New mountain bike challenge at Hayterdale

2016-08-25 06:00
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A new event on the Eastern Cape MTB calendar, the VW Tavcor Commercial Hayterdale Classic, proudly supported by Zakly Investments and Three Oaks Capital takes place on Sunday, August 28th.

Hayterdale Trails is a mountain biker’s paradise, having hosted prestige events like the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek, SA National Cross Country and Downhill champs as well as parts of the Herald VW MTB route. Riders who have had the privilege of riding any of these events will appreciate the quality and diversity of the ever-improving trails that Hayterdale has to offer.

This new event is the brainchild of Rob Hayter, who wanted to offer a mountain bike race to cater to all levels of rider, rather than just the hardcore racing snakes.

Rob and his team of master trail builders have been hard at work over the past few months cutting some exciting new trails.

The most notable is the new 12km route which is aimed at novice riders and traverses easy, flowing tracks in the flat lands.

The two longer routes offer a little bit more excitement for the more experienced/fit mountain bikers.

12km Ramble (R100 per rider)

This entry level race is ideal for newcomers to the sport. With only 200m of climbing and a mix of 25% gravel road, 30% jeeptrack and 45% gentle singletrack, it’s ideal for all ages.

35km Challenge (R150 per rider)

Don’t be fooled by the relatively short distance. This race is geared for the adventurous mountain biker who enjoys a bit of a challenge.

Featuring 800m of climbing and a composition of 10% gravel road, 45% jeeptrack and 45% singletrack this is a race for those who enjoy having fun on their mountain bikes.

65km Classic (R200 per rider)

The feature race of the Hayterdale Classic is geared towards serious mountain bikers, including over 1500m climbing with 35% gravel road, 30% jeeptrack and 35% singletrack. Riders will experience some of the magnificent tracks used on the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek 3 Day Stage Race.

Riders wanting to make a weekend out of the race can book a camp site and bring their own tent, or book one of the luxury tents and enjoy a “glamping” experience. The luxury option includes a safari tent (pitched for you) with beds and bedding. Camping reservations must be made on the online entry form.

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