2 DAY UMKO ADVENTURE
Options: Team or Individual Race Options Available
• Two exclusive, seldom ridden before, days of riding
• Jonssons long sleeved jacket with the race logo embroidered on
• 5 delicious meals
• Secure bike park with bike wash and mechanics
• Other goodies from our sponsors
Please note that accommodation is excluded from the above race options. Should you require CAMPING IN THE RACE VILLAGE it can be purchased under EVENT PURCHASES when entering online.
Camping is R100 per person for the weekend.
A race village is erected at the Richmond Country Club and Day 1 and Day 2 will start and finish at the Club.
Day one finds the cyclists leaving the Richmond Country Club and heading onto plantation roads, thus allowing the field to start spreading out before descending steeply into the upper reaches of the Nkobeni Valley, a tributary of the mighty Umkomaas. On the decent the scenery changes from one of eucalyptus plantations to single tracking through paper bark acacia. The descent continues through sugar cane fields and alongside the Nkobeni River. The track will take you under a bridge on the main R56 and then the hard work begins!!
The climb, on jeep track through acacia woodland, is approximately 3kms. After the initial climb the track continues on an undulating contour as you slowly make your way up the valley. Depending on how lucky you are you have a chance of bumping into zebra, blue wildebeest, nyala or the ever elusive bushbuck, a few of the many species found in the Umkomaas Valley.
Once you have exited the valley you will continue on a jeep tracks through sugar cane and timber plantations back to the Country Club to end your +/- 60 km day one.
There will be three strategically placed water tables on route.
Day two takes the riders first on a small tour through the forests before entering into single track which will follow the banks of the Illovo River for approximately 10kms. Jeep track will take the riders to the highest points in our district giving you magnificent views of the surrounding farmlands and in the distance the Umkomaas valley. After this climb the track takes the riders through areas of incredible beauty and in and out of timber plantations as it winds its way around the south eastern section of Richmond. En route there will be a “bridge” to cross on one of the many dams in the area, making it a great spectator point. The route follows single track and jeep track and after 40kms you will find yourself back at the Richmond Country Club. There will be two water tables on this section.
The teams of two are housed overnight at the Richmond Country Club in 2 man tents. Mattresses will be provided and we are aiming to make the riders stay comfortable. All meals for both days will be provided. There will be a cash bar available on site and a tuck shop will be run by the local primary school. Full ablutions and hot showers will be made available for each rider and there will be a secure bike park for the bikes to be locked away in overnight. As well as a bike washing and servicing station, we will have a physio tent where riders can massage their weary muscles ready for the next day, and a medical tent with an ambulance and doctor on 24hr call.
EVENT INFORMATION & FEEDBACK:
Richmond Country Club hosted their inaugural race last year with the aim of giving riders the chance to explore the beautiful Umkomaas and surrounding farm lands without having to be a serious rider. In addition we wanted to make it affordable and feel like you were part of the Richmond Community for the weekend. We are very proud to say we did exactly that and delivered something our riders would never forget. The feedback was incredibly positive and we received many Thank-You letters just like this one:
“The biggest problem with the race was the people involved. They spoilt the memories of other races and the efforts made elsewhere by doing most things better. The way the cyclists were treated was outrageous. Lowly cyclists were treated as though they were more important than royalty. Since when are organisers friendly, personally ask you how it’s going, feed you ice cream and lube your bike for you? The attention to detail was amazing; where else would one find such beautifully decorated tables? The ladies could not be helpful enough and do enough to ensure that everything was just right. It was almost embarrassing that people were working so hard for us for such long hours – the organisers worked much, much harder than us cyclists. The men who helped organise things did not seem to have as much to do as the ladies but freely shared their stories and beer. Previously I could boast that I had to drive more than 1000km to Botswana experience amazing hospitality at a race – now you’ve spoilt this because the best treatment ever was less than 90km away.
The food was far too good and there was way too much. I blame the organisers for eating like a pig. Four pigs actually, since it seemed that four helpings of almost everything became the norm. The chocolate cake and chicken potjie were the best of their kind I can remember. Avo is my favourite food and what a pleasure to have so much of it! You have ruined any possibilities of a diet or weight management.
The route, especially day 1, was spectacular. Riding the somewhat rough tracks going down into the Umko valley was more challenging and fun than riding manicured trails. But the scenery was so spectacular that I had to stop a few times and forgot to race.
The water tables were not water tables. The distractions cost me at least an hour and made me forget that we were doing a race. The first stop set the tone. The friendly helpers offered to make me coffee, and to do justice to it had to be enjoyed in relaxed fashion. I admit that taking a bit more than 20 minutes to enjoy the coffee and snacks was not ideal, 40 minutes would have been more appropriate, but my partner hardly stopped and didn’t realise what was on offer. It took a long time to catch up. The distractions of the scenery and water tables added at least an hour to my race time.
The physios were great, and we did not have any queues for the (clean) toilets and (hot water) showers. I have to complain since you have put most races in a negative light regarding these things.
Ok that’s the negative and all my complaints. Everything else about the race was great and seemed very well organised, although, in the interests of being balanced, I’m not crediting you with the weather, which was just good luck.
I’ll be back next year, you can consider this as the first entry for next year. Hope you don’t mind, but I’ll be bringing a few friends along.
Please convey our thanks to all the wonderful people that made this an incredible event to be remembered for many years.”
PRIZES & PRIZE MONEY:
Lucky draw prizes up for grabs!
Goodie Bags to all participants.
Jumping Castle & play area for the kids. Adults can play a round of golf at the country club.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
Richmond MOTHS will be selling wors rolls, burgers and beverages to all non-participants.
Please see the following local accommodation options:
Baynesfield Estate Lodge (033 251 0041, Marisa (082 688 7581)
Visit the Trailblazer
Adventures website to see activities they have available, some of which include Rafting and Paintball.