The first round of the 2021 Enduro Western Cape is coming up on the 25th of July and the time has come to announce the location!
Round 1 of the 2021 season will be taking place at Hoogekraal on the Tygerberg MTB Club trails! The Hoogekraal trails are a familiar location for Enduro Western Cape and it is great to have the Tygerberg MTB Club supporting the series again this year! The trails have been built well to accommodate all levels of riders which makes it a great location to kick off the series!
The event will be fully COVID compliant and run as the successful November event at Contermanskloof in 2020. We will have race registration and informal practice on Saturday the 24th and race day on Sunday. Man we are excited to be back racing enduro in the Western Cape!
Round 2 will be in the big mountains of Jonkershoek which can be quite intimidating, so the first race at Hoogekraal serves as an introduction of sorts to the racing format for those who are unfamiliar. Being inclusive and accessible is core to the Enduro Western Cape series values as it looks to grow the discipline of Enduro in South Africa, getting more riders out there enjoying this awesome format of bike racing!
If you’re not feeling too confident entering an Enduro here at Hoogekraal, there aren’t any features that will be unmanageable but the real challenge comes when you add race speed to the equation for the competitive riders! There’s just short of 2 months to go now so it’s time to shape up if you’re not in fit form yet. The Hoogekraal trails are inviting for all levels of riding ability so rope in those mates who haven’t yet got an enduro under the belt! The day pass is R60 per rider or free for those of you who have a Tygerberg MTB Club membership.
Make sure your cornering technique is dialled because that’s the name of the game at Hoogekraal. A good dose of pedalling fitness will serve you well with a couple of segments where a strong sprint can gain you precious seconds. For the riders hunting the podium, it will come down to carrying speed through the corners, balancing traction, and giving it all they can on the sprints. The terrain does lend itself to some sneaky fresh cut sections so be sure to have your off camber “anti-berm” cornering technique fine tuned!
We will be announcing entries this week so stay tuned to the EWC and WILD AIR channels!