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Van Reenen "Over the Edge & Back" MTB Challenge

[image] 26 February 2016

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Our village awoke to - sunshine, blue skies and a very gentle breeze … ideal conditions for the above event. This was the 4th MTB event held in Van Reenen, covering three races, the 45 Kms “Over the Edge”,   a 21 kms for the not so fit, and a 10 km for kiddies, with the races starting and ending in front of The Green Lantern Inn under the colourful N3TC Arch with Banners, accompanied by Flags, Rondels and a Gazebo.

Cyclists came from far and wide, and many marvelled at the spectacular scenery in the area, and said they were amazed at the array of various wild flowers en route.   Many  competitors described the area as the most beautiful scenery that they had cycled through, and said that ‘cycling through the lit tunnel, was an unreal experience’.

The event was hugely successful with greater entries than last year, and comments from many cyclists were ….  awesome, fantastic, wonderful and we will definitely be back next year with more friends.

One cyclist who was out with the leaders had the mishap of his saddle breaking when he got to the end of the long down hill, so he had to make his way back up the hill. On the way back he had the time to notice what he had just gone flying over and was horrified at what he saw !

Cyclists added that they had enjoyed the slight change of the route, and said that the facility of four water tables over the 45 Kms route was most welcomed.  On the homeward route, an additional ‘water hole’ had also been provided !

Next year’s “Over the Edge” MTB will take place on Saturday, the 1st of November 2014 and we look forward to lots of support from our local cyclists.

It was great to have the support of many of the Springs Cycling Club and an increase in numbers from Harrismith MTB – well done !

A unique feature of  this MTB race, is that spectators can follow the progress of the cyclists for almost 50% of the race from a view point in front of the Petrol pipeline Pump Station, from where Bonginkosi Ndaba was selling refreshments !

On the home-front, popular DJ, Raymond Groves from Ladysmith played great music, and not only was his music good, but he was very well tuned in with the Time-keepers Mbuso Ndaba and Prince Moloi,  and he certainly entertained the visitors with his humorous comments.

We ended  the lovely day with a Dinner/Dance at The Green Lantern Inn with a live band from Springs playing great music, and the old Oregon Dance floor creaked ‘till late.

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