Adventure Events

Porcupine MTB Challenge 2014

Start: 9 February 2014
Category: MTB
Organizer: Willemien Roux
Phone: 084 843 5389
Venue: Bridge House School

The 53 km route starts on good gravel roads with some sandy areas before crossing the Berg River near the Sterkraam dam, followed by riding on beautiful gravel roads to the back of La Motte village. The first climb of the day is some 3.2 km long with an average gradient of 7.8%, with a fast descent behind the Mont Rochelle Hotel. From here the route moves through several farms for some 10 km.

At 28 km you will encounter a rocky 1 km climb before negotiating a very rocky 800m descent. This descent usually includes large ‘wash-aways’ so please take great care and observe the warning-signs. Next follows 3 km of flat and mostly gravel road until the second big climb of the day, taking you to the top of Matoppie, followed by a 2.7 km technical descent which returns us to the tar road near the Berg River Dam wall.

The 26 km route follows the long route for 9.4 km. Medium route riders will then tackle a 2.6 km climb with an average gradient of 6.8%. Recover on a 2 km descent on gravel roads. Thereafter follows a fairly sandy, but flat, section for 2.3 km and another crossing of the Berg River at the foot of the dam wall before retracing our steps to finish at Bridge House. The 8.5 km route for children and novices follows a gently undulating course, with one short but steep climb. This route will not be timed.

DISTANCES: 53 km; 26 km; 8.5 km
STARTING TIMES: 53 km @ 07h00; 26 km @ 07h30; 8.5 km @ 08h15
VENUE: Bridge House School, Franschhoek
ENQUIRIES: Willemien Roux
PHONE: 084 843 5389
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE: 31 January 2014

From Cape Town, take the N1 highway north, towards Paarl. Take Exit 47 to Stellenbosch / Klapmuts / Wellington. At the end of the off-ramp, turn right. Cross the Klapmuts 4-way stop and turn left 100m along to Franschhoek / Simondium. After some 10 km, turn right at the Simondium / R45 T-junction. After 9.2 km, turn right into Bridge House School. Follow the directions to parking on the field.

No children u/12 on the long and medium routes. Children u/10 will be allowed on the short route, but must be accompanied by an adult at all times. PPA members: If you have not yet done so, please collect your seeded 2013-2014 MTB frame number from the PPA Office before the event, or contact us to arrange picking it up at the event itself.
Last update on this event: 14/12/2013
Event added: 14/12/2013
General Event Details
Sunday, 09 February 2014
Western Cape, Franschoek