The 4th round of the STIHL 2016 SA XCO Cup Series will be held in on 14 May at Settlers Park Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth, on a newly developed track. The track is located less than two kilometres from the Port Elizabeth Airport, St Georges Park and Cricket grounds are within walking distance. PE’s main beach (Kings Beach) and PE harbour is less than two kilometres from the track. It is possible to have a beer at Bridge Street Breweries and cycle some 800 metres along the trail to watch the race.
Locals can also look forward to riding the course throughout the year. Red Cherry Adventures who are organising the event will be putting up permanent bridges to ensure the track is accessible even after the event has taken place.
Quick Track Facts
- The track is not as technically challenging as the 2015 PE XCO track.
- The climbing is pretty hard and we are looking at a final track close to 4.2 km and 155 m real elevation.
- Four big climbs of 20m, 30m, 33m and 40m elevation with pretty challenging gradients but good grip.
- Three climbs have passing space just about all the way. Two of the climbs have really good space for passing and powering. One is jeep track all the way with excellent grip. The shortest climb have some sections with switchbacks which is not good for passing but not impossible.