Euro Steel Drak Descent Media Release  DrakDes1905

10 Jan 2019

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Written by: Dave Macleod

Bonus in store for Drak Descent riders

Underberg – Mountain biking enthusiasts who have managed to secure a place in the Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB on 19 and 20 January, will receive an added bonus in following the news that the course designers have made changes to the early stages of the new second stage to incorporate a descent loved by the Sani Spoors regulars.

With the second stage of the race now starting at Glencairn, riders will pass through Petersfield Farm on farm roads and cross into the uMzimkhulu valley on the new ‘SuperBowl’ section of contour track.

After testing this section, race organisers decided to link the SuperBowl to the top of the Jackal Joll section of single track that has developed a strong following amongst regular users of the Sani Spoors trails, as it offers thrilling sweeping descents through the forest above the Bonsma’s dairy farm.

“We are thrilled to have linked in the Jackal Joll descent, as this will become a real feature of Day Two,” said Derek Christie. “It will involve a gradual climb over about one kilometre from the end of the SuperBowl section to the top of the hill, but it will be well worth it!”

After the flowing descent through the forest the route returns to the Milk Run, another of the Sani Spoors single track trails that was used in last year’s Drak Descent.

Christie confirmed that the new start at Glencairn, the SuperBowl and the new routing to the top of Jackal Joll will add more distance to the day, bring it to around 48 kilometres, but added that the latter stages had been shortened and returned to alongside the river.

“After Callaway bridge we will be using new single track that keeps us close to the river instead of climbing away from the river into the farmlands. That will rejoin the old single track route at Greenend,” he confirmed.

“The team building the route are all avid mountain bikers. We are informed on an ongoing basis by other riders, and often these suggestions guide us in tweaking and improving the route,” he said.

Entries to the Euro Steel Drak Descent are fully subscribed and a waiting list has been started, while some riders have opted to enter the shorter MTB Challenge MTB race that covers 25km and 18km on the first and second stages.

More information can be found at
Entries are being taken at
Glencairn accommodation can be booked at


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Mountain bikers taking part in the Euro Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB can look forward to the sweeping single track descent on the fabled Jackal Joll trail early on the second stage of the race. Graham Daniel/
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