It’s all the name, but be sure the Ride2Nowhere in McGregor is going nowhere (as in staying put) it is going from strength to strength and will surely be embedded into my riding calendar for the years to come. As riders we don’t always fully understand the planning, effort and hard work going into a multi-stage MTB event and from what was delivered at the 2016 Ride2Nowhere (Presented by WeChat) was world class. Huge respect and congratulations to Eulogy van Dyk and Con Viljoen for putting together a very professional experience whilst still keeping the community essence and relaxed vibe of the Ride2Nowhere in tacked. I will be there in 2017 and so will many of my friends. (This is probably one of the greatest little hidden gem of a MTB event currently in South Africa…shhhh.)
From arrival registration worked seamlessly and the tranquil
atmosphere created underneath the Bedouin tent just enticed everyone to sit down, chill and socialise with other like-minded people whilst enjoying a bottle of two of Lord’s winery’s best. With WeChat as presenting sponsor all riders that used their WeChat Wallet to enter could some cash back to spend and all the community suppliers for the race jumped on board with a QR code that made payment so much simpler (And you even got money back on your purchase).
The farmers and Con have been really working hard to establish some awesome trails to ride and the addition of new trails and single track did not disappoint. Although I wasn’t feeling the greatest during the event with some sort of stomach ailment I came of the bike on Sunday with a huge smile on my face. I really enjoyed the ride as we were taken through the beautiful landscape and some ‘nasty’ climbs from previous years taken out and replace by some serene new routes. Stunning. Well done Con on putting together a race that is tough but fair and so beautiful to ride. Day 1 welcomes you to the event and takes
you high up into mountains, but for every climb you are rewarded with super downhill trails and makes the toil of the first half of the race worth it. Day 2 takes you through the Vrolijkheid Nature Reserve and onto trails where you sometimes find yourself all alone out in nature. Beautiful. I have raved about day 3 already. Every mountain biker should be out to go and enjoy the trails McGregor has to offer and there will be no better way than to experience it through the Ride2Nowhere in 2017 (8-10 Sept).
I don’t need to give a race report. We rode (Rob Kucera) and myself through the beautiful landscape and time was not an issue, it was all about the challenge and having fun on the mountain bike with your friend(s). All I can say is that I haven’t had so much fun on the bike in quite a while, even taking a dive into a thorn bush on the last day could not hamper the excitement. And although my supposed to riding partner (Thinus Crafford) could not ride because of a recent bout of Swine Flu and had to turn into Team Manager for myself and Rob the weekend and riding was unforgettable. Thanks for the support TC. It was nice to catch up with you, Lolla and Thiaan (and Gerra and Sara).
The Ride2Nowhere, a ride for family and friends to enjoy a weekend away with stunning riding routes, food (amazing as prepared by the women of the Dutch Reform Church), vibe and wine. Get all your friends now to commit to 2017 and enjoy a weekend away that you won’t forget. If they don’t mountain bike they can participate in the trail run or just experience what McGregor region has to offer.
Again, well done Eulogy van Dyk and Con Viljoen on putting together and MTB experience that ranks up with the best.
See you there in 2017!