Bikes, quads return to Dewetsdorp

CALEDON 400 OFF-ROAD RACE MOVES BACK TO DEWETSDORP IN FREE STATE The Caledon 400 off-road race, one of the races on the national off-road racing calendar with the longest and richest histories, will this year again take place in the ...

CALEDON 400 OFF-ROAD RACE MOVES BACK TO DEWETSDORP IN FREE STATE

The Caledon 400 off-road race, one of the races on the national off-road racing calendar with the longest and richest histories, will this year again take place in the Dewetsdorp area in the Free State.

The Caledon 400, a race with a rich history that started traditionally in the late 1980's in the Wepener area, was hosted in 1999 at Dewetsdorp area for the first time after the Wepener showground and various buildings were destroyed by floods. Tweespruit hosted the riders for the last three years, but this year, the Dewetsdorp community is again looking forward to welcoming competitors back.

According to the event organisers, the Caledon 400 Club, the Dewetsdorp community has missed this annual event and is welcoming racers, supporters and crews back with open arms. And like in the past, landowners have made their farms available for an exciting route that will cross about 80 pieces of property.

Last year, the Caledon 400 was voted Best Organised Event on the national off-road calendar and this year will be no different. The race headquarters will be situated at the Dewetsdorp School, an ideal venue as it will be school holidays during the time of the event.

The organisers have made a few changes to make it as safe and as enjoyable as possible for the competitors. There will be separate routes for motorcycle and quad competitors for the 100 kilometre time-trail that will consist of a 50 kilometre loop which competitors will have to complete twice on Friday (21 September). The time-trail will start at the Golf Club.

The time-trail will determine the starting order and start times for the main race on Saturday, 22 September.

On Saturday, the route will consist of two loops of about 100 kilometres each. Motorcycle and quad competitors will depart at the same time (08h30) on the two different loops and will have to complete the loop twice before changing over to the remaining loop which they also have to complete twice.

The designated service point (DSP) will be dust free as it will be on a tarred road in Dewetsdorp and the frontrunners are expected to finish the race at about 15h30.

Although competitors might recognize parts of the route, there are a number of new sections. September is the ideal time to host the Caledon 400 - named after the Caledon River that runs in the area - as it is a quiet time on the farming calendar. This means that the farming community will again get involved in the race to ensure an enjoyable event for all.

-credit: www.caledon400.co.za.

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