Wednesday, 25 May 2011
Mountain Bikers: Enter now for the Stormsriver Traverse
STORMSRIVER TRAVERSE - 5 AUGUST 2011
Something on Storms River Village and surrounds:
Tsitsikamma Village InnYour base for the race, Storms River Village was first settled in 1841 by Lt Duthie from Knysna, who came to the Tsitsikamma area to hunt bush pigs and elephants. The only other inhabitants of this incredible area were woodcutters who eked a living by supplying timber to a local sawmill. As there was no roads the timber was shipped to Port Elizabeth from the Storms River Mouth on a steam ship the "Clara".
In 1860 Thomas Bains built the first road between Plettenberg Bay and Kareedouw. This 185 km road was built using convict labour and required the building of four passes. The last of these passes and the most original is the Storms River pass, which Bains built following elephant migration routes. On the second and third race days the race route will utilize this pass.
Now, in 2011 it is your chance to experience the rich heritage of this quaint village by taking part in an event of a lifetime, come join us in following in the footsteps of these pioneers by traversing the indigenous forests and rugged coastline.
Our host for the weekend, the Tsitsikamma Village Inn which was first established in 1946, is committed to the wellbeing of their community. The hotel takes care of the needs of the local day care centre by providing daily meals and taking care of the buildings and maintenance.
The Inn, in conjunction with Dryland Event Management has identified various other areas in the community that needs serious addressing to alleviate the unemployment and other social issues. The Stormsriver Traverse will firstly employ all marshals and other officials directly from the informal community in this area. Avenues are also being explored whereby community members can be trained in specific fields to be able to assist events of this nature, in future. This creates continuity and a more sustained income stream to these needy individuals.
It gives us great pleasure to know that an establishment like the Tsitsikamma Village Inn, which is probably the largest job creator in the village, goes out of their way to address these social issues, and are not shying away from their social responsibility. More about this when you join us in August!
Entries are filling up fast!
We are blown away by the response to this event since entries opened only 2 weeks ago. More than half the entries have gone! We have limited slots still available, so please enter promptly to avoid disappointment. See www.stormsrivertraverse.co.za
We have to be honest, it is probably one of the hardest things to achieve when you have young kids, for mom and dad to ride their mountain bikes together - one party always ends up having to miss out. Now, your chance is here, we are offering a first in mountain bike stage riding – babysitting on the go!!
Innovative individuals, like the Dryland partners at the Stormsriver Village Inn, came up with this brilliant idea to entertain the young ones while mom and dad ride their bikes.
Please see the website for more details, but remember pre booking is essential.
Some final housekeeping issues…
Please note that only paid up entries received by 31 May will be guaranteed race clothing in the sizes requested. So, if not entered or paid up yet, do so now.
Water points and the route
Water pointThe Dryland team is famous for the service and vibe that goes along with their water points, and this time will not be any different – the Tsitsikamma Village Inn and the Dryland water point crew are bringing something out of this world to the water points in 2011. This will be an oasis of drinks and food from another world. DO NOT MISS OUT.
The actual route will be kept a secret until the start on August 5, but what we can reveal so long is that never before in a stage ride of this nature (for the family and definite recreational cyclist) will the rider be exposed to such beautiful and splendid off road tracks.
The sole purpose of the route is enjoyment, and secondly, to prepare you for the evenings' festivities that lie ahead.
Please also note that your accommodation for Thursday evening is not included in the package and must be booked directly with the Tsitsikamma Village Inn.
The tented accommodation option includes a 2 man tent and a comfortable mattress per person – no bedding provided.
See you in August
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