The McGregor Wines Race2Nowhere promises to be the perfect mix between an endurance challenge and fun. That according to enigmatic route designer, Con Viljoen. The race, which this year has two distance options – the 112km Epic Challenge, with 2550m of climbing and a 65km Mini Epic with some 1500m ascent – and takes place on Saturday 8 December, runs on roughly the same trails as the popular three day Ride2Nowhere.
In the spirit of keeping things fresh and giving mountain-bikers a taste of the very best riding the region has to offer, Viljoen has thrown in a few tweaks and additions. “The route is a very nice mix of singletrack, jeep track and district dirt roads,” Viljoen said. “About a third each. So while it will be a tough challenge – in terms of distance – but it won’t ride slow,” he added.
Both routes will start and finish at McGregor Winery and feature all the highlights from the three day event, combined into one. “This year however we are going down Takkap pass – which in all other events has always been a climb,” Viljoen explained. “Also, those who know stage two of Ride2Nowhere will know it is a very remote piece of veld with some great singletrack, we’re running that in reverse this year.”
According to Viljoen another highlight will be the singletrack descent into Springbok Vlakte as well as a new section of singletrack near the finish. “It will be a little bit easier than last year,” he commented. “Slightly less climbing and a lot more fun!”
Most of the routes are not open to the public and traverse mostly privately-owned farm land. Entries for the event are now open. There is an equal price purse for the men’s and women’s champions in the Epic Challenge distance. The event sold out in 2017 and there will only be space for 350 riders in 2018. Head over to Race2Nowhere for more info.