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MTN NATIONAL MTB SERIES #3

Tulbagh

Only an hour and a half from Cape Town, lies the Saronsberg wine estate, nestled in the magnificent scenic beauty of the Saronsberg Valley. Tulbagh is a charismatic town, renowned for its rich history, fine wines and Cape Dutch Architecture.
 
Tulbagh offers visitors a wide variety of activities and outstanding accommodation, not to mention the largest concentration of National Monuments in one street in South Africa. Be sure to take in the Cape beauty while visiting one of the many wine estates in the area or take the time to appreciate the wealth of local artistic talent that the small town has to offer.
 
Tulbagh was also the host to stages of the 2013 Absa Cape Epic, so needless to say, there are an abundance of breathtaking mountain bike trails that are sure to challenge even the most adventurous.
 
ROUTE SUMMARY

 

Ultra - 105km | 2630m Ascent.
Marathon - 74km | 1526m Ascent.
Half Marathon - 47km | 816m Ascent.
Fun Race - 20km | 150m Ascent.
Fun Ride - 10km | 35m Ascent.

 

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS
 

Ultra XCM -105km (others to follow shortly, will be similar in nature but shorter in distance)

The route makes the best of the Saronsberg valley by completing a full anti clock-wise loop around the town of Tulbagh. 
But don’t be fooled by the route map, although the trail does not venture out of the valley, there are some challenging climbs and technical single tracks to test riders skills as well as stamina.

As the riders hug the base of the magnificent Saronsberg Mountains, they may be tempted to stop and admire the scenery. The route winds its way around cool farm dams, between luscious green vineyards and along rocky mountain tracks edged with indigenous fynbos and proteas. 

 
RIDING TIMES
 
  • 105km:  5h00min – 8 hours
  • 74km:   3 – 6 hours
  • 47km:  2 – 4 hours
  • 105km has a cut-off at the finish of 9hours.
 
PROGRAMME

 

Saturday: 105km MTN Ultra PRO/Elite – 07:30am
Saturday: 74km MTN Marahton - Elite ladies - 07:40am
Saturday: 74km MTN Marathon XCM – 08:00am Batch "A" + 5min
Saturday: 47km NISSAN 1/2 XCM – 08:35am Batch "A" + 5min
Saturday: 20km Fun Race - 09:15am Batch "A"

 

DIGITAL EVENT BOOKLET
BIKE WASH
 
TBA
 
 
HOSPITAL & MEDICAL INFORMATION
 

A wide range of professional medical services are available, including:

  • Dr Botha General Medical Practitioner  +27 23 2300792
  • Dr George  General Medical Practitioner  +27 23 2301004
  • Dr Whitaker General Medical Practitioner  +27 (0)21 762 4779
  • Ambulance                                                            +27 10177
  • Hospital                                                                 +27 (0)23 312 1117
  • Police                                                                     +27 (0)23 230 8100
  • Fire Department                                                   +27 (0)23 316 1997
 
ACCOMMODATION
 

Accommodation information on all available accommodation can be obtained from Tourist Information Web Site or from Tourist Reservations.

  • Saronsberg website: http://www.saronsberg.com
  • Tulbagh Website: http://www.tulbaghtourism.co.za
  • Tourism Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +27 (0)23 230 1375
  • Tulbagh info centre - http://www.tulbagh.net/accommodation.htm
  • Tulbagh Hotel - http://www.tulbaghhotel.co.za   +27 (0)23 230 0071
  • Booking.com - http://www.booking.com +27 (0)23 230 1177
  • Sleeping out - http://www.sleeping-out.co.za
  • Fine dining, Paddagang restuarant - http://www.paddagangrestaurant.com/
  • Waterval accomodation - http://www.waterval.co.za/ or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">'+addy_text87762+'<\/a>'; //-->
 
DIRECTIONS

 

Directions from Cape Town

  • From Cape Town take the N1 North to Paarl. 
  • Take R44 Klapmuts/ Wellington turnoff - turn left towards Wellington. 
  • Follow the R44; on the outskirts of Wellington, turn left at the traffic lights towards Hermon/ Ceres/ Porterville. 
  • Follow the R44 for approximately 50kms, past the Hermon turn-off and through the Nuwe Kloof pass. 
  • Turn left at sign: Tulbagh 
  • At stop, turn left on to Van der Stel Street 
  • Pass Spar on the right; at 4-way stop turn left 
  • After approximately 4 kms, Saronsberg on the right 
  • From Cape Town take the N7 to Malmesbury. 
  • At Malmesbury, get on the R46 towards Riebeek-Kasteel. 
  • Remain on the R46 to Hermon. 
  • At T-junction after Hermon, turn left, and continue to Tulbagh on the R46. 
  • Go through the Nuwekloof pass 
  • Turn left to Tulbagh 
  • At stop, turn left on to Van der Stel Street 
  • Pass Spar on the right; at 4-way stop turn left 
  • After approximately 4 kms, Saronsberg on the right
  • Leave airport towards Somerset West 
  • Take R300 and travel north towards N1 
  • Take N1 north to Paarl. 
  • Take R44 Klapmuts/ Wellington turnoff - turn left towards Wellington. 
  • Follow the R44; on the outskirts of Wellington, turn left at the traffic lights towards Hermon/ Ceres/ Porterville. 
  • Follow the R44 for approximately 50kms, past the Hermon turn-off and through the Nuwe Kloof pass. 
  • Turn left at sign: Tulbagh 
  • At stop, turn left on to Van der Stel Street 
  • Pass Spar on the right; at 4-way stop turn left 
  • After approximately 4 kms, Saronsberg on the right 

 

Directions from Cape Town Airport 

  • Leave airport towards Somerset West 
  • Take R300 and travel north towards N1 
  • Take N1 north to Paarl. 
  • Take R44 Klapmuts/ Wellington turnoff - turn left towards Wellington. 
  • Follow the R44; on the outskirts of Wellington, turn left at the traffic lights towards Hermon/ Ceres/ Porterville. 
  • Follow the R44 for approximately 50kms, past the Hermon turn-off and through the Nuwe Kloof pass. 
  • Turn left at sign: Tulbagh 
  • At stop, turn left on to Van der Stel Street 
  • Pass Spar on the right; at 4-way stop turn left 
  • After approximately 4 kms, Saronsberg on the right 

Online: http://maps.google.co.za/maps?capetowntotulbagh

 

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