Thursday, 16 August 2012
Enter new Moon to Noon Soon !
A field limited to 300 adventurous riders will take part in the
inaugural 170km Moon to Noon night race, which will take part in and
around the scenic Knysna area
(Photo Courtesy Full Stop Communications)
Enter new Moon to Noon Soon !
The newly-announced Moon to Noon endurance race around Knysna will keep
adventurous mountain bikers quite literally in the dark when they ride
out at midnight on Friday, October 26.
In contrast to other long-distance events, which start in the day and
finishes at night, the inaugural 170km race will set out under the stars
and roll on into the early hours of Saturday morning.
“It’s all about seeing that there’s a different way to ride these
events,” said race organiser Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events, who
is also the mastermind behind the Rocky Mountain Garden Route 300 and
RE-CM Knysna 200 three-day stage races.
“It really levels the playing fields for pros and backmarkers alike,
because from 12 to five o’clock they’ve all got to deal with the
He said night racing offered some special challenges for riders. “You
are essentially riding in a bubble and have to learn to trust yourself
and your partner.”
Because of safety concerns, the field is limited to 300 and Mosterd said no solo riders would be allowed.
According to him, the event also presented a range of logistical challenges for organisers.
“The race is divided between dark and light, with a compulsory halfway stop at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains.
“We go over at first light and no vehicles or lead bikes can follow. So
our whole safety and support infrastructure is split in two on either
At 1 100 metres above sea level, riders would summit on a section of a
hiking trail belonging to Garden Route National Park, said Mosterd.
“On the other side, there’s a 10km downhill, so we want everyone to be fresh and make sure that their brakes are working.”
Mosterd said the route started in Rheenendal just outside Knysna. “It
goes through indigenous forest and then there’s a nice open road for
about 10km so everybody will have a chance to find their positions.”
He expected the racing to start in earnest on the descent into the
well-known Hydro, which is part of the original Absa Cape Epic route,
before riders made their way up to Buffelsnek through more forest.
“There’s a full moon that night, which turns the mountains into silhouettes and it’s incredibly beautiful.”
Mosterd said front and back lights, as well as a cellphone, would be compulsory items of kit.
“When you hit the Uniondale road, you ride onto De Vlugt and then turn
and go along a riverbed at the start of the Keurbooms River, before
passing through the Kykoe and Noll settlements.”
Once over the mountain, he said riders would descend into typical Garden
Route vegetation, with beautiful sea views and a number of river
“The Seven Passes farm road takes participants all the way back to the
race village. The local community and farmers have all been very
Mosterd said the race venue, Tottie’s Eatery, would be transformed into a country-style cycling village.
“Riders and their families are welcome to pitch their tents for a
nominal fee and all proceeds will go to our beneficiary, the Knysna
Enter at www.gardenrouteevents.co.za until August 31.
Go towww.facebook.com/gardenrouteevent and @gardenroutelive for updates.
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