The restorative powers of Caledon’s hot springs have been renowned for centuries and on 11 September mountain bikers can enjoy these mineral-rich waters after taking part in the new Staalwater event.
With three route options, the event offers something from beginners to fit riders. Dirtopia always promises a fun day out– make sure you are at the lucky draw and entertainment at the casino afterwards.
Meurant Botha from Amarider has worked in close association with the Theewaterskloof Municipality to develop the area as a mountain bike destination in the future, but for now please do not attempt to ride the routes outside of the event window.
The 60km route of the Staalwater Challenge is a mix of private farms and district dirt roads and is only available as a complete option on the day of the event. Staal water (Steel/Iron Water) refers to the hot springs at our start location.
The route offers just under 1000m of vertical elevation and it is expected to be a fast ride with a winning time of less than 2 hours. The start location is at Caledon Casino and Spa from where riders will travel in the direction of Tesselaarsdal and the lowest point of the route from here riders will climb up the pass (short tar section) before heading back into the farms and heading home.
The 30km option at the Staalwater Challenge takes riders to the well-known Voorhoede Farm for a very scenic route with just over 550m of vertical elevation. As with the 60km option, riders start and finish at the Caledon Casino and Spa.
As with the 60km route, the route traverses private land and is only available as an ‘on event day” option. We are however working to create a permanent route in this area so watch this space!
The 15km is a short-cut loop of the 30km and is flat – perfect for beginners, kids and families that just want to enjoy the beautiful area in spring.
Entries open 1 August and pre-entries close on Monday 12 September, so get your entries in to save some bucks!