Fun and games at Kingfisher MTB Challenge on Saturday
Thursday, 16 March 2017, 07:46
A previous Kingfisher Challenge.
SOUTHERN CAPE NEWS - One of the Garden Route's most picturesque races, the Kingfisher MTB Challenge, will take place on Saturday 18 March.
The annual Kingfisher Challenge race is a fundraising initiative of Hoekwil Primary School.
The main changes to the Kingfisher 2017 is a better layout at the start and finish. This year, the trail run and mountain bike race will start at the border line of Oakhurst Farm and Bergplaas Forest, making this year a completely off-road challenge.
There too the route has changed and riders can look forward to new previously unused routes with lots of fast undulating roads, high contour tracks and slightly easier climbs, but one would still recognise the familiar river crossings and waterfalls in exquisite indigenous forest. It returns to Hoekwil through the farms on more custom made flowing single track.
There are seven mountain bike races in total, five of which are geared towards families and kids. These include the 10km fun ride for the more serious younger riders between 7 and 11 years old, as well as non-competetive adults race for those who just want to be part of the Kingfisher Challenge and experience the beauty and fun vibe.
There's also a 20km route, ideal for nippers and novice riders, from 12 years up; the 3km children's race for kids aged 6-12 years; and the 50m kiddies' scooter dash, for kids aged 2-5 years.
In addition to these races, there is also a 40km route, suited for novice riders looking for a good challenge but without the intensity of the longer route, and the more technical 70km route, designed specifically for competitive riders with a 30km loop through the Bergplaas State Forest in the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains.
A fantastic collection of prizes can be won, including cash prizes for the first place winners and hampers for 2nd and 3rd place winners. Medals are awarded to all trail run entrants as well as MTB entrants for the 10km, 20km, 40km and 70km races.
The toddlers will be thrilled to receive their surprise lucky packet at the finish line.
The hugely successful trail runs, introduced as part of last year's broader Kingfisher MTB event, are also on the cards for Friday 17 March. These include an 8km run and 16km run along part of the 20km mountain bike race route and other unique sections of forest.
All runners will register and meet at Hoekwil Primary School between 15:00 and 16:00 where they will get into Farm Trucks sponsored by Peter Leppan from the Mandalay Farm, and be ferried 8km to the starting line in Bergplaas. The starting time will be 16:30.
The Kingfisher MTB is registered with the SA Cycling Federation.
Cyclists can now register online at www.chaingangevents.co.za or on 17 March from 14:00 to 16:00 and on 18 March from 06:00 to 07:45. No registration is required for the kiddies' scooter dash.
The 70km race kicks off at 08:00, the 40km at 08:15, the 20km at 08:30 and the children's races at 08:45.
For mountain bike riders, an organised vehicle shuttle service will be available at R50 should you need your car to be transported from Bergplaas to the finish line at Hoekwil Primary School.There will be a lot to do for non-participants, including kiddies' activities, live entertainment, a Friday Night Market, delicious food stalls, a beer tent and a covered marquee, ensuring everybody stays dry.