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OFF-ROAD BIKERS WILL ENJOY NEW ROUTE FOR RED CHERRY 400 Different, exciting and definitely enjoyable - that is how the route for the annual Red Cherry 400 off-road race that will be held on 16 and 17 March in the Port Elizabeth area in...

OFF-ROAD BIKERS WILL ENJOY NEW ROUTE FOR RED CHERRY 400

Different, exciting and definitely enjoyable - that is how the route for the annual Red Cherry 400 off-road race that will be held on 16 and 17 March in the Port Elizabeth area in the Eastern Cape, can be described. And the organisers are convinced that motorcycle and quad competitors in the various categories - professional, amateurs and novices - will enjoy the event with many new routes this year.

The Red Cherry 400, sponsored for the second consecutive year by the Eastern Cape based Red Cherry Adventures and Red Cherry Television, will form the second round of the national off-road championship for motorcycle competitors and will be the season opener for quad racers. And this year, the race organisers - the Rover Enduro and Off-road Club - have gone a few extra miles to ensure that competitors and supporters enjoy a spectacular and safe off-road race.

The Red Cherry 400 will consist of two racing sections starting with a 110km time-trail on Friday, 16 March, in the Elands River area. Friday's racing will start and finish at Off-Camber Adventures, a new venue where catering and a service park for the competitors will also be situated. Most of Friday's route will again be used for the main race on Saturday, 17 March, and riders will not only experience breathtaking scenery, but they will take on river-crossings, technical sections and forest routes.

The race route for Saturday's racing will be intriguing and will consist of three different loops that will ensure that motorcycle and quad competitors will be separated on the route. On the 45km southern loop, competitors will recognize sections used for the technical Castrol Winterberg Enduro where names like Miss Piggy and The Roller Coaster might sound familiar. The route did receive the "Quad-friendly Approval" from the organisers who guarantee that this will be a favourite among riders.

The central loop will take competitors mostly into the forests where a variety of terrains will welcome them while the northern loop will lead to Off-Camber Adventures, the 300ha quad farm in the Elands River area where racers will be challenged by every thinkable type of terrain.

The Eastern Cape mountains will provide the riders with an experience to climb to a height of 3 000ft and if they find time to look around, they will be able to enjoy breathtaking scenery.

The adrenalin will start pumping early on Saturday morning when the fastest fearless quad competitor start the main race of the Red Cherry 400 at 7h00 at PPC outside Hankey. The leading motorcycle rider will be off at 8h00. Competitors will make use of a service and refuel park at Off-Camber as well as at PPC. The winners are expected at 16h00 at PPC.

-credit: reofc

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