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GLACIER CRADLE TRAVERSE THREE-DAY EXPERIENCE

Standard Tented Accommodation Packages

Three days of unbelievable mountain biking in the heart of Gauteng traversing the amazing tracks of the Cradle of Humankind.

Three nights’ accommodation.

A cozy two-man tent and mattress per person.

Access to exclusive areas including the renowned Avianto Lifestyle Estate.

Nine scrumptious meals, including dinner on Thursday evening pre-race and a prize giving lunch on the Sunday post-race.

Vegetarian options are available.

Nutritional needs of the riders are kept in mind.

Race entertainment and daily prize giving function.

Official event apparel.

Water points daily.

Full race medical back-up.

Ablution facilities are available.

Dryland Event Management’s world-famous hospitality.

Non-Accommodation Packages

Three days of mountain biking in the heart of Gauteng with iconic routes that traverse the Cradle of Humankind.

Accommodation not included.

Breakfast not included.

Race entertainment and daily prize giving function.

Official event apparel.

Water points daily.

Full race medical back-up.

Post-race shower facilities available.

Dryland Event Management’s world-famous hospitality.

GLACIER CRADLE TRAVERSE TWO-DAY EXPERIENCE

Standard Tented Accommodation Packages:

Two days of unbelievable mountain biking in the heart of Gauteng traversing the amazing tracks of the Cradle of Humankind.

Two nights’ accommodation.

Cosy two-man tent and mattress per person.

Access to exclusive areas including the renowned Avianto Lifestyle Estate.

Six scrumptious meals, including dinner on Friday evening and a prize giving lunch on the Sunday post-race.

Vegetarian option are available.

Nutritional needs of the riders are kept in mind.

Race entertainment and daily prize giving function.

Official event apparel.

Water points daily.

Full race medical back-up.

Ablution facilities are available.

Dryland Event Management’s world-famous hospitality.

Non-Accommodation Packages:

Two days of unbelievable mountain biking in the heart of Gauteng traversing the amazing tracks of the Cradle of Humankind.

Accommodation not included.

Breakfast not included.

Race entertainment and daily prize giving function.

Official event apparel.

Water points daily.

Full race medical back-up.

Post-race shower facilities are available.

Dryland Event Management’s world-famous hospitality.

GLACIER CRADLE TRAVERSE

RACE REGISTRATION: 

Riders within a team must register together.

No late registrations will be allowed.

If a team has not registered, they will not be allowed to start.

RACE BRIEFING:

Attendance is important as vital information regarding the race will be given.

 

RACE START:

Daily at 08:00

Daily cut-off at 14:00

 

PRIZE GIVING:

Every evening at 19:00

Avianto Lifestyle Estate

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Before Registration Day – Review race documents, including the Participant Waiver.

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

A photo identification document (driver’s license, passport or ID book).

GLACIER CRADLE TRAVERSE TWO-DAY EXPERIENCE

RACE REGISTRATION: 

Riders within a team must register together.

No late registrations will be allowed.

If a team has not registered, they will not be allowed to start.

    

DINNER: 

    

RACE BRIEFING/PRIZE GIVING:

Attendance is important as vital information regarding the race will be given.
    

RACE START:

Daily at 08:00

Daily cut-off at 14:00

    

PRIZE GIVING:

Every evening at 19:00

Avianto Lifestyle Estate

Please note that riders participating in the two-day experience will not be eligible for prize money.

    

WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:

Before Registration Day – Review race documents, including the Participant Waiver.

    

WHAT YOU NEED TO BRING:

A photo identification document (driver’s license, passport or ID book).

Route Information

Fast flowing tracks early into the route serve as the perfect way to get the blood pumping. Rocky, steep trails are also in store as riders explore the Avianto trail network.

The tree-lined Crocodile River will certainly be a highlight before riders head out towards the Cradle trail – a smooth network of trails adjacent the main road. After negotiating a dry riverbed section, riders will get experience the serene neighbouring game farms where they will once again be treated to some amazing views of the Cradle area.

It wouldn’t be a mountain bike race without some interesting climbs, but fast descents make it all worthwhile as riders drop back into the Avianto trails. Phambili will provide some fun single tracks before riders are homeward bound and insight of the Avianto clubhouse.

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. This leads riders onto the jeep tracks of the Avianto trails and after a short section through Syringa, riders will face the climb of the Driefontein waterworks.

After a short tar transition riders will explore the trails of the newly formed Cradle Moon. There is some fantastic scenery of Lake Heritage at this point and possible encounters game that roam freely in the newly renovated Conservancy.

Next up is the open farmlands of Lammamoor. Long dirt roads, descents, and some fun singletrack sections will give riders a chance to recoup after the tough start to the stage. Some singletrack climbs and descents will need to be conquered before riders find themselves back on the Avianto trail network as they make their way to the finish line.

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, but only once riders cross under the N14 the race truly begins. The hidden gem of the Laurentia Farm provides a spectacular backdrop for what will be an unforgettable final stage. Riders will chip away at the first road into Krugersdorp built in the early 1900’s – a serious challenge to riders of all levels. A mixture of cattle trail, walking paths and custom built singletrack await at the top. Some fast descents allow for a short reprieve before riders negotiate the next climb.

Once in the Kloof, the views are second to none with natural spring waterfalls and a world heritage site in store. A circular route brings riders back to the N14 crossing and with the toughest part of the stage out the way, riders can enjoy some fast singletrack back towards Avianto and the finish of the Glacier Cradle Traverse

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

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The race organizers will not allow vehicles to follow riders or tolerate any unlawful access to private land. Where a perpetrator can be linked to a rider or team, severe steps will be taken. Always park out of the way of riders and other traffic.

The organizers reserve the right to change routes, actual profiles and the ascent totals on short notice due to circumstances beyond their control, and if so, updates hereof will be given at the official race briefing or the evening prior to the stage start.

The data reflects actual GPS recordings. Distance measurements typically vary between 3-5% between devices, as well as the method of measurement (GPS or rolling measurement) Ascent gain may vary 10-15% between devices and may be up to 30% different.

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