PwC Great Zuurberg Trek
The PwC Great Zuurberg Trek is a boutique mountain bike stage race that explores the heart of the world-renowned Addo region of the Eastern Cape.
Traversing five of the province’s seven biomes, the three-day 200km ride epitomises true mountain biking with a unashamedly luxurious twist. This is where the soul finds freedom, wild elephants roam and the scent of citrus blossoms fills the air.
On day one, riders enter the remote northern section of the Addo Elephant National Park, which is traditionally only accessible on horseback or foot.
Descending into the Sundays River Valley, they pass Slagboom Dam and the aptly named Orchard of Oranges as they loop back to Zuurberg Pass and the finish at Zuurberg Mountain Village.
One of the standout features of the race is during the queen stage on day two. After cresting the northern ridge towards the Karoo Koppies section, they are greeted by panoramic views of the Indian Ocean to the south and the vast expanse of the Karoo to the north.
On this day, sections known as the Three Stepsisters and For Pete’s Sake provide clues as to why this is regarded as the toughest of the three stages.
Day three is a celebration of all the region has to offer and once the riders have circuited Henri’s Loop at the hotel, they fly through some world-class single-track, test their technical skills at Hayterdale and make a final push up the pass to earn their medals as Zuurberg trekkers.
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