Day 2 - Frankfort to Reitz
This is when the racing begins. Keep your legs fresh for the 10km of flowing single-track at the end. Enjoy the best of the eastern Free State.
Water Point 1 at 30km, run by Skurwekop Boere Vereeniging/Farmers Association
Water Point 2 at 62km, run by Hoërskool Reitz
For some this is where the racing begins and the journey continues for others. Your legs will be warm, your protein levels (thanks to the Karan Beef steaks) high!
After leaving the warm hospitality of Frankfort town, a massive VKB Case tractor will lead the 800-strong bunch of riders on a rolling start until hitting the dirt, an early morning meander along the Wilge River then over the bridge and onto a main farm road. Watch out for farmers late for their town meetings in big white bakkies.
At 13km you hit your first piece of single-track on Andre and Liezl’s land. This is what joberg2c is about. Sections of happiness to make the journey interesting.
Enough talking, you are now in the heart of Free State farms, as you work your way to another breath-taking section of riding called Hou Duim Vas (Hold Thumbs) at the 25km mark. This land owned by Johan Du Plessis and Adrie Venter is perfect for a sensational single-track wave down the ridge line of their koppie.
Willie Venter and his sister, Adrie, have supported the event since it began. Adrie’s sons, Frans and Bart, help us mow trails, Willie helps us plan trails and together they represent the incredible community support we get for this inspirational ride. It is almost certain now that you are close to the middle of nowhere. We have a new water point on the picturesque dam of Johan and Marie Du Plessis. The single track blast created by Glenn Harrison is another mile of smile on the dial.
This water point is hosted by the “tough as nails” Skurwekop Boere Vereeniging/Farmers Association. Every year they go out of their way to feed riders to their hearts’ content.
From Johan’s we hit some rough rural roads. The next 29km will be great to shoot the breeze if you are just riding, but if you’re racing this is where you can really put the hammer down. You will reach Water Point 2 at 62km – then its a nice climb to the start of Aubrey’s Starck Contrast – one of our favourite pieces of trail.
Out of Aubrey’s and Sakkie Hill and then we are into the Prinsloo Brothers. This farm takes the sting out of the normally tough climb to Boerbull Descent where you will first see Reitz.
The Prinsloo farm is an incredible farming operation they have. What follows is 6km of flowing single-track – it is hard to believe that the straightest path to Reitz will be along this hand-cut trail – that will leave you tired but inspired. The top of Boerbull Descent at 82km is designed for pure single track fun. Ride within your abilities and enjoy the drop towards Reitz.
Ice-cold beer, live Rugby and gourmet food will be served by the Hoërskool Reitz and the Free State Masterchefs who have been preparing for months. Enjoy the afternoon, day 3 is where you realise that South Africa’s longest stage race is not a ride in the park but probably the best.