The Tour of Legends race takes place in the rugged bushveld terrain of the Waterberg. What makes the Entambeni Nature Conserve and Legend Gorge unique is the diversity that it offers the riders.
Riders will experience 5 different ecosystems within the Waterberg biosphere and the 3 unique routes will traverse the 22 000 hectares of bushveld, ravines, savannah, sandy wetlands and wooded hills as well as venturing as far as the Doorndraai Dam.
The tour consists of 3 days with each day having two options; The Lion Route and The Buffalo Route. (You can turn short onto the Buffalo on any of the days, or extend your Buffalo to the Lion in the spur of the moment)
The LION Route
Day 1: 65.69km / 636m Ascent
Day 2: 63.35km / 1258m Ascent
Day 3: 65.40km / 1264m Ascent
The Buffalo Route - This will be the exact same route as the Lion Route but it will end at the main waterpoint for each day
Day 1: 44.81km / 419m Ascent
Day 2: 32.54km / 647m Ascent
Day 3: 31.39km / 276m Ascent
Day 1 sees riders turn their backs on the Waterberg escarpment and venture to the South West of Legend Gorge, passing through several privately owned game reserves and farms. The highlight of this stage will be revealed when you emerge from the rugged bushveld and suddenly find yourself on the banks of the mighty Doorndraai Dam. This luxury water point will be spread out on the lush shores at the dam crossing before you head back towards the distant line of hills that marks the Waterberg range.
Day 2 will prove to be the real challenge for most riders. The route will see riders climb the famous Yellowwood Pass, gaining 600 vertical meters over a mere 3.4km. Once on the upper escarpment, riders will pass through predominantly grassland terrain dominated by beautiful, rocky crags before making the exhilarating and somewhat terrifying descent back to the lower escarpment.
Day 3 will offer riders a chance to regain their bearings and bid farewell to the beautiful reserve to which they have grown accustomed. You will complete a circular loop within the reserve boundaries, passing several popular and by now familiar waterholes and dams that are often frequented by Elephant, Wildebeest and Lion. Those riders who regard themselves as even slightly navigationally inclined should find keeping their bearings relatively simple by orientating themselves with the ever present Waterberg Escarpment. Riders can take their time to enjoy the wonders of Legend Gorge one last time.
You can only ride the route of the Tour of Legends as a participant in the tour. A significant part of the route is on private land that belongs to landowners that support the Tour of Legends and open up their land for the race once a year. Their land is NOT open to general mountain biking activities and riders that trespass at other times of the year will receive a lifetime ban from riding the Tour of Legends. Trespassers can expect the justified wrath of landowners and the law and their names will be forwarded to the race office to implement this lifetime ban …if not caught and eaten by Lions.