Entrants in the second Liberty Waterberg Encounter will be given a taste of the bushveld when the mountain bike race is held near Bela-Bela in Limpopo next month.
The three-stage race, starting on June 9, is the second leg of the Encounter Series organised by ASG Events and follows the Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Boland last month.
Route director Mel Meyer said their focus was on providing a challenge for the serious riders, while also targeting those in the corporate world to give them an “exclusive offering” in the bushveld.
Among the changes they had instituted this year was to have only two race villages compared to last year’s three, with stopovers at Sondela Nature Reserve and Elements Golf Estate.
“We have been able to make the event a bit more compact and this has enabled us to create an even purer mountain biking experience.”
While the Waterberg event is linked to the Winelands, Meyer said competitors would be exposed to different conditions.
“Off the bike, the hospitality is the same, but whereas you have lots of mountains in the Winelands, the Waterberg provides shorter climbs and a true bushveld experience.”
He added that they had received positive feedback from the participants on what they were trying to achieve with the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB.
“We aim to make sure there is the personal touch that makes the race unique.”