Entries open for Eight Bells Enduro

Kevin Evans

The 2011 running of one ofMosselBay’s iconic mountain biking events – the Eight Bells Enduro – is now open for entries. 

The event will take place at Ruiterbos on the 20th of August over distances of 80, 35 and 15 kilometres. 

“This is the fourth time we’ll be presenting the Eight Bells Enduro, and the main race has been extended to 80 kilometres,” said Johannes Bisschoff, chairman of the Gromos Mountain Bike Club, which is organising the event. 

“The 80k isn’t for the faint-hearted, but it should be a lekker challenge, with a total ascent and descent of about 1920 metres, and a course that includes gravel roads, pine plantations, jeep tracks and even river beds,” he said. 

A pdf of the route profile is available for download here. 

First men and women home will walk away with prizes of R3,000 each, while all finishers will receive unique stainless steel medals. Previous winners of the event have included elite cyclists Kevin Evans, Ischen Stopforth, and Marthinus Esmeyer. 

An edited version of the race will be broadcast on SuperSport. 

“The race is centered around Eight Bells MountainInn, where there’ll be plenty of parking as well as warm showers and a licensed restaurant,” said Mr. Bisschoff. 

“Eight Bells offers something for everyone in the family, and supporters who aren’t riding in the Enduro can enjoy horse riding or various marked hiking trails, or they can relax at the restaurant or in the gardens – which include plenty of play areas for the kiddies.” 

Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm said that cycling is becoming an increasingly popular sport in the area. 

“With miles and miles of gravel roads in the foothills of the spectacular Outeniqua Mountains, and with various dedicated cycling hotspots at places like Ruiterbos, Bonniedale and Jakkalsvlei, Mossel Bay is perfect for mountain biking. 

“This is why Mossel Bay Tourism has recently produced a dedicated Cycling brochure, with a map of the most popular routes – and why we wholeheartedly support events like the Eight Bells Enduro,” she said. 

The Cycling inMosselBaybrochure is available from Mossel Bay Tourism (corner of Church and Market Streets) or from local cycle shops. It can also be downloaded in pdf format from www.visitmosselbay.co.za/cycling

Entries are now open at www.dryland.co.za and will also be accepted from 06h30 on the day of the race. Entries cost R90.00 for the 80km, R70.00 for the 35km, and R40.00 for the 15km race. 

For more information, please call Johannes Bisschoff (082 416 5069) or Klasie Lategan (082 441 7198), or go to www.visitmosselbay.co.za/cycling.

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