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Little humans grow big ideas

The Royal Drakensberg Primary School is a place where little humans grow big ideas.

After a year of 3-day-a-week attendance our little Hannah has developed from a sometimes-in-nappies toddler into an adventurous, caring and confident nearly-4-year-old. She has learnt so much from her enthusiastic teachers, excited friends and incredible environment. I am so grateful to Loretta and Megan who started the school and who continue to champion it despite their kids moving on to “big” school. The care they have for the kids and the problem-solving creativity with which they tackle challenges of funding and rural community politics is awe-inspiring.

Love is the driving force behind our school: love for South Africa; love for all her people, and love for our natural environment permeates through all that the school does.

The children of the Royal Drak Primary learn from the very beginning that they are special and important parts of the great web that connects us all to each other and to the earth. They learn about gratitude for their opportunities and their unique environment. They learn about service and generosity from our school’s benefactor Khulu Peter and kindness and affection from their teachers.

The Royal Drak community teaches the wider community by example. The children are aware of how they can care for the environment and how they can improve the world by making small contributions such as picking up a piece of litter or helping their neighbour.

Our community and by extension our country is richer as a result of the work going into the kids of the RDP. They will be game changers! We feel very blessed to be a part of this story.

Gallery 2017

2016 Race Report

The N3TC Royal Drak MTB Challenge has an awesome vibe. It starts early in the week as everybody gets sucked into the last minute trail preparations and marking missions. By the time Friday rolls around and the bicycle laden cars come pouring into the valley, you can almost taste the excitement. Even the weather got involved this year, with lovely soft rain in the week leading up to the race, and then beautiful bright sunshine on race day. The conditions were perfect…

The racing was fast! The 50km Extreme Classic is always a proper undertaking, with its 7km climb right off the bat and no recovery kilometers. In a world where so much is about comfort and convenience, it’s really inspiring to see these riders relish the challenge of this race. The first rider back was Gareth Cooke in a time of 2:30:38, hotly pursued by Klaas Meintjies in 2:39:44 and Lance Chapman in 2:40:34. We are also thrilled by the awesome results of the young riders in this race – 5th and 8th overall were Christiaan Van Dyk and Torin Mecklenborg, both of whom are Under 18s. The first lady home was Andrea De Boer in 3:09:16, followed by Sarah Drew in 3:12:31 and Daniella Lehav in 3:32:01.

The Montusi Mountain Lodge Intermediate race this year was extended to 30km, making it a marvellous challenge for those who find the 50 too daunting, but still want a worthwhile ride. Once again the young riders showed their talent, with PJ Kruger (Youth age group) coming in first overall in a time of 1:13:56. The first lady home was Camilla Mol in 1:47:25, and the first 12 and under rider was Noah Bedingham in 2:11:27. Really impressive results.

The Cavern Drakensberg Resort 10km Fun Ride is our very best event. We get such a kick out of seeing the determined little riders lining up at the start. The route is not easy – it’s all single track, and as we are IN the mountains, there is precious little flat terrain. Despite this, the kids get stuck in, and all finish with very little complaining. No doubt the sweets and treats at the Cavern’s midway water table help a lot! The first rider home this year was Xander Bakker in a time of 33:24. Xander was in the under 12 age group, proving again what a strong field of young riders we were fortunate to host. The first under 12 girl home was Grace Hoatson, in a time of 40:06. We were also really tickled to have Jean Pierre Ten Napel, winner of our 2011 Classic, complete the 10km with his family – complete with little daughter in the back pack!

All proceeds from the weekend go to the Royal Drakensberg Primary school, and this year for the first time we added a “Ride4Education” category. Here riders each raised R2500 in additional sponsorship for the school, and were recognised with a special Ride4Education jersey, and access to the awesome Ride4Eduction hospitality tent. In the tent they enjoyed snacks, drinks and a delicious spit braai. We are very grateful to aha Alpine Heath Resort for sponsoring the jerseys, meals and refreshments.

As always, All Out Adventures made for an awesome venue, with coffee and bacon and egg rolls on the go from first light, and no shortage of activities for the spectators. It was especially festive this year with Haibike and Volcan Mountain Bikes joining in the fun. Haibike brought along a pedal assit e-bike to demo. This bike comes complete with a 360v 250 watt Yamaha motor – no doubt some of those 50km riders were wishing for one on the Greenfire hill! Spectators and riders enjoyed test riding this bike until well into the afternoon. Check it out at www.haibike.com Volcan contributed to our fund raising efforts in a huge way by raffling a stunning Volcan mountain bike. There was much anticipation surrounding this, and the winner, Karl de Klerk from Harrismith, was most chuffed with his prize.

Speaking of prizes, there are never any shortages at the Royal Drak. We are so grateful to all our prize sponsors -awesome hampers, Funky Pants, Tower of Pizza vouchers and weekends away from The Cavern, Montusi and aha Alpine Heath, and not forgetting our trademark potatoes for all the podium placers from Sesisonke Farming!

Big thanks must also go to our incredibly generous sponsors – N3TC, aha Alpine Heath, Montusi Mountain Lodge, The Cavern and Action Coach. (Click here to book your free business coaching session.) Their financial, logistical and moral support combines to make a truly memorable day of all our riders.

We appreciate our landowner’s generosity in allowing us to access the trails through their properties. Their unwavering support ensures we can ride this pristine valley! We would also like to thank our T-shirt, goodie bag and product sponsors who all contribute to making the experience really special too.
The love and enthusiasm for the cause that underlies this event is always abundantly evident on race day. The amazing sense of being part of something bigger brings everyone together, and it’s a real privilege to be a part of it. We are so thankful to all the riders for being part of this wonderful weekend, and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.

Keep an eye on Facebook and the website for details.

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P.S. If you loved the single track, don’t forget to register for Ridetheberg taking place at All Out Adventures 25 & 26 June 2016.

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2016 Results 10km Fun Ride

Race No
Name
Sex
Age Cat Name
Race Time
Overall Pos
Age Pos
228
XANDER BAKKER
M
U12
00:33:24
1
1
291
HERMAN MENTZ
M
Veteran
00:33:25
2
1
295
JUAN BEESLAAR
M
U12
00:34:00
3
2
219
CHANTEL FILIPE
F
Sub Veteran
00:34:54
1
1
213
RYAN BERNSTEIN
M
U12
00:36:52
4
3
292
HERMAN MENTZ
M
Veteran
00:38:03
5
2
297
DAMIAN VAN TONDER
M
Sub Junior
00:39:32
6
1
208
GRACE HOATSON
F
U12
00:40:06
2
1
289
HERMAN MENTZ
M
Veteran
00:42:28
7
3
229
CAITLIN LE ROUX
F
U12
00:42:44
3
2
207
THEO JR BLOK
M
U12
00:46:10
8
4
248
DANIEL JONKER
M
Sub Junior
00:46:44
9
2
245
OLIVIA BEDINGHAM
F
Sub Junior
00:46:46
4
1
250
PAULA MACLARTY
F
Junior
00:46:50
5
1
299
ANN GROBLER
F
Master
00:47:29
6
1
217
JAMES ALKEMA
M
U12
00:50:10
10
5
216
STEPHEN THORNE
M
Veteran
00:50:15
11
4
214
ANTHONY MOLL
M
Grand Master
00:50:40
12
1
285
ETHAN KRUGER
M
U12
00:51:30
13
6
286
LOUIS KRUGER
M
Veteran
00:51:33
14
5
57
LOUIS BOELDE
M
U12
00:51:53
15
7
298
DANTE VAN TONDER
M
Sub Junior
00:53:00
16
3
227
BRANDEN THARRATT
M
Sub Junior
00:53:03
17
4
296
ANDRE VAN TONDER
M
Veteran
00:53:41
18
6
237
JEAN-PIERRE TEN NAPEL
M
Sub Veteran
00:53:56
19
1
238
RONEL TEN NAPEL
F
Sub Veteran
00:53:58
7
2
294
LARA D”ELBOUX
F
U12
00:54:00
8
3
293
MEGAN D”ELBOUX
F
U12
00:55:13
9
4
36
SHELLEY LE ROUX
F
Veteran
00:56:08
10
1
89
JOHNRAY PRINGLE
M
U12
00:58:26
20
8
86
ELIZE PRINGLE
F
Sub Veteran
00:58:34
11
3
230
JANNIE LE ROUX
M
Veteran
01:00:28
21
7
287
MATTHEW ALLAN
M
U12
01:01:29
22
9
288
MARC ALLAN
M
Sub Veteran
01:01:33
23
2
220
JACEY FILIPE
F
U12
01:02:00
12
5
212
JESSICA HOATSON
F
U12
01:04:11
13
6
211
KIM HOATSON
F
Sub Veteran
01:04:14
14
4
206
THALIA CLARK
F
U12
01:12:05
15
7
204
TREVOR CLARK
M
Veteran
01:12:07
24
8
236
CALLYN LAUNSPACH
F
U12
01:16:16
16
8
201
RAILEY CLARK
M
U12
01:16:49
25
10
282
JUDE MECKLENBORG
F
U12
01:20:07
17
9
232
HENNIE ROELOFSE
M
Youth
02:35:53
26
1
87
BRETT PRINGLE
M
Veteran
02:38:50
27
9
 

2016 Results 30km Classic

Race No
Name
Sex
Age Cat Name
Race Time
Overall Pos
Age Pos
94
PJ KRUGER
M
Youth
01:13:56
1
1
179
DANIEL GREENE
M
Senior
01:20:05
2
1
3
WIKUS PRETORIUS
M
Sub Veteran
01:33:08
3
1
27
NICO HUMAN
M
Senior
01:33:16
4
2
69
MANDLENKOSI TSHABALALA
M
Junior
01:33:29
5
1
20
ETHAN ARCHIBALD
M
Junior
01:35:42
6
2
164
HARTMUT DE WET
M
Master
01:35:50
7
1
115
GREG VAN BREDA
M
Veteran
01:40:48
8
1
152
BYRON GRAY
M
Senior
01:41:40
9
3
41
DERICH EICKER
M
Sub Veteran
01:42:53
10
2
81
PIETER KRUGER
M
Veteran
01:44:46
11
2
8
STEVE THOMAS
M
Master
01:44:54
12
2
19
DYLAN ARCHIBALD
M
Junior
01:46:10
13
3
118
ROSS HARRIS
M
Veteran
01:46:54
14
3
67
CAMILLA MOLL
F
Senior
01:47:25
1
1
10
BILLY HARKER
M
Veteran
01:47:29
15
4
11
TRACY HARKER
F
Veteran
01:47:33
2
1
23
SHAWN CUPIDO
M
Sub Veteran
01:48:49
16
3
80
MARYN VAN DER LAARSE
F
Senior
01:48:51
3
2
42
ADRIAAN BAKKER
M
Senior
01:48:54
17
4
24
JARED VEENSTRA
M
Sub Veteran
01:52:39
18
4
189
GRANT PITCHER
M
Veteran
01:52:57
19
5
39
ALI MAKEPEACE
F
Sub Veteran
01:53:06
4
1
114
HENDRIK KEMP
M
Master
01:53:11
20
3
9
LOUIS KIESER
M
Master
01:53:21
21
4
117
THOMAS KEMP
M
Master
01:53:23
22
5
98
WYNAND ESTERHUIZEN
M
Senior
01:55:04
23
5
161
MURRAY MAKEPEACE
M
Sub Veteran
01:55:48
24
5
187
JOSICK WATKINS
F
Master
01:56:05
5
1
186
GUY WATKINS
M
Master
01:56:08
25
6
183
JOHAN HUMAN
M
Master
01:56:43
26
7
180
REVEL WILLIAMS
M
Master
01:56:47
27
8
181
JESSICA WILLIAMS
F
Master
01:56:51
6
2
182
ANSU HUMAN
F
Master
01:56:55
7
3
70
ROSS MAKEPEACE
M
Sub Veteran
01:57:43
28
6
147
PETER DICKS
M
Senior
01:58:16
29
6
85
PETER CARTE
M
Grand Master
01:59:04
30
1
7
IMRAAN SALOOJEE
M
Veteran
01:59:04
31
6
4
JEFF FOBB
M
Grand Master
01:59:14
32
2
77
CHARLES WALKER
M
Grand Master
01:59:16
33
3
166
CHANTELLE BADRIAN
F
Sub Veteran
02:00:04
8
2
192
DEON ANDREW BAUERMEISTER
M
Sub Veteran
02:00:55
34
7
193
JENNIFER BAUERMEISTER
F
Veteran
02:00:58
9
2
38
EIAN MARILLIER
M
Grand Master
02:04:47
35
4
95
JUSTIN MADDEY
M
Senior
02:07:00
36
7
25
RUHAN POTGIETER
M
Junior
02:08:10
37
4
73
DENEY POOLE
F
Youth
02:08:41
10
1
136
ANTHONY CARTE
M
Grand Master
02:09:50
38
5
247
NOAH BEDINGHAM
M
U12
02:11:27
39
1
137
HILTON BEDINGHAM
M
Veteran
02:11:29
40
7
64
RUSSELL POTGIETER
M
Master
02:13:29
41
9
184
AMELIA DE WET
F
Master
02:13:59
11
4
90
CHANEL DU PLESSIS
F
Senior
02:14:20
12
3
134
JEAN CARTE
F
Grand Master
02:15:02
13
1
44
GREGORY DOW
M
Senior
02:15:28
42
8
47
TAMLYN CRAMER
F
Sub Veteran
02:15:31
14
3
140
GARY MAY
M
Master
02:16:17
43
10
141
LYDIA HAAG
F
Veteran
02:16:19
15
3
148
LUCA PULVERENTI
M
Youth
02:17:20
44
2
169
VANESSA VANDEN BERG
F
Master
02:18:22
16
5
168
GUY VANDEN BERG
M
Master
02:18:26
45
11
149
BRADLEY SCHUIT
M
Senior
02:18:29
46
9
43
ANDREW GRAY
M
Master
02:19:13
47
12
234
SUNE BEUKEN
F
Youth
02:19:35
17
2
233
LEOPOLD BEUKEN
M
Master
02:19:37
48
13
158
PAUL MAKEPEACE
M
Sub Veteran
02:19:50
49
8
99
PEGGY HSU
F
Junior
02:24:15
18
1
100
ARAN HSU
M
Sub Junior
02:24:39
50
1
75
RAFIQUE BEGG
M
Master
02:26:10
51
14
194
BRIAN GORDON
M
Veteran
02:26:34
52
8
5
CAROL KAMHOOT
F
Master
02:30:20
19
6
167
RAMONE BEESLAAR
M
Youth
02:30:24
53
3
198
DEON VERSTER
M
Sub Veteran
02:30:31
54
9
78
GERDUS VAN DER LAARSE
M
Junior
02:32:24
55
5
71
BAVEESHA NARAN
F
Sub Veteran
02:35:58
20
4
153
DONNA SINCLAIR
F
Sub Veteran
02:36:01
21
5
171
TANITH VAN DRUTEN
F
Sub Veteran
02:41:13
22
6
172
ANSUMARIE HOMANN
F
Sub Veteran
02:41:27
23
7
97
CAITLIN MCGREGOR
F
Senior
02:43:51
24
4
14
ROB MCGREGOR
M
Master
02:43:53
56
15
170
GARTH VAN DRUTEN
M
Veteran
02:43:59
57
9
15
HELEN ARCHIBALD
F
Veteran
02:45:00
25
4
120
MOGAILE MOGASHOA
M
Sub Veteran
02:45:36
58
10
50
CAYLEE SPOONER
F
Senior
02:47:44
26
5
49
MARK SPOONER
M
Master
02:47:46
59
16
74
YOLANDI VAN DER LAARSE
F
Senior
02:50:57
27
6
79
DIRK VAN DER LAARSE
M
Senior
02:50:59
60
10
54
QUENTIN OLIVIER
M
Veteran
02:54:47
61
10
6
JACINDA OLIVIER
F
Veteran
02:55:24
28
5
121
SECHABA MAKUME
M
Sub Veteran
03:09:49
62
11
125
SELEMELA KHOELE
M
Sub Veteran
03:09:53
63
12
497
DI THOMAS
F
Master
03:17:42
29
7
174
MELINDA VERMEULEN
F
Grand Master
03:34:41
30
2
176
TONY PAVERD
M
Grand Master
03:34:44
64
6
154
NATASJA LUDGROVE
F
Sub Veteran
03:37:01
31
8
155
JOHN ANTHONY LUDGROVE
M
Veteran
03:39:02
65
11
156
JOHN WILLIAM MCCALL
M
Grand Master
03:40:20
66
7
107
ASAD BASSIEA
M
U12
03:44:50
67
2
110
HAADI BASSIEA
M
Veteran
03:44:52
68
12
106
DIANNE CLAUSA
F
Sub Veteran
03:45:03
32
9
103
ANDREW CLAUSEN
M
Sub Veteran
03:45:05
69
13
84
AMY SHARROCK
F
Sub Veteran
03:45:09
33
10
83
DEVIN SHARROCK
M
Sub Veteran
03:45:11
70
14
61
ALNA DE MESQUITA
F
Sub Veteran
03:49:37
34
11
59
JOSE DE MESQUITA
M
Veteran
03:49:43
71
13
583
DUNCAN KEAL
M
Sub Veteran
03:51:52
72
15
 

2016 Results 50km Extreme

Race No
Name
Sex
Age Cat Name
Race Time
Overall Pos
Age Pos
496
GARETH COOK
M
Senior
02:30:38
1
1
564
KLAAS MEINTJES
M
Sub Veteran
02:39:44
2
1
645
LANCE CHAPMAN
M
Veteran
02:40:34
3
1
630
GRANT UNDERWOOD
M
Sub Veteran
02:52:33
4
2
568
CHRISTIAN VAN DYK
M
U18
02:53:49
5
1
604
DARRIN JORDAAN
M
Sub Veteran
02:57:25
6
3
495
EBAN BAKKER
M
Veteran
02:59:09
7
2
586
TORIN MECKLENBORG
M
U18
03:01:45
8
2
565
HANO VAN LOGGERENBERG
M
Veteran
03:03:19
9
3
485
MATTHEW DREW
M
Sub Veteran
03:05:22
10
4
631
BRENT NELSON
M
Sub Veteran
03:06:55
11
5
482
CARL DE KLERK
M
Veteran
03:07:03
12
4
570
THEO BLOK
M
Veteran
03:07:25
13
5
639
ANDREA DE BOER
F
Senior
03:09:16
1
1
486
SARAH DREW
F
Sub Veteran
03:12:31
2
1
469
WIMPIE ROUWENHORST
M
Sub Veteran
03:22:26
14
6
487
MICHAEL-JOHN ACRES
M
Senior
03:23:09
15
2
465
NEVILLE SCHUIT
M
Veteran
03:26:02
16
6
584
MARWAAN ABRAHAMS
M
Veteran
03:26:43
17
7
605
DUANE COMINS
M
Senior
03:27:44
18
3
562
WERNER ODENDAAL
M
Veteran
03:29:28
19
8
569
DANIELLA LAHAV
F
Sub Veteran
03:32:01
3
2
492
ANDREW MACLENNAN
M
Sub Veteran
03:32:04
20
7
612
BRUCE HANSEN
M
Grand Master
03:32:37
21
1
641
STEVE BOTHA
M
Veteran
03:33:55
22
9
614
COLIN BOLLAND
M
Sub Veteran
03:33:57
23
8
638
HARKO DE BOER
M
Master
03:40:10
24
1
494
NICO AUSTIN
M
Veteran
03:41:39
25
10
493
DANIE AUSTIN
M
Sub Veteran
03:41:41
26
9
488
ANDRE BADRIAN
M
Sub Veteran
03:42:58
27
10
615
RUDOLF PRETORIUS
M
Senior
03:43:43
28
4
473
DAVID GACE
M
Veteran
03:43:53
29
11
625
JUSTIN CHASE
M
Veteran
03:44:13
30
12
618
WYNAND BEZUIDENHOUT
M
Sub Veteran
03:47:43
31
11
466
ELIZIAH ROUWENHORST
F
Senior
03:48:24
4
2
475
GARY BORCHARDT
M
Master
03:53:50
32
2
649
DEJAN MILAKOVIC
M
Sub Veteran
04:01:50
33
12
607
MARION SYKES
F
Master
04:05:47
5
1
481
HERMAN MENTZ
M
Veteran
04:05:51
34
13
471
HENDRIK ROELOFSE
M
Veteran
04:07:00
35
14
633
FRITS KAMHOOT
M
Master
04:08:53
36
3
637
DEREK RALFE
M
Master
04:10:02
37
4
606
CHARLES HUGHES
M
Grand Master
04:17:06
38
2
646
PETER ALKEMA
M
Veteran
04:19:43
39
15
642
GEOFF LOGAN
M
Grand Master
04:19:46
40
3
474
OUPA TSHABALALA
M
Veteran
04:20:36
41
16
464
NICK HEYGATE
M
Veteran
04:27:29
42
17
610
BRANDON VAN BERGEN
M
Senior
04:30:31
43
5
622
NICOLA EHLERS
F
Senior
04:31:19
6
3
478
JADE MYRA STRACHAN
F
Sub Veteran
04:33:12
7
3
477
ANDREAS ADRIAAN SMIT
M
Senior
04:34:58
44
6
479
RICHARD DE OUDE
M
Veteran
04:36:07
45
18
567
MANUELA SANFELIA
F
Master
04:37:33
8
2
647
DAVID HOWE
M
Senior
04:37:37
46
7
602
JAMES OWENS
M
Master
04:38:40
47
5
643
GABRIEL HOLL
M
Senior
04:47:02
48
8
609
COLIN MERCER
M
Grand Master
04:48:54
49
4
648
DANIEL STANDER
M
Sub Veteran
04:49:40
50
13
627
KEITH KUHN
M
Grand Master
04:58:59
51
5
483
WAYNE DELBOUX
M
Veteran
05:01:46
52
19
635
LORIN ASH
F
Senior
05:03:40
9
4
636
MARC ASH
M
Veteran
05:03:43
53
20
489
IVAN VENTER
M
Sub Veteran
05:03:49
54
14
585
FAIEK ALEXANDER
M
Veteran
05:06:05
55
21
600
STEPHEN AYLING
M
Grand Master
05:06:46
56
6
476
JOHN ISABELLE
M
Master
05:20:19
57
6
628
EDWARDS DAVE
M
Grand Master
05:20:32
58
7
617
JENNIFER RIGBY
F
Master
05:26:00
10
3
616
DAVE RIGBY
M
Grand Master
05:26:04
59
8
621
IAN DAVIES
M
Master
06:07:36
60
7
623
MATTHEW JOHNSTON
M
U18
06:07:39
61
3
 

Race Report: Royal Drak MTB Challenge 18 & 19 April 2015

All Out Adventures

There is always a great buzz in the valley on race weekend and this year was no different. The weather was better than the forecast and Saturday’s warm up ride had a record number of attendees. This year riders could choose an easier or a harder route, and on each route the riders were divided into 3 ability groups, each of which was accompanied by a guide. This made for a really social morning and a great introduction to the trails.

The afternoon Cavern Family Tea ride / walks gets more popular every year, and this year the Cavern team served tea and scones to 91 happy participants.

Race day dawned sunny but cool, with the Adventure Centre abuzz from sun up with eager riders.

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138 intrepid souls lined up for the 50km Three Cities Alpine Heath Extreme Classic and the lead out motorcyclist had to high tail it to keep ahead of them. The gruelling 7km climb past Alpine Heath to Greenfire Drakensberg Lodge soon split up the field, and the water table at the Lodge was really well received! This year’s 50km route included the new Alpine Traverse which follows a beautiful contour trail between Montusi Lodge and Alpine Heath. This portion of trail provided the 50km riders with a completely separate route to the 25km and 10km riders, and no overlap meant that the front runners had ample opportunity to put the hammer down. The first three riders finished in under two and a half hours – no small feat on a 50km route with over 1000 meters of climbing. First home was Brad Stroberg (2:23:13), followed by Nic White (2:26:34) with Greg Anderson in third place in 2:25:37. First lady home was Daniella Lahav in 3:15:16, followed by Diane White and Julia Colvin in 3:27:10 and 3:33:18 respectively. Some of the mid fielders got chased off the mountain with an out of nowhere storm, so many of the 50km starters have some unfinished business with this route, and we trust they will return in 2016 to finish it!

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As always the 25km Montusi Mountain Lodge Intermediate attracted a great turn out, with participants ranging in age from sprogs (11 & 12 years) to Grand Master (60+). The 25km route is famous for its beautiful views and flowing single track, but there are several sneaky climbs that make it one of the more challenging 25km routes on the calendar, so we really take our hats off to the youngsters who tackle it with so much enthusiasm. Our first 12 and under boy home was Noah Bedingham in 2:15:46 and the first 12 and under girl was Tatum Seaward in 2:34:11. The overall men and ladies winners were Dumisani Hlongwane and Tracey Reynolds in a time of 1:12:57 and 1:44:23 respectively. We are also really excited to have the Granny and Grandad generation join in the fun, and we were most impressed with our first Grand Master Man finishing in a time of 1:48:21, and Montusi’s very own Gogo Jean clinching the Grand Masters Lady’s title in a time of 2:07:16

The 10km Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa Family Ride and run is always so heart-warming to be a part of. Again, the trail is not easy and it quite humbling to see so many little people putting their heads down and riding like the wind. The first 12 & under boy home was Yves Brigenshaw in a time of 36:11, just 4 minutes behind the overall winner Mathew Reynolds, who finished in 32:24. The first 12 and under girl was Caitlin Le Roux in a time of 47:10.

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All Out Adventures hosts the event each year. We are thankful for the gorgeous space which is a wonderful base for all the spectators, supporters and provides so much to do while the race is on the go. Chris and Loretta’s contribution to the event means that it is a slick operation which an awesome network of trails, great organization and a festive hub from which it all happens.

We are also indebted to our great Royal Drakensberg teaching team for providing a fun and secure space for the children in the Kids Zone.

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None of this would be possible without the riders, and we have received some great feedback:

Danie Bosman – “Best race ever! The trails is still the best I ever ridden and they just keep on getting better. Hats off to the trailbuilders. Will be definitely be back next year!”

Craig Hume – “I did the National MTB Series in Clarens 75km the day before and then did the 50km event with you guys. I think I have a fair chance of doing a relatively good comparison of the events: I can really say you guys are right up there with your trails. The 50km trail provided as technical a route as Clarens. Some of the climbs and descends were even more so.

The route provided enough options in the first few KMs to break up the field, letting the top guys get away quickly to really setup the race.

The organisation was slick and registration was a breeze.

After just finishing and feeling seriously broken, I was asked the question. Would I do this event again? Without hesitation, my answer was as definite YES!!

Well done on a super event!! See you in 2016 God willing”

Corlia Jacobs – “Wow wat ‘n ongelooflike race was baie lekker en volgende jaar is ons verseker terug vir nog meer adrenalien”

Erika Nel – “We would like to thank all involved for arranging this event. This has been our first, but be sure to know we will be back next time for the 50km. Thank you Allout Adventures for great location.”

Ian Davies – “Chris and the crew, thanks again for yet another great event. The trails this year were the best ever….well done Chris for all the hard work. I have unfinished business with that 50 km challenge….eish..”

Renée Mitchell – “Thank you for presenting such a well run event. The trails were first class and the scenery spectacular!”

Ana Scott – “This was such a stunning event! Thanks to all who made it possible! My favourite was cycling down the river & over the waterfall, oh yes, how can I forget, the best part for me was flying down the mountain! Thank you again!”

Big thanks must once again go to our title sponsor, N3TC whose generous support make so much possible, both with the race and with their year round support of our school. We are also very grateful to our race sponsors, Three Cities Alpine Heath Resort, Montusi Mountain Lodge and The Cavern Drakensberg Resort and Spa. Besides generous financial support they also offer invaluable assistance with the preparation of the trails leading up to the race and providing water tables and logistical support on race day. We would also like to thank our T-shirt, goodie bag and product sponsors who all contribute to making the experience really special for the riders.

Royal Drakensberg Primary School, the recipient of the proceeds from the race, continues to grow and flourish, with 70 children enrolled this year. Most of the children who attend the school come from the impoverished Amazizi area. Their experience at Royal Drakensberg literally changes their lives by providing them with a solid educational foundation that will enable them to thrive. Thank you for coming out in support of this very special cause.

We look forward to seeing you all again in 2016. Keep an eye on the website and facebook for pictures, updates and 2016 dates.

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2015 Results 10km Trail Run

Race No
Name
Sex
Age Cat Name
Race Time
Overall Pos
Age Pos
706
VAN ZYL STEENKAMP
M
30 to 39
00:36:33
1
1
708
MLUNGISI DORMINIC MAZIBUKO
M
20 to 29
00:37:27
2
1
702
KAREN PULVIRENTI
F
30 to 39
00:51:39
1
1
703
JENNY RETIEF
F
50 to 59
01:02:31
2
1
709
SHELLEY LE ROUX
F
40 to 49
01:03:55
3
1
705
SUNNY AJUDHIYA
F
10 to 19
01:12:43
4
1
700
MEGGEN ROBERTSON
F
30 to 39
01:22:29
5
2