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To Hell and Back

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Location:
South Africa - Western Cape
Event type:
MTB Stage
Entries open:
Event dates:
16 Nov 2019 - 2 day event
± 51 weeks until event
Race Organiser:
EcoBound Events
Race Director:
Wikus van der Walt
Email:
team@ecobound.co.za

 

To Hell and Back

The To Hell and Back mountain bike route starts on Day 1 at the entrance gate of De Hoek holiday resort (700m above sea level) ± 6km west of the Cango Caves. The first ± 4km is tarred road whereafter participants turnoff onto a gravel road snaking through the farms in the Cango valley. After a steep climb this road links up with the main road at the base of the Swartberg Pass (860m). From here the route follows the Swartberg Pass to the top (1560m) where the Gamkaskloof turnoff is taken 3km further. The route follows this road to Gamkaskloof where the first day’s riding end at the base of Elandspad (560m) at the camping site. This is a distance of 60km with total accumulated climbs of 1750m. This road is also known as the longest mountain pass in South Africa.

Day 1 waterpoints are at 20kms, 37kms, 52kms and at the finish.

The second Day starts with the gruelling 4km climb up Elandspad. Riders will follow the same route back to De Hoek, turning each awesome downhill from the previous day into climbs, changing the character of the route completely. The race will finish in the campsite of De Hoek. The second day’s accumulated climbs is 1900m.

Day 2 waterpoints are at 12kms, 23kms, 40kms and at the finish

Weather conditions

Hot and dry

Season: Summer

Route Information

Distance:
120km
Ascent:
3650m

Terrain

Serious climbs and descents on gravel roads. Not technical.

Technical Rating: 3

Stage details

Day
Distance
Ascent
Route
1:
60km
1750m
De Hoek - The Hell
2:
60km
1900m
The Hell - De Hoek

Entry Fee details

Entry pp R1,300 to 1,500

Two options: Race village = R2300 per person. Own accommodation = R2000 per person.

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