More than 2900 expected at Saturday’s Nissan TrailSeeker Hazeldean event in Pretoria. The event is the second round of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series and offers participants four different distances – the 70km marathon, 40km half-marathon, 20km fun race and 10km fun ride. The routes explore some of the best riding in Pretoria East, with a completely new half-marathon route. Half-marathon racers can expect a rough start on old farm roads before hitting some smoother district gravel roads. The first major climb, Leeuwkop, comes after 10km with a stimulating single-track descent down to Tyger Valley College. From there, another ascent up Leeuwkop, this time a challenging single-track climb for 400m, before heading back to Hazeldean Valley Trails for another 20km for singletrack riding to the finish.
The marathon has a total of 600m of ascent with a start loop along the banks of the Pienaars River before heading out to the Boschkop Trails to the East. There’s a gradual, but steady drag for the first 25km before turning at Legends MX along undulating farm roads towards Rosemary Hill. Riders will do a 10km loop around the Rosemary Hill Trails network before heading back to the finish along Hazeldean Valley Trails via Boschkop Trails.
As usual, the race village will cater well for spectators and offer a relaxing environment for riders and supporters before the start and after the finish. Entries will be available until prior to the start at www.trailseekerseries.co.za
Author: Tanja Schmitz
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