There will be an interesting mix of trails when competitors tackle the Liberty Waterberg Encounter mountain-bike race in June.
The three-day race near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from June 7-9 will incorporate routes in the Sondela Nature Reserve and the Elements Private Golf Reserve.
Route designer Mel Meyer said the trails they were working on had been transformed by the good rains that had fallen recently.
“The bush and the undergrowth have become very dense so there is quite a bit of work that is going to take place,” he said.
“With all the rain, there should be a few water crossings, but that will not be a major problem.”
Meyer added that they wanted to create trails through the bushveld which tested the riders without driving them to exhaustion.
“We want to make sure they can mark this down as a special experience and that won’t happen if they can’t enjoy the wonderful accommodation options on offer.
“There will be some technical challenges but there is plenty of fast-flowing single-track as well, which they will enjoy.”
He added that the second day would be similar to last year, while a new stretch had been added to the third day.
“We have included a section of 10 to 12km of fast-flowing single-track, which will bring the riders back down faster into the Sondela Nature Reserve.
“There are some technical sections, but most of the route is manageable and it will be a course all mountain-bikers will be able to tackle.”