DAY 1: CAMPS DRIFT, PIETERMARITZBURG TO UMFULA STORE, UMNGENI VALLEY
Water Point 1: 33km - Mission
Water Point 2: 48km - Dusi Bridge
The race will begin at the Natal Canoe Club House. It will follow the banks of Camps Drift under College Road Bridge at Ernie Pierce weir and through Alexandra Park. YMCA weir will be taken down the middle from where you will once again ride on the right bank past Old Collegians Club and on to Mussions weir. Paths down the river will lead riders into unfamiliar territory below Cliffies. Some may recognise the area around Bishopsdale and Hole in the Wall. New trails will lead you onto the iconic Guinea fowl portage and up over and around Devils Cauldron before flying down Jeff’s Road and on past New Bridge. The veteran Dusi Canoe paddlers may recognise broken Bridge and Decision Rapid but most will be too busy enjoying the flowing tracks on the north bank of the Dusi river to listen to their war stories.
Crossing the bridge above Mission rapid will take you onto some high paths on the south bank for the first time since Guinea Fowl. All too soon these paths lead you back down towards the river and into savannah type vegetation where one may mistake an Inguni bull for a buffalo. Back off if this is the case as you have not yet reached the half way stage. Flowing paths created by the local people will lead you down to Yellow Rock (but now painted pink) where one will take the Non Stop Dusi sneak over the Nagel Dam road and back down to a river crossing at the original first overnight stop below Dusi Bridge.
The first real climb of the day may serve as a wakeup call to the unfit as one is lead into an unfamiliar and uninhabited valley to the south of Marianna Foley Bridge. After some exciting descents through thick bush paths, one finds oneself on the south bank of the now Umngeni River below Marianna Foley Bridge. Well used jeep track will lead you to the base of Nqumeni Hill where one will cross over the river an experience another iconic feature of the Dusi canoe marathon. Cresting Nqumeni Hill those veteran paddlers will be excited to reuse the old paths leading down to the big three. Gum Tree, Tombi and Hippo Rocks. Once again these veterans of the Dusi canoe marathon will burst into life as they relay the war stories to the younger riders around them. Bursting out of the river trail competitors will find themselves on the finish line of day one.
The remote Umfula Store will be the resting place of some weary bodies. Some very interesting history surrounds this area. Competitors will be briefed on this around the camp fires that evening before retiring to their isolated tents pitched on the same sites as the Dusi pioneers. The sounds of the flowing Umngeni River will not be needed to lull most asleep that night.
DAY 2: UMFULA STORE, UMNGENI VALLEY TO BLUE LAGOON, DURBAN, EAST COAST OF SOUTH AFRICA
Soon after the 5.30 awakening by the roosters of the valley, the reality of what lies ahead will jolt the senses into nervous anticipation. Day 2 of dusi2c will dawn and will be arduous to most. The early 7am start will reaffirm the respect one will have for this final stage to the sea. The fast jeep track on the north bank of the Umngeni River will be broken by the odd sandy, arrestor bed and a short section of rock riding at Isuzu Rock. A fast district road section will lead competitors towards the politically corrected Govender’s Ascent before crossing the head waters of Inanda Dam. This relatively new section of single track has to be some of the most dramatically positioned single track imaginable. These shady tracks flowing along the waterline of Inanda Dam allow one to glance across the waters at various points as one burst out the bush trails.
After crossing the main road to Msinsi resort one finds a number of bumps in the gravel road leading to Inanda dam wall. Competitors will be grateful that the route stayed at the base of the Valley of 1000 Hills. Down and around Inanda dam wall will find you riding on a short section of tar road before experiencing another iconic feature, Burma Road. The views of Durban from the top of this mountain will be worth the effort for some. A tricky descent will delight others before crossing to the South bank at Five Fingers Causeway. Specially constructed single track will lead you on towards Pump House Weirs and Mango Rapid where a number of interesting river crossings will eventually lead you back to the North bank over The Silver Pipe.
An exciting and fast single track will lead you under Outer Ring Road Bridge and into the industrial maze of buildings that will having you appreciating the past two days of riding. Specially constructed trails alleviate any road crossings and riders will find themselves out riding the traffic on their own cycle path into the finish at Blue Lagoon. This will be a fitting climax to a great 2 days of riding. Will this be the birth of another great sporting event between two of South Africa’s greatest sporting cities? We like to thinks so and we sure you will agree once you have experienced dusi2c.
For those of you, who are anxious about being abandoned to the mercy of the vultures each day, relax. The rule of thumb is that we provide one watering station per 30km. Day 1 has two watering points and Day 2 has two watering stations. Locations of seconding tables/spectator points can be found above and are indicated on the maps displayed at each overnight stop.
Each watering point will serve Clover chilled water and Coke and eats will be available. In addition to sandwiches, which you are welcome to make at breakfast to carry with you, we will have a great choice of tasty snacks to pack back those kilojoules. At the finish of each stage aQuelle will provide a variation to quench the thirst. In each race village you can milk the situation with Clover’s dairy selection including their infamous vanilla MMMilk.
NAVIGATION AND ROUTE MARKING
dusi2c will move away from the traditional way of marking mountain bike routes. We have done this to prevent competitors from getting lost. Many areas through which we will be riding are heavily populated and from experience we have learnt that children love removing or worse, moving markers. Navigation via GPS is very accurate and your unit will alarm you as soon as you are off the race route. It is also very easy to find your way back onto the route. Not only this, but navigating your way through a route gives one a whole new sense of achievement which is not experience with the old traditional method of merely following markers.
It is mandatory that each team has at least 1 GPS unit to share. It is compulsory to use a GPS, the route is not marked, not indicated nor marshalled so without one, you will get utterly lost on your own. The only way you can follow the route is by using a GPS with the very precise route map of the dusi2c, more information can be found on the gps information page.
We have joined forces with EasyBike/EasyGIS who will be our GPS information support GPS gurus. They are also our Official GPS Retailers for all makes and models of GPS, Suunto, Garmin, TomTom, Bryton, Joule, Mio. Should you require any gps assistance or would like to purchase a GPS you should check out their website.
About EasyBike/EasyGIS our GPS Guru’s
EasyBike/EasyGIS who will be our GPS information and support gurus will be able to answer questions leading up to the event, at registration and during the event. If you have any questions, you can also email them directly on email@example.com
They are also retail experts on various GPS brands. To see their offering visit www.easybike.co.za
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Looking forward to seeing you on the trails!