Roof de Karoo Mountain Bike Challenge
The Roof de Karoo is a stunning three-day 180km mountain bike traverse. It is the proud product of the Mountain Zebra Camdeboo Protected Environment (MZCPE). This mountain biking adventure will journey over plateaus grazed by herds of antelope, cross desolate stretches of dramatic Karoo landscape with a unique diversity of fauna and flora and navigate mountain ridges revealing natural amphitheatres to where earth meets sky. The traverse will present awesome panoramic views stretching for miles on end.
The 2019 event of the Roof de Karoo will be from the 4th - 7th of April 2019, exploring parts of the 268 000 hectares of stunning natural beauty of the Protected Environment. The MZCPE was created to protect the critical biodiversity of the area that lies between the Mountain Zebra National Park and the Camdeboo National Park in the Greater Karoo. The adventure trail is held in partnership with SANParks and is the first of its kind in the area.
Participating teams of two depart from the Mountain Zebra National Park campsite early Friday morning in the crisp Karoo air and end under the shadow of the imposing 2430m high Nardou mountain peak. After 90 kilometres and an elevation gain of 1260m, the cyclists can relax under the shade of the poplar trees and cool off in the stream at the source of the Great Fish River. Day 2 starts with a climb and descent over Nardou on the old ox-wagon track. Cyclists are rewarded with a downhill gradient criss-crossing the Sundays River through private game farms, finishing at Roodebloem farm 80km later. The last day inlcudes a short relaxing ride through Camdeboo National Park to end at Winterhoek Guest House in view of the Valley of Desolation in the Camdeboo National Park where the event officially ends with hearty brunch before participants depart.
Entry fees include 3-nights tented accommodation and all meals (breakfasts, suppers, water and feeding stations along the route). With stunning views to marvel at while on the bike, an opportunity to camp out under the Karoo star-studded skies and experience true Karoo hospitality and cuisine prepared by the local farmers, this event is as special as the area where it takes place.
Non-participating loved ones are encouraged to support the event and embrace the opportunity to discover the other gems found in the area. The organizers will make special arrangements for supporters dependant on availability of accommodation.
Don’t delay to book your place for this special event. Only 50 team slots are available.
Cost per team: R7500, Cost for individual riders: R4000
To register for the event please download the entry form here. Fill in the form and forward to Roofdekaroo@gmail.com
Entries close on the 1st of March 2019.
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