Established as one of the top events on the Eastern Cape off-road programme, the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic has become one of the highlights on your MTB calendar.
Since 2013, the folks behind the JBay MTB Classic have worked hard to innovate and improve the routes and rider experience.
The event, offers three distances a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and the gruelling 85km ultra marathon. The 2018 ultra ran on much the same route as 2017 when it underwent a complete redesign. It did however feature a few new sections of singletrack as well as route designer Arthur Joubert’s trademark wooden bridges.
2017 winner, Jason Reed complimented the route with these words, “It was a great mix of singletrack and jeep track. It was tough, rocky and technical with a lot of corners, braking and accelerating. Definitely suited to ‘real’ mountain bikers.”
Big names in the South African MTB scene such as Yolande de Villiers, Declan Sidey, Max Sullivan to name just a few, have become staples at the JBay MTB Classic, and if things keep going the way they are, we’ll see the race grow from strength to strength.
But the race wasn’t designed for top riders only. It’s imperative that riders of all fitness and skill levels enjoy the race and that seems to be the norm. Feedback from participants seem overwhelmingly positive.
This means that we’re doing our job well – it also means that you should join us at the lineup.
All routes traverse the Jbay Wind Farm, from which the race derives its name. Riders get to ride along roads interspersed with wind turbines that stand 80m tall, half a kilometre apart.
The wind farm covers 3,700 hectares and boasts 60 monstrous wind turbines, making it one of the largest wind farms in South Africa.
Our title sponsor had this to say ……“We have been a part of this event for four years now and are really proud of the association,” commented Mark Pickering, Managing Director of the Jeffreys Bay Wind Farm, who himself has taken part every year. “The race has gone from strength to strength and it was really encouraging to see a record field in 2018” he concluded.
Food Stalls, craft beer, kids entertainment and a magnificent setting are all on offer for what is a really great day out!!