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On 2 April the first round will be held from Uitkyk Wine Estate on Simonsberg trails. This mountain offers a lot of options and route designer Meurant Botha will give participants four stages for the day.

The Enduro events are geared for mountain bikers that enjoy singletrack and are fit enough to ride uphills, but more importantly like riding downhills fast. Therefore more adrenalin junkies like downhillers enjoy this discipline of the sport, but the lady participation is growing and young riders are enjoying it too.

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Riders are only timed on certain stages, which are mostly downhill singletrack. The routes are not that technical, but when done at high speeds, do get tricky. There are normally on average four special stages in a day of the event (sometimes five), and riders go to the start of the next stage in ‘neutral’ or ‘liaison’ sections. This creates a social atmosphere and gatherings at the refreshment station, as no-one is in a hurry.

Pre-entries only are taken, so visit http://www.dirtopia.co.za to enter online. The total distances do not matter, as the anaerobic exercise you get is enough to tire the fittest of riders. Timing is done with Amarider Trail Tags and times are live on raceday.

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Although there are prizes for the top males & females and medals for all, the event is about pure mountain bike riding. Product sponsors include Sram, Leatt, Giant bicycles and Flake socks. Dirtopia has organised about 12 Enduro events since 2012. Fees start at R350 per rider that includes the permit, refreshment stations with fruit, Powerade, jellies etc and marked stages. Other venues include Welvanpas, Helderberg trails, Delvera and Delheim. Upcoming dates: 14 May, 10 June, 13 August, 3 September, 12 November.

Call the Trail Centre at 0218844752 for any queries or mail admin @dirtopia.co.za