- The Team Lite option is designed for teams of two riders over 15 years of age with competent riding/racing ability over challenging, but very rideable half-marathon distances and steep climbs. Ride together with a partner to gain experience for the longer stage races. Although the stage distances are relatively short, these are never easy around Sabie. The area is blessed with many waterfalls, stunning views, amazing indigenous vegetation and wildlife. The routes start at 1000m above sea level and reach a maximum of 1700m above sea level.
- The Solo Challenge routes are designed to test even the most experienced and fit endurance riders to race over very challenging topography, rough terrain, in remote areas with spectacular scenery, negotiating technically difficult single tracks for a prestigious spot on the podium. These routes will take riders from 1000m to 2200m above sea level, with some brutal climbs. For the recreational rider, just finishing these routes in the allocated time is indeed an achievement to tick off your MTB bucket list, even more than once!
- Team Lite 135km with 2800m ascent for riders 15 years and older as at 31 December 2019
Day 1 – 50km/1200m ascent
Day 2 – 50km/800m ascent
Day 3 – 25km/800m ascent (Time Trial – last 7km different route to Solo route, less technical)
Open Men Team – Two male riders aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2019
Open Women Team – Two female riders aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2019
Open Mixed Team – One male and one female rider aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2019
Early Bird Entry: R3700 per team (from 1 August to 31 December 2018)
Base Entry: R4200 per team (from 1 January to 20 March 2019)
- Solo Challenge 185km with 4400m ascent for riders 19 years and older as at 31 December 2019
Day 1 – 65km/1650m
Day 2 – 80km/1900m
Day 3 – 40km/850m (Time Trial – more technical last 10km)
Solo Senior Men – A male rider aged 19 to 39 years as at 31 December 2019
Solo Senior Women – A female rider 19 years to 39 as at 31 December 2019
Solo Challenge Veteran Men – A male rider 40 – 49 years old as at 31 December 2019
Solo Challenge Master Men – A male rider 50 years and older as at 31 December 2019
Solo Challenge Vet/Master Women – A female rider 40 years and older as at 31 December 2019
Early Bird Entry: R2700 per team (from 1 August to 31 December 2018)
Base Entry: Solo R3100 per rider (from 1 January to 20 March 201)
Your entry will only be confirmed and listed once notification of payment is received. On line credit card entries will show within 48 hours, and EFT entries once the bank clearance or proof of payment is received. No proof of payment after 3 working days will require that you will have to re-enter.
Last Early Bird Entries at discounted rates close, and proof of payment must be received by 24h00 on 31 December 2018.
Base Entries accepted after 15 March 2019 may not get a complete goody bag or correct sized clothing.
Thursday 28 March from 14h00 until 20h00.
Friday 29 March from 05h00.
Friday 29 March – 07h00/07h30 (Cut-off at 14h00)
Saturday 30 March – 07h00/07h30/07h40 (Cut- off at 16h00)
Sunday 31 March – 07h00 to 10h00 (Time Trial – at 30 second intervals) (Finish Cut –off at 13h00)
Thursday Evening 28th March at 18h00
Friday and Saturday at 17h30 (after photos of the day and prize giving).
18h00 for Stages 1 (Friday) and 2 (Saturday)
14h00 for Time Trial and Final GC (Sunday) Awards.
This allows riders to get back to their hotel, camp/self –catering facility to Braai or enjoy an evening meal at one of the excellent restaurants in town.
Take a massage or socialise with buddies and family at the Riverside Lodge Conference Centre next to the bar while your bike is being washed and serviced.
On Sunday, after the Time Trial and brief prize-giving, riders have sufficient time to travel back to Gauteng, or stay the extra night and take a relaxeddrive home. Tourist trails will be open to spin the lactic acid in the legs next morning.
CANCELLATION POLICY: All Stage Race Options
Riders wanting to cancel their entry will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
R600 of entry fee will be retained for admin costs, bank charges etc.
The balance will be refunded if written notice is received before 10 February 2019
40 % of entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 10 March 2019.
0% will be refunded after 15 March 2019, but goody bags will be sent to riders.
TRANSFERS AND CHANGES.
A R300 admin fee will be charged for each change made.
An entry is transferable to another person before 20 March 2019.
Riders may downgrade from Solo Challenge to Team Lite if they find a suitable partner and pay in the difference.
Team Lite riders losing partners must try to find a substitute, but will be permitted to ride solo (non-competitively, and not assist or jeopardize result of the other competitors in any way), if they wish.
Entries may not be transferred to 2020.
CSA RACING LICENCES:
All entries for a sanctioned Stage Race require a CSA racing license, currently R120 per annum. If the rider cannot produce an annual license, her/she will have to pay R35 per day for a temporary licence, ie. R105 for 3 days and R70 for 2 days.
NB!!! Please Note:
In the very unlikely event of the event being cancelled, shortened, or affected by extreme weather events or other circumstances which are deemed necessary by the Race Director, CSA Commissaire, ORRU Joint Operations Command, appointed Safety Officer, or South African Police Services to be life-threatening