The prestigious Darling ttu 2015 mountain bike race will take place
on 26 September 2015.
Enter at www.darlingttu.co.za | Race Administration and entries contact Heidi Eloff on 082 925 7546
Riders will enjoy the overwhelming natural beauty of West Coast flowers, incredible game encounters and breath-taking views while conquering the unique technical challenges of the 2015 Darling ttu routes. Catching glimpse of the greatest flower show on earth from your bike.
The routes have been designed so that it offers riders great trails, spectacular scenery and beautiful flowers. There are a mix of everything… tough climbs, fast downhills, a few technical paths and loads of free-flowing sections for pure riding bliss!
Considered to be one of the finest trails to view West Coast fynbos and other indigenous flora – the Darling ttu offers a fabulous opportunity for you and your family or friends to get back in touch with nature.
Held on 26 September 2015 in the Western Cape, the Darling ttu provides young and novice, as well as experienced and professional riders with gorgeous scenery and a choice of exhilarating routes that encourages participation by the whole family. The race includes three circular routes:
• 5km – Blue Route (Fun Ride for Kiddies)
• 10km – Green Route
• 45km – Purple Route
• 60km – Yellow Route (This unique and challenging route will only open for this event)
All routes provide challenging terrain for young and old. In terms of challenges there is no shortage of steep climbs. Cyclists can expect unequalled views, breath-taking scenery and close encounters with the area’s fauna and flora as they wind through the panoramic coastal and Darling hills. The route offers some of the best terrain available, ranging from rough back roads and jeep tracks to hills and mountain landscapes, a considerable abundance of fauna and flora.
It is said that the flowers of the Cape West Coast are strong enough to stop a car, this has to be tested on a MTB during this race. On many special areas on this route you might find yourself surrounded by vast patches of purple dotted with yellow, or a canvas of orange with white speckles. This is a magical time along the pristine West Coast when every coastal town and inland village, mountains and fields are ablaze as an endless, kaleidoscope of wild flowers burst, almost simultaneously, into full bloom.
Fun for the whole family
The yard of beautifully renovated !Khwa ttu buildings will be a hive of activity, packed with delicious and beautiful country contributions. Riders and non-riders can enjoy artisan foods, arts and crafts, home ware and décor, live entertainment, lots of fun activities for kids, and Ormonde wines. Locals will be presenting a marvellous selection of Darling gourmet produce including mushrooms, burgers, breads, cheese, cured meats, olive oils, preserves and much more – to enjoy at the market or take home.
The routes and water points
The race starts and ends on the yard of the scenic !Khwa ttu game reserve which is home to a large variety of bird, animal and plant species. The terrain changes from striking rocky out crops and indigenous vegetation to a large plateau with spectacular views, green wheat fields and long climbs!
The terrain changes and the tempo on the wheat farm becomes more expanded, the climbs longer and challenging. More than anything the views become spectacular with a crystal clear view of Table Mountain in the south and the Langebaan Lagoon in the north and the breath-taking rolling hills of Darling. Winding through granite rocks, along wheat fields, cattle camps and the vineyards where Ormonde produce the best West Coast wines. Expect the first water stop after 15 km. The trail follows single tracks, jeep track and narrow farm roads yet it treasures a great flow, tons of bridges, and fast terrain. Expect rugged cliffs on the Bonteberg hill and dense renoster veld to form part of the route – so be prepared for steep and some interesting downhills to take you to a water point on Alexanderfontein olive farm (28km and 41km). The route further follows grassy pathways and gravel tracks with a final climb to a breath taking olive tree plantation. The route returns to the Ormonde vineyards with a background of breath-taking views over the Atlantic Ocean. Enjoy a last spectacular water point (38km and 51km) before taking on the final decent to the end.
Worth the drive from just about anywhere, you’ll want to ride every inch of trail before you leave!
!Khwa ttu San Culture and Educational Centre is a West Coast Way member on the Culture Route
Issued by !Khwa ttu San Culture and Educational Centre on 4 September 2015