The Greyt Escape
Approximate distance: 61km. Elevation: 1270m
The longest but perhaps easiest stage to get you warmed up and into the mood.
Roadies will have to secure a proper lead here as things get more technical as the weekend progresses!
A start on jeep track opens up onto fast rolling farm roads that lead straight into the beast of the day – the increasingly famous UFO climb. The fame is as much for the great elevation that you gain as for the stunning Middelplaas single track that now stretches all the way from the dizzy heights to the river below. After this there is chance to tuck in again and make up some time before the final singles crossing the old bridge and skirting in front of Genadendal. A final climb up from Boschmanskloof drops you via swooping single track into the race finish at the Uitkyk Primary school.
Distance: 60km. Elevation: 1250m
This more punchy route follows the spine of the old Greyton Classic route but cuts a bit of boring distance to give you a killer compact day of fun.
A bunch splitting climb up and over into Happy Valley sends you onto an open section before the fun starts. First the Oewerzicht trails followed with a quick connection through a bit of Greyton village singles to the blue hippo climb. This drops you down around the dam and then up another bit before flying down to the tepee village. Another connection brings you to the Oaks singles – saving the best for last so leave something in the legs if you need to accelerate past the Ngunis. The last run past the Nguni fynbos camp and through the Casy is one continuous 200m descent.
Your picnic on the Oaks lawns have been well deserved!
Distance: 47km. Elevation 1145m
Short and sharp, and fun! This stage is an action packed selection of the close to home Greyton trails. If you can climb, and know how to descend there is still time to climb a position or two on the GC.
Maermanskloof (maybe called that because the thin guy has the advantage on this climb!) is the first climb of the day. Get this one in the bag and then blast some of the liaison singles to the beast of Bakenskop switchback climb and single track heaven on Buffalo ridge. Drop down, and catch your breath on your way to Bereaville for Davey’s sprocket and Rocky Horror and your last treat of the weekend that will send you flying into the finish.
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Entry pp R2900 to 5400