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ARE YOU READY TO EXPLORE THE FARM BY MTB? 

THE FARMSTRONG 2-DAY MTB ADVENTURE RIDE IS READY FOR YOU!

26 - 28 FEB 2021

24 February 2021 @ 16:42

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The organising team of the FarmStrong 2-day MTB Adventure Ride is super excited to welcome everyone on the farm this weekend. The sunflowers are in full bloom and the fields are lusciously green. You will meet cows, sheep and horses en route and the fresh farm air will give you that extra boost you need to climb the hills with your MTB. Yes, the farm has received a lot of rain (more than usual) which means some mud will be part of the adventure.


We have put together the following e-mail to make sure that you are fully prepared for this exciting weekend. The better you are prepared > the more you will enjoy the weekend and its activities.


  • Now called: THE FARMSTRONG 2-DAY MTB ADVENTURE RIDE

(previously FarmStrong 2-day MTB Stage Race Adventure)


Due to the updated stricter lockdown regulations we had to change from an ‘event/race’ to an ‘adventure ride’. What does this mean? Everything will stay the same as advertised except for:


  1. Unfortunately no prize giving will be held (due to social distancing). The results will be e-mailed to everyone and the podium winners as well as spot prize winners will receive their prizes on an ad hoc basis throughout the weekend.

  2. There will be a scattered start (see programme below)

  3. The COVID-19 Rules & Regulations will be enforced in an even stricter way and be taken as a very serious matter. We have appointed a COVID compliance officer who will see that everyone adheres to the basic rules. This is not to inconvenience anyone, but to look after everyone’s health:

  4. Sanitise / wash your hands very regularly (sanitizers will be available throughout the adventure ride venue, at the accommodation as well as at waterpoints)

  5. Wear your mask at all times during the course of the weekend except during the adventure ride and when you are enjoying your meals

  6. The adventure ride venue will be set-up in such a way that social distancing can be practiced; however, it is still every persons’ own responsibility to see that he/she adheres to this requirement. Please maintain a distance of at least one and a half metres from each other

  7. Unfortunately no on-the-day-entries or day spectators (who haven’t booked priorly) are allowed due to the cap we have on the amount of people allowed on the venue

  8. Times have been changed (see final programme below) to allow less people to be at the same places at the same times. Tables for meals to be enjoyed in the hall will be set-up with enough social distancing space

  9. No official welcoming get together will happen anymore to adhere to social distancing

  10. The FarmStrong 2-day MTB Adventure Ride Rules & Indemnity Form and the COVID Release Waiver Form was e-mailed to all entrants. Please print, complete and bring it with you to registration.


  • Directions & best roads to follow (especially after the rains)


The area has received a lot of rain! Please follow the directions as mentioned below for the best route option. Please allow extra travel time to make sure you only travel during daylight.


Recommended route from Jo’burg to IMLA Guest Farm (Waterfall Farm) near Clocolan, Free State is via Winburg.


Starting at Engen Grasmere 1-Stop South (Close to the Grasmere toll gate on the N1 south of Jo’burg). Total distance = 371.5 km


Directions: Follow the N1 highway in a Southernly direction from the Engen Grasmere 1-Stop South for 266km, passing Kroonstad and Ventersburg before arriving at Winburg.


Turn left onto the N5 at Winburg towards Senekal and proceed for 9.3 km before turning right towards Marquard on the R708. After 41.7km you’ll pass Marquard on your left but keep going straight on the R708 until you reach the town of Clocolan (on your right) after another 30.4km.


Please note that the tar road between Marquard and Clocolan has plenty of severe potholes.


Turn left at the intersection at Clocolan (Shell petrol garage will be on your right hand side) onto a gravel road towards IMLA Guest Farm. Follow this gravel road for 20.5km until you reach a T-junction. Turn left and follow this gravel road for 2.7km until you reach the sign board for IMLA Guest Farm to the right. (Telecoms tower will be on your right). Turn right and follow the gravel road for 489m to the guest house.


Note: The gravel road had lots of rain during the past week. Take care and drive like a local – slowly!


Alternative Route:

If participants prefer to travel via Bethlehem to IMLA, we recommend that you pass Ficksburg on the R26 and only turn right towards IMLA, 15.6km after passing Ficksburg. Do NOT turn right just before Ficksburg. The GPS shows it is the shortest route, but the road conditions are HORRIBLE.


Google Map directions to follow if you prefer so:


  • The final programme for the weekend

(changes made to accommodate lockdown rules & regulations)


DAY 1: Fri, 26 Feb 2021


14:00 - 18:00

Weekend package participants & weekend package spectators. 


What to do on arrival at IMLA Guest Farm House (venue):


Follow the ‘Parking’ signage and look out for marshalls. Park in your designated area, one of 3 parking areas:

  • IMLA Farm House & Backpackers

  • Day Visitors and off site accommodation

  • Tented Village & Camp site


Follow the ‘Registration’ & check-in signage:

  • Everyone walk from parking area to registration area on the venue 

  • Register for the FarmStrong 2-day MTB Adventure Ride, collect your goodie bag, weekend meal armband, take a photo, check yourself in on Facebook and do your check-in admin for your accommodation (get room/tent/stand no's etc) 


Check-in at your accommodation:

  • IMLA Guest Farm House

  • IMLA Guest Farm Backpackers

  • IMLA Guest Farm Tented Village

  • IMLA Guest Farm Camping grounds


Note: Off-site accommodation guests (staying at ‘The Lapa’ or the ‘Amohela ho Spitskop guest house’ will receive alternative check-in arrangements per e-mail.


17:30 - 19:30 (you can arrive anytime between these hours to adhere to social distancing)


Weekend package participants & weekend package spectators - show your arm bands


Sit down for a big farm dinner in hall (on venue). 


Early night in

Enjoy the night sounds of crickets, foxes & owls on the farm


DAY 2: Sat, 27 Feb 2021


06:00 - 06:30 Registration for day riders for Saturday’s and Sunday's ride (only pre-entries, those who are not staying over)


06:00 Weekend package participants & weekend package spectators - show your armbands


Quick munch:

Coffee & tea, rusks, muffins & fruit available before you start your active day


06:50 Briefing: 60km


07:00 START: 60KM


07:05 Briefing: 40km


07:15 START: 40KM


07:20 Briefing: 20km


07:30 START: 20KM


There will be hamburgers for sale for the day riders (those who are not staying over) throughout the morning


11:30 - 13:30 Weekend package participants & weekend package spectators - show your armbands


Farm brunch in hall (on venue)

Enjoy an ice cold drink. All red meat & eggs served are self produced on farm & free range.


Rest of day

At leisure on farm

Hiking trails (visit the canyon and stroll the ‘koppie’), view and interact with the farm animals, play in the kids zone, jump in the farm dam, bring your fishing rods.


17:30 - 19:30 (you can arrive anytime between these hours to adhere to social distancing)


Weekend package participants & weekend package spectators - show your armbands


Sit down for a big farm dinner in hall (on venue). Free range meat on spit & delicious farm food side dishes.


Early night in

Enjoy the night sounds of crickets, foxes & owls on the farm


DAY 3: Sun, 28 Feb 2021


06:30 Weekend package participants & weekend package spectators - show your armbands


Quick munch:

Coffee & tea, rusks, muffins & fruit available before you start your active day


07:20 Briefing: 40km


07:30 START: 40KM


07:35 Briefing: 20km


07:45 START: 20KM


07:50 Briefing: 10km


08:00 START: 10KM


There will be hamburgers for sale for the day riders (who are not staying over) throughout the morning


11:00 - 13:00 Weekend participants & weekend spectators - show your armbands


Farm brunch 

Enjoy an ice cold drink. All red meat & eggs served are self produced on farm & free range.


Rest of day

At leisure on farm

Hiking trails (visit the canyon and stroll the ‘koppie’), view and interact with the farm animals, play in the kids zone, jump in the farm dam, bring your fishing rods.


Any time

Drive home safely!


  • Make sure you pack:

  1. Your MTB and MTB gear incl. a compulsory helmet

  2. Your MTB repair kit

  3. Clothes for leisure time on the farm incl. a swimming costume for the farm dam 

  4. Old clothes for the kids to enjoy in the kids zone (lots of mud!)

  5. Camping chairs

  6. Cooler bag for purchasing free range meat & free range chicken eggs on the farm

  7. Mosquito repellent

  8. In case of rain: rain jacket, gum boots, umbrella

  9. If you stay in the Backpackers (bedding incl): bring own towels

  10. If you stay in the Tented Village (bedding incl): bring own towels

  11. If you stay in your own tent in the Camp site: bring own tent, bedding & towels

  12. Your own adventure ride food, nutrition, extra breakfast for prior to the adventure ride if our small breakfast is not sufficient for you ie. Instant Oats

  13. Bring cash (mainly for drinks and to get your bike washed by the farm children for pocket money) as there are very limited signal on the farm (credit card machine struggles to work). 

  14. The farm water is drinkable so no need to bring your own water

  15. Your adventurous spirit!


  • The weatherman predicts


Today has been a lovely sunny day on the farm but as mentioned, the area has received a lot of rain during the last month which means that mud will definitely be part of the Farm Strong 2-day MTB Adventure Ride. Luckily we have a bike wash facility on both days.


The adventure ride will continue as planned. Alternative arrangements will be made on the day, for everyone's safety, by the race directors should there be unsafe weather conditions.


Current weather predictions for the weekend.


  • Charity goodies


There is always a need for clothes, stationary and non-perishable food among the local farm workers. IMLA Guest Farm sees that all donations will reach the families in need. 


Thank you to those who have already donated a Rand amount. For those of you who want to get rid of anything in your house that can benefit these families in need, kindly bring it along and drop it at registration. 


  • Bad reception


Please note that cellphone reception is very poor on the farm. WhatsApp calls are a good alternative. Please inform your friends and family at home.


  • Electricity

  1. Tented Village & Camp site: Bring your own headlights, leads, one main box to draw electricity from

  2. E-bikers charging station in hall


  • Sponsors:


A BIG thank you to the following sponsors, we appreciate your involvement:

  1. IMLA Boerdery

  2. IMLA Guest Farm House

  3. OVK Group

  4. Ecologic: Degreaser & Disinfectant

  5. OK Clocolan

  6. Labour Life

  7. Jody Gif

  8. Addicted2Adventure.co.za


  • Social media


For those of you who are not yet following our social media pages, please do so here. We will be uploading photos of the build-up to this weekend, photos of the rides, important and relevant information etc.


Facebook & Instagram


  • Important contact details


Please save the following very important contact details on your cellphone (remember, signal is very bad on the farm, whatsapp calls are recommended).

  1. Please phone FIRST: Any questions about the adventure ride ie. entries, bookings, accommodation, general questions: Joléne Matthysen 083 641 8081

  2. Medic (in case of an injury en route your ride): Yolanda Engelbrecht 084 517 1709

  3. COVID compliance officers: Yolanda Engelbrecht 084 517 1709 & Johan Badenhorst 082 920 6908

  4. IMLA Guest Farm House, Backpackers, Tented Village & Campsite (only call this number over the weekend from Friday to Sunday): Janet Smith 082 770 1748

  5. Race Directors (only when you can’t be assisted by any of the above mentioned people): Thinus Matthysen 078 457 1026 & Johan Smith 066 229 4802


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us - we’re happy to help :)


We can’t wait to meet all of you on the beautiful farm!


The FarmStrong 2-day MTB Adventure Ride Organisers

 
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WHY ATTEND THE FARM STRONG 2-DAY MTB ADVENTURE RIDE?

Escaping the city and discovering a working farm in the Eastern Free State by bicycle is a bucket list item for many mountain bikers.

In 2021 this will be the 3rd time this adventure ride will be hosted on the beautiful IMLA Guest Farm, just outside of a small town called Clocolan in the Eastern Free State, South Africa.

The sunflowers will be in full bloom during this time whilst the fields will be lusciously green. You will meet cows, sheep and horses en route and the fresh air will give you that extra boost you need to climb that hill with your MTB.

If you think the routes are flat, think again! You will cover farm roads, single track, rocky patches and views to treasure when you're on the top of the mountains.

This weekend has been put together for single riders as well as friends & families. Everyone will be able to view some farm animals, perhaps give some milk to a lamb, sit down and experience locally produced and free range products when enjoying the farm meals which will be freshly prepared for each day.

Enter for the Farm Strong 2-day MTB Adventure Ride and discover the openess and freshness of the farm and the true hospitality of your hosts at IMLA Guest Farm.  

 

5 X RACE PACKAGE OPTIONS

(WEEKEND NOW FULLY BOOKED)

Choose between our customised options for every budget

PACKAGE 1:

IMLA GUEST FARM HOUSE

(WEEKEND NOW FULLY BOOKED)

4 OPTIONS:

1) 20km (Sat) & 10km (Sun): R2 170 pp shrng

2) 40km (Sat) & 20km (Sun): R2 250pp shrng

3) 60km (Sat) & 40km (Sun): R2 350pp shrng

4) Accommodation & meals only (spectator staying with participant): R1 840 pp shrng

* Kids under 12yrs old half price, kids under 2yrs old FREE *

 

WHAT YOU GET:

  • Well organised MTB stage race

  • A warm farm experience to remember

  • 2 Nights (Fri & Sat) accommodation in IMLA Guest Farm House (& bedding)

  • Sat & Sun quick munch (fruit, muffins, coffee & tea) before race

  • Sat & Sun farm lunch

  • Fri & Sat night big farm dinner

  • Farm Strong MTB Adventure garment

  • Medal/trophee

PACKAGE 2:

IMLA GUEST FARM BACKPACKERS

(WEEKEND NOW FULLY BOOKED)

4 OPTIONS:

1) 20km (Sat) & 10km (Sun): R1 360 pp shrng

2) 40km (Sat) & 20km (Sun): R1 440pp shrng

3) 60km (Sat) & 40km (Sun): R1 540pp shrng

4) Accommodation & meals only (spectator staying with participant): R1 030 pp shrng

* Kids under 12yrs old half price, kids under 2yrs old FREE *


WHAT YOU GET:

  • Well organised MTB stage race

  • A warm farm experience to remember

  • 2 Nights (Fri & Sat) accommodation in IMLA Guest Farm Backpackers (& bedding)

  • Sat & Sun quick munch (fruit, muffins, coffee & tea) before race

  • Sat & Sun farm lunch

  • Fri & Sat night big farm dinner

  • Farm Strong MTB adventure garment

  • Medal/trophee

PACKAGE 3:

IMLA GUEST FARM TENTED VILLAGE

(WEEKEND NOW FULLY BOOKED)

4 OPTIONS:

1) 20km (Sat) & 10km (Sun): R1 150 pp shrng

2) 40km (Sat) & 20km (Sun): R1 230pp shrng

3) 60km (Sat) & 40km (Sun): R1 330pp shrng

4) Accommodation & meals only (spectator staying with participant): R820 pp shrng

* Kids under 12yrs old half price, kids under 2yrs old FREE *


WHAT YOU GET:

  • Well organised MTB stage race

  • A warm farm experience to remember

  • 2 Nights (Fri & Sat) accommodation in IMLA Guest Farm Tent Village (we supply a 2-man tent & bedding)

  • Sat & Sun quick munch (fruit, muffins, coffee & tea) before race

  • Sat & Sun farm lunch

  • Fri & Sat night big farm dinner

  • Farm Strong MTB Adventure garment

  • Medal/trophee

 

PACKAGE 4:

IMLA GUEST FARM TENT/ 

BUSH WAGON/ CARAVAN STAND

(WEEKEND NOW FULLY BOOKED)

4 OPTIONS:

1) 20km (Sat) & 10km (Sun): R910 pp shrng

2) 40km (Sat) & 20km (Sun): R990pp shrng

3) 60km (Sat) & 40km (Sun): R1 090pp shrng

4) Accommodation & meals only (spectator staying with participant): R580 pp shrng

* Kids under 12yrs old half price, kids under 2yrs old FREE *


WHAT YOU GET:

  • Well organised MTB stage race

  • A warm farm experience to remember

  • 2 Nights (Fri & Sat) accommodation in IMLA Guest Farm Camping area (supply own tent & bedding)

  • Sat & Sun quick munch (fruit, muffins, coffee & tea) before race

  • Sat & Sun farm lunch

  • Fri & Sat night big farm dinner

  • Farm Strong MTB Adventure garment

  • Medal/trophee

PACKAGE 5:

RACE ENTRY ONLY

(WEEKEND NOW FULLY BOOKED )

3 OPTIONS:

1) 20km (Sat) & 10km (Sun): R330 pp

2) 40km (Sat) & 20km (Sun): R410 pp

3) 60km (Sat) & 40km (Sun): R510 pp 

* Kids under 12yrs old half price *

Day spectators: FREE (included: entry to race venue only). Please pre-book as we have limited spots available due to lockdown regulations)


WHAT YOU GET:

  • Well organised MTB stage race

  • A warm farm experience to remember

  • Farm Strong MTB Adventure garment

  • Medal/trophee

 

ADVENTURE RIDE RULES & REGULATIONS AND INDEMNITY

This race is a fun event, designed for friends and family. There are no cash prizes or big prizes to be won. There will be small prizes to each distance winner as well as spot prizes. The main purpose of this race is to expose participants and their families to the true farm life style of the Easten Free State by bike as well as before and after the race while staying on the beautiful farm.

 
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ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS ON RACE VENUE

Something for everyone's budget.

Make your choice when choosing a race package

The guest farm is a working farm, called Waterfall, within the IMLA Farm Group, on land which is part of Marabeng Mountain, according to the Sesotho-speaking locals. 

 
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IMLA GUEST FARM HOUSE

A grand sandstone house, dating from the late 1800s, has been beautifully restored and expanded to a modern guest house. 10 Rooms have all been uniquely finished.

IMLA GUEST FARM BACKPACKERS

This funky farm backpackers is a more affordable option for the young at heart. A communal ablution block to be shared by all.

IMLA GUEST FARM CAMPING

Want to make a 100% adventure of your weekend? Choose between the already set-up tented village or bring your own tent/ caravan/ bush wagon.

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PROGRAMME

DAY 1: Fri, 26 Feb 2021

Please refer to the updated programme as per 'News' section above dated 24 Feb 2021.

 

From 14:00

WELCOME TO IMLA GUEST FARM!

Please refer to the updated programme as per 'News' section above dated 24 Feb 2021.

Experience real farm living!

Check-in at the grand sandstone IMLA Guest Farm House 


OR  

Check-in at the IMLA Guest Farm Backpackers

OR 

Check-in at the IMLA Guest Farm Tented Village

OR

Pitch your own tent on the green luscious lawns on the IMLA Guest Farm Camping grounds

17:00 - 21:00

REGISTRATION

Register, collect your goodie bag, take a photo and check yourself in on Facebook

19:00

WELCOME & DINNER

Sit down for a big farm dinner, freshly made for our athletes

Early night

BED TIME

Enjoy the night sounds of crickets, foxes & owls

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PROGRAMME

DAY 2: Sat, 27 Feb 2021

Please refer to the updated programme as per 'News' section above dated 24 Feb 2021.

 

6:00

PLEASE REFER TO THE UPDATED PROGRAMME AS PER 'NEWS' SECTION ABOVE DATED 24 FEB 2021.

QUICK MUNCH

Coffee & tea, rusks, muffins & fruit available before you start your active day

07:00

START: 60KM

Have a great ride!

07:15

START: 40KM

Have a great ride!

07:30

START: 20KM

Have a great ride!

12:00 - 14:00

FARM LUNCH

Enjoy an ice cold beer or cold drink.
All red meat & eggs served are self produced on farm & free range.

Rest of day

AT LEISURE ON FARM

Hiking trails (visit the canyon and stroll the ‘koppie’), view and interact with the farm animals, play ground for kids, farm dam to swim, bring your fishing rods.

18:00

PRIZE GIVING

Podium winners & spot prizes to be handed out.

19:00

DINNER

Enjoy and ice cold beer or cold drink. Coffee & tea also available. 
Free range meat on spit & delicious farm food side dishes.

Early night (if you want)

BED TIME

Enjoy the night sounds of crickets, foxes & owls

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PROGRAMME

DAY 3: Sun, 28 Feb 2021

Please refer to the updated programme as per 'News' section above dated 24 Feb 2021.

 

06:30

PLEASE REFER TO THE UPDATED PROGRAMME AS PER 'NEWS' SECTION ABOVE DATED 24 FEB 2021.

QUICK MUNCH

Coffee & tea, rusks, muffins & fruit available before you start your active day

07:30

START: 40KM

Have a great ride!

07:45

START: 20KM

Have a great ride!

08:00

START: 10KM

Have a great ride!

11:00

PRIZE GIVING

Podium winners & spot prizes to be handed out.

12:00 - 14:00

FARM LUNCH

Enjoy an ice cold beer or cold drink.
All red meat & eggs served are self produced on farm & free range.

Rest of day

AT LEISURE ON FARM

Hiking trails (visit the canyon and stroll the ‘koppie’), view and interact with the farm animals, play ground for kids, farm dam to swim, bring you fishing rods.

Any time of day

GO HOME

Drive safely!

 

MEET THE PASSIONATE ORGANISING TEAM

JOHAN & JANET SMITH

Race Organisers
IMLA Guest Farm Owners
IMLA Guest Farm Adventures Owners

THINUS & JOLÉNE MATTHYSEN

Race Directors
Experienced endurance MTB'ers
Co-Founders of Addicted2Adventure.co.za

JAN & MARIET GROENEWALD

Farm Owners
Jan: Passionate MTB'er
Mariet: IMLA Guest Farm Charity Manager

 

SPONSORS & SERVICE PROVIDERS

Proudly associated

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Many sponsorship opportunities available. Please contact us for our sponsorship e-presentation.

 

CONTACT US

S388, Farm Waterfall, Clocolan, 9735, South Africa

083 641 8081 | 078 457 1026

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