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.
Venue: Champagne Sports Resort, R600, Central Drakensburg, Kwa-Zulu Natal
GPS Location: 28°59’48.1″S 29°28’15.4″E
Terrain: Single Track, Jeep Track, Gravel Road, Savannah, Rocky, Hardpack, Indigenous Forest, Bushveld
Features: Hand Built single track, Bridges, River Crossings, Bush tunnels, Spectacular Views, Floating bridge
The Drakensburg mountains received its name from Dutch settlers, meaning “mountains of the dragons” because of its pointy peaks that resemble the back of a mythical European dragon, as well as the possible finding of dinosaur fossils (which would have been confused with the remains of dragons). The town of Winterton marks the entrance to Champagne Valley, which is said to have received its name from the first climber’s need to celebrate at the peak with a bottle of champagne, only to drop it before he could commemorate his notable achievement. Leisure activities in the area include hiking, horseback riding, bird watching, hot air ballooning, river rafting, quad biking, abseiling, fishing and golfing, and for the history fans, the Anglo – Boer War battlefield sites of Spioenkop, and Winston Churchill’s capture and ambush site, are in close proximity.
06:30 – 10:00 Registration & Line entries
08:00 75km Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day
09:15 45km Half Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day
10:00 20km Fun Race
11:00 Preliminary Results Day 1 posted
12:00 Fun Race Prize Giving
06:30 – 10:00 Race office open & 10km Fun Ride registration
08:00 50km Marathon (Stage 2)
09:15 35km Half Marathon (Stage 2)
10:00 10km Fun Ride
11:00 Preliminary Results Day 2 posted
13:00 Prize Giving (Day 2 & Overall)