Cradle Cycling Festival

Cyclists in action at the Cra­dle Cycle Festival

If you’re look­ing for some out­door fun this April and you’re an avid cycling enthu­si­ast, make sure you don’t miss the Cra­dle Cycle Fes­ti­val on 12 and 13 April, tak­ing place at Maropeng, the offi­cial vis­i­tor cen­tre to the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site.

And while you’re in the area, why not stay over and sam­ple the lux­u­ry of the Maropeng Hotel, with its views of the Wit­wa­ters­berg and Mag­a­lies­berg moun­tains – a guar­an­teed anti­dote to aching legs.

Run in part­ner­ship with Gaut­eng Tourism and the Lever­age Cor­po­ra­tion, the cycle fes­ti­val takes place in con­junc­tion with the Cra­dle Moun­tain Tro­phy, a two-day moun­tain-bik­ing extrav­a­gan­za that attracts more than 900 cyclists.

The Cra­dle Moun­tain Tro­phy offers an ide­al final train­ing event for cyclists plan­ning to com­pete in the Sani2C or Joburg2C. It also incor­po­rates the Rain­bow Chal­lenge, the last-leg qual­i­fi­er for rid­ers keen to com­pete in the World Cham­pi­onships in Pieter­mar­itzburg in June 2014.

Lever­age Cor­po­ra­tion CEO Rob Jack­son says that the Cra­dle Cycle Fes­ti­val, now in its fourth year, has been tai­lored to cov­er all things cycling”.

We realised that a fes­ti­val ded­i­cat­ed to cycling is real­ly a log­i­cal exten­sion to cap­ture the grow­ing cycling trend in the greater Mul­der­s­drift area and the Cra­dle of Humankind World Her­itage Site, which has become one of the most pop­u­lar on-road and trail cycling des­ti­na­tions in Gaut­eng,” he says.

The area already attracts thou­sands of cyclists on week­ends and is still grow­ing as more trails are made avail­able by pri­vate facil­i­ties in the area and local tourism author­i­ties cre­ate new cycling trails. We [believe that] a fes­ti­val that talks direct­ly to these cyclists would hold much greater appeal than pre­vi­ous wine and food festivals.”

A num­ber of hote­liers in the area who offer cycling trails and ben­e­fits will be exhibit­ing at the fes­ti­val, as well as a host of big-name brands, includ­ing Trek, Bon­trager, Craft cloth­ing and the Bike Basement.

Cycling events are noth­ing new to Maropeng, with bik­ers’ break­fasts, the first Cra­dle Fes­ti­val, the Hon­da Moun­tain Tro­phy and 24-hour moun­tain-bik­ing chal­lenge hav­ing pre­vi­ous­ly been host­ed at the venue. 

This year we’ve also intro­duced a spe­cial 3km area to test the moun­tain and road bikes, which should be pop­u­lar,” says Jackson.

At the end of the day we want to show cyclists some dif­fer­ent prod­ucts and ser­vices and give them a unique expe­ri­ence they would not get from their local bike shop.”

There will also be a fun kid­dies’ area to keep the young­sters enter­tained, and a num­ber of food and bev­er­age stands, includ­ing Mogal­ly­wood craft beer.

Use this oppor­tu­ni­ty to edu­cate your chil­dren about their ances­tors by treat­ing them to an inter­ac­tive and enjoy­able tour of the Maropeng exhi­bi­tion.

The Cra­dle of Humankind offers many oth­er worth­while attrac­tions, includ­ing small game reserves, zip-lin­ing, quad bik­ing and bungee jump­ing for those with a wild spir­it of adventure.

The Cra­dle Cycle Fes­ti­val will run from 9am to 3pm on Sat­ur­day and Sun­day. Entry is free. To find out more, vis­it www​.cradle​fes​ti​val​.co​.za.