Book your FlySafair flights, grab your mountain bike and ready yourself for the MTB experience of a lifetime at the Great Kei Trek 2019! If you are an avid supporter of mountain biking then thisshould need no intro’, but for those who aren’t familiar with this one, the Great Kei Trek will be hosted from the 2nd to the 4th of May this year in the Eastern Cape.
Great Kei Trek 2019
The Great Kei Trek, the race that’s not a race, presents riders with a challenging 240kmevent hosted over 3 days, and is an exciting addition to the MTB annual calendar.
Riders pair up in teams of 2 and enjoy a fully-catered for event! Tented accommodation is provided along the route and there are some interesting tracks being planned for 2019.
Eastern Cape hospitality awaits as the locals get actively involved in the event, always going the extra mile to look after riders. Indulgences are suppliedeverywhere, from manned water tables to evening meals and friendly conversation between rides.
What to expect at the Great Kei Mountain Bike Trek
While you book yourFlySafair flights to East London, here’s asneak preview of the daily schedule that you would be putting your body and bike through.
The race registration and pre-party will be held in Queenstown on the 1st of May which is a public holiday. It’s alsojust a few kms from the race start in Tylden.
Day 1 – a 75 km ride from Tylden to Old Thomas River, which is a historical town found between Stutterheim and Cathcart. Riders are challenged from the get go to a few climbs and tiring stretches, but those well prepared for the race shouldn’t struggle at this poin!
The owner-operators of the Old Thomas River town, Anne & Jeff Sansom, will be your hosts for the evening. Riders will be well fed and thoroughly entertained by this vibrant, hospitable couple.
The history of the village dates back to the 1870’s and Jeff will undoubtedly fill riders in on the interesting titbits that make this quaint historical town worthy of a visit, now and potentially even again in the future.
Day 2 – a slightly longer stretch of 95 km from Old Thomas River to Komga. The trail is breathtakingly beautiful as it takes riders through the gorgeous forests of Stutterheim – one of the area’s prettiest hidden gems. If you don’t have time as a rider to take in your surroundings too much on day 2, you can always book FlySafair flights back to the area to enjoy the more leisurely hiking trails and trout fishing spots along the way – it will certainly be worth it.
Riders followthe Amatola Hiking Trail, which was once one of the best trails in the country. Thereafter, the biggest challenge of the day awaits: the climb up the Kubusi Valley. Riders will undoubtedly taketheir inspiration, motivation, and strength to complete the climb from the dramatic scenery seen along the valley area.
Komga, which is a mere 45 minutes from East London, is your host for the evening. The local farmers and their bevvy of ladies will show off true Eastern Cape hospitality as they spoil satisfyingly tired participants to braais, home cooked meals, refreshments, and of course, plenty of good socialising that’s known to go on well into the night.
Day 3 – the final push with another 75 km ride from Komga to Morgan Bay. This ride offers its own diverse scenery as riders travel through the Chaba Wind Farm’s towering vesta wind turbines and then head on through the quaint sleepy seaside town of HagaHaga. Prepare for beautiful views that only get more captivating as riders head towards the popular beach village of Morgan Bay.
This ride offers one or two challenging climbs which will quickly be forgotten as riders finish atop the dramatic cliffs of Morgan Bay while being spoiled to the undeniably breath-taking views. Chris from the Emerald Vale (the local brewery) will be waiting for riders at the finish with a variety of refreshing beverages as reward.
The Morgan Bay Caravan Park will be the place where all the nitty gritty logistics take place for the riders. Luckily, it’s a very short pedal from the finish! Each rider will be treated to a much-needed burger and race medals will behanded out before vehicle collection and bike drop offs can proceed.
While the MTB associations and clubs have a hand in making events such as the Great Kei Trek possible, a special mention must be made of the sponsors! Some of the sponsors of the Great Kei Trek in the Eastern Cape include Liberty, Bridgestone, Midas, Lux Liner, Daily Dispatch, Super Rent, Food Lover’s Market, Kulula Holidays, Cool Ideas, The Leverage Corporation, &Splashworks.
You’d be well advisedto book your FlySafair flights back home only on Sunday, as the much awaited after party is set to take place on Saturday the 4th of May at the Morgan Bay Hotel. If 2018’s event is anything to go by, it’s set to be a cracker of a party and it is strongly recommended that you book your attendance in advance to ensure that you can be catered to.
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