According to Pfitzenmaier, the Cederberg is a very special place. “The ISUZU Ride The Rock MTB Race encapsulates a ‘back to the roots’ laid back mountain biking atmosphere. In the relaxed ambience you get to meet great like-minded bikers and make new friends. The riding is action packed and super fun, so I come back every year. It would be so much fun to come first after finishing second two years in a row. For me, however, it's not really about coming first, but more about pushing your limits and doing what you thought was impossible, while having fun. I recommend this event to all riders. Look forward to experiencing beautiful and scenic nature that is very unique and barely touched. No cell phone reception is guaranteed. Enjoy switching off from every day work and commitments,” says Pfitzenmaier.
“We have a number of surprises lined up for our 2014 riders,” says Alexa Cunningham, Event Manager. “Riders can look forward to a movie night under the stars as well as a 'Ride Tour' to the local winery, Cederberg Wines. Adrenaline junkies will be happy to hear that our title sponsor ISUZU will be bringing their ISUZU Off-Road Academy Fleet to the event. Be sure to sign up for an off-road experience like no other. We've also put quite a bit of thought into our "truly South African" menu with caterer Marilou Marais and her team poised to ensure that every rider’s dietary requirements are met”.
Race Village: Sanddrif
Stage One / Friday, 07 February 2014:
Distance: 81km / 1600m vertical ascent
Description: The Endurance Stage of the event. Be careful on the 4x4 decent after Voelvlei leading down to the first feed zone just outside Wupperthal. Riders can look forward to the longest climb - the infamous concrete jeep track that leads from Wupperthal to Eselsbank.
Stage Two / Saturday, 08 February 2014:
Distance: 60km / 1000m vertical ascent
Description: Known as the Play Stage because of its fun single track. There will be some technical sections with a few compulsory portage sections for rider safety, none of these sections however will span over more than 10m at a time.
Stage Three / Sunday, 09 February 2014:
Distance: 55km / 1200m vertical ascent
Description: This stage is fast and features a combination of district road, jeep track and single track. Riders can look forward to experiencing the longest downhill single track (5km) of the event.
ISUZU Ride the Rock is a full service individual MTB stage race that offers riders the opportunity to ride on the most spectacular routes in the heart of South Africa's Cederberg Conservancy. Each stage’s route is challenging yet rewarding, while encapsulating the pristine beauty of the Cederberg.