MOUNTAIN biking enthusiasts have a final chance to ride one of the Eastern Cape’s most scenic and diverse stage races before entries for the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek close on Monday.
The second edition of the three-day race – which centres around the Zuurberg mountain range just outside Port Elizabeth from May 30 – traverses the Sundays River Valley and Addo Elephant National Park, with the plateau offering stunning views over the Great Karoo.
The 200km course also takes in manageable sections of the national champs cross-country and downhill course at Hayterdale Trails, allowing even novice stage racers the thrill of testing their technical skills. Race organiser Brad Jackson said the field would be limited to just 120 two-person teams.
“This is about enjoying a premium experience. It’s real mountain biking in pristine surroundings but with all the creature comforts at the end of the day,” Jackson said.
As the official race village, the four-star Zuurberg Mountain Village would host all meals, prize-givings and stage briefings.
While the luxury options were already fully booked, Jackson said those teams that entered before the closing date would get their own private rooms with two single beds and shared ablutions.