A new start, some new single track going down into Kwa-Zulu Natal and all-round tough mountain biking. That is stage one of the Great Trek.
Gary Green and crew pulled out all the stops again, making sure that this race will keep the true mountain bikers come back every year for more.
The day started at the Border Post on top off Olivier’s Hoek Pass on the Free State side, and riders where greeted with thick mist that covered the whole area.
This made riding very interesting as every downhill and climb came as surprise to the 500 odd riders taking on the event.
Great Wall My China as always a treat, whether you’re a first time rider or whether you’ve done this more than once.
Solly’s Folly never cease to amaze and with a new section called the Drakensberg Drop – a drop down into the Kwa-Zulu Natal consisting of mouth-watering single track.
With most of the day done on single track and tracking down-hill this 93km stage flew past… or that was until you hit the last climb of the day.
The view again made this climb more worth the while. After that you hit The Garden Of Eden with 3km to go and got treated to some more fantastic single track.
Stage1 done and dusted with shaded tents next to the Tugela River you can be sure it’ll be smiles all around.