THE SOUTHERNMOST MTB RACE

Get ready to Race! December 2019

RIDE DOWN SOUTH FOR THE HOLIDAY

In 2019 the Trail Run takes place on Friday 27th December & MTB Race is on Saturday 28th December

After a scenic two hour drive from Cape Town across rolling hills, you will find the Southern-most region of Africa, part of the magical Overberg, where the majestic Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. This area stretches from Die Dam in the west, to the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the east..

On December 28nd, you can enjoy this region on your mountain bike during the CAPE AGULHAS MTB CLASSIC, the main event of the week, and also sign up for a very nice family holiday run just before sunset on the 27th of December. For the MTB you will have four distances on offer whilst the run will have a 6km, 10km & 15km option with the routes crossing various terrain of tar and off-road trails. What a fabulous time of fun for the whole family to enjoy during the holiday season!

The main mountain bike race on the Saturday morning is 72km, testing the skill and stamina of the rider. Then there are the shorter equally as scenic 46km and 35km rides, as well as a 10km event to enjoy at your leisure..

Don't forget to visit the beautiful towns and villages - Napier, Elim, Bredasdorp, Arniston, Waenhuiskrans, Struisbaai, L'Agulhas and Suiderstrand as well as the De Mond Nature Reserve and the rugged plains of the Agulhas National Park. Feast your eyes on the beautiful fynbos, unique to this area.

It is a visit you will always remember.

The area also offers kilometers of sandy white beaches, lush vineyards and farmlands, the quaint harbour at Struisbaai and the oldest working lighthouse in South Africa overlooking the point where two oceans meet at L'Agulhas.

Not only is this area steeped in rich cultural history, but offers unique fauna and flora and an abundance of birdlife. This is also home to the Blue Crane, South Africa's national bird. Whether you want to explore or just relax and take in the scenery, this beautiful area has something for each and everyone. Escape the hustle and bustle and enjoy safe swimming, fishing, hiking, surfing, taking strolls on the beach or cycle to your heart's content.

Join us for this fun-filled event which takes place in Struisbaai – a jewel of a town! Make sure you pre-enter for the MTB Race and Trail Run - Entry Details will be announced closer to the time so keep checking back or follow our Facebook Page. Be sure to plan your trip early to avoid disappointment. There will be medals for all finishers, kiddies entertainment, food stalls, water points along the routes and wonderful prizes in the lucky draw.

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GET READY TO RACE

Entries open on the 1st September

CAPE AGULHAS CLASSIC RACE DATES

Epic MTB Race: 28 December 2019
Trail Run: 27 December 2019

Race Start & Finish

NG Church Suidpunt, Struisbaai, Overberg.
GPS Coordinates: 34°47’59.88″S 20°02’56.87″E

DISTANCES

72km, 46km, 35km & 10km

START TIME

From 07h30 for long distance. Other distances follow with 15 minute breaks

ENTRY FEES

Entry details T.B.A.
Follow our Facebook page for updates

Prizes & Goodies

Goodie Bag for the first 150 Pre-entries
Timing for all Riders
Medals for all Finishers
Category Prizes
Lucky Draw

RACE FLYERS

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Naas Vermaak

Naas Vermaak (12 July 1959 - 2 December 2019)

The Team at Chas Everitt Cape Agulhas have had the enormous privilege of knowing and spending time with Naas Vermaak over the last couple of decades. Naas has been a very good friend and great support and major role player in organising the Cape Agulhas Classic Mountain Bike Race and Trial Run. Naas has given so much of himself every year to make this MTB the best in the Southern Hemisphere! We would like to take this opportunity to pay homage to the Legacy of the True Sportsman Naas, in the upcoming Cape Agulhas Classic MTB, and we implore you to support this as a tribute to Naas, for all the wonderful sporting events he has been part of over his lifetime.

"After growing up in Montague, Naas came to Bredasdorp to raise his family. From there they travelled abroad and throughout South Africa. He changed his career path more than once, and eventually found his happy place - cycling. At 40 he became a competitive cyclist and won numerous competitions in both SA and overseas. It changed his life and he wanted to share it with others. He returned to Bredasdorp, opened a bike shop and started the Southernmost Foundation, a charity running outreach programs for previously disadvantaged kids in the Agulhas area. He taught thousands of kids to cycle and donated hundreds of bikes to help start their cycling journey. He then turned to trail building. He built and managed more than 100 km of beautiful MTB and hiking trails all around Agulhas, and didn’t stop there. He turned to event organizing and arranged some of the most scenic MTB, Trail & Road Running Routes in the Western Cape.

He loved being in the veld, and it showed in the way he could follow the natural curve of a mountain and create paths leading to extraordinary vistas or surprising tight switchbacks. He was a man with a plan and always had multiple ideas in various forms of creation. He loved bringing joy to people’s lives and encouraged them to grow and experience life. He could let loose a quick one-liner and have 500 people rolling on the ground in stitches. If you were ever in a pinch, Naas would lend a hand. He held to his ideals and challenged anyone that didn’t live up to them. Naas demanded greatness and loyalty and gave the same in return. When he passed away the beginning of December, at just 60 years old, it was a comfort to know that he had lived life every minute of every day! Naas is survived by his three children, his dog, and many close friends he made along the way.

Farewell, Naas, we shall miss you." - Susan van Niekerk

SPONSORS

Chas Everitt International Property Group
PSG Wealth Financial Planning
DVH group
South African National Parks
Chas Everitt Cape Agulhas
Cape Agulhas Municipality
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Cape Agulhas MTB Classic & Trailrun pledges to support Colourful Notes Music Academy

The Colourful Notes Music Academy is a community initiative and began at the end of 2017 with the help of the community, who generously donated money and unwanted instruments. Our vision is to bring music and the arts to the children and give them a reason to dream BIG! We see a dedicated music school with many volunteers that teach the children to play a wide variety of instruments, as well as dancing and singing lessons. This school will be a landmark and an icon for future generations to come. Something that brings hope to every child and gives them a platform to excel and rise above the odds.

How can you help?
Firstly, The Colourful Notes Music Academy would like to extend a huge thank you to the Cape Agulhas MTB Classic & Trailrun for pledging a portion from their entry fees to our cause.

The Colourful Notes Music Academy needs a variety of musical instruments. They would also like to make instruments available to the community for the children to own, which will enable them to practise daily. The Music Academy also need volunteers to invest an hour per week teaching various instruments. Cash donations are also welcome. Contact The Colourful Notes Music Academy on music@colourfulnotes.co.za or visit www.colourfulnotes.co.za


Music is Life. That's why our hearts have beats.

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