The DBX2019 mountain bike challenge returns for the sixth consecutive year on Saturday, 25 May 2019. One of the most anticipated single-day races in the Western Cape, DBX2019 takes place in Darling with all four routes beginning and ending at Darling Brew.
Entrants can choose their challenge, with routes ranging from the scenic 15km ‘Slow Beer’ in and around the quaint town of Darling to the super endurance 80km ‘Bone Crusher’ which follows cattle trails, jeep tracks and farm roads to take you through vineyards, olive orchards and fynbos trails.
An exciting new addition to DBX2019 this year is the 62kms Pixie Dust Duo X. Limited to 100 riders, this 64kms – 30kms (cycle), 12kms (run), 22kms (cycle), will be a first for DBX2019 and the organisers are looking forward to people’s response to it. DBX2019 truly has something for everyone, from experienced MTB enthusiasts to novices and youngsters.
Event hosts, Darling Brew, together with event sponsors Retail Capital, offer riders and spectators a day to remember with family friendly surroundings at the Brewery, live music and local produce as well as a chance to taste their wide range of locally brewed craft beer.
In operation since 2010, Darling Brew is one of South Africa’s first well established and award-winning microbreweries, as well as Africa’s first carbon neutral brewery. They brew a wide range of premium specialty beers – including traditional lagers, ales, oat ales, pale ales, IPA’s, wheat beers and exotic darks – that are loved for their flavour, quality ingredients and brewing process.
Each DBX2019 route is named after one of Darling Brew’s quaffable beers.
Designed with experienced MTB riders in mind, the challenging 80km ‘Bone Crusher’ route is 10km longer than 2018 and will have you climbing from the start. The first half is full of hills, with the biggest hill of the day rewarding participants with a spectacular view of Darling and Table Mountain in the distance. A fast and steep descent follows, with cattle trails and a challenging MX single track
The classic 50km ‘Long Claw’ route shows riders the breath-taking scenery on the far side of Darling with the 23km loop through Wolwefontein Farm incorporating single track, steep climbs, fast descents, switchback corners with berms and ramp-bridges.
The 30km ‘Blood Serpent’ route requires a reasonable amount of fitness. It promises a decent work-out for riders who are not quite ready for the longer routes. Entrants will get to experience all the spectacular views without having to concentrate on single tracks.
Returning for the second year, the popular 15km ‘Slow Beer’ route takes riders all around Darling. This short route is still mountain biking so be prepared for a bit of trail riding too.
All riders are welcomed back to the Brewery with a cold Darling Brew beer at the finish line.
Reproduced with kind permission of Darling Brew’s Philippa Wood.