3Mountains 2018 and beyond – George Stroebel.

 

We are excited to host the 3Mountains Mountain Biking and Trail running Multi-Stage Event for the 5th consecutive year from 22-25 March 2018.

Hosting this event has been a humbling experience and a huge learning curve over the past 4 years.

Starting the Free State’s very first multi-stage race in 2014, with only 68 entrants and growing the event into one of the must-do events on the national cycling calendar has been an absolute privilege.

In 2017, we saw 300+ riders and runners’ line up with Hollard Insurance as the first major sponsor onboard. Their involvement took the event’s profile to a next level.

For 2018 we are very excited to have Henk Vermooten on the management team. He is the newly elected Chairperson of the Clocolan Cycling club, and he brings a great deal of experience to the table. We look forward to working with him.

After testing out different routes and concepts over the past four years, we have reached the point where we are content with the combination of routes that will be on offer for participants in 2018 and onwards.  We have decided to use 4 permanent routes for both the cyclists and runners from 2018 onwards. Work on these routes will start shortly so we can ensure the best possible experience for participants in the future.

We aim to improve even more on the already awesome water points, stocked and manned by the friendly local volunteers who bring their own vibe and flavour to each point.

In 2018, you can expect additional improvements at the already fantastic race village in Clocolan. We will have an even bigger variety at the food court, and an even greater vibe with lively music and activities for the kids. We are considering live entertainment after prize giving in the evenings and some big screen action of the days’ racing. Improved access control to the race village, more parking, a bigger variety of camping options and a smoother start/finish area are a few perks that can be expected in 2018.

Some new and exciting partners for the 2018 event will be announced soon.

See you there…