The Spring Ride to Cradock will take place in early September each year. It is a 6-day, 575 km, guided mountain bike ride, starting in Rhodes and ending in Cradock, Eastern Cape, with fully catered overnight accommodation and vehicle support along the route.
The route follows a section of the Freedom Trail known as the Stormberg which traverses a wide variety of off-road terrain including dirt roads, farm roads, old historical wagon routes and animal tracks. Apart from the riding, there a few portage sections where riders will have to hike, push and even carry their bikes. The route is not marked, so many riders rely on the riding guardian who is familiar with the route but riders may also navigate their own way by using a set of maps and narrative description.
Apart from the start and finish venues, there are 5 fully serviced support stations where riders will get a meal to eat and a place to sleep. Between them are interim stops which also provide refreshments along the way (usually soup/coffee/tea). The support stations and interim stops are the following:
- 0 km: Rhodes (Start)
- 68 kms: Chesnywold (Interim stop)
- 37 kms: Slaapkrantz (Support station 1)
- 58 kms: Moordenaarspoort (Interim stop)
- 38 kms: Kranskop (Support station 2)
- 49 kms: Brosterlea (Interim stop)
- 82 kms: Romansfontein (Support station 3)
- 72 kms: Hofmeyer (Interim stop)
- 33 kms: Elandsberg (Support station 4)
- 51 kms: Newlands (interim stop)
- 28 kms: Rockdale (Support station 5)
- 59 kms: Cradock (Finish
The entrance fee for the 2016 Spring Ride to Cradock is R8900-00.
The entrance fee covers the following:
- pre-ride dinner in Rhodes
- all meals during the ride
- end of ride dinner in Cradock
- accommodation for 7 nights including Rhodes and Cradock
- riding guardian, refreshments and daily transport of bags
- official ride momento
- official ride bag (50l kitbag)