Drak Descent preparations under way

The fifth edition of the Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB Challenge will take place in and around Underberg on Saturday the 19th and Sunday, January 20, 2019, with some important changes and innovations supporting the event, which is part of the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend.

The entry will be capped at 450 riders, either in traditional teams of two or solo riders. Less than 100 places are still available. Less experience riders can take on shorter sections of the same trails each day at the Euro Steel MTB Challenge.

The race follows the uMzimkhulu River and mirrors the popular N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon that takes place at the same time.

The registration and race overnight venue has been moved to Glencairn Farm outside Himeville, the start of the KAP sani2c and overnight for the joberg2c. This will offer eager mountain bikers a slice of the overnight experience of these famous stage races, with tented accommodation, mattresses, showers and breakfast available for the weekend.

The two-day Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB race takes riders on sublime single track through the foothills of the Southern Drakensberg from Restmount Children’s Home to Umzimkhulu River Lodge. Pictures: Graham Daniel/Euro Steel

The event supports the Restmount Children’s Home, which provides holidays for underprivileged children. The first day of the race starts at the children’s home and finishes at the Swartberg Road Bridge. The second stage now starts at Glencairn Farm on the Sani Pass Road and ends at Umzimkhulu River Lodge.

The Drak Descent forms part of the Drak Adventure Weekend with the N3TC Drak Challenge canoe marathon, the GWK Run The Rivers trail run and the FNB Drak Music Experience. Each entrant will get two tickets to enjoy the FNB Drak Music Experience concert at the Underberg Country Club on the Saturday afternoon.

Distances:
Euro Steel Drak Descent
Day 1: Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 41km from Restmount Children’s Home to Swartberg Road Bridge
Day 2: Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 43km from Glencairn Farm to Umzimkhulu River Lodge
Team R1500, Solo R750 (substitutions at a cost of R200)

Euro Steel MTB Challenge
Day 1: Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 25km
Day 2: Sunday, January 20, 2019 – 18km
R400 per rider for both days

No closing date has yet been set for entries.
More information can be found at www.drakadventure.co.za
Click here for entries page