Into its 28th year GABRAN (Great Annual Bicycle Ride Across Natal) 2017 will be held from 18 to 20 August, organised by Westville Cycle Club for The Cows, and we are full steam ahead for this well organised event, which sees us pedalling from Drakensberg to Hillcrest over 3 days, with compulsory grazing stops and overnight camping. This is a NON TIMED, NON PODIUM event!!
The event starts at the ATKV in Drakensville on Friday morning, and makes it way through the hills and dales of Kwazulu Natal to Wagendrift Dam in Escourt on Day 1. Compulsory stops are at the Winterton Country Club for an assortment of breakfast nibbles – muffins/sandwiches/scones/crumpets/coffee/tea/juice… and then onto the Escourt Bowling Club for some “beverages” before the final stretch to Wagendrift Dam where we set up camp for the evening. Cooked lunch and dinner… and some live entertainment for the evening. Breakfast is bright and breezy from 6am on Saturday. “Tent town” needs to be taken down, bags taken to the truck, and then you on your merry way…. “concrete road” is a wonderful start to the days pedal.. followed by Bacon Hill, Griffons before heading into Mooi River for “the 2nd breakfast”. Once refuelled, it is onwards and upwards to the Sherry Tasting, or Bierfassl… if you think you going to sneak past… beware… you will be spotted… and called to order at one of these venues… cycling is thirsty work after all! A meander from there down to Midmar dam is the remainder of the ride – yip, lunch will welcome you! Set up camp, bond with your new buddies, share a drink or ten, and then dinner will be ready! This is followed by a marvellous raffle (security system, weekends away at private game lodges, in the berg, leather back packs to name a few!!) and some more entertainment and partying.
Sunday cooked breakie, is warmly welcomed, before / during the tent breakdown. Once again, load your kit onto the truck, and begin the decent to Pietermaritzburg…. once there…. you pass the city hall… and let your Amashova 2017 training begin….. Fox Hill or Polly Shorts awaits… and then it is “downhill to Hillcrest” for a final Lamb on The Spit at the Hillcrest Running Club.
The Gabran has raised R385 000 for The Cows and CHOC over the last three years, and we have every intention of making the R250 000 mark this year alone, taking our fundraising to well over R500 000.
See the MENU and entry form attached (yes, in that order!!)
We hope to welcome as many Cows as possible to the 4th Cycling of GABRAN!
GABRAN – it’s not a race, it’s an experience!