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4 - 6 November 2021

Mpumalanga, Sabie

THE SABIE XPERIENCE

Lite Solo

R3,100.00

per rider

* The (Lite Solo Route) is subject to change due to forestry operations
NO CATAGORY | NO PODIUM | TIMED RIDE

Ride Summary

Lite Solo - Day 1

This stage starts at Floreat Riverside Lodge. (Calibrate your GPS to 1007m above sea level) After exiting the venue, the participants immediately enter the Safcol forestry area for an initial climb to spread the field of riders on jeep tracks track sections before a very fast drop down on the main forestry road into the Tweefontein area. A short, sharp climb ends with a steep winding single track onto the main road ending on an uphill single track to the Team of Mountain and first refreshment station at the Tweefontein Forest Nursery at 14km. A fast downhill, narrow single track, a challenging bush tunnel exit, and over the now-defunct railway line takes riders to the iconic Hippo Dam hidden in the forest. From there the route climbs gradually and continuously for a few kilos to the split, where the Solo Challenge riders turn away to the right. An initial 1km steep climb to the famous Bell road is rewarded with undulating, rolling downhills to the (take note!) last refreshment station at 27km. Here the gradient and surfaces get somewhat challenging, with a very steep “Mini Scorpion” climb up to a short section of cool indigenous forest, before entering another twisty single track back down to the main road. A superfast, steep main road descent into the series of winding Ceylon Plantation single tracks, the riverside tourist trails, through Merry Pebbles on to the finish line at Floreat.

DAY 1

Lite Solo - Day 1

Quick Release
Total Distance:
47 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
950 m
Tar Road:
1 Km
Forestry Road:
20 Km
Single Track:
12 Km
Jeep Track:
14 Km
Railway Line:
300 m
Starting Point
Floreat Riverside Lodge: S 25 5.492’/ E 30 46.298'
Refreshment Stations
Station 1
At approximately 16km after crossing under the White River Main Road at Quarry Dam. Energy drink, Cola, ice and cold water, fruit and snacks.
Station 2
At approximately 14km after a short single track climb to the Tweefontein Nursery. Self-service Energy drink, ice and cold water, fruit, and energy bars.
Station 3
At approximately 27km on the turnoff on the Bell Road up to the “Mini Scorpion”. Self Service, ice and cold water, fruit, and energy bars. Make sure you stop here and take enough for the next 20km, especially if it is hot and humid.

Ride Summary

Lite Solo - Day 2

The start and finish will, as usual, be at the Floreat Riverside Lodge. (S 25 5.492’/E 30 46.298’) The direction is again the same as 2019. When reaching “The Oaks”, after a fast 14km warm-up along the Sabie Valley floor, the Team Lite riders will be following the Solo riders on the main forestry road, initially with about 60m in ascent over 2km before they reach the base of the tough 3km HKK climb up to the Team of the Mountains point at 1588m, and the Misty Mountain Refreshment Station only a few metres further on at 19km. From there, after an enjoyable recovery section through the “Awesome Forest” the route tips downwards for 3,5km in a “Fast and Furious” descent back down into the valley, where the route carries on straight back along the valley floor towards a turn-off to the Lone Creek tar road. The next flat section back to the Lone Creek road hectic pedaling. Be careful of vehicles using the road. Follow this until a turn to the left. The last Refreshment Station will be at 32km, at an elevation of 1065m above sea level. From here it is all fun, fun, fun along a series of single tracks, bridges, over the Lake Olaf Floating Bridge (if there is any water in the lake!) and the Riverside Single Tracks, though to Merry Pebbles and to the finish at Floreat Riverside Lodge.

DAY 2

Lite Solo - Day 2

Quick Release
Total Distance:
45 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
900 m
Tar Road:
2 Km
Forestry Road:
24 Km
Single Track:
8 Km
Jeep Track:
13 Km
Railway Line:
n/a
Starting Point
Floreat Riverside Lodge: S 25 5.492’/ E 30 46.298'
Refreshment Stations
Station 1
At approximately 19km, Near Misty Mountain, above Long Tom Falls
Station 2
At approximately 32km, at the split-off the Lone Creek Falls Road.
Station 3
n/a

Ride Summary

Lite Solo - Day 3

The route basically follows that of 2019, which starts at The Floreat Riverside Lodge complex, and utilizes a balanced combination of the surrounding purpose-built single tracks, jeep tracks and challenging climbs situated within a 12km km radius of the start. The riders will find the valley bottom with many flowing single tracks great fun, while the climbs and single tracks will be more technical, and challenging dependent on the weather! This year we have a few road sections and open road climbs to allow for any change in the weather to avoid the sticky mud sections, and to allow the faster riders to pass slower participants more easily. Due to a forestry clear felling operation the notorious technical “Black Route” has been excluded until the trail has been rehabilitated. Solo Challenge and the Team Lite riders will finish off their event with a final section on the newly developed “Green Route” which is definitely less intimidating to the average rider, but will nevertheless test your skills while under pressure of the ticking watch and riders approaching from behind!

DAY 3

Lite Solo - Day 3

Quick Release
Total Distance:
37 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
900/950 m
Tar Road:
1 Km
Forestry Road:
14 Km
Single Track:
12 Km
Jeep Track:
10 Km
Railway Line:
n/a -> Floating Bridge 120m long (if Lake Olaf gets enough rain!)
Starting Point
Floreat Riverside Lodge: S 25 5.492’/ E 30 46.298'
Refreshment Stations
Station 1
Refreshment Station 1 at Maritzbos Hut: At 17km, self-service with an energy drink, cold water, fruit, and energy bars. Bring your own energy bars and gels of choice.
Station 2
Refreshment Station 2 under the powerline: At 27km, self-service at the base of the final climb to the Ceylon/Tweefontein Ridge, with an energy drink, water, fruit, cold water, and energy bars.
Station 3
No 3rd station

NB: Estimated Fastest Rider Time: 1 hour 42 minutes.

Anything time below 2 hours 15 minutes will be a good result on this terrain.

Route Maps

Lite Solo - Ride Routes

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Click on image to enlarge map

Spectator Points

Lite Solo - Spectator Points

This stage starts at Floreat Riverside Lodge. (Calibrate your GPS to 1007m above sea level)

After exiting the venue, the participants immediately enter the Safcol forestry area for an initial climb to spread the field of riders on jeep tracks track sections before a very fast drop down on the main forestry road into the Tweefontein area. A short, sharp climb ends with a steep winding single track onto the main road ending on an uphill single track to the Team of Mountain and first refreshment station at the Tweefontein Forest Nursery at 14km.

A fast downhill, narrow single track, a challenging bush tunnel exit, and over the now-defunct railway line takes riders to the iconic Hippo Dam hidden in the forest. From there the route climbs gradually and continuously for a few kilos to the split, where the Solo Challenge riders turn away to the right. An initial 1km steep climb to the famous Bell road is rewarded with undulating, rolling downhills to the (take note!) last refreshment station at 27km.

Here the gradient and surfaces get somewhat challenging, with a very steep “Mini Scorpion” climb up to a short section of cool indigenous forest, before entering another twisty single track back down to the main road. A superfast, steep main road descent into the series of winding Ceylon Plantation single tracks, the riverside tourist trails, through Merry Pebbles on to the finish line at Floreat.