MTN Panorama Tour - 4 Days

Club Contacts Rated Race
Date: 25 April 2015
Time: 07h00
Organisers: CO Cycling Club
Distance: 340;
Province: Mpumalanga
Start: Casterbridge
White River
Contact 1: Fiona Coward
(Fax) 086-6415148
(Cell) 083-5647767

Contact 2: Sandy Korb
(Work) 013-7643500
(Cell) 082-4108094
Entry Details:
Pre-entries: This event is strictly pre-entry.
Route Description:
Difficulty Rating: 4. Route Type: Out-and-back
This race is for teams of two and consists of three long stages with some tough climbing challenges. The race is geared towards the everyday rider who would like to try a multiday event.
Day 1
Stage one consists of a ride from White River through Hazyview, Sabie and back to White River. The total distance covered is 113 kilometres and the total climbing is 2,200 metres.

There is a King of the Mountains Hotspot at Da Gama Dam, the 25-kilometre mark. Before reaching Hazyview you head towards the Banana Valleys of Kiepersol. The first water point is at the 45-kilometre mark, after the steep Blue Mountain Lodge Climb. The next 20 kilometres are pleasant enough as you take an easy cadence through the rolling hills of the Sabie Valley alongside the Sabie River.

Just before Sabie you reach the 70 kilometre water point. This is the start of a gradual 15 kilometre climb to Spitskop. It is a long drag that saps the legs but the reward is the fast finish back to White River. As you approach White River you will be directed through the back roads of the town with a final burst before finishing at Casterbridge where everything started.

Panorama Tour Day 1
Day 2
The second stage takes you from the start at White River to Brondal, on to Nelspruit where you ride past the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport and back to White River. The total distance covered is 82 kilometres and the total climbing is 1,450 metres.

After the rigors of the first day no doubt the relative ease of today’s ride will be a real welcome. This stage is arguably the flattest the Lowveld can offer. Once you leave town in the direction of Sabie you turn left to Brondal. Here is a rolling road through magnificent countryside that gives you a different perspective of the region.

After about 25 kilometres you descend into the ever growing capital of the region, Nelspruit. Onward to the airport and the crucial point where cyclists leave peddlers behind over the last 20 kilometres. Bite down hard on your way back to White River.

Panorama Tour Day 2
Day 3
The penultimate day takes you through Sabie again and then on to the Long Tom Pass. Brondal is on the return trip back to White River. The total distance covered is 115 kilometres and the total climbing is 2,100 metres.

The story of twin peaks is today’s agenda. White River is in the misty distance as you start the steady drag to the top of Spitskop which is a Hotspot before a fast 15 kilometres into picturesque Sabie. Now comes the need for the heart of a lion and the legs of an elephant as you tackle the nine kilometres of the Long Tom Pass. To be sure, the second watering table will be a welcome sight indeed as you leave behind 60 kilometres of real toil.

The next section offers panoramic views of the Lowveld with long undulating stretches of scenic road and fast descents. Descending back into the Lowveld you get a well deserved break before the last trying 20 kilometres on the Brondal Road back to White River.

Panorama Tour Day 3
Day 4
Today’s racing consists of a time trial. You and your partner have toiled but you have worked together. This is a race against time. The day is a short 24 kilometres but nothing is flat about this route - remember you are in Mpumalanga.

Panorama Tour Day 4
Prizes and Give-Aways:
Daily cash prizes go to stage category winners. The first three finishers, in each category, to cross the final finish line receive a cash prize.
Course Records:
Name Time Year
Editor's Notes:
The MTN Panorama Tour has been consistently ranked in a number of our surveys as a well organised and well presented event. The race celebrates its 11th year in 2015. It was the first ever four day stage race for teams of two and remains the highlight of the cycling year for many riders. It is classed as a fun ride and would fall into the cyclosport category.
Finishers: 0 Time Limit: 08:00
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