The PwC Great Zuurberg Trek is now offering a further entry option in response to the selling out of their other packages.
The three-day mountain bike race, which is based at the Zuurberg Mountain Village just outside Port Elizabeth, initially offered a no-frills Silver and luxury Platinum and Gold packages.
Race organiser Rob Hayter said that because both luxury options were fully subscribed, they needed to come up with an alternative package that offered participants similar perks.
In addition to the entry fee, the new Silver Plus option would include three nights’ accommodation in comfortable self-catering chalets at the Addo Elephant National Park.
The new package emphasised convenience. “The park is only 16km from the race village and there is a Cattle Barron restaurant on the premises,” said Hayter.
“A bike wash service, lunch at the race village and bike transfers from Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban airports are also included.”
Hayter said that based on the cost of the accommodation alone, participants would be getting well above their money’s worth.
In creating a feasible solution, Hayter said the race organisers had worked closely with long-time partners SANParks.
“Their informal motto is to bring people to the park and the park to the people, so this is a win-win scenario.
“Addo is absolutely stunning and the Silver Plus option is a great way to experience both the park and the event.”
The 194km race took riders through parts of Addo that were often kept hidden from the general public.
The first day sees riders entering the park and descending into a gorge, while the second stage takes them along the northern ridge of the Zuurberg mountains.
The last leg takes riders through challenging single-track at the renowned Hayterdale Trails.
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