The 2021 Sabie Xperience MTB Stage Race
Date: Friday 30 April - 2 May 2021
Race Venue: Floreat Riverside Lodge, Sabie, Mpumalanga, South Africa
We present “An Affordable Stage Race for the Whole 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. In 2021 we again endeavour to include enthusiastic school kids (Youth and Junior categories) to participate in the fun of stage racing, and now we will also offer an E Bike Category in the Team Lite Option.
From the inaugural Sabie Xperience event in 2004, our main goal was always to offer an enjoyable, but challenging MTB Stage Race over a log week-end, together with support from 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 to visit the area again.
This year the Covid Pandemic prevented any MTB Events from taking place during Lockdown Level 5, 4, 3 and 2. But under level 1 – with certain social distancing and other regulations and restrictions – we now have a chance to race in the mountains around Sabie again! So get training and enjoy a great week-end in Sabie with the family!
It is also your prerogative as a participant or supporter to 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 really 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!
The Race Options
We offer you the following race 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 Forests landholdings surrounding Sabie. They are however very “manageable” for average mountain bikers tackling their first multi-day stage race.
Riders with intermediate skills in the Open, Youth, and Junior riders can race each other in the Team Lite option, which may not seem long in distance, but is never a “ride in the park”. The climbs are steep, longer and technically more advanced single tracks are offered to challenge each other.
The advanced amateurs and Pro riders can once again pit themselves against the very steep climbs and technicalities of the much tougher and longer, legendary Solo Challenge routes up to altitudes of 2100m.
Sabie “The Town of the Year (2012)”
The normally tranquil and peaceful town of Sabie is renowned for beautiful, high waterfalls, afforested mountains and easy access to nearby famous tourist attractions such as various adventure activities, the Kruger and other Private Game Parks, and Blyde Canyon. This makes Sabie the ideal destination for a mountain bike stage race and participants to bring the whole family. Those persons who are not (yet) hooked on MTB, can keep themselves busy doing exciting other stuff during the day, such as trout fishing, canopy tours, game viewing, and be back in time for the prize-giving and a braai later in the day. The tar roads around Sabie are also great for road cycling, and family can ride out to spectator points near these roads to support the riders.
Sabie boasts a wide range of comfortable and reputable accommodation establishments to choose from. From exclusive hotels, B&B’s, self-catering chalets and apartments, tented camps, to caravan parks and camping facilities, all at affordable rates to suite your needs and pocket. Riders are free to choose their options from what is available in and around town.
If you happen to live close-by, Graskop, White River, Lydenburg and Nelspruit, home comforts and food is also an option!
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.
An E-Bike category will now be on offer for 2021 for teams of two riders to share the challenge of riding together, whether it be hubby and wife, or parent and child, or just friends, where both participate on E Bikes or the weaker rider joins up with a stronger partner riding a conventional MTB. Both Riders must be 15 years or older on 31 December 2021. These teams will however be considered “out of race” and not in contention for positions in the race. They will start after the main race and will still get a race time. At no stage will riders in this category be allowed to assist or interfere with other teams in the Team Lite Event.
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 the start at 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 (130km with 2730m ascent over 3 days) for riders 15 years and older as 31 December 2021
- Day 1 – 47km/950m ascent
- Day 2 – 45km/900m ascent
- Day 3 – 38km/880m ascent (Time Trial)
Open Men Team – Two male riders aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2021
Open Women Team – Two female riders aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2021
Open Mixed Team – One male and one female rider aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2021
Base Entry: R4900 per team
Solo Challenge (181km with 4450m ascent) for riders 19 years and older as at 31 December 2021
Day 1 – 65km/1550m
Day 2– 78km/2000m
Day 3 – 38km/900m (Time Trial – more technical last 10km)
Solo Senior Men – A male rider aged 19 to 39 years as at 31 December 2021
Solo Senior Women – A female rider 19 years to 39 as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge Vet Men – A male rider 40 – 49 years as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge Master Men – A male rider 50 years and older as at 31 December 2021
Solo Challenge Vet/Master Women – A female rider 40 years and older as at 31 December 2021.
Base Entry Fee: R3700 per rider
Your entry will only be confirmed with a ticket 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.
Base Entries accepted after 15 April 2021 may not get a complete goody bag or correct sized clothing.