Storms River Traverse

Storms River Traverse. The beautiful and untouched gem of the Garden Route will host riders on this 3-day mountain bike stage ride. With tracks hugging the rugged coastline and views only seen on postcards, this ride is designed for the intermediate cyclist looking for an adventure without having to spend hours training every day. The daily distances range from 40-70 kms and will traverse the mountains, plantations and coastline adjacent to the Village.

The package consists of the following:

  • A Mountain Bike adventure that exposes you to all the Tsitsikamma can offer
  • Three stages
  • Two scrumptious meals per day.  Lunch and Dinner daily from Thursday, 10 August 2023  to Sunday, 13 August 2023  lunch. Breakfast not included
  • Official race apparel (please note that only fully paid entries received by 11 June 2023 will receive complimentary event apparel)
  • Nutritional needs of the riders are kept in mind
  • Vegetarian options available
  • Rider-only chill zone
  • E-bike category available

Stage 1: This stage is consistently rated as the favourite by all riders – it must be something to do with the exclusivity of the ride, but probably more so the views across this rugged coastline. Just after the start, riders descend the historic old pass down to the Storms River gorge, then travel through Bluelillybush plantation onto a route that follows open plantation tracks towards the east.

This landscape of recently harvested trees and thick mature forests, winds towards water point 1, nestled high above the ocean with a straight drop to the sea. The ride proceeds with a cliff-hugging ride straight towards water point 2, situated far above Storms River mouth, overlooking the National Park below. Just over 12 kilometers to go, back onto the Storms River pass, the climb takes you to the race village to cherish a well-deserved day.

Stage 2: The shortest day of this year’s race must not be underestimated. The route takes you in a westerly direction into the lush indigenous forests just above MTO’s Lottering plantation. Even though man-made, these well-preserved forests and jeep tracks create a wonderful riding experience.

The route takes a sharp turn to the south heading towards the ocean, through more forestry roads onto Waterpoint 1, just before riders cross underneath the national road. This last section as well as the next 10 kilometres is a brand-new addition to this year’s route. Riders make their way nearing the ocean, where riding on the water’s edge gets a whole new meaning winding through undulating forestry tracks towards Waterpoint 2. An easy ride towards the finish caps an interesting second stage where the friendly and hospitable faces of your hosts at the Inn await.

Stage 3: Today’s ride starts once again in an easterly direction through the Storms River gorge taking riders through beautiful dairy farmlands, courtesy of the local landowners. From here the route takes a sharp turn to the north, to water point 1, crossing under the national road traversing the southern slopes of the Tsitsikamma mountains. The views are breathtaking, the tracks smooth and easy and the water points are packed with cold drinks and locally produced fruits and other delicacies.

On the return, riding under canopies of indigenous trees and crossing the fern-infested ancient rivers, riders will have the finish in sight – 3 days spent riding and enjoying the magnificent Tsitsikamma area will give the soul time to breathe, until next time…

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Event Information

Country: South Africa Event type: MTB Stage Distance: 148 km Ascent: 2287 m Event date: 11 August, 2023 Duration: 3 day(s)

Organiser Information

Race Organiser: Dryland Event Management Race Director: Carel Herholdt Email: Website:
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