Organizers of the Wines2Whales (W2W) mountain bike adventure race from November 4 to 6 believe the stage two route will be even more exciting than usual after announcing it today.
Starting and finishing at the Oak Valley Wine Estate in the Elgin-Grabouw region, riders will be faced with a 64km route that features a 1 400m climb.
W2W director Michael Meyer said the route would create many memories for the entrants.
“Stage two has become a highlight for many riders with its unusual features and we have aimed to enhance the fun factor,” he said.
Fellow director Johan Kriegler said that magnificent bridge features, contour single-track, the KROMCO-PERI Play Park and the Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park were all part of W2W‘s “Play Day”.
“My advice is to learn how to ride switchbacks and when experiencing Raka at the Paul Cluver Amphi Bike Park, don’t brake at the downhill entrance.
“The feature is designed to allow the downhill speed to carry you effortlessly on the up.”
From the start, a short, steep climb will shake up the bunch and the first 25km are fairly fast with regular ups and downs.
The trail maintains the height by running along and into a cliff, crossing at the waterfall with a slight ascent, creating a new and exciting downhill.
A similar feature, called Edge, has been constructed further along the trail. It consists of steel pegs and stacked logs to secure the trail in mid-air.
The fun will increase after the Paul Cluver Amphitheatre with well-known mountain bike features such as Raka, Swing, Ark, Cobra (switch-backs), Mamba, Boomslang, Pofadder, Jakkels, Pine Singles (now with dual and cross-overs) and the Berms.
The final 10km stretch towards the Oak Valley Wine Estate is easier than last year and the beautiful single-track will guide riders to the finish.