The Cradle Glacier Traverse
The Cradle Glacier Traverse sets off from the Avianto Lifestyle Estate set alongside the Crocodile River, an event which is fast becoming the the most popular stage race in Gauteng.
The Glacier Cradle Traverse is a 3 day stage race which includes never-before ridden areas in the Cradle of Humankind, Muldersdrift, as well as tracks in adjacent estates and conservancies.
Fast flowing tracks will get the blood pumping early on as riders traverse the rocky steep trails in the Avianto trail network. The tree lined Crocodile River provides the perfect reprieve, before riders head out towards the Cradle trail, a smooth network of trails adjacent the main road. After negotiating an amazing dry riverbed section, riders head onto one of the neighbouring game farms where they are once again treated to some amazing views of the Cradle area.
Some climbing awaits, but the fast descents make it all worthwhile as riders drop back once again into the Avianto trails. Phambili provides some fun single tracks before riders are homeward bound and in sight of the Avianto clubhouse.
Distance: 36 km
Vertical ascent: 690 m
Water point 1: 11,5 km
Water point 2: 20 km
Water point 3: 30 km
The longest stage of the Cradle Traverse, starts with a short stretch of tar road which leads riders onto the jeep tracks of the Avianto trails, after a short section through Syringa, riders will face the climb of the Driefontein waterworks. After a short tar transition riders are linked in with trails of the newly formed Cradle Moon. The Cradle moon reserver will offer some fantastic scenery of Lake Heritage and some possible encounters with the game life that roam freely in the newly renovated conservancy.
After exiting the Cradle Moon Conservancy, riders will head into the open farmlands of Lammamoor. Long dirt road drags and descents interspersed with some fun single track sections will give riders a chance to recoup after the harder start to the stage. Some single track climbing and descending will still need to be conquered before riders find themselves back into the Avianto trail network and the finish line.
Distance: 46 km
Vertical ascent: 861 m
Water point 1: 7,5 km
Water point 2: 22 km
Water point 3: 33 km
A neutral zone through the original town of Muldersdrift sets the stage for the final day. Fast dirt roads might allure to a fast short day in the saddle, however once riders cross under the N14 the race truly begins. The hidden gem of the Laurentia farm provides a spectacular back drop for an amazing day in the saddle. Riding up the first road into Krugersdorp built in the early 1900’s provides a serious challenge to riders of all levels. A mixture of cattle trail, walking paths and custom built single tracks await riders at the top as some fast descending allows for a short reprieve before riders negotiate the next climb.
Once in the kloof the views are second to none as a natural spring waterfall and world heritage site that few get to visit are part the attractions that await the riders. A circular route brings riders back to the N14 crossing and with the toughest part of the stage well in the background, riders can enjoy some fast single track back towards Avianto and the finish of the inaugural Glacier Cradle Traverse.
Distance: 41 km
Vertical ascent: 681 m
Water point 1: 19 km
Water point 2: 28 km