Search and discover “meaning [in] the broad Karoo, the bush, the dusty loam” during the TyrePlus-Tygervalley Trek2Teebus in April 2019. The three day stage race, dubbed a Karoo Adventure takes place from the 26- 28 April 2019 between the “kopje-crest[s] that break the veldt around” Steynsburg.
The race village for Trek2Teebus is located 12 kilometres west of the small Eastern Cape town of Steynsburg. Situated on the Harmonie Farm it provides the ideal location from which to explore the rural Karoo surroundings. It is an area well-off the usual tourist route and a great deal of the charm is provided by the honest country life – where visitors are greeted with the familiar hospitality of returning friends.
On the bike Trek2Teebus provides a total of 210 kilometres of racing across three 72, 55 and 80 kilometre long stages; and takes in 2 100 meters of climbing in the process. The routes traverse the broad grassy planes, ascend the hillocks and trace the cordons of dense greenery which track the watercourses, all of which provide the region with its distinctive scenery. With gravel roads and jeep tracks making up the majority of the distance the riding is largely non-technical, though some rocky sections do provide thrills for those with the skills to take on the challenges at speed.
Route highlights include the ascent over the infamous Bulhoek Pass and a descent below the Karoo’s red soils into the Orange-Fish Tunnel. The Bulhoek Pass may be just 4 kilometres in length, but it rises 500 meters in elevation over that short distance. Its summit will mark the King and Queen of the Mountain for the Trek2Teebus. While for South African history aficionados the pass is made even more memorable as it leads riders across the farm on which Oom Paul Kruger was born. The best and most unique aspect of the event is left for last: a ride into the Orange-Fish Tunnel.
Each rider will have the chance to descend to the control room for the 82 kilometre long underground aqueduct – which transports 22 cubic metres of water per second from the Gariep Dam to the Great Fish River.
Off the bike Petrichor Adventures’ superb organisation and the world famous Karoo hospitality combine to perfection. Luxury tented accommodation options and the ability to book for a non-riding partner to accompany riders illustrates the race organisers’ commitment to making Trek2Teebus a pleasurable experience all round. As for the food… riders, and their accompanying friends and family members, can expect traditional hearty and home-made Karoo cuisine. Karoo lamb – as one would expect – is the cornerstone of the dinner menus.
For more information visit www.petrichoradventures.co.za