Day 1: Kurland to Tsitsikamma
You could not ask for a more beautiful start venue for the 6th Fedgroup PEPLETT than Kurland in the Crags.
The journey to Storms River Adventure Village will see the LITE and TOUGH routes split right after the start. The TOUGH will tackle the single track of SAN PARKS through Salt River and up to the summit of Grootrivier pass whilst the LITE will do an easy tar road start on the R102, rejoining the TOUGH route at the top of the Pass. It’s a beautiful single track plummet to Natures valley and then up and over. Next on route is the Bloukrans Pass designed around the Elephant migration trail and it is truly magnificent to say the least.
It’s the same route for the LITE and TOUGH as the field enter Witteklip in SANPARKS and the 2nd waterhole at Storms River Village will recharge your batteries for the last leg home. Once through the gravel pass of Storms River the TOUGH again splits from the LITE and heads through Cape Pine jeep and single track back to the coast whilst the LITE takes a more direct route through Blue Lillies Bush where the Finish line at Tsitsikamma Falls Adventure Village awaits.
A sumptuous lunch, massage, bike wash, hot shower, free beer and wine and the opportunity to zipline the gorge are just some of the offerings at the end of Day 1.
Day 2: Tsitsikamma to Brakkeduine
This day is brand new as the TOUGH follows the route from the Tsitsikamma Falls Adventures into the Kwaaibrand single track. They will continue through some awesome jeep tracks in the Cape Pine forests, moving to the magnificent Robbehoek viewpoint overlooking the rocky coastline of the Indian Ocean. The LITE takes a more direct route and re-joins the TOUGH riders in the Regyne Protea Farm.
From here it is “50 shades of Green” as both TOUGH and LITE riders embark on a roller coaster ride through countless dairy farms and finally arrive at the dune fields of Brakkeduine. This venue was used in our inaugural PE PLETT of 2013 and the zip line into the dam should be a hit with those riders wanting to cool off after a great day in the saddle.
Day 3: Brakkeduine to Zuurbron
Departing Brakkeduine the TOUGH and LITE head East along the main gravel road to Oyster Bay . The split will see the TOUGH tackle the Eskom Conservancy through the dune fields of Thyspunt all the way into the St Francis links where we meet up with the LITE. Its into the farms of Osbosch, Soutvlei and Aapiesdraai and some wonderful single track all the way to Aston Bay. An urban pursuit up to the Railway line in J Bay and a 7km downhill single track. We then have a long climb up to Misgund and a stunning combination of Jeep and Single track takes us all the way to farmer Jacques Steenkamp’s farm Zuurbron.
The new Zuurbron bike park was a hit in previous years and the village infrastructure and chilled vibe is very popular with all our previous riders. Jono will entertain us all as we prepare for Day 4 to Crossways.
Day 4: Zuurbron to Crossways
Day 4 and the home run to the Crossways finish line begins with some new handcrafted single track courtesy of Farmer Jacques. It’s all downhill for 15km as we descend into the Gamtoos Valley.
What goes down must go up as you enter the awesome Longmore Forest jeep tracks with vistas of Jeffreys Bay and St Francis making it all worthwhile.
The route takes the LITE riders only half way up and they split onto the 3 Rivers trails and some of the best MTB single track one could wish for. The single track of Purple Cow, Black Porcupine and Yellow Monkey will make the finish at Crossways a memorable one. The TOUGH continue the climb and the massive descent onto 3 River trails, joining the LITE route some 8km out, will blow you away.
It’s a 4-day Roller Coaster ride of the most varied and diverse mountain biking one could wish for and is an Adventure of note…. One not to be missed !!!