PLEASE NOTE:

SPRING RTR 2020 WILL NOT PROCEED AS PLANNED DUE TO CORONA VIRUS. IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN DOING A GUIDED RIDE TO RHODES THEN PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH US DIRECTLY AND WE CAN LOOK AT OPTIONS OF A GUIDED RIDE WITHIN RTR IN OCTOBER OR A PERSONALISED GUIDED RIDE OUTSIDE OF EVENT TIME. THANKS FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.

 

The Spring Ride to Rhodes takes place in late September. It is a 6-day, 480 km, guided mountain bike ride, with fully catered overnight accommodation and vehicle support along the route.

It starts in Pietermaritzburg and follows the route taken by Trappist monks as they headed into the area previously known as No-man's Land and East Griqualand and then across the Maloti Drakensberg Mountains to the village of Rhodes. Travelling along dirt roads and tracks, it contains extensive sections of single track and cattle track and traverses interesting countryside that is rich in history and culture. The route is not marked, so many riders rely on the riding guardian who is familiar with the route but riders may also navigate their own way by using a set of maps and narrative description and GPS devices are permitted for this ride.

  • Riders may chose to ride with guide or at their own pace. 
  • GPS devices are permitted for this ride
  • Riders can expect to be out on the trail for 8-12 hours per day including rest breaks etc. 
  • The support vehicle will carry your overnight bag, riders only need carry their snacks and drinks for 2-4 hours of riding at a time. 

 

DAILY STAGES

Apart from the start and finish venues, there are 5 fully serviced support stations where riders will get a meal to eat and a place to sleep. Between them are interim stops which also provide refreshments along the way (usually soup/coffee/tea). The support stations and interim stops are the following:

MAPS SS NO. SUPPORT STATION / INTERMEDIATE STOP KM CUM. KM ASCENT (M) CUM. ASCENT (M)
 1-4 PIETERMARITZBURG (6AM START) 61 61 1400 1400
IS1 BYRNE - THE OAKS
48 109 1375 2775
 5-7 1 ALLENDALE
45 154 910 3685
IS2 CENTACOW
48 202 1570 5255
 8-11 2 NTSIKENI 
43 245 670 5925
IS3 GLEN EDWARD
57 302 1080 7005
 12-13 3 MASAKALA
(TECH ZONE)
56 358 860 7865
 14-16 4 MALEKGOLONYANE
45 403 820 8685
IS4 TINANA 
29 432 670 9355
17-18 5 VUVU SCHOOL
49 481 1390 10745
  F RHODES - ALPINE SWIFT
TOTAL 481 10745
KM (DISTANCE) M (ALTITUDE)

 

2020 ENTRY

The entrance fee for the 2020 Spring Ride to Rhodes is R12 000-00 incl VAT

The entrance fee covers the following:

  • pre-ride dinner in Pietermaritzburg
  • all meals during the ride
  • end of ride dinner in Rhodes
  • accommodation for 7 nights including Pietermaritzburg and Rhodes
  • riding guardian, refreshments and daily transport of bags
  • official ride momento

 

Terms and conditions

In the case of a withdrawal:

  • There is a 10% admin fee payable, 90% of the ride fee is refundable up one month before the start of the ride. Roll-over entries NO longer apply.
  • Cancellation / withdrawal within the last month will result in FULL FORFEITURE of the race fee. Roll-over entries NO longer apply.
  • Entries close 21 August 2020

 

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Chris Fisher +27(0)78 702 9178 (Race Director)
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