Old Mutual Joberg2c Update #1

May 4, 2014

Ride Giant/Ride Northstar team racer Andy Buckley had an opportunity come up to take part in the epic Old Mutual Joberg2c 9 day stage race in South Africa.  The following are excerpts and photos of his experience.  The race takes place over nine days and covers approximately 900 kilometers from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal Coast.  

The Race:

The 910-kilometer route takes riders across the country’s agricultural hinterland – from Heidelberg in Gauteng, through the north-eastern Free State and along the foothills of the Drakensberg to Scottburgh in KwaZulu-Natal.

The route comprises a combination of single track, 4×4 track and private dirt roads, as well as short stretches on district by-ways. Although the basic skeleton of the route remains unchanged from year to year, the exact distances vary as organizers aim to add more and more single track.

  • Day one: Heidelberg to Frankfort Distance 113 km, Ascent 917m, Descent 935m
  • Day two: Frankfort to Reitz Distance 93 km, Ascent 1030m, Descent 959m
  • Day three: Reitz to Sterkfontein Dam Distance 125 km, Ascent 1064m
  • Day four: Sterkfontein Dam to Winterton Distance 124 km, Ascent 1937m, Descent 2624m
  • Day five: Winterton to Kamberg Distance 102 km, Ascent 1625m
  • Day six: Kamberg to Hazeldean Farm Distance 93.7 km, Ascent 1982m, Descent 1946m
  • Day seven: Hazeldean Farm to Mackenzie Club Distance 86 km, Ascent 1110m
  • Day eight: Mackenzie Club to Jolivet Distance 96.7 km, Ascent 2230m
  • Day nine: Jolivet to Scottburgh Distance 75 km, Ascent 1235m

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