It’s not often that we get the opportunity to be part of a race or event for the fun of it without having to worry about our performance. With that in mind we jumped at the opportunity when race organizers Dryland invited us to partake at the inaugural Cradle Traverse. The invitation came on condition that we just ride and enjoy the event in line with its raison d’être.
Along with its sister event the Stormsriver Traverse, the Cradle Traverse is focussed on a family orientated, fun filled weekend based around some mountain biking. Like most stage races there were various accommodation options for the 3 day event ranging from tents, to luxury tents and hotel rooms at Avianto – the race venue elect.
Along with the comfortable lodgings, the food and entertainment on offer over the 3 days were top class often to blame for some of the toughest decisions to be made – do I eat more of the delicious main course or save more space for the delectable dessert..?
On that note the trails laid out by the Dryland crew and Richard Beswick were surprisingly fun considering the geo-restrictions of designing a race course in a highly populated area. Each of the 3 stages were unique with enough singletrack to keep you engaged, sufficient distance and climbing to challenge you and plenty of variation to keep you smiling while testing your skill.
Team Garmin made the most of every opportunity to ride easy, mix with the pack and soak up the relaxed atmosphere while getting in some trail time with fellow mountain bikers. (In fact, it was so much fun that we had to remind ourselves to get back into training by the time the weekend was done!)?
Some teams raced hard, but the majority of participants were there to have a good time and share trail with likeminded people while taking in trails and views which aren’t always accessible. Suffice to say that everyone involved got what they wanted from the weekend which made it a huge success surely to become a permanent fixture on the MTB calendar.
We are proud to have been part of the inaugural Cradle Traverse and look forward to more of these fun events!