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Tour and Lite Route

White River - Brondal - Nelspruit - KMIA Airport - White River

Start Time

Tour  & Lite : 7:00

Start and Finish

Casterbridge, White River - 903 masl

Cut-Off

13:00/13:30  (6 Hours from start time)

Distance

80 km (per GPS)

Total Ascent

1292m

USN Waterpoints

1 (64km) and at the finish

2017 Winning Time
02:04:04

 

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Route Description

This stage is the flattest the Lowveld can offer. From the start the riders turn left towards the town of White River but turn immediately right at Palm Motors. If you haven't warmed up your legs, this  first bump will hurt.  Once through the town, the riders turn right towards Sabie (R537) where the neutral zone ends. Shortly after, the field turns left towards Brondal. 

This road undulates through magnificent countryside and the riders will experience a different perspective of the region. There are some exhilarating down hills and long gradual climbs that will get the muscles working and the blood flowing when, at 25km the riders will turn left and begin the fast descent back into the capital of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit. As the riders reach the outskirts of the town, they will turn right and about 100m further on, left onto the N4 bypass.  The N4 rolls up and down until Karino where the riders will turn left, cross over the four way stop and rejoin the original route.

The water point is located at 64km and take this opportunity to catch your breath before the final assault back to Casterbridge.  The route takes the riders towards the KMIA Airport, where the men will be divided from the boys over the last hilly 25 km.  At the end of this road riders will swing left then right into the farm lane (after the airport) which is in great condition and knocls out the long Plaston climb. Beware the sharp right turn at speed at 5km to go.

Riders will return to Casterbridge from the Numbi Gate road (R538) on a couple of final steep climbs. Then its rest up, refuel and recover for Stage Three.

 Entries close on 9th March 2018