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Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run – Sunday 24 April 2016

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Take a serious mountain biking and trail run challenge for top notch professional athletes, add tough races for amateur sports lovers and finish with a dollop of family fun and you have the 2016 Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run.

This eagerly anticipated event, which is due to take place Sunday 24 April at the Mid-Illovo Club in KZN, will include a new challenge for serious mountain bikers – the 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme.

Seasoned riders, many of whom have already tested their endurance against the 40km Husqvarna Classic, can look forward to tackling what has been called “the best single track of any single day event”.

Less serious bikers can choose between the 18km Gwahumbe Family Experience or the 10km route where entry is free for the under 12s.

The 18km or the 9km iNsingizi trail routes, which were introduced three years ago, grow in popularity every year with more and more trail runners enjoying superlative routes through indigenous KZN bushlands and grasslands.

Event organizer, Shanon MacKenzie, pointed out that, for the first time, the Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge & Trail Run would take place two weeks before Sani2C, giving mountain bikers a perfect pre-Sani training opportunity, especially when it came to the new, longer riding route.

The Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge has more than earned its place as part of the prestigious Quattro ROAG Series which was created to develop the sport in KwaZulu-Natal. It has successfully focused on encouraging young and up-and-coming riders to enjoy mountain biking.

“The beauty of this event is that it is not exclusively for professional sportsmen and women. It has something for everyone, especially for those who love the outdoors and the beautiful scenery of KwaZulu-Natal. Most importantly, it offers something for partners and children which means that it can be a fun filled family experience,” said MacKenzie.

The Husqvarna Classic Mid-Illovo MTB Challenge crosses two picturesque game reserves – the Gwahumbe Game & Spa and iNsingizi Game & Spa. A much anticipated feature of the route is the exciting 60 metre long floating bridge. Positioned at water level, it sinks slightly as riders enter it from the single track making for an unforgettable experience that feels a little like riding on water or even skimming across it.

As professional athlete, Eszter Erdelyi, who says she loved every metre of last year’s race, explained: “The MTB course is very versatile, it has everything from sugar cane to insane climbs to super fun single track.  You just never know what comes next!”

 The 2012 winner, Patrick Belton was also enthusiastic about the race and said: “The course designers have put a lot of thought into the track and made it very special. Also, there’s a lot of variety as you get to look at zebras and spectacular scenery when you’re not concentrating on beating the rugged terrain!”

 The 2014 overall mountain bike race winner, Callan Deacon, noted that the track is exceptionally well-marked and the single track is fast and flowing and well prepared.

Each year, the Mid-Illovo community benefits from hosting the race as all proceeds from the event go towards community upliftment.

To enter online, log on to or contact ROAG on or 086 100 ROAG/7624.  Entries will be accepted on the day.

 Entry Fees

  • 60km Husqvarna Classic MTB X-treme: R180
  • 40km Husqvarna Classic MTB: R160
  • 18km Gwahumbe Family Experience: R130
    10km Fun Ride: R60 (free for under 12s)
  • 18km iNsingizi Trail Run: R110
    9km iNsingizi Trail Run: R80


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Philadelphia MTB report.

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No, I did not go all the way to the USA to do a MTB event. The Philadelphia I am referring to is in fact just a few minutes from Melkbosstrand and in the scenic farmlands near Durbanville.

They hosted 3 different events on Saturday, 26 April. I decided to tackle the longest route, the 63km one.

We started off in groups according to the PPA’s MTB seeding. It started raining lightly at just about the time the first group was ready to start at 08h00. The rain continued for about 10 minutes and although I was feeling wet and cold at that stage, it lasted only for a short while.

The initial sections were farm roads of relatively flat nature. That changed at about the 7.5km when we started climbing to the top of Botterberg on the N7 to reach the radio towers at the 350m level.


Though still misty, it was a great view from there all the way down to the sea across the N7 to the right and all the way to Durbanville to the left.

A serious downhill took us back into the flat, dry and mostly boring farmlands. I was surprised however to start riding through a bluegum forest along the Dieprivier at about the 20km mark. This was a great single track and the most enjoyable part of the race.

After that followed more farm roads, mostly wide and flat with some grasslands in the mix. We did 2 river crossings and had to cross on big black mud hole.

The water points were very well positioned, managed by friendly people, all from the various sponsors of the water points. What struck my was how well the people at these water point worked togfether, all dressed in their company branding and seemingly having a great time.

I stopped at 5 of the 7 water points on my ride. I had water, coke, a couple of  Bar-Ones, an Energade bar and energy drinks. I also saw flavoured water and oranges at the various stops.

The race ended at the bottom end of the main road, where it started, but with coke and medals being handed out at the church grounds where we registered.

All in all I loved the ride and wish to congratulate the organizers for a great route, well marked with excellent refreshment stops.

I will be back!


Electric MTB

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Saw this baby at a cycle shop in Antwerp, Belgium yesterday.

According to the sales guy, it does 55km/h and can go for 1h15 on a full charge. Great looking electric Specialized. About R 65,300.

electric specialized


Is it the end….?

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Well, until it is, I want to keep riding and running…..

Please share your 2012 event plan with us in order for us to compile a comprehensive list.





Merida Matts PRO HFS for sale

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Not often that I try to sell something here, but here’s my Merida that’s no longer being used.

If you are interested, please email me on

  • size: 19
  • Sram X9 groupset
  • Avid Juicy brakes
  • Rock Shox Reba SL with remote lock-out
  • Cateye Velo 8 cyclometer
  • Location: Bloubergstrand

Your spring plan

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Looking for some MTB events and trail runs between now and end of October in the Western Cape region? Well, here’s a few that are on my list:

Any others you have in mind?
Lemme know, and I’ll add them to the list.

Trail running & MTB in Stanford!

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5 km Stanford Oesfees Bosloop
10 km  Stanford Trail Run.
5 & 25 km Stanford Oesfees Mtb Challenges

‘n Uitdaging soos min!  Sir Robert Stanford Estate maak nie net uitstekende wyn nie, die plaas beskik ook oor van die mooiste bos, berghange en lopende spruite.  ‘n Ware lushof vir enige buitelug sport entoesias.

The Mtb rides will take riders on vineyard paths, great jeep track challenges, cliff paths, fynbos paths and awesome forest single tracks.  For the little ones, family outings and novices the 5 km is a gentle introduction to this great sport and easy enough for mom or dad to jog along to give junior the much needed support. The 25 km ride will take riders to some of the most beautiful but challenging farm and mountain terrain.  Some technical stretches, great mountain single tracks, Dam wall crossings, nifty forest tracks and mind boggling views of the Stanford Mountain and valley.  Both rides will finish with great funfair at the Hospice Music Pavilion.

25 km starts at 08:00 Entry fee R70.00
5 km to follow at 08:05. Entry fee R20.00

The Bosloop and Trail Run take athletes and novices into the bliss of this great farm.  Dam crossings, fynbos bundu, cliff paths, several spring crossings and some of the best blue gum forest paths.  Whether you run or walk the 5 km, it will tax body and soul and raise the spirit. The 10 km will add some awesome mountain trails, great water features [no wet feet!] and will join the 5 km at the end to finish a great run at the Hospice Music Pavilion.

10 km Trail Run starts at 08:15 Entry fee R50.00
5 km Bosloop starts at 08:20 Entry fee R20.00

Prize Giving at 10:00 at the Hospice Music Pavilion.
Cash Prizes Galore! Prizes for oldest, youngest, slowest and those who can show battle scars! Great prizes in the Lucky Draw.  Something for everyone!

Hermanus Adventures will donate 20% of profits to the Overstrand Hospice for the great work they do!

The Stanford Oesfees Challenges & Overstrand Hospice Summer Concert will also include the very famous Stanford Canoe Race and Stanford Pumpkin Challenge. Festival organizers promise a great day with fun outdoor activities, Tractor RidesKiddies CornerBeer TentArts & Craft Market, and much much more!  The famous Sir Robert Stanford Grappa & Witblitz will join all the surrounding wineries for a vino-phenomenal experience. You are invited to join us later that afternoon to the spectacular Overstrand Hospice Summer Concert.

For more information go to : HermanusAdventures


1st MTB event of 2011?

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Looking for something to do on Saturday 5 February in the Cape Winelands?

How about a 47km, 24km or 8km ( for the kids) in Franschhoek? Make it an easy one if you are not quite ready yet. I plan to be there.

See for more.

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