The first section of the race is on reasonably flat gravel roads as you meander through citrus orchards and along irrigation canals. Your first climb and your first water point greets you at the around the 10km mark. The water point is located halfway up Dung Beetle Hill. Shortly after the waterpoint your route splits from the 30km loop as you turn right and head towards the Zuurberg Mountains for some serious climbing and singletrack fun.
At the 2nd water point, around the 20km mark you take a sharp turn off the gravel road and enter the first of many singletrack sections through Hayterdale Trails. Wooden bridges, flowing singletrack, challenging climbs and exhilarating downhill's will keep you on your toes.
A bit of fun on the Hayterdale Cross Country track should lift your spirits before you begin the main climb of the day, the Zuurberg Pass. If you’re not in contention for the KOM/QOM title, take a moment to appreciate the panoramic views over the Sundays River Valley on your way up. The route continues up the Zuurberg Pass which sees you climb 376m over 9km. The KOM/QOM sprint hotspot is at the top of the climb, 33km into the race, near the Zuurberg Mountain Inn. This is also where your 3rd waterpoint is situated.
The good news is you've now reached the highest point on the route and can enjoy a long downhill which traverses several kilometres of new, purpose built singletrack.
The 4th waterpoint is at 48km where you'll cross the Zuurberg road for the final time and then make your way through the Intsomi Game Reserve. An unmanned / self service waterpoint is at the 55km mark should you find yourself running low on fluids.
You rejoin the other routes at 65km and then its a flat, easy stretch of gravel road to the finish line punctuated by the final waterpoint at 72km.