three sections. The first bit is through a forest, then round the dam and suburbs, and finally a seven-kilometre flat section right next to the runway – all interlinked by pavement rides.
The tree section is absolute bliss. It consists of 6km of winding forest with more than enough room to overtake and slightly downhill – so it’s nice and fast!