Loop, swoop and ride at the new trail

2016-06-02 06:00
PHOTO: candyce krishna San Lameer marketing co-ordinator, Jolanda Cloete, invites the public to the launch of the mountain bike trail on Saturday, 18 June.

PHOTO: candyce krishna San Lameer marketing co-ordinator, Jolanda Cloete, invites the public to the launch of the mountain bike trail on Saturday, 18 June.

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SAN Lameer Estate just outside Southbroom, will launch it’s new mountain bike trail in June.

Fever journalist, Candyce Krishna­, chats to marketing and liaison­ co-ordinator, Jolanda Cloete about the trail and the launch thereof.

Why did San Lameer see a need for this trail?

About two years ago, the board and managing director, Pine Pienaar, saw the need to introduce a new experience to San Lameer. During the last three December seasons they realized that almost every vehicle and or trailer had a bike or mountain bike carrier attached to it. Further research showed that playing of golf, measured in rounds of golf, is on a slow decline. Since our homeowners and guests showed an obvious interest in mountain biking, we decided to construct a mountain bike trail. The trail is only open to homeowners and guests, but the public is invited to the launch.

Explain the design of the trail

The planning and some of the construction was done by our in-house team although Jan Abbott of J.A. Landscapes did the design, lay-out and most of the construction. San Lameer­ maintenance manager, Attie Howell, built most of the bridges and berms and Ben Roberts and his team from Leitch Landscapes took care of the environmental aspects of the trail. They will also provide the continuous maintenance.

What does the trail entail?

It is 7.5km long and is graded as intermediate trail in keeping with international trail standards. It will take between 30-50 minutes to complete, depending on the cyclist’s pace. The entire loop of the trail takes in seven sections of the inter-linking single track.

The trail consists of about a five-kilometre single track and two kilometres of paved and gravel road. The trail offers amazing scenery of our wild-life which is why we hence the names of each loop - Blue Duiker Dabble, Otters Oval, Leguan Leap, Bush Buck Basin, Mamba’s Mooring and Eagle’s Eye.

When is the launch?

We will launch this trail on Saturday, 18 June. Cyclists must be there at 6am and the first event starts at 7am. All details can be found on www.roag.co.za Entries must be done through the Roag website. Additional fees will be charged for late entries on the day.

Other than cycling, what can spectators expect at the event?

There will be a four-kilometre fun run at 7am, followed by a seven-kilometre mini-cycle challenge at 8.30am and then a 17km main fun cycle challenge at 9.30am. Prize giving will follow at about midday and the first three winners (male and female) in each category will be awarded. Every contestant will receive a goodie bag. A supervised children’s entertainment area, massage area by our own Camelot Spa, a hospitality tent and loads of lucky draw prizes are also on the line-up for the day.

Giant South Coast, which is one of our sponsors, will have a pop-up bike shop to see to all your bike requirements. Spectators will be charged R15 per person and children under five enter for free.

What else can people expect?

Discounted flights for this event are available through CemAir as well as discounted accommodation packages by San Lameer Hotel and Villa Rentals self-catering accommodation. Interested participants can visit www.roag. co.za to enter for the San Lameer MTB and Trail Fun Run and Race.
For more event information contact Jolanda Cloete at San Lameer Estate 039 313 0111 or email marketing@ sanlameer.co.za

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