Mountain bikers to race through Wind Farm

2015-06-11 06:00
The third edition of the Jeffreys Bay 
Mountain Bike Open will go down on Saturday, July 11. 



The third edition of the Jeffreys Bay Mountain Bike Open will go down on Saturday, July 11. photos: BEAUTIQUE PHOTOGRAPHY

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A purpose-built single track, gravel roads, spectacular views and fast farm roads – all a mountain-biker could wish for, really.

The third edition of the Jeffreys Bay Mountain Bike Open will go down on Saturday, July 11. This year’s event will once again offer something for riders of a range of fitness and skill levels.

The 2015 event will peddle off at Kabeljous Lagoon and feature three routes: 40km, 60km and 85km. This is also the venue for the fishing and trail running events, as well as the colourful kite festival.

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

The longer routes will also feature spectacular trails at 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. In that time the farm has been regularly stocked with superb specimens of a wide range of animals and rumour has it that the property is home to the largest kudu bull in the Eastern Cape.

Other highlights include the purpose-built wooden bridges and berms on race director Arthur Joubert’s property along the Seekoei River, as well as tight and twisty single-track along an old riverbed and a tunnel of natural vegetation.

The event also 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, riding along the roads that are interspersed by 80m tall wind turbines towers and spread more than 500m apart.

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