On 13 May 2017 Redstonehills MTB celebrated its 11th year with perfect weather and with the redstone hills as a backdrop you could hardly ask for more.
The event’s location is quite remote, it being situated on the slopes of the Swartberg Mountains between Calitzdorp and Oudtshoorn. This remoteness and rural atmosphere is probably the attraction to this event. The “plaasbasaar” gives a real rural feel to it, and at the same time gives the community the opportunity to generate funds. What started as a local-ward project became a parish project of the Dutch Reformed Church in Calitzdorp, which evolved into a community project under the auspices of the Redstone Hills Trust, achieving amazing work in the community.
The racing was highly contested with good competition in all the distances. There were 4 MTB distances to choose from, 60, 43, 17, and 11 km. The 17 km was added this year to accommodate more riders from younger ages. This weekend was all about families and there were events for everyone.
For the runners there were an 11 and 20 km Trail run as well as a 5 km fun walk. In the 43 MTB event Robin Poustie, a 71 year old, completed the race and received a prize for the oldest competitor of the day.
Jakhals Events took over the race organizing duties from Dryland Event Management, and showed their ability to keep up the high standard. It is a pleasure to experience rural events with such a laid back atmosphere and still manage to set an high standard when it comes to organizing. They don’t compromise safety and everything runs on schedule.