Purpose-built singletrack, spectacular views and fast farm roads – all a mountain-biker could wish for, really. The third edition of the Jeffreys Bay Mountain Bike Open will go down on Saturday 11 July 2015, as part of the JBay WinterFest. This year’s event will once again offer something for riders of a range of fitness and skill levels.
The 2015 event will start at Kabeljous Lagoon (also the venue for the fishing and trail running events, as well as the kite festival) and feature three routes, 40km, 60km and 85km.
The 40km route is designed for the adventurous fun rider looking to ride a significant distance and will be fairly flat and non-technical. The two longer routes require good technical proficiency and some training in the legs, with the 60km aimed at trail riders and the 85km fit racers with marathon experience.
The longer routes will also feature spectacular trails in Impala Ranch, a bike park outside Jeffreys Bay. The 1000 hectares of pristine countryside has been a private game farm for the past 20 years with access only to family and friends of the landowner. In that time the farm has been regularly stocked with superb specimens of a wide range of animals and rumour has it the property is home to the largest kudu bull in the Eastern Cape.
Other highlights will no doubt include the purpose-built wooden bridges and berms of race director Arthur Joubert’s, property along the Seekoei River as well as tight and twisty singletrack along an old riverbed and a tunnel of natural vegetation.
The event also carries the unique distinction of being the only MTB event in Africa to run through a wind farm.
Riders taking part in the 60km and 85km routes will be racing through the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, riding along the roads that are interspersed by 80m tall wind turbines towers, spread more than 500m apart.
For more information and to enter online, visit www.jeffreysbaysport.co.za
85km and 60km routes: R230.00
40km route: R185.00
Day license for Cyclists not registered with Cycling South Africa is R35.00
Registration closes at midnight on the 8th of July 2015 and there will be a late registration fee of R50.00 payable if entering on the day.
The JBay Winterfest has a few vibrant Social Media channels that will be relaying the action throughout the 12 days.