Entries are open for the three-day Ride2Nowhere taking place from 7 to 9 September.
Now in its seventh year, the event is a firmly established favourite on the South African
stage-racing calendar and promises to once again deliver the ‘real mountain biking’ goods.
“The village of McGregor is central to the event,” says Erik Kleinhans, who won last year’s
team category with Robert Hobson. “It’s just so cool to go to an arty little place in the
middle of nowhere. I really like that mountain biking takes you to these kinds of
The 2018 edition will once again feature various options across the three days, with a
short (40km) and long (60km) option per day as well as solo and team categories for
mixed, women and men’s teams. The short routes are open to riders older than 16, which
sets the event apart from most other stage races. However that is not the only thing that
makes it unique.
“There is a really cool atmosphere at the race,” says Erik. “It is very social and the vibe
(and wine) is very good.”
“Other than the venue and the town the routes are really cool,” Erik says, explaining that
he likes the more ‘Karoo-style’ riding that is characteristic of the routes in the area. “It’s
slightly rougher and not as manicured as you might find on other trails. You have to work
harder, technically, with some sandy sections, rough climbs and unexpected corners. Real
mountain-biking,” he says.
“Also, it feels pretty remote at times and for me that is really cool – riding in a place that
you would not normally see.”
The short route offers much of the same feel and challenges as the longer one, but with
some shortcuts and a bit more gravel road.