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Wheels in motion for Drak Descent 2022

The 2022 Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB is hoping to reignite the passion for riding in the Southern Drakensberg after months of lockdowns when the race takes place from January 29-30, 2022 as part of the Drak Adventure Weekend. Graham Daniel/Euro Steel

Organisers of the 2022 Drak Descent mountain bike race in the Southern Berg have officially opened entries to the public and are expecting a surge of interest after 2021’s cancellation due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The race, which forms part of the Drak Adventure Weekend on January 29 and 30, will again offer riders two options over two days, taking in some of the new trails the Sani Spoors team had prepared for the cancelled 2021 event.

Signature event

The race offers riders the chance to take on the ride as a team of two or as a solo rider, while MTB fans who are not as fit can ride the shorter Euro Steel Drak MTB Challenge, a 43km two-day ride that’s split into 26km on day one and 17km on day two.

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The signature full Euro Steel Drak Descent is split into a 43km first stage and a 48km second stage, totalling 91km of riding finishing at Hopewell Farm.

Once the entries carried over from 2021 were allocated, public entries were opened and eager riders started snapping them up immediately. As part of the compliance plans for the weekend, a cap of 450 public entries has been set for the full distance Drak Descent.

New twists and turns

As riders get prepared for the unique two days on the trails surrounding Underberg, member of the organising committee, Pierre Horn, says he is happy with how things are shaping up.

“We have started working hard on all the routes and trails for the event,” Horn said. “We have added in some new tracks and have modified the existing trails, which should make for some awesome riding.

“We are really looking forward to inviting people back to such a beautiful part of the Southern Drakensberg, especially after so many months in lockdowns.”

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The organisers have made a few tweaks to the tracks but have added in a section that they hope will make for spectacular views when the riders approach the end of the first stage on Saturday, 29 January.

“The Super Bowl section of the track has been given an addition and we aren’t saying too much about it but we hope that the riders really enjoy the changes.

“There is also a portage section on the first day of the ride that we’ve put gravel down on so the stronger riders will be able to ride that section,” Horn mentioned.

‘There are so many options for riders and their families to do and when it comes to outdoor activities you can’t really beat it.’

After taking on the trails, there is a lot to do in and around Underberg and Himeville.

“There are walking and hiking trails throughout the area as well as daily use of the resorts that are a short drive from the town.

“Horse riding is another popular activity as well as the numerous coffee shops and The Stables Market in Himeville,” Horn added.

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