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Imana Wild Ride

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Location:
South Africa
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Entries open: 1 Jul 2018
Event dates:
23 Jul 2018 - 4 day event
Less than a week until event
Race Organiser:
Race Director:
Steve Stamp
Email:
wildride@saol.com
Imana Wild Ride

Imana Wild RIde

About

The Imana Wild Ride is South Africa’s original mountain biking stage race. It begun in 2000 with a humble beginnings of thirty-five (2-man) teams. This unique mountain biking experience takes place on the magnificent Wild Coast between The Great Kei River and Umngazi River Mouths.

The Imana Wild Ride takes place along one of the world’s most pristine and rural coastlines. It offers an abundance of fauna, flora, marine life and breath-taking scenery against a backdrop of Xora customs and traditions.

The Imana Wild Ride starts at the Great Kei River, which is about 80km north of East London on the eastern shoreline of South Africa. The race finishes four days and nearly 200km later at the award winning family resort of Umngazi River Bungalows.

From the start, riders overnight at:
– Kob Inn (Day 1=43km),
– The Haven (Day 2=47km),
– Ocean View Coffee Bay (Day 3=46km) and
– Umngazi River Bungalows (Day 4=63km).

Due to the nature of the region and its remoteness, it is not logistically possible to mark the route. However, teams are provided with detailed instructions on specially laminated route cards for each day’s stage as well as hiker’s maps of the coastline. Riders are encouraged to stay as close to the coastline as possible. Although some faster route options have been discovered inland, the idea of the race is to ‘race the tide’. Hence, stay within the coastal strip. Where the terrain does not allow for riding (and in some cases portaging), it may be necessary to head inland. You can be sure that you will question your direction at least once every day. You will more than likely get lost at some stage over the four days – but you are “Out there alone, racing the tide”.

The Imana Wild Ride is one of those legendary not-to-be-missed mountain bike events.

http://www.wildride.co.za/

Weather conditions

Warm and little rain

Season: Autumn

Route Information

Distance:
199km
Ascent:

Terrain

Technical Rating:

Stage details

Day
Distance
Ascent
Route
1:
40km
Morgan Bay to Kob Inn
2:
40km
Kob Inn to The Haven
3:
50km
The Haven to Coffee Bay
4:
65km
Coffee bay to Umngani

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R to 9405

R9405pp incl. VAT (R8250 excl. VAT) which includes:

  • Five nights hotel accommodation (Morgan Bay, Kob Inn, The Haven, Ocean View & Umngazi)
  • Welcome dinner at Morgan Bay Hotel on the evening of arrival
  • Sunrise breakfast prior to the start of the tour
  • 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 Ride Wild Tour finishers’ garment

Race reviews

http://www.imanawildride.co.za/latest-news/
For the majority of the field, a distance of 45km may not sound too challenging in terms of stage racing but the terrain and conditions of riding on and off the beach, crossing rivers and carrying one’s bike make for a demanding physical effort. However, this is by far outweighed by the beauty of the wild coast and friendly people along the route.

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