The legendary Barberton Mountain Bike race takes place on the 25th of January and features new routes for the 20km and 30km riders.
These two new routes will give riders the opportunity to ride through the exclusive Greenstone Wildlife Estate where they can enjoy incredible trails, scenery and wildlife. For riders who spend more time in the saddle and who dare to take on the longer distance 110km Ultra Marathon, 77km Marathon or 50km Marathon you will have to put in a bit more effort and dig a bit deeper to get to the top of the Makanjwa mountains – which will make you feel like you are on top of the world. The route has breathtaking views reaching into Swaziland and you will ride through a Unesco World Heritage site as well as the Mountainlands Nature Reserve, Greenstone Wildlife Estate. Adding to the scenery are 14 streams, pine plantations and Macadamia orchards. The routes are not too technical but the terrain does vary to keep things spicy.
What makes this race so unique is not only the long climbs and breath-taking scenery, but great organisation, excellent route markings and waterpoints as well as the variety of terrain which will test the rider’s skill and fitness levels. Professional riders such as Nico Bell of Team NAD and ex-pro riders such as Gawie Combrink and Timo Cooper will make their return to Barberton this year. For riders taking part in the Cape Epic, the Barberton XCM is somewhat of a fitness test.
For the past 24 years, the Rotary Club of Barberton has been organising this race and has played a significant role in the development of mountain biking as a sport. The Rotary hosts this event in order to raise funds for projects in and around Barberton. Some of these projects include food supplies for an old age home, wheelchairs and looking after the needs of school children who do not have the necessary support. By supporting the race, you are supporting charity. This year we are taking it even further by asking everyone who visits Barberton to donate non-perishable food and bottled water at the Registration or at the Finish line.
| ENTER www.cycleevents.co.za | Online entries will close on 21 January at 11pm, but you are still able to enter on Friday, 24 January from 3pm – 9pm and Saturday, 25 January from 05h30 at the Barberton Hoerskool. |
| IMAGES: Sheryn Nader, Marina Coetzee, PC Photography |