2021 Newsletters

Newsletter #1

Hi there!

We are all very grateful to have received our first summer rains, to help river levels rise and to allow the summer crops to be planted.

We are also thrilled and grateful at the incredible response to the entries received already and thank every one of you who has committed to the event next year in these crazy times. We are heading towards a full field at record pace, so don't miss out if you want to be part of the events on the weekend of 30 & 31 January 2021. Please remember that the Euro Steel Drak Descent entry numbers are capped.

If you have ridden either of our rides before then you will have access to a pre-entry right now.

Entries will be opened to the general public this Sunday (1 November). First the names of those on our waiting list will be given access to the available entries and then the remaining places in both races will be filled by online entries. And from what we are hearing, they will go fast.

So if you have yet to take up your pre-entry, or if you are excited to be riding our races for the first time, the button below will give you access to the online entries.

Our website has had a total make-over, which we hope you will enjoy. Check it out at www.drakdescent.co.za.

While we are working on the trails right now, they will be largely based on the trails we used in 2020, for which we got a lot of positive feedback.
Euro Steel Drak Descent Day One
Euro Steel Drak Descent Day Two
Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB Challenge Day One
Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB Challenge Day Two

LOCAL RIDERS
We remain particularly proud of our team of riders and runners whom we have identified from our local community to be participants in the Drak Descent and Run the Rivers again next year. They are all honing their skills out on the trails, hard at work and gaining fitness every day. If you can assist these riders and runners in any way with helmets, bike shoes, pumps, spare parts, tyres, running shoes or any accessories which you may have extra, then we’d be most happy to pass them on.  If you would like to donate items, please could you bring these along to Registration.  Our event is inclusive for all riders and runners who wish to be part of something unique, spectacular and special and this happens through the wonderful group of people who assemble for the ride each year. Let’s keep this momentum going and growing.

We are delighted and proud to continue our relationship with Euro Steel, FNB and the other sponsors listed below. They have all loyally backed our events and we are committed to supporting them in return wherever we can!

Got any questions?

If there is anything you need to know, or if we can help you with anything at all, drop us an email by clicking on the button below, and we will get back to you a.s.a.p.

The Sani Spoors Team is really looking forward to hosting you all again at the Euro Steel Drak Descent and MTB Challenge in 2021!

Ride safely through 2020!

Newsletter #2

Hi again {name}!

Entries are pouring in for the 2021 Euro Steel Drak Descent and MTB Challenge, and we are hard at work with preparations of the trails to ensure that it is a memorable weekend of riding for you!

As you may have read already, we have finalised the exciting new start to Day Two that will take you up to a spectacular view of the mountains before heading into the Superbowl segment that leads back into the uMzimkhulu valley.

Entries are flying in!! Right now we have only 74 entries for the Euro Steel Drak Descent left, so, please, if you plan to ride in January, get your entry in sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.

Our trail planners have done their work on what we believe will be the best rides ever.
-        Day 1 Start - Descent and MTB challenge: – Restmount Childrens Home
-        Day 1 Finish - Descent and MTB challenge:– Swartberg Bridge

-        Day 2 Start – Descent: - Swartberg Bridge
-        Day 2 Start – MTB Challenge: - Glenhaven
-        Day 2 Finish – Descent and Challenge:- Early Mist/Hopewell farm

Andrew Hill back for a shot at a fifth title

Having won four, TIB Insurance's Andrew Hill's entry is in, and he is really looking forward to the race, which he says is the perfect kick-start to the racing year.

WATTLE CLEARING
We continue to make goods progress in our ongoing drive to eradicate the Black Wattle alien invaders from our valley.

A big thank you to to Mike Streetfield from Farmers Agri care for the donation of chemicals that we use to combat the Wattle invasion.

REGISTRATION AT THE OLDE DUCK
Remember that our Registration and the Meet and Greet with the local landowners is now at the Olde Duck on the Drak Gardens road, from 12 midday on Friday 29 January.

Got any questions?

If there is anything you need to know, or if we can help you with anything at all, drop us an email by clicking on the button below, and we will get back to you a.s.a.p.

Keep up your training. We are really looking forward to seeing you again at the Euro Steel Drak Descent and MTB Challenge in January!

Newsletter #3

Hi again {name}!

We are in lockdown as the country deals with the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, and tougher measures are being announced to try and curb the spreading of the virus.

As an event that attracts thousands of visitors to Underberg each year, this has put us under serious pressure. There was already a superb entry in for this years race.

The Sani Spoors organising team has agonised over this, and we have decided that we simply cannot place the lives of any rider, their families, and the welfare of our helpers and staff or any of the Underberg residents at risk by hosting the event this year. The virus is spreading around Underberg and Himeville and the Harry Gwala district is now a national hotspot.

This is a call we are not enjoying making...

We have reluctantly decided to cancel the 2021 Euro Steel Drak Descent.

There are many reasons for this decision. Almost all the participants and their families come into Underberg from long distances and book overnight stays. The risk of the event turning into a super-spreader is real, and we feel strongly that we, and our sponsors, cannot let that happen.

There are serious medical considerations as well. Our top notch medical and ambulance team is a long way from any hospital, all of which are totally overstretched and understaffed right now. In the unlikely event of a serious medical emergency happening, prompt treatment and a bed cannot be assured!

If you have entered already you will get an email outlining three options:
- Defer your entry to 2022 (and get an entry before any possible increase in entry fee), or
- Donate your entry. All of this money will go to the charities and community organisations we support, or towards the continued employment of the track building team or to the alien plant and wattle clearing initiative; or
- Apply for a refund.

Most of all, during this testing time, stay safe and stay well.

Take care of yourselves and your families!

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