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RIDE #4087 - Craig Street

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DATE: 2018-09-28
FROM Malmesbury/Rhebokskloof/Spice Route
RIDE TYPE Race / Event
TERRAIN Mountain with single track
± Til done, ± varies,
PACE not specified


Paarl’s biggest mountain-bike and trail run festival comes to Spice Route Destination and Rhebokskloof Estate over the weekend of 28-30 September 2018 with lots of entertainment and fun activities to cater for mountain-bikers and trail runners as well as their families.

To view the official The Rock promotional video, go to: https://vimeo.com/273857541 

To enter go to http://therockrace.co.za/ 

 “The Rock” Mountain Bike Stage Race and Trail Fest, in partnership with Paarlberg BMW, presents a 3-day mountain-bike stage race as well as seven other individual races for mountain-bikers and trail runners which take place at Spice Route Destination and Rhebokskloof Estate over the weekend. 

Day 1 Malmesbury – Rhebokskloof: 54km – 1300m elevation

Day 2 Rhebokskloof – Spice Route: 48km – 1000m elevation

Day 3 Spice route – Rhebokskloof: 48km – 1300m elevation

Saturday 29 September 2018 is the big hosting day at Spice Route Destination. The destination artisan village hosts the finish of “The Rock” MTB Stage race with live bands and lots of entertainment

“The Rock” is organised and presented with all participants as the main focal point of the events and ticks all the boxes which are vitally important for runners and mountain-bikers.

“No frills, no fuss… just great trails, tough racing, wonderful camaraderie, and great hospitality – all without a hefty price tag,” assures race director Darren Herbst from Hero Adventure.

The entry fee for the 3-stage race is R1200 per rider and entry fees for the various single day Trail Fest offerings are kept affordable to enable as many riders and runners as possible to enjoy the weekend in the City of Drakenstein.

Drakenstein Municipality has launched a concerted drive to establish Paarl as preferred adventure sport destination in South Africa and “The Rock” represents a cornerstone event in their efforts.

“Participant satisfaction, well-being and enjoyment of the races are our primary and utmost goals and we work tirelessly to deliver legendary and unforgettable mountain bike and trail run experiences,” says Herbst.

“Paarl is brimming with tradition and history, and the riding and trail running terrain on the Paarl Mountain simply has no equal in South Africa,” says Herbst.

The Rock takes place in beautiful surroundings and at an applicable time of the year with little chance of rain and mild temperatures while the trails are in sublime shape following the delightful winter rains.

The event is one month prior to FNB Wines2Wales which presents riders with the perfect training weekend.

Off the bike a world filled with great food, entertainment and activities await the entire family at Paarl’s biggest trail bash.

The racing is hosted in vibey upbeat race villages, boasting lots of entertainment, live bands, stacks of fun activities and a range of artisan culinary delights.

According to Herbst, Spice Route Destination is among the top tourist attractions in South Africa. “The venue is popular with the public and includes award winning restaurants, chocolate-, wine- and gin tasting, neat toilets, ample parking, and large event areas – perfectly suited to the hosting of mass participation events.”

“The trails and facilities at the venue allow us to host The Rock in a secure and safe environment,” he concluded. 


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