As we get ready to say good bye to 2016, its time to start your planning for the last event on the calendar for the year,
the Bloem 24Hour MTB. 3-4 December 2016
Powered by WesBank and supported by Autoquip Bloemfontein, the 2016 edition of this historic year end event is going to the next level.
This is fantastic news as the main reason for moving the venue to the VCSV Retief Camp site, was to help the campsite with fundraising for various different projects throughout the year. By growing this event and attracting major partners we are definitely reaching our goals.
Single track smiles -Photo Reblex Photography
Adding to the excitement, Mugg & Bean Mimosa Mall will one again be providing participants with fantastic meal options, Iced coffee and more. Hot coffee will be available during the entire event, to help everyone through the night.
The event Tuck shop will have various drinks and snacks available on sale. They have also arranged to have Ice on sale, and it sounds like a possible Ice cream machine might be on the cards.
*As per previous years we ask that everyone abides by the Venue rules of “No Alcohol on the premises”
The 2016 event is going to be one to remember, so don’t miss out on ordering your event T-shirt when entering for the event. Orders close Thursday 17 November 2016.
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Read more about the Bloem 24Hour MTB here: Article by Dirt Jam
Last year I attended the Bloem 24HR Mountain Bike Race which was held just outside Bloemfontein at the Retief Camping Grounds. This event has been part of the Free State Mountain Biking calendar for quite a couple of years, and since AfriAdventures took over they have worked very hard to improve it every year.
Being a 24hr event, accommodation is always important and the venue offers the riders a large choice, from neat camping spots to cozy chalets for the comfort seekers. It also has ample ablution facilities and guaranteed hot showers.
The AfriAdventures team made sure everyone was well looked after – with blistering heat during the day, cold water was always available to fill the empty and dusty water bottles. Mugg & Bean was at hand with hot coffee during the night and a couple of mega muffins for breakfast.
The event is held early in December and wow did it get hot – we measured 46° C at times; luckily the guys from JoJo Tanks sorted us out with a couple of pools to dip in while taking a break from dust and the heat.
The track was changed a bit this year and George Stroebel and his team had every one drooling over the course, with more than half of the loop consisting of fast flowing and technical single track. In just under 7km you would climb about a 100 meters – reach 10 laps on the course and you are on a 1000 meters of short, hard and teeth grinding breaks.
Night time the track turned into a completely different beast, so if you thought it was tough, try doing it with only a bike light to guide you. But in the end all the riders managed the course, and since this event is focused on making it fun for all the riders, George had to find the perfect balance for all skill levels and did this superbly.
Teams and solo riders all pushed through to the following day at 12:00 and what stood out was the energy all the riders had even after some had little sleep. It was clear that the effort AfriAdventures put into the event definitely paid off.
Brilliant event – looking forward to what next year would bring.
[ The Muddy Cyclist ]