Pedal power to take over Jeffreys Bay

2015-07-09 06:00
Representing the Kouga Express at the JBay MTB Open are Elmarie Gouws and Tanje Barrett.                     
Photo:
SHANE BARRETT

Representing the Kouga Express at the JBay MTB Open are Elmarie Gouws and Tanje Barrett. Photo: SHANE BARRETT

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THE Kouga Express will for the first time put their pedal power to the test as hundreds of adrenaline junkies descend on Jeffreys Bay for the Jeffreys Bay Mountain Bike Open.

Representing the Kouga Express, Tanje Barrett and Elmarie Gouws will tackle purpose-built wooden bridges and berms, fast farm roads, as tight and twisty singletrack along an old riverbed and a tunnel of natural vegetation.

Now in its third year, the Mountain Bike Open wheels off at the Kabeljauws Lagoon at 08:00 this Saturday and features three routes: 40km, 60km and 85km.

The 40km route is designed for the adventurous fun rider looking to ride a significant distance and will be fairly flat and non-technical. The two longer routes require good technical proficiency and some training in the legs, with the 60km aimed at trail riders and the 85km at fit racers with marathon experience.

The longer routes will also feature spectacular trails in Impala Ranch, a bike park outside Jeffreys Bay. The 1 000 hectares of pristine countryside has been a private game farm for the past 20 years with access only to family and friends of the landowner.

The event carries the unique distinction of being the only MTB event in Africa to run through a wind farm.

Riders taking part in the 60km and 85km routes will be racing through the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, situated between Jeffreys Bay and Humansdorp, riding along the roads that are interspersed by 80m tall wind turbines towers, spread more than 500m apart.

PRIZE MONEY

85KM

1st - R 5 500; 2nd - R 2 500; 3rd - R 1 350

60KM

1st - R 2 500; 2nd - R 1 200; 3rd - R 850

40KM

1st - R 1 500; 2nd - R 1 000; 3rd - R 500

Sponsored by the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure that come race day, cyclists and spectators can expect a well-organised, safe event. To enter, visit www.jeffreysbaysport.co.za

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