Big Cycle MTB and Trail Run

           


2016 sees the sixth annual instalment of the BC Family Day at Brandvlei Cellar in Worcester. This is the third year that the BC Family Day will host the Big Cycle MTB, in partnership with Hermitage Financial Services, Zenith Insure and De Tour Bike Shop. For 2016 we have new additions to the already successful MTB.

  • Showers available
  • Camping facilities available (contact us for more information)
  • Keep in mind there are road works between Rawsonville and Worcester on the road through Rawsonville) add ±20min to planned travel time

Friday 25 November:

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Registration: 19:00 – 20:00

(You will be able to register for all the weekend events including MTB, Trail Run and Fun Run/Ride of 26 November)

Event starting times:
10km Night Fun Ride MTB starts at 20:00
10km Night Trail Run starts at 20:15

For 2016 we added a Night Fun Ride as well as a Night Trail Run. This is not a timed event but a bit of sports before the Big Race on the Saturday.
  • No helmet no Ride
  • No Light no Ride / Run

Saturday 26 November:

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Registration: 06:00 – 07:30


65km MTB (Long Route) starts at 07:00 - For advanced cyclist
45km MTB (Medium Route) atarts at 07:30 - Moderate/Tough
25km MTB (Short Route) starts at 08:00 - Easy/Medium
5km Fun Run / Fun Ride atarts at 08:00 - Very Easy
12km Trail Run starts at 07:15 - Joggers/Challenging

25 NOVEMBER PRICES:

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Pre-EntriesLate Entries
DistanceEntry FeePPA Discount FeeEntry FeePPA Discount Fee
10km MTBR50R50R80R80
10km Trail RunR50R50R80R80

26 NOVEMBER PRICES:

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Pre-EntriesLate Entries
DistanceEntry FeePPA Discount FeeEntry FeePPA Discount Fee
65kmR140R100R220R160
45kmR140R100R220R160
25kmR140R100R220R160
5kmR20R20R20R20
12km Trail RunR100R100R120R120
ALL ENTRIES OPEN FROM 1 OCTOBER - 23 NOVEMBER

65km MTB: Long Route

The route starts with a 3 km level single track followed by a 1.5km stretch of tarred road controlled by trail officials. The trail turns off and winds between watermelon and melon fields and later through fruit orchards. From here it is a nice quick section of "rolling hills" until re-joining the farming community of Moddergat. At 13km you’ll get the first big water point.

Up to this distance, the trail is fairly level and quick, but the (hard) work starts from here onwards. The first climb that is worth mentioning, you’ll reach at 20km. It is a short style hill (± 80 meters) with loose rocks followed shortly thereafter by a similar hill. The downhill at a certain place is very steep and there will be a part where the bikes have to be pushed (this is compulsory). Thereafter the trail winds back in the direction of the wine cellar and there is a long and gradual climb until it ends with a sharp and steep climb on top of one of Moddergat's mountains. This climb is ± 250 meters and will put you at the 33 km mark.

At the bottom of this steep decline you will turn right and ride alongside the Doornriver road to take you into the Doornriver area. The road joins the river and you will be riding next to the river for ± 3km before crossing it. This will be the only time crossing the river. The road joins up with the Doornriver road for ±2km before turning away in the direction to Jonahskop, the highest mountain peak in the Doornriver area. On this road you will be riding through vineyards before entering the mountains again.

For the next ±10km the road is fairly good with medium climbs and descents. Riding along the foothills of the Doornriver mountians, the road then leads to fruit orchards with medium climbs. The last ±10km of route is still quite challenging as it has medium climbs and descents, ending up with a last glimpse of the vineyards before the finish line back at the cellar.

45km MTB Medium Route

The route starts with a 3 km level single track followed by a 1.5km stretch of tarred road controlled by trail officials. The trail turns off and winds between watermelon and melon fields and later through fruit orchards. From here it is a nice quick section of "rolling hills" until rejoining the farming community of Moddergat. At 13km you’ll get the first big water point. Up to this distance, the trail is fairly level and quick, but the (hard) work starts from here onwards.

The first climb that is worth mentioning, you’ll reach at 20km. It is a short style hill (± 80 meters) with loose rocks followed shortly thereafter by a similar hill. The downhill at a certain place is very steep and there will be a compulsory part where the bikes have to be pushed. Thereafter the trail winds back in the direction of the wine cellar and there is a long and gradual climb until it ends with a sharp and steep climb on top of one of Moddergat's mountains. This climb is ± 250 meters and will put you at the 33 km mark. Here there is a small second water point.

After this climb follows a sharp and rapid decline and on the heels of this a sharp turn off to the right a second steep incline awaits. This climb (150 meters) is quite steep, but not quite as long. Now we are 37 km. After this climb follows a very steep descent, which is quite technical in some places due to loose rocks. Please follow the warning signs. The last part is straight back to the wine cellar, first on small hills and then a piece of tarred road that will be patrolled by trail officials. The last 3km single track repeats itself until the finish.

The route winds along some of the most beautiful parts of South Africa. Vineyards and orchards are common, but you will also be treated to extensive tracts of renosterveld. The view on certain sections of the trail is breathtaking and you will be treated to some of the most spectacular landmarks, including Jonaskop, the Du Toit’s Mountain range, the Sentinel Mountains and the Stettyn Mountains.

Long Route Profile



Trail Run Profile


Photo of 2016 MTB

Photo of 2016 Trail Run

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