Overberg Agri Mtb challenge
* 9:30 – 75km Whale Route
* 9:45 – 55km Eland Route
* 10:00 – 32km Bontebok Route
* 10:15 – 10km Vulture Route
MTB Route Description
As in previous years, the routes start and end at the Potberg entrance to De Hoop Nature Reserve. The route mainly follows the much improved route of last year and again incorporates all the best elements of the previous versions of the route, whilst excluding the sand and rock track sections.
As it did last year, the route traverses around Potberg down to the Breede River along fast undulating farm jeep and single tracks. New track sections have been opened through the farms before reaching the Infanta road, as well as in the section on the opposite side of the Infanta road, along the river passing the bush pub and through the olive farm.
Cyclists then cross over the Infanta road again and head up and over the Potberg. This section, introduced in 2009, traverses over a neck in the mountain, which was historically a farm access route over the Potberg. Much work by the local farmers has gone into reopening this previously overgrown track. It is rideable the whole way on a springy vegetated surface. At the top you are greeted with spectacular sweeping views across the fynbos hills down to the sea. The descent down the other side is a highlight, in the form of a steep but contoured grassy single track that links up with the gravel road that heads back to the Potberg start. A short but scenic new section at Cupidoskraal provides a pleasant detour from this road.
The 55km Route continues along this road to the finish, whereas the 75km route heads left, up the well loved short steep Vaalkrans concrete track, which after turning right at the top follows a bumpy track down to the sea. As in 2009, this loop section is done in the less demanding anti clockwise direction, gradually descending towards the sea for some whale watching and climbing back on the gradually inclining gravel road. After an exhilarating descent of the concrete track it is an easy 7km back to the finish along the main gravel road
The 75 km Route will require a reasonable level of fitness and does offer a challenge for the fit rider looking for something more rewarding and extreme than the ordinary. If you are unsure about your fitness and looking for a challenging ride nonetheless, the 55km provides a challenge comparable to many other races’long route
The 32km Route sets off along the gravel road towards the Vaalkrans concrete track climb and then follows the same loop towards the sea as the 75 km before descending the concrete track and back to the finish along the 7km main gravel road. The concrete track climb is short but tough and will see many a novice doing a hike-a-bike. The next couple of kilometres will also test their technical skill across the rocky section, but otherwise it is not too technical and suitable for the less fit, but prepared rider looking for an enjoyable, scenic and rewarding ride
The 10km Route is suitable for all ages and a pleasant family excursion. The organisers believe in continuous improvement and have again managed to deliver on their commitment of showcasing the best, most scenic and enjoyable Potberg routes to date (and they have some plans up their sleeves for improvement in 2011!)