01/05 - 03/05

Mpumalanga, Sabie

THE SABIE XPERIENCE

Solo Challenge

R3,700.00

per rider

* The (Solo Challenge Route) is subject to change due to forestry operations

Race Summary

Solo Challenge - 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 race “hell for leather” for initial position on the fast tar downhill at 65km/hour before turning left into Sabi Star Chalets. The trail passes through Sabi Star Chalets to cross over the Spitskop Spruit, before the lung-busting technical climb past the beautiful waterfall. From there a jeep track takes them on to cross the R537 White River road, and though the underpass to join the Team Lite route.
The route climbs some 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 17km. The route then climbs a bit more, and changes at this point to complete a loop of “Fig Tree Plateau” before dropping down on a fast, open road into the Bergvliet Plantation before a new extended jeep track and main road climb of 4km up to the Land Rover King/Queen of the Mountains at 38km 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 station at 40km before entering the new “On the Edge 2” and “Stonehenge” trails which weaves 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 51km 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 trails (“Brake Me, Shake Me”) to spit the riders out at the XCO route where it continue 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

Solo Challenge - Day 1

Quick Release
Total Distance:
63 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
1550 m
Tar Road:
5 Km
Forestry Road:
12 Km
Single Track:
15 Km
Jeep Track:
31 Km
Railway Line:
300 m
Starting Point
Floreat Riverside Lodge
S 25 5.492’/ E 30 46.298'
Refreshment Stations
Station 1
At approximately 17km 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 40km at “Natures Bathtub”. Cola, ice and cold water, fruit and snacks. Make sure you stop here.
Station 3
At approximately 51km before the exhilarating ride down into the Sabie Valley via the combination of jeep track and single track enduro trail

Race Summary

Solo Challenge - 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 main forestry road 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 upwards to climb steeply to “Sally and Michelles’ Highway” on a wide contour road to reach the second refreshment station at 35km. The jeep track climbs gradually to an altitude of 2160m and then takes a long descent down “Leopard Run” before flattening out across the vlakte to Stables Hut RS3 refreshment station. From there it is almost all downhill via a series of tricky single tracks to the valley floor and along the riverside single tracks to the finish at Floreat Riverside Lodge.

DAY 2

Solo Challenge - Day 2

Quick Release
Total Distance:
78 Km
Accumulated Ascent:
1950 m
Tar Road:
5 Km
Forestry Road:
39 Km
Single Track:
17 Km
Jeep Track:
22 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, at Misty Mountain, above Long Tom Falls
Station 2
At approximately 35km, at the split up to the high road above Hartebeesvlakte.
Station 3
At approximately 59km, at the Stables Hiking Hut.

Race Summary

Solo Challenge - 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

Solo Challenge - 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
None

Route Maps

Solo Challenge - Race Routes

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

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Spectator Points

Solo Challenge - Spectator Points

The Solo Mountain Bike Challenge is perfect for any rider looking for a unique experience at their own pace. This Solo Mountain Bike challenge is three days long and will offer a wide variety of terrains and levels of difficulty.

Day 1 Solo Mountain Bike Challenge

-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 Solo Mountain Bike Challenge

-25.117779°/ 30.732808° Lone Creek Road turnoff up to Koffiehoogte on Long Tom Pass

-25.118834°/ 30.728084° Return onto 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)

-25.099852°/ 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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