There are less than a 100 entries left in the very limited-entry Ride2Nowhere three-day stage race, which takes place around the charming town of McGregor from 7 to 9 September.
The event – which features various options across the three days, with a short (40km) and long (60km) option per day as well as solo and team categories for mixed, women and men’s teams – has space for 400 riders only. The 2017 event sold out and the 2018 edition is fast going that way too.
The Ride2Nowhere is a very special opportunity to explore this remote region of the cape on a mountain bike, by getting access to routes and trails you wouldn’t on any other day. The riding is typically ‘Karoo’ – more rugged and technical than many of the other more groomed trails that see countless wheels per year.
The routes take riders into some very remote areas which sometimes make you feel as if you are riding in the middle of nowhere. A large portion of the trails are not open to the public having been created exclusively for the Ride2Nowhere and with a limit set on the number of entries allowed this also ensures no congestions on route so you can just enjoy riding the trails in your own time and pace. All in all, the route offers a good challenge to the racing snakes, but it is still doable for the weekend warriors.
However the epic trails is far from the only reason riders return year-after-year. “It’s about the vibe,” is what you’re more-than-likely to hear from anyone who’s ridden the event. Central to this is the quirky town of McGregor, around which the race is based.
“The village of McGregor is central to the event,” says Erik Kleinhans, who won last year’s team category with Robert Hobson. “It’s just so cool to go to an arty little place in the middle of nowhere. I really like that mountain biking takes you to these kinds of destinations.”
In terms of art, creative and spiritual people have gravitated to the area for decades. This has resulted in the town becoming something of a permanent art route. For riders and supporters alike that affords the opportunity to wander in wonder through the various small galleries, installations and studios.
Some more reasons to enter
- There is a Partial Payment Deal option (50% to secure your spot, 50% by end of July)
- Each entrant will receive an event-specific CIOVITA cycling jersey valued at R800.
- There are various rider and supporter meal packages available. All meals are home-cooked meals by the local McGregor ladies – you’ll never go hungry again!
- All water points are stocked with Hammer Nutrition products
- There is a Hammer Nutrition recovery drink waiting at the finish line for each finisher.
- Drink as much as you can aQuelle Water
- Free water-wise bike wash by Namgear after each day
- Finisher Gift from the award winning Lord’s Wine valued at R150
- Kids Day Care service are available, so you can drop them off and enjoy your ride
- It’s a weekend for the whole family with spectator points on route, and a fun Trail Run (6km & 12km options) on the Saturday
Entries are limited to 400 and selling out fast, so don’t delay, head over to
http://ride2nowhere.co.za for more details.