Start: Jolivet, 7am (Race event – reverse start take note of times under Race Info)
Finish: Scottburgh Main Beach, Scottburgh
Total ascent: 1050m*
Water point 1: 22km
Water point 2: 60km
Ave max temp: 28.2°C
Sunrise (Highflats): 6.34am
Sunset (Scottburgh): 5.14pm
This stage is a great deal faster and less technical and should be the easiest of the three.
It starts by passing through sugar cane farms where fast roads will surprise you with sharp turns.
You’ll then experience the beauty of the coastal forest on a long, quick descent through Whitley’s farm.
The field will split as Clint’s Climb exposes those who overdid Day 2. After the climb, more sweeping cane roads will move the tour along at a surprisingly brisk pace from farm to farm on its journey to the coast, with new surroundings experienced at every turn.
A short steep climb will bring you to the Dumisa Farmers’ Association seconding table at 21km.
Cold legs will remind you why they needed the training as you race through Invernettie Farm and enter the back gate of Vernon Crookes Nature Reserve for the steep technical climb known as Work to be Done.
The terrain changes as you follow the tracks through the reserve on to some spectacular singletrack through Mtagati coastal bush. Look out for the wildlife and appreciate the herd of cheeky zebra that often escorts cyclists through their plains.
After Vernon Crookes prepare for the fast sweeping descent into the valley and onto Esparanza Farm. Stay with the group and conserve here as you race along the valley floor and into the Lions Club table at 60km.
Leaving the table, you’ll be smelling the finish but there is still work to do and it’s not wise to burn too many matches too soon. A specially constructed underpass takes you on to a spectacular section named Ricky’s Rail. This old railway route winds down the banks of the Kelso River and onto Dave’s Toil, a purpose-dug track that will take you out of the valley.
It leads onto an old golavaan track known as Lost and Found, where you will find pristine south coast bush.
Then a gentle climb up Dump Hill will join you into the spectacular trails of Ellingham Estate.
Andre’s Underpass leads you back under the R56 and into Highway, a great initiative that not only serves for the race but offers year-round off-road safe passage for mountain bikers wanting to ride the Ellingham trails.
An exhilarating ride through Moodie Lane leads you onto the famous long, floating bridge that snakes across the lagoon at Scottburgh for 600m.
Leaving the bridge it’s a short dash to the finish and the awaiting crowds of supporters on Scottburgh Main Beach.
Feel justifiably proud that you have achieved a feat that many would never consider. Be grateful that you are strong and healthy as you celebrate the successful completion of a life experience. You are on your way to becoming a legend.
Local Trail Association
Trails in Route
Route TypePoint to Point
Bike typeAM, XC
More Stats for S2C_D3_2017 mountain bike route
Altitude change-2,580 ft
Altitude min8 ft
Altitude start2,591 ft
Altitude end11 ft
Distance climb20 miles
Distance down28 miles
Distance flat1 miles