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The Umko Adventure

Date : 18 - 19 August 2018
Province : Kwazulu Natal
Location : Richmond Country Club
Entries Close : 12 August 2018
Starting Time : 07:00
Registration : Richmond Country Club, 15:00-20:00
Late Entries : No
Timed By : Not Timed
ROAG Registration : No
Event Website : https://www.facebook.com/pg/umkoadventure/posts/?ref=page_internal


RaceStart TimePre Entry Fee
Indv. | 2 Day Umko Adventure (No Accommodation)07:00R 2 000,00
Team | 2 Day Umko Adventure (No Accommodation)07:00R 4 000,00


Date: 17/08/2018
Time: 15:00-20:00
Venue: Richmond Country Club




Options: Team or Individual Race Options Available

Cost Per Team: R4 000
Cost Per Individual: R2 000


Two exclusive, seldom ridden before, days of riding 
5 delicious meals 
Secure bike park with bike wash and mechanics
A high quality Jonssons Jacket with other goodies from our sponsors. 

Tented Accommodation is available at a additional fee of R150 per person. 


Please note that tented accommodation is no longer available for purchase, however, you are welcome to bring your own tents and campers at no additional costs.

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.


Day 1: 

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 2: 

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.


Richmond Country Club hosted their inaugural race 2 years ago 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 have done exactly that and delivered something our riders would never forget. The feedback has been incredibly positive each year and it’s now become an annual event in our community. Each year we try to add more single track, build more bridges and add new sections of riding down in the beautiful Umkomaas. 

Feedback from the event: 

“What an amazing weekend in every way! The hosts Kim and Shoshanna and team were great! The routes were enjoyable and challenging at the same time - the work that went into clearing more single track for us and all the bridges that were built did not go unnoticed! We were SO spoilt with great food, nice dining area and hardly any queues that most stage races encounter. I am so happy to hear that this event will not go bigger than 150 people! This is one event I will make sure to do every year!”

2018 is going to be no different! 

The Umko Adventure came about in order to uplift the Richmond Community as well as help some local charities, Hand of Hope Centre for Children with Disabilities being one of them. We are expecting this year to be another successful year and we would really appreciate your support is making it just that. 
The other national charity that is close to our hearts is the Sunflower Fund. Here the riders will be supporting a cause which pays for potential donors to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) and giving hope of life to adults and children in need of a blood stem cell transplant. Everyone knows of someone who is suffering with Cancer, now you can make a difference and save a life. 


Plenty of lucky draw prizes up for grabs.


Goodie Bags to all participants. 


Full race village facilities. 


Please see the following local accommodation options: 

Millview Country House , Mandy Robertson (082 865 8540)

Victory Farm Cottages (072 192 3179)