Econorun in Free State

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JO­HAN­NES­BURG — En­tries are now open for the 36th edi­tion of this pop­u­lar RFS (Re­tire­ment Fund So­lu­tions) Bike Econorun.

With the fuel con­sump­tion of a va­ri­ety of bikes tested un­der con­trolled con­di­tions, the Econorun is a solid in­di­ca­tion of how well the var­i­ous bikes in the lo­cal mar­ket do. The re­sults are very im­por­tant to the in­dus­try and also ex­tremely valu­able to the buy­ing pub­lic, who are look­ing to shave as much off their fuel bills as pos­si­ble.

Go­ing south this year

The route for this year’s event breaks with tra­di­tion — af­ter hav­ing been held in Mpumalanga for many years, this year’s route will take com­peti­tors from Brak­pan, on the East Rand, to the Black Moun­tain Ho­tel on the out­skirts of Thaba ’Nchu in the south­ern Free State. The Run will start at the En­gen Car­ni­val City ser­vice sta­tion in Brak­pan.

The first leg will be a 600 km run to the overnight stop at event head­quar­ters at the Black Moun­tain Ho­tel. Day 2 will con­sist of a cir­cu­lar route back to the ho­tel for the fin­ish and prize giv­ing.

With the event head­quar­ters lo­cated in the heart of the Maria Mokba Game Re­serve and over­look­ing the Groothoek Dam, the par­tic­i­pants will be treated to spec­tac­u­lar scenery.

Fran­cois Jor­daan, the Econorun’s clerk of the course, says: “We are in the pro­cess of dot­ting i’s and cross­ing the t’s where the route is con­cerned.

“It is a com­plete change from pre­vi­ous years but will be as big a chal­lenge as ever, and fuel con­sump­tion fig­ures will be earned the hard way. The change to the fin­ish venue was made be­cause we felt it would be closer to home base for many would be com­peti­tors.”

Reg­u­la­tions and en­try forms are avail­able on the web­site and en­tries will be ac­cepted on a first come first served ba­sis. The event caters for all types of road­wor­thy mo­tor­cy­cles — in­clud­ing pil­lions — that can travel a min­i­mum of 350 km on a full tank of fuel.

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