HERMANUS – A 2-day MTB stage race has been added to the event mix offered by the Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme (WBX), a multi-day adventure sports festival returning to Hermanus for a fourth time from 26 to 28 April 2019.
“Stage races are becoming increasingly popular and we incorporated them into our event because we know that there is a market for it. Along with the triathlon, the MTB races and trail runs are key events for us and we want to offer athletes who thrive in these disciplines the opportunity to challenge themselves even further,” says Gerhardi Odendaal, CEO of Old School Group (OSG). OSG co-own and run the event in close association and partnership with Hermanus and its people.
The Westvaal Auto Valley Xtreme MTB (MTB stage race) takes place on 26 and 27 April and participants will cover between 50km and 60km per day over the two days. The routes will take them to the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on trails that were purpose-built for the Cape Epic and Wines2Whales. Participants will enjoy pristine jeep tracks, river single tracks, interesting vineyard trails and awesome views of the magnificent Walker Bay and Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.
Those riders who would prefer to spend only one day in the saddle, can choose a single distance on either the Friday (52km) or the Saturday (choose between 22km, 36km and 58km). The shorter route is suitable for younger and inexperienced riders while the longer routes are quite challenging.
“If you love mountain biking, this is your chance to explore one of the hidden gems of Hermanus,” says Odendaal.
There will be plenty of spectator points en route to keep up with all of the action.
The Valley Xtreme MTB Challenge is not the only MTB fun to be had at the Hi-Tec Walkerbay Xtreme. Riders looking for a new and interesting challenge can consider entering the Urban Xtreme MTB Criterium Race.
The MTB criterium circuit race combines a short track race with technical obstacles and urban flavour above and through the iconic Old Harbour in Hermanus. The event features a number of elimination rounds, culminating in an exciting finale. The circuit is specifically designed to be spectator-friendly, incorporating the restaurant strip along the Old Harbour.
“We are constantly looking for ways to make this event even more exciting and inclusive. Hermanus is a hotspot for adventure sports and we invite all sport lovers, no matter what their ability, to study the events line-up and choose two or even three events to challenge themselves,” says Odendaal.
Entries are open. For more information, visit www.walkerbayxtreme.com.
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