87km MTB Marathon


Cost – R300
Start time: 7:30am
Minimum age: 19 years as of 31 December 2017
1731m climbing


Product Description

From the Wittedrif HS the route takes you down the Stofpad and through the Quarry to the first climb of the day up through the pine forest and through the Packwood area to the Fisanthoek road. A few rolling kms brings you to the 1st Water Point and the start of the famous Petrus se Brand section… 17kms of stunning indigenous forest with a few challenging little climbs will bring you to a right turn onto the Knysna/Uniondale Rd. After about 5 kms of district road a right turn takes you to the 2nd Water Point and puts you into the Buffelsnek forest. The beautiful rolling jeep track through both indigenous and Cape Pine cultivated forests, with a couple of challenging climbs thrown in, will bring you to the bottom of Buffelsnek. Although you will not have to climb the infamous Buffelsnek, a right turn will take you on a challenging 5km climb with some rocky sections all the way up to the top of the forest near Kransbos and the 3rd Water Point. A sharp right turn takes you on a long descent to the dairy farms of Uplands and the technical descent through Buffalo Hills and back to Wittedrif via the Stofpad to the 4th Water Point. At Wittedrif you keep right on the tar road for about a 1km and turn left and take the tough climb through the Wittedrif Community to the top of the ridge. After that sapping climb you get to enjoy fantastic views from the rolling ridgeline route for 3kms before dropping into the Denron valley. Here you will face the “sting in the tail”…last meaningful climb of the day. Once on top some great views of Plett, the ocean and the Outeniqua mountains will bring you to a fast, technical descent to Old Nick’s. From there it is under the N2, through Poortjies, across the beach, up the hill and down to the finish on Central Beach. Phew!!!!