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The Umko Adventure

Date : 27 - 28 August 2016
Province : Kwazulu Natal
Location : Richmond Country Club
Entries Close : 19 August 2016
Starting Time : 06:00
Registration : Richmond Country Club, 15:00-20:00
Late Entries : No
Timed By : N/A
ROAG Registration : No


RaceStart TimePre Entry Fee
Individual Package (Excluding Accommodation)06:00R 1 800,00
Individual Package (Including Accommodation)06:00R 1 900,00
Team Package (Excluding Accommodation)06:00R 3 600,00
Team Package (Including Accommodation)06:00R 3 800,00


Date: 26/08/2016
Time: 15:00-20:00
Venue: Richmond Country Club



The mighty Umkomaas is truly a beautiful and special place that we have the luxury of riding and exploring throughout the year. Many riders have only heard stories or seen these views on TV. Our idea for this Stage Race is to take riders on a route never ridden before into some unseen areas of the Umkomaas where we can explore its true beauty with some adventure thrown in for good measure!  Are you up for the challenge? This event will cater for varied ability levels and will feature some unique challenges and spectacular scenery for its participants. 

A race village will be erected at the Richmond Country Club and Day 1 and Day 2 will start and finish at the Club.  

Day One:

Day one finds the cyclists leaving the Richmond Country Club and heading onto plantation roads, thus allowing the field to start spreading out before descending steeply into the upper reaches of the Nkobeni Valley, a tributary of the mighty Umkomaas. On the decent the scenery changes from one of eucalyptus plantations to single tracking through paper bark acacia. The descent continues through sugar cane fields and alongside the Nkobeni River. The track will take you under a bridge on the main R56 and then the hard work begins!!

The climb, on jeep track through acacia woodland, is approximately 3kms. After the initial climb the track continues on an undulating contour as you slowly make your way up the valley. Depending on how lucky you are you have a chance of bumping into zebra, blue wildebeest, nyala or the ever elusive bushbuck, a few of the many species found in the Umkomaas Valley.

Once you have exited the valley you will continue on a jeep tracks through sugar cane and timber plantations back to the Country Club to end your +/- 60 km day one.

There will be three strategically placed water tables on route.

Day two: 

Day two takes the riders first on a small tour through the forests before entering into single track which will follow the banks of the Illovo River for approximately 10kms. 

Jeep track will take the riders to the highest points in our district giving you magnificent views of the surrounding farmlands and in the distance the Umkomaas valley. After this climb the track takes the riders through areas of incredible beauty and in and out of timber plantations as it winds its way around the south eastern section of Richmond. En route there will be a “bridge” to cross on one of the many dams in the area, making it a great spectator point. 

The route follows single track and jeep track and after 40kms you will find yourself back at the Richmond Country Club. There will be two water tables on this section.

The teams of two will be housed overnight at the Richmond Country Club in 2 man tents. Mattresses will be provided and we are aiming to make the riders stay comfortable. All meals for both days will be provided. There will be a cash bar available on site and a tuck shop will be run by the local primary school. Full ablutions and hot showers will be made available for each rider and there will be a secure bike park for the bikes to be locked away in overnight. As well as a bike washing and servicing station, we will have a physio tent where riders can massage their weary muscles ready for the next day, and a medical tent with an ambulance and doctor on 24hr call.

The event is to be completed as a team and prizes are differentiated by age group and gender.

We will be making use of ROAGs pre-entry system and they will also assist us with marketing the event on their website, via SMS and email. In addition to local press we will also make use of the Bicycling magazine to advertise our event. Cyclists will be able to interact with us through our Facebook Page and we will keep them updated on the setting of the route with videos of some of the route so they can get a taste of what to expect. 

The event will comply with Cycling South Africa Race Rules.


1. Team Entry Package (Including Accommodation): R3800 (R1800 X 2 + plus R200 camping). 

Two nights accommodation in the race village with full ablutions

2. Team Entry Package (Excluding Accommodation): R3600 


Team Entries Entry Package Includes the following.

·         Two exclusive, never ridden before, days of riding

·         4 delicious meals

·         Secure bike park with bike wash and mechanics

·         First Ascent T-shirt with other goodies from our sponsors. 


Jacket and Goodie Bags to all participants. 

Jumping Castle and play gym for the kids while the adults can enjoy a round of golf at the Richmond Country Club. 

Full Menu available from the Richmond Country Club. 

Please see the following local accommodation options: 

Victory Farm Cottages (072 192 3179)

Contact Trailblazer (072 430 1247) to see activities they have available, some of which include Rafting and Paintball.