Faster than we can imagine, summer turns to winter and after a few cold nights we start planning and preparing for the warmer summer days – which includes the now famous DrakDescent & Run the Rivers, to be held on the 1st & 2nd of February 2020. We are thrilled to bring you more improvements, new energy & excitement in our 2020 edition of this iconic Southern Drakensberg event. Our events form part of the growing FNB Drak Adventure Weekend, which will include the N3TC Drak Challenge and FNB Music Experience.

As a result of an overwhelming number of requests coming in from potential entrants for the DrakDescent we would first like to offer our faithful previous entrants a preferential entry period.  To those of you that have heard the hype, but have not had an opportunity to enter in the past, never fear, there may still be a spot or two available when the entries open to the public.  Jump in and enter in order to be placed onto the waiting list for entry allocation once the preferential entries close!

Did you enjoy the change of the start venue to the wonderful Glencairn Farm? We did and we thought it brought great opportunities to us for the future – watch out for what we have planned for you there. We suggest booking camping with them to stay part of the great race atmosphere which will build around the event.

Remember, while called the Descent, it is not an easy ride – and to our surprise that is what most riders of reasonable fitness and skill really enjoy. They have called it “real mountain biking”. Hence the change in date to give you a few more weeks of riding, to work off the Christmas excesses and be in better shape for our event. We are happy to announce that for 2020 our founding sponsor Euro Steel is again involved with the MTB race.

Entries will open on 2 September to all previous years participants and entries to the general public will open on 1 October. Due to our event having a limited number of participants we cannot hold entries indefinitely. We will allow previous year participants to register and pay until 31 October 2019, thereafter all unpaid entries will be notified and then removed.  General public entries will have 14 days to register and pay before these are also removed. To reinstate an entry you will need to contact us and will be placed on the waitlist.

Euro Steel DrakDescent & Challenge:

= Team R 1600
= Solo R 800 (substitutions at a cost of R200)

Euro Steel MTB Challenge = R500

Approximate Distances: 

Euro Steel DrakDescent                               Day 1 = 42km   Day 2 = 45km
Euro Steel MTB Challenge                          Day 1 = 25km   Day 2 = 18km

The Euro Steel Drak Descent is classified as a Mini Stage Race and therefore riders of the age 15+ in December are allowed to ride.

Our big news for Trail Runners is the announcement of new our partnership with Euro Steel for Run the Rivers 2020. What more could organisers ask for from a sponsor when they just continue to do more, give more and add such value to our event? We are ever grateful to Colin and his team and all at Euro Steel who make this possible – we also welcome them into the world of Trail Running where we are confident they will find a warm, receptive community to their brand and products of Stainless Steel and Aluminium.

Euro Steel  Run the Rivers Trail run                 Day 1 = 25km   Day 2 = 16km
Euro Steel  Run the Rivers Lite                         Day 1 = 12km    Day 2 = 8km

Cost for this event is R500 for both days.

Riders who enter the Euro Steel MTB Challenge or Euro Steel Run the Rivers can only enter for both days (i.e. can’t enter for one day or the other, but you can run only one day if you so wish.

Follow the link to the entry page on www.drakdescent.co.za (as of 2nd September) and then click on the icon for the particular race you would like to enter.

Ride / Run safely through 2019.

The Sani Spoors Team is really looking forward to hosting you all again at the Euro Steel DrakDescent, MTB Challenge and Euro Steel Run the Rivers in 2020.

The Sani Spoors Team