The Magoeba, 3 Day Mountain Bike Stage Race, will be the first ever stage race to take place in the majestic Magoebaskloof mountains, and the premier race in the Limpopo Province. By providing an exceptional race experience, our mission is to expose participants to some of the best mountain biking in the country, offer sponsors a targeted marketing and engagement opportunity, build tourism in the area and benefit local communities through select outreach programmes.
Magoebaskloof Adventures and Haenertsburg Rotary, have undertaken the exciting task of hosting Limpopo’s first premium mountain biking stage race, in August 2018
Magoebaskloof and its village, Haenertsburg, have become a popular tourist destination due to the stunning scenery, quaint village, outdoor recreation and proximity to Gauteng. The area is also becoming known as an adventure sport destination. Events like the Ebenezer Mile, the Wolkberg Stage Trail Run, the Iron Crown Trail Run, The Wik Triathlon and the single day Magoebaskloof Mountain Bike Classic are growing every year.
Although Magoebaskloof has some of the best MTB terrain in Limpopo, there is no Premier MTB stage race. Tourism Magoebaskloof is actively promoting mountain biking in the area as a strategic project and thus there is already buy in from the local community and land owners.
Magoebaskloof Adventures and Haenertsburg Rotary are established and active in the community, local events, community projects and tourism. We are thus well positioned to maximise this opportunity and committed to investing in our community.
The race format will be 3 stages over 3 days, from one central venue in a clover leaf layout. Riders are guaranteed to enjoy breathtaking views, deep cool forests, pristine grasslands, gurgling streams and crystal clear lakes. Each day will bring its share of challenging climbs and awesome descents. Food and tented accommodation will be provided in the race village.
The Magoebaskloof Adventures is a family run adventure tourism business that was started in 2007 by Marc Noné. His sister Jane and her husband John Allison later joined and the business has grown from strength to strength over the past 10 years. Magoebaskloof Adventures is a key magnet for tourists to the area and needless to say, is passionate about adventure and especially mountain biking. Magoebaskloof Adventures is active in the Tourism Magoebaskloof Association (TMA) and has assisted the Tourism Association to set up mountain-biking routes for use by visitors to the area. Jane is the project manager for The Magoeba Stage Race and Marc’s wife, Jen is in charge of Marketing whilst Marc will be assisting with routes and course design as he knows these mountains better than most.
The Haenertsburg Rotary Club has a very active committee with an excellent track record for hosting events like the Ebenezer mile and the Iron Crown Trail Run and the Magoebaskloof Classic single day MTB event. The Magoeba will be an exciting addition to their portfolio. The Rotary Club of Haenertsburg was Chartered on 16 February 2001 under the sponsorship of the Pietersburg 100 Club. There were 25 Charter members and over the years this number has fluctuated up and down, but now stands at 21 active and 2 Honorary Members. Four of the original Charter members – Maurice and Chrisna Stander, Bernard van den Dool and Deneys Barry are still serving Rotarians in Haenertsburg. There are 10 women and 11 men presently in the club. The current President is Paddy Ansell, whose year in office runs from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. The club members come from a wide range of professions, from lawyer to civil engineer, to teacher to financial and insurance managers and some retired professionals. The club members meet once a week on a Wednesday at 18h00 for 18h30 in their own clubhouse – the Rotary Moth Hall situated behind the Village Hall on Rissik Street, which is the main business street in this quaint little village. There is Fellowship time after the meeting when members socialise and enjoy a meal together. The Moth Hall is one of the oldest buildings in Haenertsburg, having originally been the Magistrate’s Court and later used by the MOTHS organisation in the area. Charl Naude will be heading up the Rotary team .