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10km route - 24 hour MTB Enduro Challenge

Start time: 10:00, 30 September 2017

End time: 10:00, 1 October 2017

                             

The Darling ttu route takes place on 10 km’s of beautiful, purpose built with varied single track on the nature reserve that follows the herds of game. Pass several waterholes, bird hides and even a replica traditional San village.  The thrilling route offers excellent views and amazing game encounters. This is for the adventurer who wants more than just riding on gravel roads and jeep tracks. You will not want to ride this exciting trail again and again.

Start off on a dippy downhill with half a dozen defiant ramps where the trail crosses old contour walls. Enjoy series of airborne ramps.  Less than a km in, you wing across a narrow wooden bridge crossing a marshland, and then start slowly contouring upwards along a gentle ascent towards a granite outcrop and game watering hole.

Best of all is that you are riding pure, purpose-built single-track all the way with distinguished twists, zigzags and MANY BERMS. Mount the hill with long, loopy ess-bends to keep the ride edgy amidst the Renosterveld ridges.

You’ll be going clock-wise around the hill until you summit at just on 5km, with a spectacular view over the scrub-covered plains unfolding towards the icy Atlantic Ocean. Drop down another km and you reach the !Khwa ttu boma where an unforgettable water point waits you. Stop enjoy the view and make use of a loo with a view!

That single-track will be calling your name though, so saddle up for a technical rock-drop into an old quarry; it is wild, but the faint of heart there is the option of a chicken run.

Fast-forward down into the valley and then knuckle down onto a final climb as you contour clock-wise along the adjoining koppie. You pass a replica Bushman Village on the way, and once again another game waterhole. Keep your eyes open, chances are good that you’ll see zebra, eland, springbok, bat-eared fox and other game.

The last kilometre of downhill to the race village is a play zone of note, with superb little jumps along a speedy trail section. The ride makes for a superb 10km out on the bike, but the good news is that you go again.