EWC 2 Hoogekraal Enduro

Sunday, 21 July 2019
Western CapeHoogekraal

Details

Round 2 and it's going get more technical.
We head over to Tygerberg's Hoogekraal Farm. A rocky, dusty, technical trail that plays host to the 5 stage enduro race which will require some speed and style to get you through the day.

 

Remember to wear all your standard protective gear and take note that if you're new to the sport, take it easy and you'll be fine. However, if you're racing to beat your bro's and girl's then prep yourself as Hoogies can get rough and wild at speed.

 

More info to follow but make sure that you cancel everything else cause the Sunday's gonna be wild.

 

And yes, there will be one category for all e-bikes.

Venue

Hoogekraal, Western Cape
Get directions

Headshot, Jul 04 2019 01:47

Hoping to make it to this event!

Dirt Tracker, Jul 04 2019 02:45

Is there a BMX category?  :clap:

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Jul 04 2019 02:48

Is there a BMX category?  :clap:

JUST DO IT!!

RiverInTheRoad, Jul 04 2019 03:07

Is this going to be a pedal fest? 

Jako De Wet, Jul 04 2019 03:23

Looking forward to sporting my new flannels at this one!

 

Not sure how high my socks need to be though?

Jewbacca, Jul 04 2019 03:35

Is there a BMX category?  :clap:

I will race you on my trials bike......

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Jul 04 2019 04:05

Is this going to be a pedal fest? 

IMO yes. Cobra for sure, and then pedalling out of all the corners on the other trails.... Sjoe. 

Jako De Wet, Jul 04 2019 06:37

How many kms more or less? 30?

Yo-Yo, Jul 04 2019 07:19

Looking forward to sporting my new flannels at this one!

Not sure how high my socks need to be though?


Why would you wear socks with your flip flops???

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Jul 05 2019 09:05

How many kms more or less? 30?

Around there, I'd say

dirtypot, Jul 05 2019 09:15

Last years route was only 20.66 on my GPS.    But despite the measly distance, you're still wrecked afterwards.  Lekka day out!

Jako De Wet, Jul 05 2019 09:21

super amped for this, will be my first enduro event.

Jako De Wet, Jul 15 2019 08:10

Hi everyone.

 

Can't seem to find any more info on this event? What time should we be there, registration info etc?

 

Enduro n00b

Capricorn, Jul 15 2019 08:17

Hi everyone.

 

Can't seem to find any more info on this event? What time should we be there, registration info etc?

 

Enduro n00b

 

entry link

 

was surprised all the info on the entry ninja page wasn't on the event's page linked in the OP.  Takes 3 hops to get all the necessary info. Not alot of work, but honestly, it's meh 

anybody seen george?, Jul 15 2019 09:43

They send an email with all the details sometime the week before the race

Hi everyone.

 

Can't seem to find any more info on this event? What time should we be there, registration info etc?

 

Enduro n00b

Matchstix, Jul 15 2019 05:57

Is this going to be a pedal fest?


Only if you want to go fastestest

Jako De Wet, Jul 17 2019 10:04

Last stupid question, belowe.

 

What should we bring to this event, nutrition wise? Are there water points etc?

 

If there are water points, one bottle should be enough as it's not an all out race vibe?

Meezo, Jul 17 2019 10:42

Last stupid question, belowe.

What should we bring to this event, nutrition wise? Are there water points etc?

If there are water points, one bottle should be enough as it's not an all out race vibe?


Take what you'll normally take on a 30-35km ride, if last year was anything to go there be stumpies and drinks at the finish, generally redbull, giant, bikealot sponsor a waterpoint but don't bank on it

CJ Van, Jul 17 2019 04:12

Last stupid question, belowe.

 

What should we bring to this event, nutrition wise? Are there water points etc?

 

If there are water points, one bottle should be enough as it's not an all out race vibe?

Jaco, wat bedoel jy met: "it's not an all out race vibe"?

 

When that timing pod goes "Peeeeeeep" then it IS all out race mode!  Hoogies will be a pedal fest.  You will be knackered at the end of a stage and if you're not then you did not pedal hard enough.

 

Do not rely on a water point, this is a self sufficient race.  If there is a water point then happy days but if you ride with only one water bottle and there is no water point then you might just die.  I don't ride Hoogies often but I am pretty sure there is not water crossings where you can fill up your bottle.
 

5 stages means climbing up 5 hills.  You either climb or you race down.  Prepare yourself for about 3.5 hours on the bike.  Take enough food with you to sustain you for that time.  I don't think just an energy bar or 2 will be enough for the whole day, but that's just me and I eat a lot.

 

And because this will be your first enduro, go and watch the video at the bottom of this link about how to enduro: https://www.wpcycling.com/mtb/enduro/.

iRide, Jul 17 2019 05:08

Hi guys, we've managed to open one new route for the race that EVERYONE will race 'blind' ie NO ONE IS ALLOWED TO RIDE IT BEFORE THE RACE! 

 

Here is the warning from facebook.

"We have cut new trail for Hoogekraal enduro. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO RIDE IT UNTIL SUNDAY. If you're caught, you will not BE ALLOWED TO RIDE THE ENDURO. The reason being, it will put riders off the normal trail and onto private fields and this will peeve the farmer off, rightly so. We will no be able to hold enduro's in the future then. SO DON'T RIDE ANY trail that's not on the normal routes. WE REPEAT - DO NOT RIDE THE OFF CAMBER, STEEP, NEWLY CUT TRAILS on Spykers Hill and the Hoogies DH. WE will not have an event here again if you do!!!!!"

 

Let's show everyone that enduro riders are not entitled twats and can abide by the rules. Please inform any/all riders you encounter at Hoogekraal of this fact if you see them. STAY OFF ANY TRAILS that aren't official/marked officially!

 

Holding thumbs that we can get through this week without being phoned by an irate landowner...

Jako De Wet, Jul 17 2019 05:53

@CJ Van thanks for all the info. Will pack accordingly. Super amped for this and know that when that timer goes beep; I’m going to give it my all.
We are about 10 guys coming through and 4 of us are new to Enduro races.
Lekker

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Jul 17 2019 06:06

@CJ Van thanks for all the info. Will pack accordingly. Super amped for this and know that when that timer goes beep; I’m going to give it my all.
We are about 10 guys coming through and 4 of us are new to Enduro races.
Lekker


Rad! It should be a jol. I do these so my mates have someone they're always beating. 🤣

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Jul 22 2019 12:04

So, the day after. All I have to say is it was an absolute frikkin BLAST! Stage 1 was a wash 'cos I stopped to help a lightie witha broken collarbone after he came off on the bottom half of Trail Z (just after the a-frame) so my official time for that was 14 minutes, taking me waaaaay out of contention for anything. A total turnout of 232 entrants on the day made it an extremely well supported event, with loads of different skill levels and ages. 

 

The stoke was high, the trails were tacky and perfect, and the weather was simply superb. Loved the addition of stage 3, which was Spykers Hill (reversed) with a few sneaky off camber sections of goodness thrown in to add some spice, and stage 5 was the same as last year, the final descent back to the carpark with a few bits of off-camber goodness thrown in at the top. We need more of this on the regular trail. SOOOO good!

 

My official time was waaay higher than I wanted to be, thanks to the intermission on stage one, which meant I came 3rd last in the official standings, with 2 of my riding buddies coming in 2nd last and last (one for same reason as me, one due to a catastrophic chain malfunction on the last stage)

 

The rest of my times were far better, and I'm catching my faster riding buddies which I'm very happy about. 

 

I think we were the loudest group of the day...  :w00t:  :clap: Can't wait for the Jonkers event. Another very, very well organised event by Enduro Western Cape / EWC Enduro and all the other contributors. 


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Dirt Tracker, Jul 22 2019 12:10

The 80's rainbow, interstellar unicorns.  :clap:

Captain Fatbastard Mayhem, Jul 22 2019 12:12

The 80's rainbow, interstellar unicorns.  :clap:

Yuuuup, that was us.  :w00t: