Tough took on a new meaning at the Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival 2018
The race that lived up to its name. That’s pretty much how most riders summed up the inaugural Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival 2018. The event featured trails that have never been ridden before and views that only a few dozen people have ever experienced, it was truly a magnificent experience.
Featuring 3 days of riding across a variety of distances, there was something for everyone en route, and for spectators, the race village catered to all their needs. Set on the banks of the Olifants River, the aptly named Olifants River Lodge hosted riders and supporters for the weekend. With loads to do while the riders hit the trails, there certainly were no bored supporters.
Right from the start there were speculations as to what the winning time will be for the Ultra-marathon. With some of SA’s top marathon riders on the start line the bets were on a sub-4 hour but obviously not knowing what the course looks like. A very technical course resulted in a winning time of just over 4:30… yes you heard right. This is a course that tests all aspects of mountain biking. A couple of broken bodies stood next to the start chute on Sunday morning. Those bodies belonged to those that underestimated the course on Saturday.
The Bezhoek Extreme is not for the beginners. It is a race that tests riders to the limit. It is something to put on your to-do list. Something to Experience.
Congratulations to all the riders who tackled and concurred this race of races. We’ll be back in 2019 for an even better Bezhoek Extreme MTB Festival.