• Trails - Crystal Clear Umzimkulu river – Umzimkulu Run

    Intshitshi Spoor

    An easy amble along the banks of the Umzimkulu River, suitable for novices and children.

  • Trails- Mzimkulu Run. Sunset ride along the river.

    Mzimkulu Run

    Much the same as for Intshitshi Spoor but a little longer – so, much more fun!

  • Trails – Steep bridge at end of Khotso Clamber – back to tar road at Mt Grace

    Rainbow/Khotso Clamber

    Not much climbing on this trail as it starts with 5 – 8km of the beautiful flowing trails right next to the river.

  • Trails – Some new Ekhutuleni trail

    Ekhutuleni Elevation

    This is the most exciting and technical of all the trails with a little bit of climbing thrown in.

  • In the Area – Typical sunset in Underberg

    Milk Run

    Milk Run is the access route into single track heaven. You gotta do it to get there.

Drak Descent 2017 – “Do the Descent Thing – wander with us where the wifi is weak”

16 January 2017

The Spoors Team have finally completed the preparation for what is surely one of SA’s most spectacular MTB races. The new single track additions are sure to challenge and thrill the most widely travelled cyclist. This is purist Mountain Biking – while the distances of the days are not huge, the Single Track will traverse terrain that is spectacular and challenging! You are guaranteed to feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the finish!
The Eurosteel Drak Descent has reached the 400-rider cap and entries are now closed.
The shorter GWK Challenge MTB ride and trail run there are still entries available.
Sponsors:
Our principal sponsors, Eurosteel have been absolutely amazing in their support of this event – and thus mountain biking in general in our area. We as the Sani Spoors team and the Euro Steel organising committee would really like again thank Colin and David Wilson for assisting us in making this event a possibility.
To all our other sponsors, we would like to thank the following:
-GWK for their involvement in the shorter MTB race and the trail run as well for all the wine for the riders,
– Spar – Assistance with the coke and water for the water tables,
– Dairy Day (Honeydew Dairy) – Sponsorship of Milk and Chocolate milks at end of the each days riding,
– Goodersons Leisure – Sponsoring Teams and accommodation prizes
– Kalbo – Prizes
– Holdfast – Prizes
Pyga – Roving Mechanics
– Ola Ice creams – Sponsorship of Ice cream for all competitors at end of day 1.
Some important news regarding the 2017 Drak Descent:
Race Information
Registration:
Friday 20 January at the Olde Duck Café (1 Km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)
12:00 – 20:00
This will be followed by our famous meet and greet with local landowners at the Olde Duck – Braai packs and bar facilities will be available 18h00
Emergency Registration – if you just could not make it! Saturday 21 January at Restmount Children’s Home (23 Km along the Drak Gardens Road) 05:30

Food and Refreshments at start of the race on Day 1
Bacon and egg rolls, muffins, tea and coffee and other refreshments will be sold at the start to raise funds for the SPCA. Please support them.

Eurosteel Drak Descent MTB:
Day 1 Start:
Restmount (23 Km along the Drak Gardens Road)
Finish at the R617, Swartberg Bridge at the Drak Gardens turn off.
07:30
Day 2 Start:
Olde Duck Café (1 Km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)
Finish at Early Mist Farm along the second Coleford Road.
07:30
Sani Spoors GWK MTB Challenge:
Day 1 Start:
Restmount (23 Km along the Drak Gardens Road).
Finish at the R617, Swartberg Bridge at the Drak Gardens turn off.
09:00
Day 2 Start:
Glenhaven Camp along the first Coleford Road.
Finish at Early Mist Farm along the second Coleford Road.
07:30
Sani Spoors GWK Trail Run:
Day 1 Start:
Restmount (23 Km along the Drak Gardens Road).
Finish at the R617, Swartberg Bridge at the Drak Gardens turn off.
06:00
Day 2 Start:
Glenhaven Camp along the first Coleford Road.
Finish at Early Mist Farm along the second Coleford Road.
06:00

Cut-Offs: 12.00                                                                                                                                                                  Cut off for day 1 will be at 12.00 at Ekerold’s water table at the Eurosteel’s waltzing bridge and at Glenhaven on day 2 at the GWK water table. We request that riders who are stopped or redirected onto the shorter course respect the decisions made. It will be for your own health and safety.
Route and Final Distances
The Strava Race summary is posted on the Sani Spoors Eurosteel Drak Descent Facebook page. For those that do not have Strava:

Sani Spoors Eurosteel Drak Descent

Day 1: 41.1 Km with 521m Elevation Gain

Day 2: 43 Km with 479m Elevation Gain

GWK Challenge and Trail Run

Day 1: 24.3 Km

Day 2: 18.2 Km
Ian Kynoch Sprint
To add a bit of a difference and excitement to the race we will be having a seeded sprint over a kilometre with a timing mat at either end as part of the day two race. This sprint is in memory of Ian Kynoch one of our Sani Spoors members who sadly passed away whilst cycling last year.                                                       Sprint seeding: A – batch riders will have 25 seconds added to their time only for the sprint and this will be reduced by 5 seconds for each batch ending with the last batch having 25 seconds deducted from their sprint time. Note this is an individual and not a team challenge.
The time to beat for the KM is 1 minute 55 seconds.
Friday 20th January – 6.00pm: “Meet the Sponsors” and Landowners Evening
“Meet the Sponsors and Landowners” evening will be held at Sani Spoors (2kms on the Drak Gardens road) on Friday 20th Jan at around 6.00pm. It is hoped that after Registration which is at the same venue riders and runners will stay and mingle with our sponsors, landowners and other riders and runners and enjoy a few drinks and food that will be for sale at the Olde Duck Restaurant.
You will be able to select your meat from our local butchery, Underberg Meat Supplies who will be present and then braai it yourself on the fires provided.
Batching: S A Seeding will be doing the batching for Day 1. It is for this reason that we encourage all entrants to make sure that if you have changed or plan to change your partner that the substitution is completed by midnight on the 15th January 2017
Batches will go off at 5 minute intervals, with 35 riders per batch.
Should you feel that you are batched incorrectly please will you bring proof to substantiate your claim, to the registration on Friday so we can consider your concern. NO changes will be made on race day.
Any rider moving up a batch without prior approval will have a 1(one) hour time penalty added to their team time.
Late Substitutions: Substitutions after close of entries at midnight on the 15th will cost R 200.These will be entertained from 16h00 on the day of registration.
It is critical that should you change your partner that the substitution is done on the system as the full race entry file containing Medical and Ice numbers are given to the medical team.
Medical and Safety
IPSS under Doctor Grant Lindsay will be handling any medical issues.
ICE arm bands with contact telephone numbers will be issued to all competitors at registration.
Due to the current wet conditions of the track, we would like to recommend that riders ensure that they have tyres with an aggressive tread pattern! We cannot stress enough, the race is challenging and technical in nature and we request that riders ride at speeds suitable to their capabilities. We really do want to avoid any accidents at all costs.
MySOS
It is compulsory that you all install the mySOS app onto your phones so that in case of emergency, whether it is for yourself, your partner or fellow participant assistance can be called.
How to install MySos:                                                                                                                                                             1. Download mySOS SA emergency app onto your smartphone, by using Google Play or the App Store          2. Check that you see the mySOS icon on your phone                                                                                                     3. Register yourself on the mySOS app on your phone                                                                                                   4. After registration you should see the My Sos icon.                                                                                                    How to use mySOS during event: NB – Ensure that location services are enabled on your phone                    1. If you have an emergency at any stage during the race, open mySOS                                                                      2. Clear the automatic emergency countdown timer                                                                                                       3. Then press the Drak Descent Event logo                                                                                                                       4. Choose for whom the emergency needs to be placed from the icons                                                                        5. Call starts (011) 123-4567                                                                                                                                                     6. Explain your emergency to the emergency coordinator                                                                                              7. After speaking to the emergency coordinator, stay where you are and keep calm, help is on its way          8. An SMS with your location and type of emergency will be sent to the emergency coordinator and your emergency contacts.                                                                                                                                                             You have to download mySOS to your phone – if you only register on the mysos.co.za website we cannot help you during the event! For any further details or queries please contact: support@mysos.co.za or Elja Van Urk on 0828570085

Administration Issues
Unfortunately, as with most matters in life, there are the inevitable admin issues to be handled :-
Cycling SA – Day Licenses
As the Drak Descent is a Cycling SA sanctioned event there is a legal requirement on Sani Spoors, as the race organisers, to collect CSA Day Licenses at R35 per day (or R70 for the event) from anyone who is not licensed with Cycling SA for 2017 It is up to each rider to be able to prove at Registration that they have purchased a 2017 Cycling SA license – or they will have to pay the R70 prior to us being able to issue them with a race number board.
Prizes and Prize Sponsors
As advised on the Sani Spoors webpage there will be no cash prizes awarded. There will however be product prizes handed out at the end of day 2 for the top Men’s, Women’s, Mixed and junior winners, second and third positions.
Sani Spoors is also sponsoring product prizes on both Day 1 and Day 2 – to the first three men and women in both the Fun Ride and the Trail Run.
Two exciting lucky dip prizes will be drawn registration and at prize giving on Day 2 – from all the stage race and the MTB challenge and trail run entries
PYGA
The good news is that the Pyga Team will be joining us for the race. They will have four roving mechanics to assist riders who have mechanicals during the race and will also have a limited number of bikes available should a rider have a serious issue with their bike which cannot be repaired on the day.
Emergency Spares and Bike Repairs
Good news is that Howick Cycle and Gear, represented by Travis Boden (076 913 3879) and Sean Symons (072 454 7689), will be present at Sani Spoors from Friday afternoon/evening to assist you with minor bike maintenance and repairs. Howick Cycles will be providing the chain lube for the water tables.
Farm Equipment and Garden Centre (033 – 701 1119) in Underberg (next to the Shell Garage and KFC) also stock basic cycle spares and equipment.
Water Tables
We will have two water tables on day 1 and two on day 2 as well as the river along a large portion of the route. This is a lot for the distances but once again we must stress it is a challenging route.
We do warn that we may experience days of extreme heat and request that riders and runners take their own liquid and not to rely solely on the water tables.
The river is also a real option for filling up water bottles if desperate, but a real way to cool down if you feel you are overheating. (Just watch out for canoeists who definitely have the right of way in the river) A Reminder, Pevensey Place Residents will be handing out free Ola ice creams to competitors at the end of Day – they will also be selling ice creams for raising funds for Pevensey Place. The usual complimentary Dairy Day milk and milkshake as well as Sani Spoors Wors rolls will be available at the end of day 1.
Vehicle shuttles:
We would like to encourage riders to make use of the Shuttle Service offered by Underberg Education Academy. It alleviates traffic and contributes to the the bursary fund for less privileged Learners that attend the School. Please see booking details on the extra services tag.
Alien Plants:
The Sani Spoors team would like to thank all competitors who have made a contribution towards eradicating alien plants along the route. We would also like to thank Mike Streetfield at Farmers Agricare for the chemicals he has donated. Drak Challenge: The famous Saturday night bash will take place at the Underberg Country Club on Saturday night. All Drak Descent and GWK Challenge entrants are encouraged to support this event. There will be a cash bar and meals available. There is also a lucky draw for a canoe that you will be able to purchase tickets for at the Country Club.
URGENT APPEAL:
The Eurosteel organising committee would like to appeal to all riders / runners to refrain from riding or running on any of the route other than the tracks forming part of Sani Spoors.
We have got permission from landowners along the route to use the tracks on the race days only and persons using the tracks illegally are putting the whole race in jeopardy.
In conclusion
Thanks to you all for the wonderful response to the Euro steel Drak Descent. Interest in the ride has been fantastic and we are sure that all will be in for a great two days of riding, running and fun.
If you hear that your team mate has not received an email Newsletter please ask him/her to email me their correct email address. We have had a fair amount of difficulty with some of the emails coming back “Undelivered”.
Four days to go (no festive season excuses anymore!!). We are looking forward to hosting you in Underberg for a ride that promises to be challenging, exciting and beautiful. Our target at the start of preparation for this year’s route was to prepare a route that we felt 90% of riders would be able to ride 90% of the way. We think we are achieving this.
The Sani Spoors Team
Email : drakdescent@sanispoors.co.za
Or, as a last resort, contact:
Derek 082 318 9995
Ed 082 299 5234
Sani Spoors encourages our cyclists to make a donation to the Restmount Children’s Home in Underberg. The Home provides opportunities for less fortunate children to spend time in the Southern Drakensberg. Many of the children have never been on a holiday. Please make donations directly to Restmount using the Account details below. Reference all donations as Drak Descent with your name.
DURBAN MOUNTAIN HOMESTEAD ASSOCIATION (RESTMOUNT)
STANDARD BANK
KINGSMEAD BRANCH
ACCOUNT NO. 051072807
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