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VELOlife Ride Wild Tour

Date:Thursday 4 September - Monday 8 September 2014
Province:Eastern Cape
Location:Morgan Bay - Coffee Bay
Entries Close:18 Jul 2014
Starting Time:N/A
Late Entries:No
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Seeding and Batching:No
Fully ROAG Administered Event: No
Event Website:http://www.velolife.co.za/

Discover a treasure of mountain biking pleasure on a portion of one of the most pristine and magnificient coastlines anywhere in the World, on a guided MTB tour between Kei Mouth and Umngazi River Bungalows.



VELOlife Tour: Thursday 4th – Monday 8th September 2014

DISTANCE: approx. 190km
4 days riding (excl. travel time).
Moderate – extreme (depending on fitness levels)
Varied – beaches, tracks, hills, district roads
Guided, fully catered.
ACCOMMODATION: Hotels (Three star)
COST: R9750 per rider (VAT incl.)
AREA: Eastern Cape (Morgan Bay – Coffee Bay)




This unique mountain biking experience takes place on the magnificent Wild Coast between The Great Kei River and Umngazi River Mouths and is brought to you in conjunction with the organisers of the “original” stage race in South Africa, The Imana Wild Ride.

This tour is an opportunity for mountain biking enthusiasts to experience a rare treat as riders follow the same route as the Imana Wild Ride, which starts in Kei Mouth (80km north of East London) and finishes at Umngazi River Bungalows (20km south of Port St Johns).*

The tour involves four days of mountain biking plus your travel days either side, a total of 6 days.
Day 1 – 4th Sept: Travel to the start in Kei Mouth (Morgan Bay)
Day 2 – 5th Sept: Kei Mouth – Kob Inn
Day 3 – 6th Sept: Kob Inn – The Haven
Day 4 – 7th Sept: The Haven – Ocean View (Coffee Bay)
Day 5 -  8th Sept: Ocean View – Umngazi River Bungalows
Day 6 – 9th Sept : Travel home !


*Availability subject to the following criteria:
1. Bookings are limited and offered on a first come, first serve basis (secured with 50% deposit).
2. A minimum group size of 16pax to a maximum of 30pax.
3. Bookings close on Friday 18th July – should the min requirement not be met by this date, the tour will be cancelled (deposit must only be paid on confirmation of the tour proceeding, ie: on Monday 21st July).


R9750pp incl. VAT which includes:

-          Five nights hotel accommodation (Morgan Bay, Kob Inn, The Haven, Ocean View & Umngazi River Bungalows)

-          Welcome dinner at Morgan Bay Hotel on the evening of arrival

-          Three full meals each day

-          Backup services to transport your overnight bags

-          Bike wash facilities

-          Medical cover

-          Two guides

-          Ferry crossings – ferry fees covered

-          Permits to enter the Reserves en route

-          A quality finishers’ garment

-          Pre and post bike service by VELOlife (labour cost covered)

Excluded in the above is:

-          Transfers / travel costs & logistics to the start and back from the finish.

-          Spending money for the pub and any other miscellaneous expenses.

-          Bike spares (VELOlife will be taking basic bike spares along to make sure you get to the other side, but please bring the things that are unique to your bike, derailleur hangers, etc)

-          Personal energy drinks & supplements on route



About 40km, loads of beach riding, single track/beach reserve, no big hills, view the wreck of the Jacaranda, tea at Wavecrest (half-way), a couple of swims, maybe a couple of push sections should the beach not be conducive to riding (no running allowed !!), a shipwreck and a river crossing. Time in the saddle should be between 4 and 5 hours.

DAY 2 - KOB INN to the HAVEN....

About 40km, lots of nice beach riding, one spectacular hillclimb portage (aka Mother 1), a couple of river crossings, riding through Dwesa game reserve and "Rhino Valley" (sadly, no longer the home of the white rhino), some awesome single track beach reserve / goat track riding, one push over Sandy Point, and a couple of beach swims and the last stretch to beat the tide and avoid swimming the mighty Mbashe River before reaching The Haven Hotel. Time in the saddle should be between 4 and 5 hours.


About 50km, on classic single track through indigenous forest, three hillclimbs that will be remembered, more beach riding, past the breathtaking landmark of Hole-in-the Wall, refreshments at the pub and the final two and a half big climbs, out of Coffee Bay, then easy district road and descent to Ocean View Hotel. You will feel a little tired in the legs after Day 3, but know it is one of the most awesome days you've ever had on a mountain bike ! Time in the saddle should be between 5 and 6 hours.


About 65km, the longest day! Today will test you, and those who have done some training will be handsomely rewarded with a great day. Three ferry river crossings, less beach riding than previous days, some district road and fast downhills, some tougher uphills, riding through Hluleka Nature Reserve, followed by some awesome single track, then district road home but not before a last challenge up iSlimela Hill and at last from the top of the hill, you will be able to see Umngazi and home! Cross final beach before striking the gong on the south bank, Umngazi River. Time in the saddle today will be between 7 and 8 hours.

Suitable for: cyclists who are competent on a mountain bike with intermediate to good handling skills. Novice mountain bikers would cope but would just walk the trickier sections.
Bike required: good / intermediate level MTB with front shocks.

Skills needed: basic off-road riding skills to cope with uneven surfaces, steep descents, varied terrain

Trail and surface types: terrain is natural, ie: tracks are paths made by local people and animals, plenty of beach riding moving on / off rock surfaces (which can be slippery), some district roads, grassy hills and steep descents, river crossings which may require some water competency skills.

Gradients and technical trail features: most gradients are moderate but might include short steep sections. Includes small technical trail features (such as roots and rock).

Suggested fitness level: average fitness will cope but the fitter, the better the more one will enjoy this ride.

Riders must be prepared for four days of physically demanding mountain biking. This is the wild coast! The riding includes beach riding – plenty of magnificent long beaches which at low tide are a joy to ride on – but if you get caught by the tide can become a trudge, as well as soft sand sections behind the rocks and over dunes which can be quite testing. Tracks off the beach and some hike-a-bike strenuous hills; particularly on the third and fourth days.
Those accustomed to regular mountain biking and stage racing will comfortably handle this ride. If you have any concerns about your physical abilities please feel free to call us to discuss further – we would rather you are honest now that be disillusioned after day one.


Travel Arrangements:

Transfers can be arranged as per below. The best option is to fly into East London and return via East London / Umtata.

The following transfer options can be arranged:
1. Vehicle transfer: for those wishing to drive to the start – your vehicle will then be transferred to Umngazi ready for you to return home at the end of the tour. Approx. cost R1450.

2. Airport transfers: fly in / out of East London. Transfer from East London airport to Morgan Bay, about 1h30 (starting point) – approx. cost R400pp. Transfer from Umngazi back to East London airport (about 4hr drive so take this into account when booking your flight) – approx. cost R900pp.

Should you require transfers, please contact Bex on bex@velolife.co.za


  1. A minimum of 16 people is required to run the Tour. Should we not meet this requirement the tour will be cancelled.
  2. Bookings close on Friday 18th July / once capacity (24pax) is reached.
  3. Should the minimum number not be attained, the deposit will be refunded less a small admin fee.
  4. Each person must ensure they are physically fit to handle the four days and 200km of physical mountain biking.
  5. Each person will be required to sign an Indemnity at registration before the tour starts.
  6. No refunds will be issued once your booking is confirmed. It is up to you to find a replacement should you be unable to participate for whatever reason.
  7. In the case of a replacement please notify us immediately by completing a new Booking Form and e-mailing it to bex@velolife.co.za



    • All bookings will be done on www.roag.co.za
    • Enquiries will be handled by Rebecca (see contact details herewith)
    • It is preferable to book a minimum of two people due to hotel rooms catering for combinations of two or more. Any individuals wishing to book may have to share a room with someone else.


For further details & enquiries contact:
Rebecca van der Linde
Cell. 082 7760 435 / 033 343 2276 (w) / bex@velolife.co.za