Garmin Challenge 65km

Get yourself to East London, then onto the N2 and go in the direction of King Williams Town. Then roughly 8km outside of East London there is a off-ramp clearly labeled “Nahoon Dam”. Take this off-ramp and turn right toward the Nahoon Dam. Follow the road for 6km into the Dam complex. Then follow the sign boards to the Picnic area. GPX available for download on the URL below

Distance 60km

Single Track 17%

Jeep Track 15%

Gravel Road 62%

Tar 6%

Un-ridable 0%

Highest Point 378m

Lowest Point 19m

Total Ascent 1251m

Fun Factor 9/10

Aerobic Factor 9/10

Short Description Testing Single Track, testing hills! Awesome Riding!

Technical Difficulty Some technical singletrack – very twisty!

Aerobic Difficulty No Flats! Climbs are steep! Pack extra lungs!

Getting There:

Get yourself to East London, then onto the N2 and go in the direction of King Williams Town. Then roughly 8km outside of East London there is a off-ramp clearly labeled “Nahoon Dam”. Take this off-ramp and turn right toward the Nahoon Dam. Follow the road for 6km into the Dam complex. Then follow the sign boards to the Picnic area.

Route Description:

Start at the Nahoon Dam picnic area. The route starts by going out the Nahoon Dam complex via the tar road. The route then turns off to the left onto gravel farm roads, and winds past a huge FM tower which is quite a land mark for the area. The route then goes toward Johnson & Johnson factory, where a short tar section is followed before ducking off past Border Towing toward Thorny Croft, and then to Hempels Farm, where some of Eastl London’s best and most testing single track is to be found, including an infamous rocky river bed. Tough, but great fun! Then a few tough hills take you up to the N6 which is crossed to take you along beautiful farm roads and past some private game farms. Here is where some awesome new Single Track has been found and added!! Then you cross over the N6 again and start the descent back to the Nahoon Dam. 4km after turning off the N6 there is a turn to the right off of the gravel road, along some awesome cattle trails – nice and technical and fast stuff! Then there is a longish single track climb back up to the gravel road. This gravel road then takes you down a short steep slippy and rutted downhill to the dam complex, where there is a short +-5m compulsory portage through the complex’s main fence(which will be opened only for the race weekend unfortunately). Then there is one last very steep technical climb up and over a little hill to the finish area.

Contact Details

  1. Website: www.easterncapemountainbiking.co.za

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