Valley 2 Valley 2016

2016-07-27 06:00
Shane Hechter tackles ‘Cloggs Climb’.

Shane Hechter tackles ‘Cloggs Climb’.

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FOR the third year the exciting and challenging Valley 2 Valley navigational motorbike enduro took place at Imbabala covering Muden and Weenen valleys.
A total of 168 riders took part (including three ladies), from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Free State and with four riders from Cape Town.

One of the Cape riders was Rory Scheffer, who came straight from France where he had been competing (very successfully) in the Kilians Classik trail run. KZN had a great turn-out and it was great to have a lot of local support from Greytown riders.

This enduro involves a lot of detailed planning and from January, Roger Scheffer, Deon Bruss and Mark Deane, with the help of Shane Hechter, Derrick Clegg, Glen Meter and Shane Holmes, rode nearly every weekend looking for tracks and planning the route - a two-day navigational enduro. Riders have to ride and navigate the course by GPS predetermined tracks.

Day one consisted of a 75km track starting at Imbabala to the Middelrus and Muden Valley. The first rider came in an impressive three hours, the last rider came in after nine hours.

Day two was a 65km ride into the Weenen Valley to the Bushman’s River and back to Imbabala. The first rider was in after 2.5 hours and last in six hours.

Some of the locations on route were named after local riders - Badgers Joke 2 Step, Holmes waterfall, Shane’s Bath (Hecther), Deon’s Revenge, Rogers Diner and Marks Rocks, among others.

There was good community and spectator viewing at “Cloggs climb”, which created amusement on day one. Day 2’s entertainment was provided at “Glen’s rockery”, a challenging section with some good humoured colourful language provided by the riders.

A huge thank you to the organisers, participants, sponsors, local area chiefs and spectators and especially to Chief Mchunu, who endorsed this event - everyone played a part in making this year's event a great success.

Also a big expression of appreciation to the sponsors - the title sponsor New Holland, Racefood, TR TEC Adventures, Supaquik Greytown, aQuellé, Halls Bike Wash, Shemungwe Game capture, Village Signs Greytown, H2B Building, Alfie Cox Racing, Greytown Air-conditioning and Refrigeration.

A big thank you to Stephanie and her catering team at Imbabala Game Lodge for catering and hosting 230 people at the event and for keeping the riders and spectators well fed.

Valley to Valley 2016 donated R7 000 to the local chief and headsmen (who assisted and co-operated for this event) in the form of cattle dip, knapsack sprayers, seed maize and potato seed.

As organiser, Roger Scheffer, said; “From the catering, challenging riding and the vibe as a whole - our event for 2016 was definitely one for the books.”

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