Day 1 - Karan Beef to Frankfort
We have a brand new day 1 for those who have ridden before .
Water Point 1 at 42km, run by Life Ministries
Water Point 2 at 65km, run by Hoerskool Villiers
Water Point 3 at 89km, run by Bambi Nursery School
A crisp early morning start at Karan Beef. A nice rolling, chilled first few kilometres before your legs get their morning wake-up call up Karan Koppie. This is the highest point of day 1 and, on a clear day, if you look south you can almost see Umdoni Golf Club 900km away.
A really sweet section of dual single-track around 4km sets the tone for the journey ahead: long stretches mixed with sections of happiness. Pick a side – both are great. Then it’s into private farmlands starting at the picturesque De Hoek guesthouse, through to the Zingela game farm, across the Suikerbos River on to some flowing single-track through Carel Kriek’s farmyard and then onto long straights surrounded by mielies for Africa.
Water Point 1, run by Life Ministries, is just past the 42km mark at Stefan and Maritza Buy’s oasis. From Water Point 1 to the Villiers and onto Frankfort is a brand new addition to our day 1 route with farm trails and really is different to the past. We will not be crossing the Vaal on boats this year. There are no road closures so watch out for farmers in a hurry – stay left. You will move through 30km quickly until you get to the famous Villiers bridge crossing into the Free State province over the Vaal river.
Water point 2 will be hosted by Villiers high school. 60km to go once you cross the Vaal onto some beautiful country back roads and trails through private farms on the Windfield side of the R26.
Water point 3 is as always hosted by the vibrant Water Point is hosted by Bambi Nursery School and some really chilled farmers. From Water Point 3 until town, we pass through more farms ending with some sweet single track. You will never get to this part of the world unless you ride bikes and without these farmers allowing us to ride through their lands. There is not much climbing on day 1, it is a neutral day to warm up but remember there is no rush so pace yourself.
The entry into Frankfort is a welcoming sight. You will work your way through the town on the only bit of tar for the day. A hot shower, great Karan Beef rump streaks and lots of banter await. Not to mention the beer at the Pig Rig and the Fitch and Leedes gin bar! For the racers, day 2 looms. For the riders the journey will continue.