If there was a thesaurus published by mountain bikers – and you looked up “Mountain Biking” – the entry would read “Ridetheberg”
100kms of mostly single track – in the Drakensberg. There’s really no need to say much more….
Except that it is taking place on 23 & 24 May 2020, at All Out Adventures in the Northern Berg, and that the vibe is amazing. Most chilled participants, friendliest staff, and so much fun stuff for the supporters to do, that you WILL NOT want to leave.
If our reasoning isn’t immediately obvious -read on
Drakensberg – this is a great destination for an event because it is in the middle of everywhere – (except if you live in Cape Town – sorry :() You can drive here easily from Gauteng, Durban, the Free State and Mpumalanga. Its also so BEAUTIFUL!. Both days offer the most spectacular views.
Mostly Single Track – this is marvellous because the fun starts straight away – so even if you aren’t that fit, you are distracted from your aching legs and burning lungs by the sheer adrenalin of the track. There’s no slogging on district roads for miles, getting smoked by the roadies, who then hit the brakes on the tricky descents (No offence roadies – we are actually just in awe of your superior fitness and high pain threshold)
Supporter friendly venue – How often do you go to a stage race and your better half and kids are relegated to vagrant status cause they don’t have the arm band for the meal tent, or the chill zone, and the physio tent is over run by growly racing snakes rolling their sinewed muscles? Even the bean bags are fiercely guarded by exhausted mid fielders who forgot they have a day job and went out too hard… All Out Adventures is great – because we LOVE spectators – everyone can get food, the kids can be entertained for hours on the adventure rides, and if the non-rider who has a crick in their neck from loading the bike rack one too many times wants a session at the physio, they can book in! No longer will you find your supporters languishing on the finish line in the boiling hot sun, looking longingly at the chocolate milk, and hating you because you’re the only one in the family who has had any fun this weekend.
The other thing that makes this even SUPER supporter friendly, is that you don’t sleep at the race village. You take your pick of one of the many and varied nearby accommodation venues that cater for all tastes and budgets. This stage race weekend suddenly turns into a holiday.
If you do this race, you will likely win approval for many future sports passes, so there really isn’t any reason not to come!