READY, SET, GRABOUW!
This year Advendurance will host the annual SA XCM Marathon Championships as part of the Nissan Trailseeker series. Set in the picturesque location of Grawbouw, riders will be challenged both physically and mentally by this notorious mountain bike terrain.
On the 14th of July 2018, riders will embark on the ultimate journey, following the renowned Oak Valley mountain bike route. The Elite Men and Women race will compete over the 87-kilometre Ultra Marathon distance, while Marathon competitors will race along a 70km distance. Riders can choose between 10km, 20km and 40km routes, which requires less technical skills and more single tracks.
The Nissan Trailseeker Grabouw is known to attract both novice and professional riders, all competing for the acclaimed prize of XCM Championships. This event provides riders aged 15 and upwards, an opportunity to race for the national title and jersey. Elite racers who are registered as an age grouper, will not be able to share a podium. i.e. If Philip Buys who is a “Sub Vet” by age, qualifies for an Elite racing license, he will not be able to stand on the podium for “Sub Vet” if he registers for an Elite event.
This year’s event will be jam-packed with top riders from all over the country, to set the highest bar for the rest of the playing field. Filled with breath-taking scenery and mesmerizing trails, Oak Valley will test the skill of all riders, no matter what the level.
Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the rolling vineyards, oak tree forests and fruit orchards along the route, while families and trail fans cheer for their favourite riders. Supporters can expect ample spectator points and feed zones on route, with easy access to the second and third stations located at Elgin Grabouw Coutry Club.
In addition to the excitement of the new events, a trail run series has been added on the Sunday of each event. This pristine event will be at the forefront of trail running events in South Africa and will give families a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors.
Online entries for the Nissan TrailSeeker MTB and Trail Running Series are open. Click here to enter: https://www.jumpertrax.com/events/2411-trail-champs.