The Umko Adventure
The UMKO Adventure is a 2-day MTB ride which takes cyclists on an adventurous journey through the beautiful Umkomaas Valley and surrounding farmlands. The event field is limited to 150 riders, allowing cyclists the space and freedom to cycle at their own pace and take in the breathtaking views along the route. The event aims to promote Richmond (KwaZulu-Natal’s most beautiful secret) as a tourist destination and uplift the local community.
NEW to our offering is a 2 day Trail run! Join us for a weekend of trail running while taking in the breathtaking views as you traverse the magnificent Umkomaas Valley and surrounding farmlands. Experience KZN’s best-kept secret! Hosted by the local Farmers in the Richmond Valley, come and join our family for the weekend. At a very affordable price for a full weekend of trail running and meals, there’s no reason not to bring your whole running club.
Day one finds the cyclists leaving the Richmond Country Club and heading onto plantation roads, thus allowing the field to start spreading out before descending steeply into the upper reaches of the Nkobeni Valley, a tributary of the mighty Umkomaas. On the descent, the scenery changes from one of the eucalyptus plantations to single tracking through paper bark acacia. The descent continues through sugar cane fields and alongside the Nkobeni River. The track will take you under a bridge on the main R56 and then the hard work begins!!
The climb, on the jeep track through Acacia woodland, is approximately 3kms. After the initial climb, the track continues on an undulating contour as you slowly make your way up the valley. Depending on how lucky you are you have a chance of bumping into zebra, blue wildebeest, nyala or the ever-elusive bushbuck, a few of the many species found in the Umkomaas Valley.
Once you have exited the valley you will continue on jeep tracks through sugar cane and timber plantations back to the Country Club to end your +/- 60 km day one.
There will be three strategically placed water tables on the route.
Day two takes the riders first on a small tour through the forests before entering into a single track which will follow the banks of the Illovo River for approximately 10 km.
Jeep track will take the riders to the highest points in our district giving you magnificent views of the surrounding farmlands and in the distance the Umkomaas Valley. After this climb the track takes the riders through areas of incredible beauty and in and out of timber plantations as it winds its way around the southeastern section of Richmond. En route there will be a “bridge” to cross on one of the many dams in the area, making it a great spectator point.
The route follows single track and jeep track and after 40kms you will find yourself back at the Richmond Country Club. There will be two water tables in this section.
Click here for all the details and to enter this year’s event.