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RIDE4RHINOS – SATURDAY 13TH AUGUST 2016 - Karkloof to Weenen Game Reserve
The profit from this ride will be donated to the Weenen Honorary Officers.
The aim is to help them purchase night vision binoculars.
Welcome to this years Ride4rhinos!
There will be 100km, 81km and 65km starts to this ride. This is a social ride and seconds can provide assistance/lifts whenever needed! A sweep vehicle will be available to help riders and motorbikes will assist in the inaccessible areas.
PLEASE STIPULATE ON YOUR ENTRY FORM WHICH RIDE YOU WILL BE DOING.
Exciting news is that we have planned a new, easier scenic route to alleviate the steep climb out of the Karkloof valley.
Registration for the 100 KM RIDE will take place at the Karkloof Country Club from 6AM. Coffee and breakfast will be on sale at the Club.
The cyclists will then travel to the new start at the entrance of the MBONA PRIVATE NATURE RESERVE Official start time 7.30am.
You will ride through this scenic reserve and will exit through a specially opened hole in the fence onto the dirt provincial road which will take you to one of the jewels of the Karkloof – the well known BENVIE GARDENS.
The entrance to Benvie is a short steep hill that will give your legs a good wake up!
Before entering the actual garden you will ride through a 70 acre block of the most awesome Japanese Cedars which were planted by grandfather Gheekie over 100 years ago! This far thinking man undertook to plant trees and plants from all corners of the globe – including Giant Californian Redwoods.
After exiting the gardens we are stuck with a provincial road for a short steep ride up to the Mondi Gilboa Workshop.
The 81 KM RIDE was a much enjoyed new feature last year and will start from the small dam as the road turns onto the Balmoral Farm road. After a short ride through the plantation, the road enters the grasslands of Balmoral Farm – enjoy a glance back in time to what farming was like in the 1950’s!
The riders cross the tarred Greytown/Mooi River road and travel towards the Craigieburn Dam wall.
The 65 KMS RIDE will start at the Craigieburn Dam Water affairs entrance.
Your SECONDS will have to turn back at this point and turn right onto the tar road which goes to Mooi River, turning right opposite the trading store onto the provincial road marked Middlerus. Seconds will be able to follow the red rhino signs and must turn right onto the D509 district road which will take you to Zulu Falls.
RIDERS will cycle from the Craigiburn Dam wall along a short stretch of district road that leads to the old Voortrekker road that linked Rietvlei with Middlerus – this is a narrow rocky track surrounded by true thorn veld. As the road improves the vegetation changes to open grassland giving a view of the Mooi River and the Zulu Falls Lodge.
The SECONDING STATION at the 50 km mark is situated at the Zulu Falls view site and hot dogs and milk products, sponsored by DAIRY DAY, will be available to keep you going! Six kms later you will cross the Mooi River and the hard work now starts as you ride uphill for 17 kms on your way to Weenen. At the top of the hill the very welcome sight of the DAIRY DAY SECONDING TABLE will greet you and provide the necessary.
Cyclists will enter the Weenen Game Reserve at a special gate which will be opened up for the event. Seconds will have to drive round to the official entrance to the Reserve where Brian van de Bank and the Weenen Honorary officers will be there to greet you. Braai fires will be going at the finish. There will be no speeches or prizegiving as this is a ride and not a race. Frik Lemmer , from KZN Wildlife, is in charge of this wonderful reserve.
THE ROUTE WILL BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH RHINO SIGNS – THE HORN INDICATES THE DIRECTION YOU SHOULD GO!
Please be advised that there are NO shops between Howick and Weenen.
We are actively recruiting drivers to help deliver cars to Weenen.
Transport arrangements must be concluded with Peter Goble before the date of the ride.
Please check our website www.ride4rhinos for further information
Home phone 087 8020 415 (evenings)
Cell 082 894 1250
Sincere thanks to the sponsors who care about the Weenen rhinos and conservation in general.
We are most grateful to the following:
# The Wildlands Conservation Trust for their generous donation towards the purchase of the
Night vision binoculars
# Honeydew Dairy and Wedgewood Race food for providing product for our seconding tables.
# Knight Force who has offered to pay for the ambulance and the medic.
# Andre Botha from Mace Safety Solutions who has supplied the safety plan for the past 3 years
Brian and the Honorary officers have organized a Ride/Run with rhinos on Sunday 14th August.
This involves a 35 km MTB ride, 14 km family MTB ride,7 km ride, a 14 km run and a 7 km family run, plus Kids club educational activities for the children.
For further details contact Brian van der Bank at Cell 082 779 8406 email firstname.lastname@example.org
Booking for camp sites can be made via email - email@example.com or phone( 036) 3547013 and ask for Phume or Phineas Ngobese Cell 082 4033 154 (bring own camping gear)
There is also a tented camp available in the Reserve