A good way to start the September holidays, or even a pleasant weekend break is to experience and ride the Langeberg Link MTB 3-Day stage event from 20-21-22 September on the farm Oudewerf, 12km outside Swellendam and on the R60 towards Ashton. This is an excellent opportunity to bring the family and enjoy the hospitality of the farming community and explore the foothills of the majestic Langeberg range in the countryside near Swellendam on the Garden Route.
The race is open to all mountain bike enthusiasts. Riders can choose between a long route, or a short route and the event also offers solo entries in all three days, or single days.
The Langeberg Link MTB route has never before been cycled on by any race before 2017, and will once again take place mostly on private farm land, not open to the public – thus ensuring the uniqueness of the event. The track, where normal access is limited, is purposely designed that cyclists can enjoy the overwhelming beauty of fauna and flora in the area and experience some breath-taking views of waterfalls.
Day 1 will see an all new ‘night race’. This will be a 2.4 kilometre lap route on the farm, starting at 19h00. Riders need to complete as many laps as possible within an hour and will have to enter and exit the barn on completion of each lap in order for timing to be done correctly. The cyclist with the most number of laps will be the winner of the ‘night race’. Although solar lamps at short intervals will be along the route to make it more visible, front and rear lights are compulsory.
Day 2 is a 61km route, which consists of a combination of gravel travel, jeep track and single track. The reason for this action is to to give the legs a good warm-up and prepare riders for the final stage.
Day 3 is a 21km technical route, and although shorter than the previous day, the scenery will be a handsome reward. The ‘challenging hill’ will be awaiting the riders. Besides a ‘king and queen of the mountain’ award, there will be a prize for the first person to cycle all the way to the top. If no rider succeeds, the prize will be awarded to the rider who manages to cycle furthest up that hill.
To accommodate riders who regard themselves not fit enough to challenge the serious hill-work, yet would like to be part of this awesome experience, a less challenging ‘pink route’ on Days 2 and 3 will be made available which will be substantially shorter than the full route.
Trail running adventurers can come and run either a 6km or 15km on Sunday, 22 September. The route will follow the start of day three, with a few shortcuts, whilst still giving runners a unique experience.
“It is with great excitement that we can announce that our special guest at this year’s event will be Dr Gustav Joyce – all the way from Pretoria. He was the oldest finisher at the Absa Cape Epic 2019. Many a rider might benefit from the different experiences of this great grand master, accompanied by his teammate and son Retief,” says Riana Rosseau.
“As organizers, we are extremely thankful to the local farmers, who not only allow riders to traverse their land, but also leave no stone unturned when it comes to preparing routes, build bridges, man waterpoints and act as marshals. To ensure that this beautiful part of the land is not exploited, and to make the ride exclusive, entries are limited,” Riana Rosseau concludes.
All water points will be well positioned and will be well-stocked along the route on all three days – manned by enthusiastic people from the local community. Timekeeping will be handled by the Great-Time team that captured the times and provided an excellent service in the past, which will enable riders to use their times for seeding for other races.
Langeberg Link MTB is a Cycling SA sanctioned event and obtained the required Land/Nature Reserve access permits. The riders will be assisted by marshals and well signposted arrows on route, a Sweep vehicle and in addition a medical vehicle to provide medical support. Peak2Peak biokinetics will be providing a sports recovery massages at the event.
Entry fees for the three-day event is R1400 per cyclist, and single stages sell at R500 per person per day, and for the kids under 10, R50 per day – provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult. It should be noted that accommodation is excluded from the entry fees and can be booked via www.visitswellendam.co.za.
Only pre-entries will receive a goodie bag and T-shirt. Entries close on 15 September 2019. On-line entries can be done via www.entrytime.com
For more information contact 074 457 6777 or visit www.langeberglinkmtb.com