LORD OF THE CHAINRINGS:
based in Hogsback, so it’s beautiful – think Lord of the Rings scenery. It is a three- day stage race (meaning that the race is divided into three parts with each day covering a particular distance), so a relative fitness base is essential for this event. Stage one is approximately 63km, with total ascent of up to 1 650m, stage two i s 78km, with total ascent of 1 730m, and stage three finds cyclists covering 58km, with total ascent of 1 306m, before crossing the final finishing line. Cyclists won’t find themselves bored as, apart from the stunning scenery, the race offers an extremely varied terrain from a forested single track, to a cattle track, jeep track and various farm roads. The route profile is a fantastic mix of inclines, taking you up to the most amazing views, and technical downhills – all of which is definite drawcard for the adventurous mountain biker.
With regard to the accommodation, you stay in the town so it’s your choice how luxurious and pricey you’d like to go. “This route is exciting and it’s mostly single track, so I’d recommend anyone who enjoys mountain-biking weekends to try it,” says Janneke Leask, a cycling consultant based i n Johannesburg. The race usually takes place in November, and is a fast sell-out, so early entry is pivotal if you wish to take part in this particular event.