Published: September 30th, 2018
Petrus Maree of Plett Adventure Racing Team reports on the races and trails they took part in during September.
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September has been mostly about riding... my new bike, the luxury of dual suspension combined with the responsiveness of full carbon frame, words cannot explain... Fitting in as many rides as possible between the September cold fronts with close to 250mm of rain, some snow... and work deadlines which in Plett, being a holiday destination, is starting to bottleneck towards December….
Some snow missions between Uniondale and Joubertina were fun and unexpected for September!
For the DR EVIL CLASSIC 3 DAY MOUNTAIN BIKE STAGE RACE I teamed up with former ...more
Published: September 10th, 2018
Petrus Maree of Plett Adventure Racing Team reports on the races and trails they took part in during August.
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August been a busy month with training back in full swing and I had the opportunity to take part in 3 races.
Graham Bird, captain of the Merrel Adventure Addicts sent me a last minute message to join their team for the Cyanosis Midlands 165km Adventure Race on the 4th and 5th of August. I was standing in for one of their team mates who could not make it. This race forms part of the A1 series. What a great opportunity racing and learning from these legends, Hanno, Tracey and Grant. After a 16hr drive we started Saturday morning 6am with a 42km trail run followed by a 43km ...more
Published: August 27th, 2018
Drew Scott and Petrus Maree, of the Plett Adventure Racing Team, competed as a duo in the recent Kinetic Events’ Full Moon Kouga adventure race. At 120km, the race is relatively shorter than the 500+km Expedition Africa, but is excellent training for our growing adventure racing community in Plettenberg Bay. Four teams from Plett took part in this race: Team Plett Adventure, Team Buco Adventure, Team 2 Dutchmen, ‘n Meisie en ‘n Soutie and Team Bike Shop Buco Adventure. Below, Drew reports on the team’s race experience, in the lovely Kouga (St Francis Bay) region and on the importance of navigation in this extreme sport.
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When Sarah indicated she could not make the ...more
Published: August 24th, 2018
The adventure racing bug is really sweeping through Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route!
This weekend, at Kinetic Events Africa's Full Moon Kouga race, Plett Adventure Racing Team's Drew Scott and Petrus Maree will be competing in the shorter 120km race. Three additional teams from Plett will also be competing: Team BUCO Adventure, Team 2 Dutchmen, n Chick & n Soutie and Team The Bike Shop Buco Adventure!
We'd like to wish our Plett teams the best of luck as they mountain bike, trek, orienteer and paddle their way through the coming weekend!
If you'd like to follow your teams live, visit www.kinetic-events.live after 11am tomorrow.
You can also follow the Plett Adventure Racing Team on Strava.
Published: May 17th, 2018
The Plett Adventure Race Team has left for Expedition Africa, one of the highlights of the Adventure Racing World Series. Cycling, running, paddling and navigating through unfamiliar terrain is just one aspect that these super athletes have to conquer. Plett is once again immensely proud to send into battle the Plett Adventure Race Team: Drew Scott, Andrew Damp, Petrus Maree and Sarah Hearn.
The Namaqua West Coast is probably one of the Cape’s most unique travel destinations. It is a place of iconic beauty and evocative names. This year the Expedition Africa host town will be Vanrhynsdorp and race HQ and registration will be at the Letsatsi Lodge. Contestants from all over ...more
Published: April 13th, 2018
Adventure races vary dramatically from race to race unlike a triathlon where, if you sign up for a sprint triathlon, you know the exact distances and order of events, no matter where it is. In an adventure race, part of the fun is NOT knowing exactly what lies in store until the race starts, writes Patty Butterworth.
Just a few years ago, adventure racing was an obscure sport with a cult-like following. But as more sponsorship and television deals are signed and the sport attracts better athletes, adventure racing has become a more professional and mainstream sport.
The basic rules require teams of four or five, at least one of whom must be a woman, to travel together. If one member can’t ...more
Published: September 4th, 2017
Plett Tourism would like to welcome Timothy Venn Fey to the Plett Adventure Racing Team squad.
Tim and Petrus Maree will be representing Plett when they race in the Plett colours in Canada by competing in the Raid International Gaspesie race which takes place from September 7 to 10, 2017.
We wish them safe travels and strong racing and look forward to following them during the race. Make Plett proud! #plettadventure #plettitsafeeling
Published: May 20th, 2017
Plett Adventure Racing Team wrap up their Expedition Africa 2017 race placing an impressive 10 out of 39
The Expedition Africa 2017 adventure race saw team Skylotec Adventure place first on Wednesday, 18th of May after only four days of racing. As they anticipated their several days of catching up on sleep and stuffing themselves to replenish and refuel their minds and bodies, the remaining racers were still dreaming of crossing that line.
Plett Tourism’s sponsored participants, the Plett Adventure Racing Team, crossed the line in 10th place, after 105 hours and 514km of adventure racing.
Drew Scott, Kate Southey, Andrew Damp and Petrus Maree, together make up the ...more
Published: May 17th, 2017
Straight from the horse's mouth...chatting to the team as they approach T10. Exhausted after a hard night, but they've bounced back after a nap & headed onto their 123km cycle.
Published: May 17th, 2017
The start of the fourth day of Expedition Africa dawned as the Plett Adventure Racing Team made their way along the coast from Gamtoos River Mouth into Jeffrey’s Bay to their penultimate transition of the adventure race, Expedition Africa 2017 – Baviaans.
The past few days have seen these incredible athletes trek 140km, cycle 200km and paddle 40km across the Eastern Cape, crossing rivers, peddling dirt roads and hiking through the Cape Buffalo region of the Baviaanskloof. In an exciting turn for the team, competing in only their second Expedition Africa, the Plett Adventure Racing Team are solidly in the top ten teams of this race, along with teams from South Africa, Sweden, Japan, ...more
Published: May 15th, 2017
The start of Expedition Africa dawned with a cold breeze and clear skies as both South African and international teams gathered on the beach at Cape St Francis for the start of the seventh Expedition Africa, an event on the Adventure Racing World Series. Plett Tourism is proud to sponsor the Plett Adventure Racing Team made up of Plett adventurers: Drew Scott, Petrus Maree, Kate Southey and Andrew Damp.
The intrepid team competed in this endurance race last year, for the first time, at Expedition Africa 2016 held in Sedgefield, Knysna and Plett, travelling over 500km of Garden Route coastline, Fynbos and forest – an introduction to Plett’s brilliant trails and adventure ...more
Published: April 21st, 2017
Great adventure stories often rely on two elements: vivid characters and incredible venues – easy finds in Plett.
Here we feature seven of Plett’s most extreme, hair-raising, legendary adventure icons – each accomplished and competitive enough to challenge some of the world's most elite athletes. If you've got the mettle, add some of their adventures to your lifetime to-do list. Ready yet?
MTB | If you want to get to know what visitors and Plettonians love, trade in your car for a bike. With kilometres of amazing road, forest trails and off-road tracks, you can go far and wide. Stay tuned for the future of MTB along the Garden Route with the Cape Town to Plett Cycle ...more