2016 sees the birth of the Greyton Classic Stage Race! We have designed this race with the following objectives:
1. For the whole family – to provide an event during the June long week-end that will offer something for the whole family, over and above the MTB events of the Saturday and the Trail Run on the Sunday.
2. The best of Greyton – we laid out two 60-65km courses that will showcase the best that the Greyton / Genadendal area has to offer, and treat riders to the thrills of the trails and tracks in the area. Add a short 15km course each day for the kids, and the whole family is involved!
3. Challenging but do-able – we designed the routes in such a way that it will be a challenge, but very do-able for the average rider. You will have to put in a bit of training though!
Included in Stage Race
- Separate hospitality area
- Free beer Day 1 & Day 2
- Lunch on Day 1 and Day 2
- Complimentary Bike wash Day 1 & Day 2
- Dinner Day 1
- Start at front of 65km race Day 2
Day 1 will be the easier course, and will start and finish in Greyton. Riders will be welcomed at the start with the warm hospitality of this quaint country village, where the cold of the winter morning will be kept at bay with hot coffee, rusks and buns. The riders will head out south on district roads, and will gradually head towards the hills on the west side of the Genadendal/Caledon Road. After the road is crossed, the climb of the day will start, which will take riders to the top of the hills, with awe-inspiring vistas in all directions.
After following the trail at the top for a while, the route will drop down into the delicious single track and farm track that leads riders down into the valley, where they will head toward Bereaville and Genadendal along a short section of district road. From here they cross the river, with the last section of the course taking them through the amazing MTB trails in the Genadendal area.
The route will also take riders through a section of Genadendal, the second-oldest missionary town in the country, where they will experience the unique ambience and historic scenery offered by the community. The route then follows the foothills of the Langeberg mountains, before bringing the riders back into Greyton where a warm, country atmosphere and welcome awaits them. At the finish, riders will be treated to a light, but wholesome lunch, including a beer (adults race only).
Riders will be treated to a dinner in Greyton on the Friday night, where the frills and spills of the day will be reviewed in a social atmosphere of “lekker kuier”.
Day 1 – 60km route
The vertical ascent on the map below is just a guide – we measured it as 1200m.
Day 1 – 15km route
Day 2 will start and finish at The Oaks Estate 10km outside Greyton, where the stage race will merge with the 1 Day, 65km event. The stage race riders will start first, and follow the 65km course that will bring them the best riding on offer in the area east and south of Greyton. After following some district road, the route in the hills will treat the riders with the beautiful vistas of the valley and mountains beyond, with sights that will make you stop and take out your camera!
The bush singletrack in the valley will create fast thrills as you head into Greyton, where you can replenish supplies before heading off into the second half of the race, which will take you through some of the most beautiful mountain track and scenery that is on offer. We have done some modifications to last year’s route, where we will offer riders the same experience, but with less climbing. The final descent back to The Oaks is guaranteed to make you put your name 1st on the entry list for 2017!
At The Oaks the stage riders will be welcomed again to the warm hospitality of this amazing venue, where they will be treated again to a beer and a light lunch in a separate hospitality area, as well as a complimentary bike wash.
Adults: Solo Men, Solo Ladies, Teams Men, Teams Mixed.
Kids: Solo boys, Solo Girls. Maximum age: 14. Parents are welcome to ride along at no extra cost, but are not allowed to offer help of any kind, except fixing of punctures/mechanicals.