13-15 MAY 2011
Thank you for your interest in the Royal Drakensberg Mountain Bike Challenge.
We are planning a weekend of family fun in support of Royal Drakensberg Primary School. A number of events have been organized to accommodate all ability levels, as well as heaps of fun for spectators.
The Challenge is taking place on Friday 13th, Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th May 2011, at the All Out Adventure Centre in the Northern Drakensberg.
- Night Ride on Friday
- 15km Trail Run
- 45km Classic MTB Race
- 19km Intermediate MTB Race
- 10km Beginner MTB Fun Ride
- Family ride with tea & scones on Sunday
The schedule is as follows:
17h30 registration for 18h00 departure
15km Night Ride
R50 per person
An intermediate level night ride in the valley
06h50 – 09h00
Registration (Registration for trail run closes at 08h00)
Cappuccinos and breakfast rolls on sale
Kids Zone Open
The Kids Zone is a child care facility where parents can drop their children off while they do the MTB race, or just relax with a cappuccino and a piece of cake knowing that the children are having fun. It is also a place for the young riders to have an awesome time before and after their ride.
There will be an enclosed area that will offer a number of activities, including our new Ninja Warrior course and dueling zip lines. There will be a jumping castle, arts and crafts, colouring, face painting.
The children will be supervised at all times. The parents will be required to register their children coming into the activity area. Parents may choose if the children can sign themselves in or out, or if they must stay until the parent comes to find them. Teaching staff from Royal Drakensberg Primary will be supervising the Kids Zone, so children will be in experienced hands!
There will be a nominal fee of R25 per child for entry into the Kids Zone, all of which will go towards Royal Drakensberg’s Fund raising efforts
15km Trail run
R50 per person
This run follows a spectacular route in the foothills of the Drakensberg, offering some fun boulder hopping, river crossings and hill scrambles. Runners will be inspired by the beautiful views of the Drakensberg’s Amphitheatre, and the Puterill’s stream in the valley below.
For the energetic – the trail run can be followed by the 19km MTB ride
Mountain Bike Rides
R150 per person
New for 2011: more stunning miles of single track carved into the side of the mountains, gone are the two short sections of tar.
This makes for more technical climbing and more awesome views! What makes this race so special? To start with there are the close up views of the 3000m Amphitheatre, water fall caves, river crossings, flowing contour trails and loads of banked downhill tracks. Throw in some of the best accommodation in the Berg and you have the one race you won’t want to miss.
R90 per person
A fairly challenging ride from the All Out Adventure Centre taking you along the Montusi Gorge Trail via hand carved trails to the exciting Secret Pass and back to the Adventure Centre on a banked downhill single track with an optional Big Air Jump to finish.
R50 per person A completely separate trail following the contoured single track out to and along the Twin Streams and back to the Centre.
Spectator Fun on Saturday:
Supervised Kids Zone – an enclosed area where parents can drop off their children. The children will be supervised and kept busy with a variety of activities (Art & Crafts, , Games, Jumping Castle, Ninja Warrior Course, Sit & Zip Relay etc. Children will need to be signed in and out by parents)
Lucky dip prizes – All riders gain automatic entry into the draw, and spectators may purchase tickets.
Prizes include weekends away, product hampers and gift vouchers
Pony rides – Led rides for children 10 & under
Adventure Centre Activities – Paintball, Zip Line, King Swing, Flying Trapeze, Bungee Bounce and Cable Tour will all be running as usual 9:00-16:30
- Breakfast rolls (07h00-10h30)
- Wors rolls & Beer stall (10h30-15h00)
- Toasted Sandwiches, soups and wraps (09h00-16h30)
- Soft Drinks
- Cappuccinos, Coffee, Tea & Hot Chocolate
- Home Made Cakes & Eats – A selection of home made cakes and eats on sale to go along with your cappuccino
09h30 registration for 10h30 departure
Family Fun Ride to the river for tea and scones
R60 per person (includes tea and scones)
Depart from All Out Adventures, a super ride for children through the fields of the valley for scrumptious tea and scones next to the river
Spectators can purchase tea and scone vouchers for R20 per person and meet the riders at the river.
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Ride for Sponsorship & WIN
Participants wishing to assist with fund raising for Royal Drakensberg Primary may obtain sponsorship forms from Loretta Mecklenborg or Megan Bedingham Riders are encouraged to get friends and family to sponsor them to ride a particular event, and money raised will be donated to Royal Drakensberg Primary School Scholarships.
Sponsorship monies may be paid directly into the school’s bank account.
The rider who raises the most money *will win
- a family weekend for 4 at the Cavern
- An Adventure Centre morning for 4
- Treatments at the Forest Retreat or a 1 hour horse ride
*Riders must raise a minimum of R1000 to qualify for this prize.
Royal Drakensberg Primary School
Royal Drakensberg Primary School aims to provide excellent foundation phase education for children of the Northern Drakensberg Community by cultivating a culture that embraces holistic educational practices and the best lessons of South Africa’s unique democracy.
The Royal Drakensberg Primary was established in 2007 in an effort to address the great need for good education in this area. The closest school of an acceptable standard is Bergville Primary, some 50km away. A school offering a high standard of education will go a long way to give children the necessary grounding to reach their full potential. A financial assistance program has been established to make the school accessible to children in the surrounding communities. Royal Drakensberg Primary now has 38 children from pre-school to Grade 4.
Running costs of the school are covered primarily through the fees and by fund raising initiatives. All proceeds from the Royal Drakensberg Mountain Bike Challenge will go directly to the school.
Visit www.royal-drakensberg.org.za for more information about the school.