‘Bucket list’ mountain biking event date change

2017-09-21 06:00
=Transkaroo cycling: To pedal 247 km off-road within 17 hours is not an easy task in anyone’s books, and the popularity of the race is increased by the fact that entries are limited to 500 owing to the sensitive eco-systems that the race traverses.Photo:SUPPLIED

=Transkaroo cycling: To pedal 247 km off-road within 17 hours is not an easy task in anyone’s books, and the popularity of the race is increased by the fact that entries are limited to 500 owing to the sensitive eco-systems that the race traverses.Photo:SUPPLIED

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In 2018, the Trans-Karoo MTB will go back to the first half of the year, with the provisional date set for Saturday 5 May. Entries will open on 2 October.

The Trans-Karoo MTB is not an event for ‘sissies’, novices, or unfit riders. Over the last 5 years the event has built a solid reputation for a ‘bucket list’ event; a tough one-day endurance mountain biking challenge that tests both physical and mental fitness

“We’ve looked at various dates on the calendar. Several cyclists said that they prefer the first half of the year,” said Robert Vogel from the Pedal Power Association, organisers of this iconic one-day endurance MTB ride.

To pedal 247 km off-road within 17 hours is not an easy task in anyone’s books, and the popularity of the race is increased by the fact that entries are limited to 500 owing to the sensitive eco-systems that the race traverses.

The event alternates annually between an ‘Up’ ride (Ceres to Sutherland) and a ‘Down’ ride (Sutherland to Ceres).

In 2018, the Trans-Karoo will be an “Up” ride, with the event starting at Kaleo near Ceres and finishing in Sutherland. This means participants will have a scenic and relatively easy first 50 km down the kloof to Check Point 1, followed by a fairly flat 150-odd km pedal across the Tankwa –Karoo before getting to Ouberg Pass and the last 49 km from the top of the plateau to Sutherland.

While the front riders will manage to pedal the 10 km up Ouberg Pass, for the majority of the field this will be a long and cold walk. And a dark one, if they get to CP3 after sundown, as most riders will. But the stars in the Tankwa-Karoo and around Sutherland are worth it, as will be the meal and the warm welcome waiting at Sutherland.

  • Entries for the 2018 Trans-Karoo MTB will open on Monday 2 October at 13h00.

Early bird special: The first 25 individual riders to enter, will be able to enter the 2018 Trans-Karoo MTB at the 2017 entry fee of R1500 for PPA members and R1800 for non-members, with a deposit of R500 per person payable by 6 October 2017 and the remainder payable by March 2018. Please contact rozanne@pedalpower.org.za to get your name on the list.

Read more on www.transkaroomtb.co.za

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