Durban - As entries continue to stream in for the fifth edition of the Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB, mountain bikers can look forward to some sweeping innovations to the popular two day, 84 kilometre, stage race from Restmount bridge at Early Mist Farm on 19 and 20 January 2019.
With an increase in entries the race’s reputation has spread around the country resulting in the organisers introducing a new shorter version that covers 43 kilometres over the two days. This truncated version has also attracting a big entry and has forced the race organisers to expand their logistics behind the event.
To cater for the bigger registration needs and to offer an attractive accommodation alternative, the race base has been shifted to Glencairn Farm on the Sani Pass road, the start of the fabled KAP sani2c and overnight for the joBerg2c stage races.
“Farmer Glen Haw and his family are so well geared up for looking after big numbers of riders with tented accommodation, showers and toilets that Glencairn is a great addition to the Euro Steel Drak Descent,” said race organiser Derek Christie.
“For a lot of riders who have never done a sani2c or a joBerg2c this will give them a chance to experience a world famous overnight stop and will really bring all the riders together,” he added.
He confirmed that registration would take place at Glencairn and any riders keen to stay at the farm would be able to book accommodation separately, as accommodation in the area is always at a premium as the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend also hosts the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon and the GWK Run The Rivers trail runs.
The new race base at Glencairn has also paved the way for a new route at the start of Day Two that will take the riders from Glencairn back into the uMzimkhulu valley through some single track that has the organisers very excited.
“It makes the second day slightly longer, but it is so worth it,” explained Christie.
“We go through Petersfield Farm and then into a spectacular set of contour single track called the Superbowl, which we are sure the riders are going to love!” he added.
Christie said that the new route used existing cattle track and farm road as the race was passionate about minimising the impact on the environment and not cutting new single track if it can be avoided.
Euro Steel Drak Descent
Day 1: Saturday 19 January 2019 - 41 Km from Restmount Children's Home to Swartberg Road Bridge
Day 2: Sunday 20 January 2019 - 43 Km from Glencairn Farm to Umzimkhulu River Lodge
Team R1500, Solo R750 (substitutions at a cost of R200)
Euro Steel MTB Challenge
Day 1: Saturday 19 January 2019 - 25 Km
Day 2: Sunday 20 January 2019 - 18 Km
R400 per rider for both days
There is currently no closing date for the Euro Steel MTB Challenge.
More information can be found at www.drakadventure.co.za