It’s pedal to the metal for The Herald Continental Cycle Tour
The Eastern Cape’s most anticipated mountain bike race is quickly approaching and riders of all abilities can expect a fun-filled day in The Herald Continental Cycle Tour mountain bike race at the Addo Polo Club on February 17, says race director Brad Jackson.
Besides enjoying the well maintained, purpose-built trails, riders will also be exposed to some of the most breathtaking scenery the region has to offer.
The mountain bike routes wind through the picturesque Addo bushveld and ensure that riders experience some of South Africa’s finest singletrack trails, topped off with stunning views over the vast Addo region.
“The routes once again incorporate some of the famous Hayterdale single-track trails for the 60km Adventure and 80km Extreme races,” Jackson said.
“The 30km route remains unchanged from previous years, taking in the area around the Sundays River Valley through the vast citrus orchards the area is known for.
“The 80km is designed to be a challenging ride with technical single track and plenty of climbing.
“The 60km Adventure ride is the perfect balance between challenging and fun, with a mixture of open gravel roads, single track and moderate climbing.
“The 30km Leisure ride is an easy one which is purposebuilt for families and friends wanting to enjoy a morning out on the bike.
“There are plenty of water points on all the routes, fully stocked and equipped to keep riders hydrated and fuelled.
“Once again riders can expect a festive atmosphere at the various water points.”
The race director also suggested that riders on all distances take a little time to check that their bikes are in top condition before race day.
“For all riders it’s important to make sure that your bike is ready for the race.
“Get your bike serviced and ready. You don’t want to arrive unprepared.”
Riders must collect their race packs on Friday February 15 between 9am-7pm, on Saturday February 16 between 9am-1pm at Pollok Beach, or at the polo club on the Sunday.
The Race Village will have plenty of activities to keep the whole family entertained before, during and after the race.
The mountain bike race village will offer true farm hospitality from the Addo community, with a traditional farmers’ market, food prepared by residents, tractor rides for children, and horse rides.
If you plan to spend the night, various camping options are available for riders and spectators.
Riders are permitted to erect their own tent within the dedicated area at the Addo Polo Club at R100 a head (adults) or R50 (under-12s) for each night.
Luxury tents are also available from R450 a tent, with two beds and mattresses included.
For an extra R150, linen will be included.
For those wanting to save 25% on their entry fees, early bird entries are available until November 30 2018.
Visit The Herald Continental Cycle Tour website for additional camping and race information: www.heraldcycletour.co.za