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The 2018 Sabie Xperience MTB Stage Race

Date: Friday 6 April – Sunday 8 April 2018

Race Venue: Floreat Riverside Lodge, Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa

We present a “An Affordable Stage Race for Everyone in the Family” The Sabie Xperience has always endeavoured to present a mountain bike stage race which is within financial reach and ability of most passionate participants in the sport, whether they be pro riders, amateur racers wanting to win categories and showcase their skills, or just recreational riders who want to gain experience riding proper trails in the stunning forests and diverse terrain around the quaint town of Sabie. This year we also endeavour to include enthusiastic school kids to participate in the fun of stage racing.

From the inaugural event in 2004, our main goal was always to offer an enjoyable but challenging MTB Stage Race over a few days, together with the Sabie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, benefitting local hospitality and accommodation establishments, retail businesses, charities and communities while attracting many visitors to the town in the intention that they will return sometime in the future.

After experiencing more stable weather and trail conditions in April 2015 and 2016, the Sabie Xperience fraternity has firmly settled into the new race calendar slot in April, this year coinciding with the end of the school holidays, so that the kids can join in the fun!

2018 is no exception, and not yet having the luxury of a Title Sponsor lined up, we have once again been forced to cut back on many of the fancy peripherals one would expect at a major stage race. This makes it more affordable to most riders -without having to rob the bank, or begging the boss for sponsorship just to enter!

It is also your prerogative either to go big and enjoy hotel accommodation, food, massages and the luxuries, bring the family down to a B&B, self-catering establishment, or if you are into the outdoors, camp at one of your favourite resorts along the river. You will be rewarded with their appreciation, support, and special TLC and hot water pools for cyclists to relax in after a hard day out on the trails!

Stage Race Details

We now offer you more options to choose from:
The three stages are, as usual, intended to challenge riders’ fitness, strength, and technical ability on the legendary mountain trails on the very scenic Safcol Komatiland Forests Ecotourism landholdings surrounding Sabie. They are however very “manageable” for average mountain bikers tackling their first multi-day stage race.

  18km Fun Ride

In keeping with our mission to keep race entrants’ family members, local recreational riders and the Sabie community involved, there will be an 18km Fun Ride for beginners and intermediate riders to join in the MTB fun on Saturday 7 April 2018.

The route will form part of stage two of the Team Xtra Lite stage race, using the first 5 km of tar road, and the final 12km of the stage, incorporating many sections of single and jeep tracks used by visiting tourists on a regular basis.

The Fun Ride will start 10 minutes after the Team Extra Lite Race, and riders will be back at the finish to watch the Stage Race winners cross the line.

There will be optional “chicken run” sections to avoid any technical sections which they may want to avoid.

The Fun Ride will be open to all riders 11 years and older, as at 31 December 2018.

Children between 11 and 13 years, not yet proficient with riding single tracks and over bridges, must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for the Fun Ride will take place on Thursday and Friday from 14h00, and Saturday morning from 05h30 at the Floreat Riverside Lodge Conference Centre.

All riders (or parents of children under 18 years) must sign an indemnity, conforming to the rules, and wear a recognised hard shell helmet.

It is not a race and only the first 5 riders will be timed. The rest will be sequenced.

Entries will cost R70 per rider. No temporary racing licence fee is required. All proceeds from this event will go directly to a local charity for orphans, or homeless children.