LORD OF THE CHAINRINGS:

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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.

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