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"Over the Edge and Back" MTB Challenge

 
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Date:25 October 2014
Province:KwaZulu-Natal
Location:Green Lantern Inn, Van Reenen Village
Entries Close:22 Oct 2014
Starting Time:From 09:00
Registration:Green Lantern Inn:
Late Entries:Yes
Timed By:
Seeding and Batching:No
Fully ROAG Administered Event: No

RACE OPTIONS:

Race Start Time Pre-Entry Fee Late Entry Fee
45km Over the Edge and Back 09:00 R 150.00 R
21km Intermediate R 100.00 R
10km Kiddies R 50.00 R

PRIZES AND GIVEAWAYS:
There is prize money for the winners, which will be confirmed at a later date.
Goody bags to the first 200 pre-entries.

DESCRIPTION OF THE COURSE:
Foot paths, farm tracks, service roads and cattle paths. The terrain is mountainous. Elevation is 1700m above sea level.

There are GREAT VIEWING POINTS for spectators to watch the riders from! So don't forget to bring along your binoculars and pack a picnic!

EVENT INFO:

Starting in front of The Green Lantern Inn, Est 1892, “Over The Edge and Back” is a unique MTB, not for the feint-hearted, as cyclists go down the cattle path and around Windy Corner, then under the N3 Highway all the way down to “Wag ‘n Bietjie” Trout Estate entrance.  You then turn left onto the farm and follow the arrows towards the Homestead, and at the first dam, you will have your first water point.

After the water point you will pass around irrigation pivots and then cross a small stream onto foot paths and slowly make your way back up the mountain on farm roads to your next water point. From there you continue along Railway service road, taking in the beautiful scenery.   You then cross over the railway line when it enters the first tunnel. Continue along the service road up through the old railway tunnel (which was first opened in 1891) and which will be lit by candles!  Continue on up to the petrol pipeline pump station and arrive at the next water point.

In front of the pump station, you will then go down under the railway line, past a kraal turning left and down the old “Ox Wagon Route”, which was used  by the trekkers during the 19th Century, coming out at the bottom at  “Wyford Farm”, which was a stopover in those days for the wagons. There was a blacksmiths shop, post office and a trading store providing all the necessities for the long haul over the mountain. From there, you will have a long haul back up to the cattle path and your last water point, before the long road back to the finish at “The Green Lantern Inn”.

There is also a spectacular 21km route over easier terrain for the not-so-fit, and a kiddies event of 10km.

Cash prizes, gifts and medals will be awarded.  The first 200 entrants each get a commemorative T-shirt.

This is a serious race, but if you are the only serious rider in your family, the rest of your family can still have an enjoyable day. In addition to the main 45 km race, there is a  less demanding 21 km  race, and a 10 km kids’ race. The Green Lantern Inn has  very friendly pub and restaurant to refresh you after your strenuous exertions, and our local Boerewors Specialist Ron Burgess will have a stall on the street outside the “Lantern” for a quick Wors Roll and cool drink. Finally, the Green Lantern Inn has organised an “After-the-Race” Dinner-Dance with a live band for that evening. Phone 058 671 0027 for details. Make a day of it, or better still book in at one of our many accommodation venues in the area and make a weekend of it.

 

ACCOMODATION OPTIONS:

Venue Phone Email GPS
Appin Farm & Wag ’n Bietjie 084 516 6820 28~22~52S 29~16~33E
Cyara B&B 082 928  5360 cyara@vodamail.co.za 28~18~38S 29~09~26 E
Ginas Self-Catering Cottages 083 6751450 ginageluk@mweb.co.za
www.ginas.co.za
28~31~02S 29~21~00E
Green Lantern Inn 058 671 0027 stay@greenlantern.co.za
www.greenlantern.co.za
28~22~28S 29~22~48E
Lala Nathi Guest House 058 623 0282 lalanathi@internext.co.za
www.lalanathi.co.za
28~18~12S 29~08~51E
Little Church Tea Garden, Mike’s Cottage, Llanduff Lodge 058 671 0106 geralj@mweb.co.za
www.thelittlechurch.co.za
28~22~36S 29~22~43E
Protea Hotel Montrose 058 672 1011 info@phmontrose.co.za 28~21~23S 29~16~59 E
Mount Olive Stables Cottage 073 272 3708 sparks@mniarchitects.co.za 28~20~32S 29~17~03E
Nudawun House 058 621 0151 davidgrantsmith02@gmail.com 28~22~29S 29~22~58E
Oaklands Country Manor 079 529 2314 info@oaklands.co.za
www.oaklands.co.za
28~18~38S 29~23~12E
Perth &Seletwane Farm Cottages 082 867 4942 Seletwane@gwisa.com
www.wheretostay.co.za/perth/
Pyramids Motel 058 671 0044 info@pyramids-motel.com
www.pyramids-motel.co.za
28~25~16S 29~25~18E
Riverview Country Inn & Residential Development 058 672 1033 riverview@ohs.dorea.co.za
www.freewebs.com/riverviewcountryinn
28~20~52S 29~16~40E
Straw Croft Cottage 083 426 8423 margie@strawcroft.co.za
www.wheretostay.co.za/strawcroft
28~22~13S 29~22~14E
Wyford Farm 072 149 0608 wyfordfarm@gmail.com
www.wheretostay.co.za/wyford
28~24~37S 29~25~35E
Nzima Guest House on Highlands Farm Estate Self-Catering Cottage 072 209 4632

EVENT ORGANISER CONTACT:
Lew Harris
Tel: 058 671 0027
Cell: 079 902 0406
lewharris65@gmail.com

The routes are available throughout the year for families to come and enjoy the fresh air and spend a weekend relaxing.

DIRECTIONS:
Please see GPS coordinates to Green Lantern Inn below:

28° 22' 28" S / 29° 22' 48" E.