Date: 30th September 2018
Venue/Registration: Addison Park in Empangeni
GPS start co-ordinates: 28°44'11.70"S 31°53'45.03"E
Cell: 082 576 9072
EXCITING ROUTE PLANNED FOR STEEL PLATE SOLUTIONS LEOPARD CHASE
The last race and final prize giving in the Bell Big5 MTB series, the Steel Plate Solutions Leopard Chase has something for everyone giving cyclists the opportunity to ride on some exclusive, breath-taking tracks. The three routes, catering for cyclists of all levels of ability and experience, have been designed and prepared especially for this event. The tracks are not open to the general cycling public with the routes situated in and around the local farm and rural lands of Empangeni.
The home base for this event is Addison Park, situated on the edge of Empangeni. The venue offers abundant shady trees, undercover seating, hot showers, a restaurant/bar and food stalls, as well as a chill zone, all on site for a full day's family enjoyment in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.
All three tracks incorporate the best that the local area has to offer:
The 10km track heads off into the local cane fields for an awesome fast section of jeep track and farm trails with a well-deserved ½ way watering table at the farm dam. The route then leads to a trek up and back to the finish with a purpose built new single track section, made within the grounds of Addison Park with its own bridges and challenges.
This specially designed section will ensure that Mom and Dad have ample opportunity to catch that Kodak moment and see their youngster coming in. The route is aimed at the younger rider but is also well suited to riding as a family with Mom and Dad and will certainly provide them all with a feeling of accomplishment.
This year we will also be incorporating a fun Trail Run/Walk for those that prefer to use 2 feet instead of 2 wheels.
There is a new 25km route this year with a fast pace route through the surrounding farms with some breath taking purpose made single track and bridges over rivers, a couple of challenging climbs ending on the Aqua Nyoni floating bridge and then a fast chase to the finish at Addison Park.
The 50Km has been diverted this year to exclude any hazardous areas and track master George Wilsenach has a treat installed for those riding the route, it is a fast track but a must for those that wish to test their technical ability, there is a tough climb with fast sections of rocky trail into cattle and single track, dongas and river beds natural green single tracks, just the way real MTB should be. The track will loop back to the 25Km and will merge with a fast chase over the Aqua Nyoni floating bridge to the finish at Addison Park.
The organisers are looking forward to host a capacity list of entries, competing for line honours. See you on 30th September!
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