Asburton Investments National MTB Series to start in Grabouw

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The Ashburton Investments National MTB series was launched in 2002 and is a 7 leg national marathon mountain biking series across 6 provinces. This series is a prestigious event on the calendar of mountain bike thrill seekers because the venues are unique with breath taking trails in unique locations all over South Africa.

From the lush forests in Sabie to the spectacular sandstone mountains in Clarens to the picturesque vineyards in Grabouw, the National MTB series is as draw card for established riders who are looking to tackle the best and most exquisite riding trails throughout the country.

With varying distances, routes and a tourism allure, it’s a mountain bike series that offers changing and exclusive backdrops while still encompassing the adventure and challenge of mountain biking.v

For more information visit http://advendurance.com/nationalmtbseries/

GRABOUW – 28 January 2017

Venue:Grabouw Country Club, Grabouw, Western Cape

Found in the majestic Groenland, Grabouw lies in the Elgin valley surrounded by glorious Cape mountains and is a mountain biker’s paradise with its scenic and challenging trails.

The area has a long history of mountain biking, traversing similar routes with that of the Cape Epic & Wines 2 Whales and features incredibly panoramic views that are set against a background consisting of mountains, vineyards, forests and dams. An idyllic ride, the terrain is mainly made up of farm roads, gravel and dirt roads with single and dual track routes that cross over rivers and bridges, incorporate hilly climbs and offers picturesque views of the Elgin valley and Hottentots Holland mountains to the north and the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve to the south. With routes that cut through farm land and plantations, riders need to aware of farming and forestry vehicles and follow the board markers that will act as a guide to the allocated trails.

You can look forward to newly added routes on already great trails, well stocked water points, uncongested routes with little overlap, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike washes and a VIP area.

SABIE – 18 & 19 February 2017

Venue:York Timbers Sport Grounds, Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga

Sabie is a small town nestled on the Drakensberg escarpment and is regarded as the hub of mountain biking in South Africa, with a long history of competitive and recreational riding. With downhill slaloms into pine forests, kilometres of flowing single tracks, rolling hills and picturesque trails, enthusiastic mountain bike riders from far and away line-up each year alongside the country’s top professionals to challenge the legendary Sabie mountains.

You can look forward to brand new re-envisioned routes with hand built single track, well stocked water points, uncongested routes with little overlap, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike wash and VIP area.

CLARENS – 8 & 9 April 2017

Venue:Town Square, Main Street, Clarens, Free State

The event at Clarens has become more and more prominent among the mountain biking circles with numbers increasing each year.  Strategically centralised in the Free State, Clarens is 3 hours from Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pietermaritzburg and is the ideal weekend break for mountain bike lovers and their families.

The mountain bike trails at Clarens consist of sand road, jeep track, huge rock-trails and single track over some of the most incredible rock landscapes in this country, including a ride on “slick rock” that is not found anywhere else in South Africa. The spectacular routes in and around the town offer picturesque views over Golden Gate National Park and Lesotho and incorporates a trail that crosses the Maluti Mountains on the edge of the Lesotho border, which is considered the highest mountain range in the country.

You can look forward to brand new re-envisioned routes with hand built single track, well stocked water points, uncongested routes with little overlap, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike wash and VIP Area.

CHAMPAGNE VALLEY – 10 & 11 June 2017

Venue:Champagne Sports Resort, R600, Central Drakensburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal

The enchantedness of Champagne Valley draws visitors away from city stressors to escape to a place of rare beauty that manages to remain almost entirely unaffected by development. Situated only two hours from Durban and four hours from Johannesburg, this is a prime area to tackle some of the best mountain biking trails in South Africa.

Found in the Central Drakensberg, Champagne Valley boasts rolling hills, challenging climbs and breath taking backdrops with magnificent mountain views. With cattle paths and hiking trails, along with purposely built mountain biking tracks that includes jeep tracks and downhills with single track, the routes also feature sharp cut backs, berms, wooden bridges and wooden curbs. Champagne Valley’s trails will not only test a riders’ skills, but also make the ride interesting, challenging and scenic.  These routes will be closed off to the public on race days.

You can look forward to a great weekend away with plenty to do and see. Routes with hand built single track, cattle paths, well stocked water points, uncongested routes with little overlap, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike wash and VIP Area.

VAN GAALEN – 29 July 2017

Van Gaalen really does its job to show off what the Magalies area has to offer for mountain bike thrill seekers, without disappointing results. Over the years, hand built single track has been put together which meanders through the Magalies ravines and gorges, as well as along river banks and over bridges. The trails at the cheese farm switch between varied terrain and include river crossings, bush tunnels and spectacular views, with occasional tough climbs.

You can look forward to a great day out, supporters are able to see some of the race from a hot air balloon at Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris. Routes features with hand built single track, uncongested routes with little overlap, well stocked water points, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike wash and VIP Area.

DULLSTROOM – 2 & 3 September 2017

Venue: Dunkeld Country Estate, Bosman Street, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

Dullstroom is a small town in Mpumalanga province, nestled at the foot of De Berg and although it may be synonymous with fly fishing, horseback riding, hiking and small town vibes, it has become a new retreat for mountain bike enthusiasts with its high altitude and tough trails.

Boasting single track, jeep track, gravel roads, savannah grass and hard pack terrain, routes meander through plantations, indigenous forests, across bridges, river crossings and bush tunnels with spectacular views of dams and the African countryside. Dullstroom’s rolling hills, natural foot paths and picturesque scenery is a mountain biker’s dream!

You can look forward to: A great weekend away with plenty to do and see. New routes have been added with hand built single track, cattle paths, well stocked water points, uncongested routes with little overlap, Expo area, Local & Craft beer and food stalls, Massages, Bike wash and VIP Area.

KAAPSEHOOP – 14 & 15 October 2017

Venue:  Kwanyoni Lodge, Mbombela, Mpumalanga

Situated about 25 km from Mbombela, the capital of Mpumalanga, Kaapsehoop is a fairytale town with a rich and monumental history that lies 1586m above sea level on the Highveld escarpment. With fairy tale charm and historical appeal, Kaapsehoop is a quaint little town at the top of a mountain that boasts mountain biking trails over plantations and indigenous forests in the De Kaap valley. Many of the routes are not publicly accessible and offers magical views of an area that is unspoiled by man, with the exception of a few historical houses and farm land.