Steel Drak Descent Media Release
New trails will excite Drak Descent riders
Underberg - Mountain bikers heading for Underberg for the Euro
Steel Drak Descent in partnership with FNB on 30 and 31 January
2021 can look forward to the second day starting with brand new
trails designed to give the athletes a never before seen view of
the Southern Drakensberg.
While the riders were uniformly happy with the trails on offer
at last year’s event, the Sani Spoors team has mapped out a new
start to the final stage that will lead from the overnight stop
at Sinister Pool up onto the ridge above the Elgin valley where
arguably the best view of the mountains will lead them to the
Superbowl trails that take them back into the uMzimkhulu valley
for the remainder of the final stage.
“We are continually looking at ways to enhance the enjoyment of
the riders and runners, and this new section, which starts with
a short climb up to the Cobham Road ridge will use existing
eland and cattle paths which we have manicured and will offer a
really great view of the Berg,” said Sani Spoors Pierre Horn.
“While we are racing in the mountains, almost all of the first
stage has the view of the mountain behind us, and we wanted to
create a section where everyone can soak up the view of the
Drakensberg. There are lakes below, and you can often see wattle
crane there,” said Horn.
As the final stage starts at the overnight stop at the Swartberg
Road bridge and no longer at Glencairn, it also eliminates a
section of jeep track that took the riders through Petersfield
farm last year.
“We really believe that this will add a lot of value to every
athlete’s overall experience, and it should be the place where
photos are taken to capture the beauty of being part of a race
in the Berg,” said Horn.
He pointed out that soon after the race each year the Sani
Spoors team gathers all the comments from participants and
starts planning ways to enhance and improve the trails on offer
for the coming year.
Horn added that riders and runners were already visiting the
area to start their training, many using the network of trails
at the Sani Spoors to familiarise themselves with the
conditions, but added that there were significant sections of
the race route that are on private land and are not accessible
outside of the race dates.
“We appreciate that people are getting excited and want to use
the race trails, but it is very important that they respect the
private landowners and do not use paths or trails just because
they think it will be part of the race route in January,” said
“It is a mutual respect that needs to be kept alive, and it will
ensure that the relationship with the landowners along the way
remains healthy and productive,” he added.
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“We are continually
looking at ways to enhance the enjoyment of the riders and
runners, and this new section, which starts with a short climb
up to the Cobham Road ridge will use existing eland and cattle
paths which we have manicured and will offer a really great view
of the Berg,” said Sani Spoors Pierre Horn ahead of the Euro
Steel Drak Descent from 30-31
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