Adrenalin-filled events lined-up for JBay Winterfest

2017-05-25 06:00

JEFFREYS Bay is the place to be this July.

Apart from the run of surf competitions, including the JBU Supertrial, Tte JBay Loggers event at Lower Point and the Corona Open JBay, there are a number of other exciting tournaments for everyone to partake in during the 2017 JBay Winterfest.

There are exciting changes afoot for the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic. Now in its fifth year, the event – which, as the name states, traverses the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm – will see new routes across all distances and racing categories. The upgrades will most likely mean more singletrack for the trail riders and racing snakes and an even better experience for the younger riders and those with less mileage in the legs who chose to ride the short route.

The Cold Water Classic is regarded as one of the toughest open water swims in South Africa, with water temperatures ranging from 11 to 14 degrees Celsius over the past four years. Participants have a choice of a mile-, two mile- or a three-mile swim, with the triple-mile being an official Robben Island qualifying swim. Wetsuits will be allowed in the mile and double mile events.

“We are expecting another tough swim this year and cold water conditioning is essential for swimmers who want to complete the classic successfully,” says event organiser Brenton Williams.

The JBay Swim Club trains every Sunday morning at Marina Martinique at 09:30. All swimmers are welcome to attend.

Then there is the 2017 Endurade JBayX two-day / three-stage trail run. The Endurade JBayX is unique in concept, entailing three individual 20km trail runs, all starting 12-hours apart, showcasing the best of the Jeffreys Bay area.

The total distance covered will be just over 60km and will test the mettle and endurance of all participants.

Exciting news for 2017 is that all runs will start and finish at the new Lower Point WinterFest hub, with three exciting new and spectator-friendly 20km routes.

A 10km and 5km fun trail run/ walk will be presented on Sunday, July 23, starting at 09:00 and 10:00 respectively. Both these events are suitable for families, friends, supporters and first-time trail runners.

There is also the Kite Festival, a Skins Fishing competition, and the Funduro.

Currently the JBay Winterfest is gearing up for the precursor surf competition, the JBU Supertrial powered by Monster. The contest is an invite-only specialty surf tournament that serves as the trials competition for the Corona Open JBay – the only Championship Tour contest in the country.

The waiting period for the JBU Supertrial is June 1 to 11, while the waiting period for the Corona Open JBay is July 12 to 23.

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