Ashburton National MTB Series Dullstroom #NatMTB6
September 2 - September 3
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.
Venue: Dunkeld Country Estate, Bosman Street, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga
GPS Location: 30º 4′ 31.0″ E 25º 24′ 11.0″ S
Terrain: Single Track, Jeep Track, Gravel Road, Savannah, Rocky, Hardpack, Plantations, Indigenous Forest
Features: Hand Built single track, Bridges, River Crossings, Bush tunnels, Spectacular Views, Dams
The quaint town of Dullstroom was established in 1883 by Dutch immigrants and received its name after a merchant in Amsterdam, Wolterus Dull, who assisted families that had suffered losses during the First Anglo-Boer War. “Stroom” was added as it referred to the nearby Crocodile River. The town was nearly destroyed during the Second Anglo-Boer War but unfortunately many of the settlers returned to the Netherlands. Dullstroom has the highest elevation point in the province at 2332m high, which includes South Africa’s highest railway station at 2077m above sea level. It is considered one of the coldest towns in the country during the winter months and is one of South Africa’s premier fly fishing destinations.
FUN RIDE (10KM)
A short up to 10km route to ride is available on the Sunday. This will take place on open roads and will be laid out to be as flat as possible, area permitting. This distance is recommended for kids between the ages of 3 – 11yrs. As always we allow parents to accompany their kids.
FUN RACE – (20KM)
This race is aimed at riders who are young or novices in cycling or mountain biking but is not recommended to children under the age of 12 years. The routes are between 16-20km, with an ascent of no more than 300m, depending on the venue.
HALF MARATHON (40 – 50KM)
Relatively fit, intermediate, skilled and recreational riders will find the climbs and some of the rocky, rutted surfaces challenging. The terrain and descents can be dangerous, therefore it is recommended that riders be cautious while on the route. The distance varies between 40-45km, with an ascent of 400-1000m, venue depending. Riders are encouraged to make use of water points.
MARATHON – (70 – 80KM)
The Marathon route should not be underestimated. It’s a challenging distance with rough terrain, consisting of a 70-75km distance with a 1000-2000m ascent, venue depending. Riders are encouraged to study the route profile before a race and make themselves familiar with water point locations.
* Subject to change
This is a preliminary programme, to give a general idea of the weekend schedule.
Please note* Your batch and start time will be emailed to you in the week leading up to race weekend.
06:30 – 10:00 Registration & Line entries
07:30 75km Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day
09:00 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
07:30 50km Marathon (Stage 2)
09:00 35km Half Marathon (Stage 2)
10:00 10km Fun Ride
11:00 Preliminary Results Day 2 posted
13:00 Prize Giving (Day 2 & Overall)