Cyclists to gear up for new Glacier race

Cyclists will take part in the stages consisting of 49, 64 and 45 kilometre races. Photo: ZC Marketing Consulting.

The popular Glacier Traverse mountain bike stage race concept has expanded to include a new event for Gauteng cyclists that will begin in May.

The three-day Glacier Cradle Traverse will take place from 4 to7 May at the Avianto Lifestyle Estate and is an extension of the highly successful Glacier Storms River Traverse that made its debut earlier this year.

Managed by Dryland Event Management, the Glacier Cradle Traverse promises the same family-friendly atmosphere with a focus on providing riders with non-technical routes which do not require superb single-track skills, but rather showcase the beauty of the area and provide the basis for a weekend to remember.

The Glacier Cradle Traverse stages will be 49, 64 and 45 kilometres long and take in some of Avianto, the Cradle of Humankind and the Muldersdrift area’s best-loved trails, but they will also traverse game reserves and private land through which mountain bikers are not usually allowed to pedal.

The Traverse spirit encourages riders to bring their families along and explore the Crocodile Ramble tourist route, visit the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, or enjoy one of Avianto’s many leisure activity options. There will also be a children’s activity programme, including short mountain bike races in the afternoons. The central race village will feature a relaxed atmosphere, complete with a chill zone and entertainment in the afternoons and evenings.

Entries to the Glacier Cradle Traverse are already open at For the inaugural event, entries will be limited to 350 riders.

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