13/11 - 15/11

Mpumalanga, Sabie

THE SABIE XPERIENCE

Lite Solo

R2,940.00

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 warming up through the Sabie CBD, the participants take a turn at the Wild Fig Restaurant and procced up to Engelhard Park to enter the York Timber forests for a challenging climb over mainly jeep tracks and a short single track to the Spitskop Sawmill Dam where the riders will join the Solo Challenge route.

The route climbs a little more, up to the powerline and then descends down a swoopy, but tricky single track before dropping into the dark and wet culvert to cross back under the main tar road, and on to the first refreshment station at 16km. The route then climbs a bit more, with some single tracks and fast descent, before a lung-busting climb for 3km to the Land Rover King/Queen of the Mountains at 24km and 1576m above sea level.

The route flattens out to take in some spectacular “On the Edge 1” grassland single track along the Escarpment rim to the second refreshment York Timbers station at 26km before entering the new “On the Edge 2” and “Stonehenge” trails which weave amongst some huge boulders before a series of plantation jeep tracks and single tracks again pops out at the Land Rover Quarry Dam (with a view!) refreshment station at 36km and 1382m above sea level.

The trail then tips downwards for the ride down jeep track and smooth open road to the “Railway ride”, up a steep (portage?) cutting and over the last hill to meet up and take an exciting new direction down one of the famous York Enduro trail (“Brake Me, Shake Me”) to spit the riders out at the XCO route where it continues down to the “Pecan Orchard Drop-off”, before passing under the Long Tom Pass entrance road to Sabie, then behind the Golf Course to pop out at the Floreat Riverside finish.

DAY 1

Lite Solo - Day 1

Quick Release
Total Distance:
49 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
1100 m
Tar Road:
4 Km
Forestry Road:
17 Km
Single Track:
13 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 26km at “Natures Bathtub”. Cola, ice and cold water, fruit and snacks. Make sure you stop here.
Station 3
At approximately 36km before the exhilarating ride down into the Sabie Valley via the combination of jeep track and single track enduro trails.

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 3km HKK climb up to the King/Queen of the Mountains point at 1588m, and the Misty Mountain Refreshment Station 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 to the Lone Creek tar road.

The next flat section back to the Lone Creek road hectic pedalling. Be careful of vehicles using the road. Follow until a turn to the left, which joins into the Fun Ride route where slower riders may be encountered. Pass the newbies with care. The last Refreshment Station will be at 35km, 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 and the Riverside Single Tracks, though Merry Pebbles and to the finish at Floreat Riverside Lodge. But be aware and careful of slower Fun Riders ahead and possibility of very fast riders from behind in the last few kilos to the finish line.

DAY 2

Lite Solo - Day 2

Quick Release
Total Distance:
45 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
950 m
Tar Road:
5 Km
Forestry Road:
19 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, above Long Tom Falls
Station 2
At approximately 35km, 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. This will also provide the spectators and supporters with an opportunity to follow the progress of their riders at numerous, accessible points along the route, whether this be at the Lake Olaf, on the Lone Creek and Bridal Veil Falls access roads, near Okkie’s Dam at Ceylon Forestry Station.

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 of contingency sections and open road climbs to allow for any change in the weather to avoid the sticky mud sections, to allow the faster riders to pass slower participants more easily.

To prevent congestion, frayed tempers, ugly words and intimidation of slower riders, this year the Team Lite Riders will split off just before the technical downhill Black Route section, to follow the less technical Red Route to meet up just before the Floreat Riverside Finish!

DAY 3

Lite Solo - Day 3

Quick Release
Total Distance:
40 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
900/950 m
Tar Road:
1 Km
Forestry Road:
12 Km
Single Track:
15 Km
Jeep Track:
10 Km
Railway Line:
n/a
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, with energy drink, Cola, cold water, bananas and goodies. Bring your own energy bars and gels of choice.
Station 2
Refreshment Station 2 under the powerline: At 28km, at the base of the final climb to the Ceylon/Tweefontein Ridge. with energy drink, Cola, bananas, cold water and snacks.
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

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Spectator Points

Lite Solo - Spectator Points

Mountain biking is a challenging sport. Welcome to the Sabie Xperience Lite Solo ride.

 

Day 1 Mountain Biking Lite Solo

-25.099958°/30.780369° Wild Fig Restaurant in Sabie

-25.092936°/30.803593° Sabi Star turn-off on the Hazyview tar road.

-25.127281°/30.807714° Spitskop Sawmill turnoff on the White River R537

-25.129894°/30.810768° Underpass to Spitskop Mill Dam on the White River R537

-25.148461°/ 30.824969°Spitskop culvert under the White River R537 road

-25.149551°/ 30.826784° Spitskop Plantation Road turnoff

-25.151363°/30.831139° Quarry Dam Waterpoint

-25.164134°/ 30.845632° Marshal point on Witwater Road to Bakenkop.

-25.178345°/ 30.843226° Before going down Delagoos Pass on the R537 to White River.

-25.110606°/ 30.777422° Bridge on Long Tom Pass road entrance to Sabie Main Road

Day 2 Mountain Biking Lite Solo

-25.117779°/ 30.732808° Turn off Lone Creek Road going up to Koffiehoogte on Long Tom Pass

-25.118834°/ 30.728084° Return to the Lone Creek from the Horseshoe Falls road

-25.160998°/30.648777° Misty Mountain Refreshment Station/KOM (approximately 300m down the forestry road off Long Tom Pass – not for sedan vehicles, especially in wet conditions)

-25.108878°/ 30.734537° Lake Olaf Floating Bridge

-25.099852°/ 30.749682° Ceylon Road Crossing

Note: Always approach these areas with the utmost safety in mind, for both vehicles using the road and participants in the event.

Do not follow the riders on the marked route. Park your vehicle in a safe place and walk to a vantage point to watch or photograph the riders.

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