After all the indulgence and festivities at the end of 2018, it is now time to start planning for some serious cycling in 2019 and book your place for the Langeberg Link MTB in September 2019.
Entries are now open for the third edition of the 3-Day Langeberg Link MTB to be held on 20-21-22 September 2019, near the Overberg town of Swellendam, taking place mostly on private land, not open to the public. The extreme beauty of the Swellendam area speaks for itself! Set in the most beautiful farming landscape, with cycling routes through canola fields, in, up, and through the Langeberg mountains overlooking the Overberg as far as the eye can see, with Bonnievale in the west, and Swellendam in the east, makes this an event, one not to be missed.
Another reason for having a MTB event in the area was to identify and establish an event that will benefit and involve the local community, whilst also ensuring the longevity and sustainability of such a mountain bike race.
The Langeberg Link MTB will once again be based at Oudewerf Farm, Kliphoogte 11.8km east from the Swellendam N2/R60 intersection with the start and finish-line for all three days inside the large barn. This will enable riders to feel part of the hospitality of the local people, who will be on hand to provide refreshments to tired riders.
The Langeberg Link MTB route has never before been cycled on by any race before 2017, and will once again take place on the same route, situated mostly on private land, not open to the public – thus ensuring the uniqueness of the event. The track, where access is limited, is purposely designed that cyclists can enjoy the overwhelming beauty of fauna and flora in the area and experience some breathtaking views of waterfalls.
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.
Day 1: Night race – Day 1 will also see an all new ‘night race’. This will be a 4km lap route on the farm, starting at 19h00 where riders will be able to finish as many laps as possible within an hour. Riders will have to enter and exit the barn on completion of each lap in order for timing to be done correctly.
Day 2: The first day is a fairly ‘relaxed’ ride and does include some ‘gravel travel’. The 52km, 900m ascent takes the riders mainly on undulating gravel roads, with some off-road sections alongside the ripening wheat.
Day 3: The second day will take riders into the Langeberg Mountain and will be more challenging, The 28km, 520m ascent will test your legs along the side of the mountain and across more farm land with scenery that will reward your effort. Although day 3 will be somewhat shorter than day 2, it will be over terrain never before utilized by mountain bikers.
Hill Challenge: The ‘challenging hill’ will be awaiting the riders on Day 3. Besides a ‘king and queen of the mountain’ award, there will be a prize for the first person to cycle to the top, otherwise the prize will have to go to the cyclist who manages to cycle furthest up that hill!
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.
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 done via www.swellendam-info.co.za.
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.
On-line entries can be done via www.entrytime.com
For more information contact 074 457 6777 or visit www.langeberglinkmtb.com