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Mtb Race Map

The 2018 Herald Continental Mountain Bike Event starts and finishes at the Addo Polo Club and offers three distance options. After the excellent feedback we received from riders in 2017 we've kept the routes mostly the same with only a few minor additions that we know you’re going to love!

The first 10km is on reasonably flat gravel roads and jeep track as you meander through citrus orchards and along irrigation canals. A short climb up Dung Beetle Hill will give you your first opportunity to get your heart rate up. Just after Dung Beetle Hill, at the first water point, the 25km route turns off and heads back towards the finish. For the 60km and 80km riders you’ll find yourself pedalling a few more kilometres of gravel road before the real fun begins (or as Oli Munnik puts it, “you hop onto the amusement park rides”).

At the 2nd water point, around the 20km mark you take a sharp turn off the gravel road and enter the first of many singletrack sections through Hayterdale Trails. Wooden bridges, flowing singletrack, challenging climbs and exhilarating downhill's will keep you on your toes. Here you'll encounter some of the new additions to the route: The Rabbit Hole, The Corkscrew and Berm Lane to name a few. We challenge you to come out of there without a smile on your face. After some fun on the Hayterdale XCO track (the 60km route excludes the most technically challenging XCO sections), it's back to the hard work as you begin your climb up the Zuurberg Pass where the King of the Mountain Hotspot awaits you at the top. If you’re not in contention for the KOM title, take a moment to appreciate the panoramic views over the Sundays River Valley and if you’re sharp you’ll be able to spot the SA Champs Downhill Track across the gorge to your right as you pedal up the pass.

Not long after cresting the Zuurberg climb, we send you back into singletrack for a 5km white-knuckle downhill after which the 60km route splits and heads back towards the finish through the Intsomi Game Reserve, which is stocked with giraffe, zebra, kudu and several species of smaller antelope.

The 80km route continues over undulating singletrack for several kilometres, at times hugging the Addo Elephant National Park - so keep a look out for elephants and lions (hopefully) on the other side of the fence.
True to its “Extreme” title, the 80km route still has a few physical and technical challenges in store for riders before they re-join the 60km course en route to the finish, including a singletrack climb towards Camp Figtree known as Louis’ Hill and Zorr’s Rollercoaster, an exhilarating new singletrack contour path.

The 60km & 80km routes join in to the 25km route for the final flat(ish) 15km to the finish.

Important note to all riders: You can expect the Addo area to be very hot at this time of the year, riders are to ensure they have enough fluids and sunblock, and make use of the water points on route to refuel.

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