Event Cost: Cost: 80km (R280), 40km (R150), 25km (R70)
Location: Amalienstein Packing Shed, Amalienstein, to Ladismith High School, Ladismith
Distance: 80km (07h30), 40km (07h45), 25km (08h00)
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PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE 8 October
REGISTRATION Friday 12 October at Ladismith High School,from 14h00 – 21h00 and Saturday 13 October at race venue (Amalienstein), from 05h30 – 07h00
LATE ENTRIES available after 8 October and on Friday or Saturday for additional late entry fee
80km (07h30) – R280 / R310 late entry
40km (07h45) – R150 / R180 late entry
25km (08h00) – R70
The race will start at Amalienstein, 25 km from Ladismith, on Route 62 in the direction of Oudtshoorn. (East) From the start in front of the Lutheran Church, participants in the 80 km Challenge will first traverse the Orchards of Amalienstein Farm, before joining the gravel road through Seweweekspoort. This part of the road traverses the Swartberg Nature Reserve and Water Catchments area. At the Northern exit of the Poort in the Great Karoo, riders will do a 10 km loop and then join the gravel road for the return through the Seweweekspoort. Riders should exercise caution here as there will be light motor vehicle traffic on the road and the leaders should note that there will still be participants riding northwards to the turning loop. A refreshment station and Control point will be situated at the Northern exit of the Poort. Riders will proceed back to the start via the gravel road through the Poort to Amalienstein where another refreshment station will be situated. From here participants in the 80 km Challenge will follow the same route as the 25 km Mini Challenge.
From Amalienstein riders in both races will follow a footpath to Zoar and then cross the R62 main road. From here single track, jeep track and gravel roads will take participants through fruit farms in the magnificent Hoeko valley and across the farm Spera to join the Hoeko road via Knuyswagendrift to Ladismith. Refreshment stations will be situated just after the farm Spera and in Knuyswagendrift.
The 40km added in 2010 attracted well over 500 riders last year. The route also do the first few kilometres in The Poort before turning back and entering some sweet single track on the way back to Amalienstein. It is still not that technical and you might have to get off your bike once for a small portage of about 20 meters. The last 25km is exactly as the short race.
All riders will finish at the Ladismith High School Sports grounds.