Competitors set out from Sondela Nature Reserve for Elements Private Golf Reserve in Bela-Bela on the first day of the Waterberg MTB Encounter today.
Photos courtesy of Twin Productions
Day one – 62km
Delightful sections of single track awaited riders as they set off from Sondela Nature Reserve.
Participants enjoyed the surrounds of Bela-Bela as they passed through a number of surrounding farms.
As in the past, the famous shop of Tannie Poppie Dinkelman and The Shack provided popular stopping points along the 62km route.
Newly created single track awaited riders before the final stretch to the finish at Elements Golf Reserve.
Day two – 51km
The second day of the Waterberg MTB Encounter, which followed a clover leaf format of racing, was shortened by three kilometres after three male buffalo refused to vacate a section of land that riders passed through.
Starting at Elements Private Golf Reserve, which borders Mabalingwe, the Waterberg Estate, Shakama and the Highlands Estate, riders tackled newly built single track through Elements as well as the bordering reserves.
The second stage featured enough climbs to keep riders’ legs working throughout the 51km route.
Day three – 59km
The third and final day of the event took riders back to the original start point at Sondela Nature Reserve.
The final day was a fast affair with plenty of newly created single track and enough technical sections to keep the competitors on their toes.
Upon completion of the stage, riders would have covered 172km and climbed 2774m.