The Navworld WTF MTB race is named after the famous Strava section in Pretoria East called “WTF”. This section is a 1.5km climb with an average gradient of 6.1% and ascents the rider by 95m. This Strava section is used by many mountain bikers to prepare for events like the Cape Epic, Sani2C, Cape Pioneer and has been ridden almost 20,000 times by 1,300 riders.
Thinus Redelinghuys is currently the record holder with a whopping time of 4:17 done in 2014 at an average speed of 21.4km/h. The most WTF repeats record is held by Vince van Vuuren and PJ Luus, 29x times in 5 hours during the annual PEMBI (Pretoria East Mountain Biking Initiative) WTF challenge.
Most MTB races around Pretoria East takes place on the northern side of the Bronberge so we had the idea of doing things a bit different with this race. The event was held on the south side of the mountain and started in Olympus, up vineyard, up WTF, a few gravel roads, through a farm or 2, more climbs towards Bapsfontein and then back (down WTF) and up to Saal. The 40km race had around 500-600m of uphill climbing and the 70km more towards 800-900m of up hill. Both distances were not that technical but it was certainly not an easy race with the amount of climbing involved.
The 2nd NavWorld WTF race is already in the making and NavWorld will be there to support riders at the next PEMBI WTF Challenge on the 6th of Feb 2016.