Thornhill100 offers top class cycle race action

2016-03-31 06:00
: At the second annual Thornhill100, riders will be passing world famous beach breaks, towering technological wonders and historical sites.  PHoto:  @IQPHOTOGRAPHY

: At the second annual Thornhill100, riders will be passing world famous beach breaks, towering technological wonders and historical sites. PHoto: @IQPHOTOGRAPHY

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ON April 17, hundreds of two-wheel road and rough terrain junkies will saddle up their iron battle warriors, strap on their helmets and put on their gloves for the epic Thornhill100 battle.

With three new challenges added this year, the different routes will offer ample tar roads, trail riding, dirt jumping and water crossings to entice bikers - young and old, experts and novices - looking for an exhilarating and fun day out.

At the second edition of the Thornhill100, riders will be passing world famous beach breaks, towering technological wonders and historical sites.

For those brave enough to take on the challenge, there is the 100k race. The route leaves from Thornhill and heads to Jeffreys Bay and then Humansdorp all along the R102. Riders will then make their way to Hankey and Loe-rie before finishing back at the Thornhill Hotel.

New on the cycling menu is the 70km race that offers something new for riders this year. After the start in Thornhill, riders head to Jeffreys Bay. On their way back they will conti-nue along parts of the Gamtoos River, making their way to Loerie and onwards to Thornhill.

For those looking to get into the sport, or families wanting to ride together, the 35km race offers the ideal challenge. Riders will peddle off at Thornhilll and head down to the Gamtoos River and into Loerie, before heading back to Thornhill.

The Thornhill100 is not just for mom and dad, but for kids to. Therefore, the Thornhill100 now also boasts an exciting kiddies’ race.

For the avid mountain bikers, there is an all-new 100km and 70km route option.

Enter online at Online entries close on April 5. Late registrations will be accepted on the day and will include a R50 late entry fee.

The entry fee is R260 for the 100km, R420 for the 100km tandem race, R220 for the 70km and R390 for the 70km tandem challenge. Those taking part in the 35km and 35km taqndem ride, will pay R150 and R250 respectively. The kiddies’ race costs R50 per entrant.

All the races start and finish at the Thornhill Hotel. Prize money to the value of R20 000 and awesome finishers’ medals will be up for grabs. There will also be various lucky draws on the day.


Four lucky readers each stand the chance of winning an entry into the Thornhill100. Two entries for the 70km race, and two entries for the 100km event are up for grabs.

To stand a chance of winning, visit the Kouga Express Facebook page (Kouga Express Newspaper) and type in your email address and which race you would like to qualify for, in the comment section.

The competition closes at noon on April 4.

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