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Franschhoek Lions/ Porcupine MTB Challenge

04/02/2012 - Franschhoek - MTB

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DISTANCES 46.8 km; 24.3 km; 8 km
STARTING TIMES 46.8 km @ 07h30; 24.3 km @ 07h50; 8km @ 08h10
ORGANISER Lions Club Franschhoek
VENUE Bridge House School
ENQUIRIES Willemien on 084 843 5389
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE 2 February 2012

The 46.8 km route starts on good gravel roads with a portage across the Berg River, followed by riding on scenic gravel roads to the back of La Motte village. The first climb of the day is some 3.2 km long with an average gradient of 7.8%, with a fast descent behind the Mont Rochelle Hotel.

From here the route takes cyclists through several farms over mainly level ground (travelling up a gentle gradient) for approximately 10 km. At 28 km you will encounter some rocky uphill terrain as we climb for 1 km before traversing a very rocky descent for 800m, including large 'wash-aways' so please take great care and observe the warning signs. Next follows 3 km of flat and mostly gravel road until the second big climb of the day, taking you to the top of Matoppie, followed by a 2.7 km technical descent which returns us to the tar road by the Berg River Dam wall.

The 24.3 km route follows the long route for 8.8 km where you will start the first climb of the day at of 2.6 km, with an average gradient of 6.8%. The route then has a 2 km descent down good wide dirt roads. Thereafter follows a fairly sandy, but flat, section for 2 km and another crossing of the Berg River (time for a refreshing dip?) before retracing our steps to the finish at Bridge House.

There is also an 8 km route for children, which follows a flat course, winding around the vineyards. This route will not be timed.

From Cape Town, take the N1 highway north, towards Paarl. Take Exit 47 to Stellenbosch/ Klapmuts/ Wellington and at the end of the off-ramp, turn right. Cross the 4-way stop and turn left some 300m along to Franschhoek/Simondium. After some 10 km, turn right at the Simondium/R45 T-junction. After 9.2km, turn right into Bridge House School then turn right again into the gates. Follow directions for parking on field. GPS Coordinates: S: 33°52.50 ; E: 19°14.40.
See PPA website for interactive directions.

Children u/10 must be accompanied by an adult. Easy Entry tickets accepted.

Remember to bring and wear your PPA MTB funride number.

Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Bridge House School
Address Line 2 -
Town Franschhoek
Event Facilities
Adequate Car Parking Facilities Adequate Car Parking Facilities

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