Day 4 - Sterkfontein Dam to Emseni Camp

22 APRIL - 30 April 2022

Day 4 – Sterkfontein Dam to Emseni Camp

Day 4 is where riders fully understand the meaning of mountain biking. Firstly there are mountains and secondly there are breath-taking trails – arguably the two defining ingredients of this great sport – the massive drop from Free State to Kwa-Zulu Natal is what your bikes are designed for.

The trails are on the edge of the world and you should, if you truly love mountain biking, remember this day as one your favourite riding experiences. When you get to water point 1 you will be suitably shattered from a mixture of adrenalin and just pure pleasure.

There are some big trail names on this day but it is also the unnamed bush trails that keep you on your edge of your saddle with anticipation.

You also ride through some remote rural areas where locals wave you on with bemusement at your possible stupidity in riding 900km on a bicycle.

The new trail to Long Drop Pass and the grand finale from the top rounds off the perfect day.

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From the Free State to KwaZulu-Natal in one massive drop on The Great Traverse

Distance: 91km
Ascent: 1070km
Descent: 1750m

Water Point 1 at 43km, run by Harrismith Rotary Club
Water Point 2 at 66km, run by Philahathle Well-Being Centre
Water Point 3 at 78km run by Drakensburg Rugby club

Race village hosted by Winterton Primary School

Winterton is a small town situated on the banks of the Tugela River in the foothills of the Drakensberg mountains, KwaZulu-Natal.

It was founded in 1905 as Springfield when the Natal government built a weir across the Little Tugela River. The town later changed its name to Winterton in honour the secretary for agriculture, HD Winter. Winterton is a small town with only a primary school. It is close to the Second Boer War battle sites of Vaal Krantz and Spioenkop.

This strong farming community has a very strong German, Afrikaans, English and Zulu influence.

Winterton Primary School is a wonderful school that is a feeding ground for most Natal boarding schools. They hardly get any government funding so for them joberg2c is one of their major fund raising activities. They like Harriston have to come out of their town to help create a race village atmosphere with great food.  Meet the dads as they braai Karan Beef steaks and tell you almost believable farming stories.

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