Ashburton Investments National MTB Series Kaapsehoop #NatMTB7
October 14 - October 15
Situated about 25 km from Mbombela, the capital of Mpumalanga, Kaapsehoop is a fairytale town with a rich and monumental history that lies 1586m above sea level on the Highveld escarpment. With fairy tale charm and historical appeal, Kaapsehoop is a quaint little town at the top of a mountain that boasts mountain biking trails over plantations and indigenous forests in the De Kaap valley. Many of the routes are not publicly accessible and offers magical views of an area that is unspoiled by man, with the exception of a few historical houses and farm land.
Venue: Kwanyoni Lodge, Mbombela, Mpumalanga
GPS Location: 25°27’00.8″S 30°49’30.3″E
Terrain: Single Track, Jeep Track, Gravel Road, Hardpack, Plantations, Indigenous Forest
Features: Hand Built single track, Bridges, River Crossings, Spectacular Views, Dams
Orginally known as “Duiwels Kantoor”, Kaapsehoop was founded in 1882 during the gold rush and was named accordingly to match the hope of achieving the same gold mining success in the nearby De Kaap Valley. Because the town sits near the top of the escarpment, it offers gorgeous views of the area and is famous for its plefora of wild horses that can be seen across the valley. A birders watchers dream, Kaapsehoop boasts lovely B&Bs, hiking and horse riding trails and on a clear night, offers spectacular views of the stars. It’s a malaria free zone, that has fast become a gem to those who want to retreat from the urban jungle and relax in the quiet countryside.
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.
06:00 – 09:30 Registration & Line entries
07:00 75km Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day Marathon Fun Race
08:30 45km Half Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day Marathon Fun Race
09:30 20km Fun Race
11:00 Preliminary Results Day 1 posted
12:00 Fun Race Prize Giving
06:00 – 10:00 Race office open & 10km Fun Ride registration
07:30 50km Marathon (Stage 2)
08:30 35km Half Marathon (Stage 2)
09:30 10km Fun Ride
11:00 Preliminary Results Day 2 posted
13:00 Prize Giving (Day 2 & Overall)