All systems go for Sardine MTB Race and Trail Run

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Excitement is in the air ahead of the Sardine MTB Race and Trail Run at Port Edward Holiday Resort on Sunday, 7 July.

This spectacular race, which forms the first round of the South Coast Fever MTB and Trail Run Series, has different aspects to it that will only be seen on this track and there are trail options for the whole family on this amazing route.

The race will start and end at sea level. Most of the climbing will be in the first part of the race. The starting point will be at Port Edward Holiday Resort on Port Edward Beach where riders can grab some coffee and experience a magnificent sunrise before they register/start their race.

Participants will be riding through macadamia and banana farms before reaching the breath-taking coffee farm where they will smell the fresh roasting coffee beans from the Beavers Creek farm estate.

Thereafter, they will ride on the world-famous Clearwater Trail with its spectacular single tracks and view deck overseeing the stunning Umtamvuna George with the 50-year-old Wild Coast bridge.

From there, they will reach the red desert – the smallest desert in the world at only 200 meters across. There are grasslands, forests and wetlands surrounding this marvellous wonder.

After the red desert, it is the home stretch leading riders passed the dam on single track and reaching Port Edward Holiday Resort, which will conclude the 45km race.

There are two river crossings where riders will have to get off and get their feet wet to cross at least once. There are also some road crossings, so riders are urged listen to the Police and Marshals at all times.

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Programme (Sunday, 7 July):

05H30 – Registration for entries for 5 & 10 Km Trail runs starts
06H45 – Registration for entries for Trail Run closes
07H00 – ROAG opens with MTB registrations
07H00 – 10 Km Trail Run start
07H15 – 5 Km Trail Run start
08H30 – Cut-off for both Trail Run Races to finish
08H45 – 45Km MTB Race start
09H00 – ROAG MTB registrations close
09H00 – 25Km MTB race start
09H15 – 5 Km MTB race start
10H30 – Prize Giving for Trail Run
12H30 – Prize giving for MTB Race

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