Essentials:

Date: 30 September 2017

Online Entries: Until 24 September here.

  • 85km – R395
  • 43km – R230
  • 29km – R105

Line Entries: On 29 September at the Shalom Academy & 30 September at the Amalienstein Packing Shed.

  • 85km – R450
  • 43km – R260
  • 29km – R130
The Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge takes its name from the spectacular Seweweekspoort, which the 82km and 40km routes visit. Photo by Oakpics.com.

The Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge takes its name from the spectacular Seweweekspoort, which the 85km and 43km routes visit. Photo by Oakpics.com.

Directions:

Finish/Registration: Shalom Academy

Start: Amalienstein

 

Weather:

yr.no Ladismith & yr.no Seweweekspoort

It is the aim of Dryland Event Management to help foster a lifelong love of mountain biking through the Schools’ Race categories at the Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge. Photo by Oakpics.com.

Photo by Oakpics.com.

Routes:

The main 85km race will start at Amalienstein, 25km from Ladismith, on Route 62 en route to Oudtshoorn (east). From the start in front of the old Lutheran Church, participants in the 85km Challenge will first traverse the orchards of Amalienstein Farm before joining the gravel road through Seweweekspoort, while riders in the 29km and 43km races will also get a glimpse of the poort before joining riders of the 29km race on the way home.

Profile-85km-1024x509The Seweweekspoort section passes through the Swartberg Nature Reserve and water catchments. At the northern exit of the Poort opening out onto the Great Karoo, riders will complete a 10km loop and rejoin the gravel road for their return through the Seweweekspoort. Riders should exercise caution as there may be light motor vehicle traffic and the leaders will encounter participants still making their way northwards to the turning point. A refreshment station and control point will be situated at the northern exit, and a second refreshment station will refresh riders on their arrival back at the start. From here, participants in the 85km Challenge will follow the same route as the 29km Mini Challenge. From Amalienstein, riders will follow a foot path to Zoar before crossing the R62 main route to Oudtshoorn. From here, single track, jeep track and gravel roads will take participants through fruit farms in the magnificent Hoeko valley and across the Spera farm to join the Hoeko road via Knuyswagendrift to Ladismith. Refreshment points will be stationed just beyond Spera and in Knuyswagendrift.

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Profile-29kmThe 43km race, added in 2010, attracted well over 500 riders extra last year. The route also has its first few kilometres in the Poort, before hitting some sweet single track on its way back to Amalienstein. It is not overly technical, and riders might only have to get off their bikes once, for a small portage of about 20 meters. The last 29km follows the same course as the short race.

 

The Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge starts next to the old Lutheran church in Amalienstein, on the 30th of September 2017. Photo by Oakpics.com

The Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge starts next to the old Lutheran church in Amalienstein, on the 30th of September 2017. Photo by Oakpics.com

Logistics:

Due to the fact that you start and finish 25km apart there are several options to make the logistics of the Ladismith Cheese 7weekspoort MTB Challenge easier for you.

  • Support Driver – Get a friend of family member to drop you off at the start in Amalienstein
  • Shuttle Back to your Car – Catch the shuttle from Ladismith to Amalienstein after the race (R80 per person)
  • Car Drive Service – Book to have your car driven from Amalienstein to Ladismith (R140 per car. Contact Elsabe at 074 888 8000 or 7weeksmotors@gmail.com)

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Extras:

Dinner at Ladismith High School on Friday night. Three course pasta meal and bread table. R80 per person.

Breakfast at Ladismith High School. Full breakfast will cereal and bread. R60 per person.

For bookings, please contact: Annemarie on 028 5511 22.

 

Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge men's 82km podium. From left to right: Ronaldo Groenewald (CEO Ladismith Cheese), David Garret (2nd), Dylan Rebello (1st), Pieter Gildenhuys (3rd) and Shani Morton (Western Province Cycling). On the 1st October 2016. Photo by Oakpics.com

2016 Ladismith Cheese 7Weekspoort MTB Challenge men’s 82km podium. From left to right: Ronaldo Groenewald (CEO Ladismith Cheese), David Garret (2nd), Dylan Rebello (1st), Pieter Gildenhuys (3rd) and Shani Morton (Western Province Cycling). Photo by Oakpics.com

Schedule:

Friday 29 September
Registration (Shalom Academy) 14:00 to 19:30
Saturday 30 September
Registration (Amalienstein) 05:30 to 07:00
85km Start 07:30
43km Start 07:40
29km Start 07:50
29km Prize-Giving 12:00
Cut-Off (at 70km/Water Point 3) 12:30
43km & 85km Prize-Giving 13:30