11 October

Euro Steel Drak Descent Media Release



Embargo: None

Written by: Tim Whitfield

Drak Descent and Run the Rivers highlight Southern Drakensberg charm

Underberg – The beautiful Southern Drakensberg will once again become the focus of sportsmen and women on January 27-28 when the Euro Steel Drak Descent and Euro Steel Run the Rivers events draw hundreds of mountain bikers and trail runners to Underberg for their annual endorphin fix.

Dwarfed by the imposing Drakensberg mountain, trail runners and mountain bikers can once again enjoy their "runner's high" at one of the most spectacular venues for any multi-sports festival in the country.

The Euro Steel Drak Descent is a two-day mountain bike stage race which gives cyclists two options to enjoy the superb trails in an around the Underberg region. The longer Drak Descent routes are 42km and 45km on Saturday and Sunday respectively, while the shorter Drak MTB Challenge allows the weekend warriors to be part of the action with more manageable 25km and 20km distances.

For the trail runners, there are also two options for their two-day festival of fun. The fitter and faster runners able to tackle the longer event over 21km and 18km distances, while the 14km and 8km routes are more manageable for those looking for a less challenging test.

The annual two-day Drak Challenge canoe race also takes place over the same weekend, giving families and friends a wide range of options to ensure nobody is left out from enjoying their favourite activity in a weekend of wall-to-wall fun.

"We have received a lot of positive feedback about the routes for both the running and cycling events over the past two years, so we are confident we are on the right track to giving participants what they want," said Pierre Horn, a member of the race organising committee.

"We are always looking to tweak things, but the aim is to only make changes if they are going to improve something, so hopefully participants are constantly getting a better experience each year.

"Last year we adapted the shorter Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB Challenge and made the entire event more streamlined and appealing, and a lot more user-friendly. The feedback we had is that it was a good change, so once again we are starting and finishing at the Olde Duck.

"Our mantra for all the events is that we want to offer riders and riders the best value for money for a two-day event in South Africa, and that hasn't changed. That means that we will once again cap our numbers so that every entrant feels they are getting value for their money.

"That value-for-money incentive, the scenery and the hospitality are the driving forces behind our event, and we look forward to welcoming riders and runners to the Southern Drakensberg in January."

Entries for both the Euro Steel Drak Descent and Euro Steel Run the Rivers events are available on the MyActive entry portal, while more information can be found at the Drak Descent website and the Run the Rivers website respectively.


Social Media:
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/EuroSteelDrakDescent
Instagram https://www.instagram.com/drakdescent/


(click to download
hi-res pic)
Caption Photographer    Click to download  hi-res pic
Euro Steel Drak Descent Logo - Horizontal on white (JPeg)  
 Euro Steel Run The Rivers trail run Logo - Horizontal on white (JPeg)  
Participants at the 2024 Euro Steel Run the Rivers taking place in the Southern Drakensberg on 27-28 January can expect some stunning scenery. Neil Prior /
Gameplan Media
With exciting single track and flowing sections of farm roads, the routes for the Euro Steel Drak Descent are unique in that they can only be ridden during the event and are closed off for the rest of the year. Gavin Ryan /
Gameplan Media
Conditions of usage of photographs: All photographs supplied and hyperlinked herewith may be used free of charge, with full credit to the photographer and agency as provided. The photographs may not be modified or retouched in any way, but may be cropped to suit the layout requirements of the publications. The photographs provided may be used exclusively for editorial purposes, and may be reprinted in any newspaper, magazine, television programme or on any website. These photographs may not be used for any commercial or promotional purpose, including but not limited to posters, advertisements, commercials, promotional email correspondence, point-of-sale material or any retail promotion. Should such usage be desired, please contact us at the details below.
Is this of no value to you?
This media release is intended for use by media professionals covering this specific activity or sport. Should this release not be relevant you, please advise us immediately and we will be glad to remove your name from this particular database. It would be useful to us if you could advise us which subjects you would like to continue receiving releases on.
For any further information, or if you cannot access the images, please contact:
Gameplan Media
(031) 261 2951