A race village which will cater for all the competitors’ needs is set to add a big positive to the Varsity MTB Challenge, which takes place in Paarl next month.
After splitting the race between two venues last year, this time the organisers have settled on Nederburg wine farm as the race village, with both days starting and finishing at the venue.
The two-day event will be held on September 30 and October 1 and is billed as the ultimate alumni challenge.
However, it is aimed at the general public, who can compete in two-man teams, while the student teams will compete in a separate competition within the main event.
ASG Events managing director Wynand de Villiers said centralising the race village was one of the big changes they made to the event.
“With the cloverleaf route centred on the Nederburg race village, it will greatly improve logistics the riders normally face over a weekend,” said De Villiers.
“You can arrive on the Friday and do not have to use your car again until you leave on the Sunday.”
De Villiers said the two-day stage race concept was relatively new, but he felt it had plenty of potential.
“Participants don’t have to take any time off work and it’s the type of race where you know you can get two proper riding days in, especially if you’re training for an event like Wines2Whales.”
ASG operations manager Darren Herbst said there was plenty for competitors to do at the race village, which would provide attractive accommodation options.
“An option of R2 800 per team of two riders includes a luxury tent for Friday and Saturday evening as well as dinner on both evenings at Nederburg,” he said.
He added that entrants would also be able to make use of a bike park and storage, bike wash, beer garden, wine-tasting and food stalls.
“There will also be the FNB Massage and Recovery Zone, which will be free to all riders, with no pre-booking necessary.”