Steel Drak Descent Media Release
Trail athletes strive to keep their events green and
Underberg – As they prepare for an influx of mountain bikers and
trail runners for the events that make up the FNB Drak Adventure
Weekend on 19 and 20 January, organisers have increased their
efforts to minimise the impact the races have on the natural
environment, and to maximise the benefit for the local
communities and charities.
With the Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB in partnership with FNB
race now sold out and running a waiting list, and the shorter
Challenge event filling up fast, organisers of the cycle are at
pains to ensure that they leave the Southern Drakensberg
countryside that they traverse unaffected by the weekend’s
Watering points will no longer stock plastic sachets of water
and riders will drink from cups and fill their water bottles
from bulk water containers at each table, while all the new
sections of trail that have been factored into the race this
year use existing paths or cattle tracks.
“While the Sani Spoors trails are ridden year round, we have
access to much of the trails we use for the races for one
weekend of the year, thanks to the support of the local
landowners,” said race organiser Derek Christie.
“We have a responsibility to make sure there is no pollution of
the area from the mountain bike rides and trail runs, and that
we don’t create any soil erosion problems by cutting new trails
where we can instead use existing paths or cattle tracks or
“As an event we have always been ‘green’, and every year we take
stock of how we do things to see where we can improve on being
environmentally-friendly,” he added.
The GWK Run The Rivers Trail Runs in partnership with FNB will
adhere to the same guidelines as they share many of the trails
and raceday infrastructure with the mountain bikers.
Both events are committed to including local community
organisations to ensure the they can benefit for the massive
influx of athletes and visitors to the region.
One of the main beneficiaries is the Restmount Children’s Home,
which is at the start of the races. This facility offers
holidays in the Southern Drakensberg to underprivileged and
The Noah’s Ark school runs a vehicle shuttle service that raises
vital funds to support their work, and the nearby Pevenesy Place
Cerebral Palsy commune also contributes to the event by selling
Ola ice creams.
Local community organisations like the Marshall Club and Sani
Tourism also get involved, manning watering points and helping
with race logistics.
“These events mean a lot to the Underberg and Himeville
community,” Christie added. “Their appeal lies in the appeal of
the region as a world heritage site and we strive to make sure
as many community organisations benefit from it, and we protect
and support our natural environment at the same time.”
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“These events mean a
lot to the Underberg and Himeville community. Their appeal lies
in the appeal of the region as a world heritage site and we
strive to make sure as many community organisations benefit from
it, and we protect and support our natural environment at the
same time.” says Euro Steel Drak Descent race organiser Derek Christie.
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