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Mercedes-Benz Mpekweni MTB Classic

 
Date : 27 - 29 April 2018
Province : Eastern Cape
Location : Mpekweni Beach Resort
Entries Close : 25 April 2018
Starting Time : 06:00
Registration : Mpekweni Beach Resort, 18:00 - 20:00 & Mpekweni Beach Resort, 06:00 - 07:30
Late Entries : No
ROAG Registration : No
Event Website : http://mpekwenimtb.co.za/



REGISTRATION DETAILS:

Date: 26/04/2018
Time: 18:00 - 20:00
Venue: Mpekweni Beach Resort

Date: 27/04/2018
Time: 06:00 - 07:30
Venue: Mpekweni Beach Resort


MORE INFO:

RACE DETAILS:

RACE

FEE INCLUDES

PRICE

Family Package 1

1 x Race entry and 3 night hotel accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children

R 10,350 Per Rider

Family Package 2

2 x Race entries and 3 night hotel accommodation for 2 adults and 2 children

R 12,500

Team (Sharing Accommodation)

1 x Race entry and 3 night hotel accommodation for 1 adult (sharing)

R 6,250 Per Rider

Team (Single Occupancy Accommodation)

1 x Race entry and 3 night hotel accommodation for 1 adult (own room)

R 6,650 Per Rider

Dayblazer

1 x Race entry (no accommodation)

R 3,100 Per Rider


* Please note that for children between the ages of 0-12 years accommodation is FREE, however, this does not include meals. This applies to the family packages only. 

INCLUDED IN ENTRY FEE: 

Family Package 1

Family Package 2

Team (Sharing Accommodation)

Team (Single Occupancy Accommodation)

Dayblazer

  • Race Entry
  • 3 Night Hotel Stay
    incl Spouse & 2 Children
  • All Meals included
    for you and Spouse
  • Meals for children
    charged separately
  • Bike Wash
  • Bike Storage
  • Race Jacket
  • Optional Airport Transfer R630/pp
  • Race Entry *2
  • 3 Night Hotel Stay
    incl Spouse & 2 Children
  • All Meals included
    for you and Spouse
  • Meals for children
    charged separately
  • Bike Wash
  • Bike Storage
  • Race Jacket
  • Optional Airport Transfer 
  • R630/pp
  • Race Entry
  • 3 Night Hotel Stay (Sharing)
  • All Meals
  • Bike Wash
  • Bike Storage
  • Race Jacket
  • Optional Airport Transfer R630/pp
  • Race Entry
  • 3 Night Hotel Stay (Own Room)
  • All Meals
  • Bike Wash
  • Bike Storage
  • Race Jacket
  • Optional Airport Transfer R630/pp
  • Race Entry
  • Lunches
  • Bike Wash
  • Bike Storage
  • Race Jacket
  • No Accommodation
  • No Airport transfer

ROUTE INFORMATION:

Single Track Riding at it's Best

Consistently reviewed as the "best single track" mountain biking experience by just about every rider that has participated, the Mercedes-Benz Mpekweni MTB Classic is certainly cementing it's humble presence as one of South Africa's yearly showcase mountain biking events. With the 5th edition of our annual race being hosted in April 2018, this will be the first year that we host the event as a 3 day stage race.

 

Route Overview

Day 1 - Five Valleys

Five Valleys sees the intrepid riders head north on a short district road section before dropping into “Bouncing Bruce’s”. “Bouncing Bruce’s” is the first single track section that flows down to the Mtati river. Here is a perfect example where one does not just admire the view, but one is actually part of it. After a short river crossing, riders will face a double hump climb “The Camel’s Back” which will test your legs and get that heart racing.

At the top, riders get a short gravel road recovery section before dropping into the Mgwalana valley with “Tharfield’s Tit” lying just ahead. The Tharfield Community is one of the beneficiaries of this race and they come out and line the streets in support of all riders as well as their “local team” that partake in this epic race. It is then time to traverse the top of the Birha river with the most amazing views and drop into the “Birha Loop” eventually crossing the Birha river as riders make their way towards “Pump House”.

After a welcoming and gratifying long free wheel section down to the pump station and a beautiful meander back up to the gravel road, riders will link up onto a new jeep track section crossing a small valley as they make their way back to Benton, with the Hotel looming in the distance, you will wonder if that wasn’t some of the best single track you have ever ridden as you push through to the finish of day one.
 
 Day 2 - Saddle Up

Riders head out on the district road for first 6km before swooping down “Rut Hill” and into the first single track section of the day, Benton’s Meander. Mtati river offers beautiful views along the way. Riders then hit “Switch Backs” and head towards Benton. A short climb up past the local school, where the children hand makes your finisher medals and will be waiting to cheer you on towards the most mind blowing drop-in, “The Saddle”.

You will ride on the edge of a cliff with vast expanses and immense solitudes enshrined in all you survey. This will lead you into your first river bed section which meanders and tunnels through the bush canopy under the cliff overhang, leaving you wondering if this is real. The Jeep-track climb out will test those legs but before knowing it you are dropping into your second river bed section – “Collar Bone Creek” with Tharfield just ahead. After a gravel road section “Wag n Bietjie Valley” awaits you and onwards and upwards you grind into “Bush Buck Ridge” until you are met by our crew and for some much needed nutrition and hydration.
The legendary “Spoke Valley” drop-in has always been one of our firm favourites and gives you valley-riding at its ultimate. A much needed recovery dirt road will get that heart rate down and with only 1 valley left, “Benton’s Best” you will feel the reward of riding such pristine track and beauty of the surroundings. Over the fence-crossing we go and onto “Mpekweni’s Window” with the hotel in sight, it’s through some classic sea bush and under the bridge as your cheering crowds and families await.

Day 3 - Mpekweni's Showpiece

This is still our “show-off” day with 90% of it being single and jeep-track riding, taking you along the magical Mpekweni River bank, climbing up “Hoes Hill” and dropping back down over our floating bridge crossing. Into “Reservoir” we turn which is classic cattle-track riding, snaking across some amazing terrain and before you know it, we are into “Cry Baby Kirch’s” for some testing tight riding through bush and river crossings, eventually climbing out to our first water table of the day.
“Pink House” is up next and with “Malpit’s Finger” looming on the horizon, you are in for an amazing section that drops down for km’s, riding through an old farm house up to a district dirt road. The best is still to come, “This Is Tit” must be one of our favourite finds, dropping all the way back down and crossing the Mtati River at the bottom – you will be so ready for an easy climb out that takes you to our last and most scenic river section, which includes “Hensberg’s Coil”, “Python Valley” and onto “Cycad Alley” tunnel riding through sea bush, riding like you’ve never seen before.

YOUR epic ride coming to a close, all that is left is back under the bridge and into the Hotel where, I am sure, a couple of cold ones will be beckoning, ending the day with the famous 5 Star Mpekweni Buffet Lunch and prize giving. Finally, you are able to bask in the glow of self-fulfilment as you reflect on your achievement! Wag chins with the other participants as you compare notes of the ups and downs - the knocks and the scratches – the triumphant feeling of all that you have accomplished! Well done!!

ACCOMMODATION:



Eastern Cape's Lap of Luxury Mpekweni Resort

The ultimate reward at the end of each day, will be the return to the lap of the luxurious Mpekweni Beach Resort to rest the weary legs. Here you will be able to relax and indulge in the five course buffet meals on offer before you settle into the comfort of your luxurious hotel room for maximum rest before each stage.

    

* Please note that for children between the ages of 0-12 years accommodation is FREE, however, this does not include meals. This applies to the family packages only. 

MEALS:

The Infamous Mpekweni Buffet

They say a picture is worth a thousand words, so we'll keep quite and let the pictures do the talking.

   


ACTIVITIES:

Bring the Family

With spa facilities for the wife, childs day care for the toddlers and a spectrum of activities and attractions to keep anyone's bordedom at bay, your family won't stop thanking you for bringing them along to experience this hidden gem of a holiday destination.

Some of the activities include: 

Nemo’s
Paintball
Dune boarding
Darts
Therapy room
Fishing
Snooker
Barge
Horse riding
Tennis
Swimming Pool
Putt Putt
Squash
Golf
Canoeing