MTN NATIONAL MTB SERIES - XCM #8 driven by NISSAN
|Date:||12 / 13 October 2013|
|Venue:||Ride Arena, Parys, Free State|
|Terrain:||Rocky | Crater | Farmland / Vaal River|
|Features:||Single tracks | Gravelroad | Forests|
|Registration:||See below for more detail.|
|Entries:||Online entries are now closed. Late available on registration days.|
|Early Bird Close:||Saturday 31 August 2013 Midnight (Save up to R50! by entering before)|
|Entries Close:||Sunday 06 October 2013 Midnight|
|09/10 09:00 - 16:00||Anatomic Factory Outlet, The Wellness Centre, 591 Braam Pretorius Road, Magalieskruin, PTA (Next to the wellness gym - behind Engen Garage)|
|10/10 09:00 - 16:00||Anatomic Factory Shop, Silhouette House, 179 beyers naude Drive, Northcliff, JHB - GPS – S 26°08.638’ E 27°58.846’|
|11/10 16:00 - 19:00||Anatomic Factory Shop, Silhouette Factory, 11 Carl Preller Street, Parys, Free State - GPS – S 26°55.368’ E 27°27.429’’|
12/10 06:30 - 08:00
11:00 - 15:00
|Anatomic Factory Shop, Silhouette Factory, 11 Carl Preller Street, Parys, Free State - GPS – S 26°55.368’ E 27°27.429’|
|13/10 06:30 - 08:00||Anatomic Factory Shop, Silhouette Factory, 11 Carl Preller Street, Parys, Free State - GPS – S 26°55.368’ E 27°27.429’|
11:00 - 15:00:
|Number pick-up only in Ride Arena at event venue|
|12/10 07h15:||Riders Briefing / Leaders Jersey Handover|
|12/10 07h30:||Start MTN Ride ULTRA Marathon UCI PRO/Elite 103km Race|
|12/10 07h40:||Start MTN ULTRA Marathon Men + Ladies "A". Batches at + 5min intervals|
|12/10 08h00:||Start Buycycle 23km Dirt Flirt #1|
|12/10 08h15:||Start SPUR Petit Cruise - Eiffel Tower|
|12/10 09h30:||Winner of Buycycle 23km Dirt Flirt #1 Expected|
|12/10 11h10:||Winner of MTN Ultra Marathon 103km Expected|
|12/10 15h00:||Prize Giving - Ride Arena|
|12/10 16h00:||Ride Elite Kêtathelon (a kêttie-shooting mountain bike duathlon) Petit Paris|
|13/10 06h30-08h30:||Number pick-up for 40km Nissan Half Marathon & Line entries for USN 13km Dirt Flirt#2 - in Ride Arena at event venue|
|13/10 07h45:||Riders Briefing / Leaders Jersey Handover|
|13/10 08h00:||Start NISSAN Ride Crater cruise 1/2 XCM 40km "A". Batches + 5min intervals|
|13/10 08h30:||Start USN Dirt Flirt #2 - 13km|
|13/10 09h40:||Winner USN Dirt Flirt#2 - 13km|
|13/10 10h00:||Winner NISSAN Ride 1/2 XCM|
|13/10 12h00:||Prize Giving - Ride Arena|
Fun Race - R80.00
Half Marathon - R170.00
Marathon - R220.00
Ultra - R220.00
Normal Online entry Fees
13 km - R70
Fun Race - R110.00
Half Marathon - R200.00
Marathon - R250.00
Ultra - R250.00
Late Entry Fees
13km - R70
Fun Race - R110.00
Half Marathon - R240.00
Marathon - R270.00
Ultra - R300.00
All marshals will be cleared from the course after 16h00 and all direction markers removed. The cut off at the finish line for the 103km route is 15h45 we will also have a cut-off at approximately 75km, time to be confirmed soon...
Venue Highlights / Facilities:
- Mountainbike Expo (Friday 14:00 - 19:00) (Saturday 09:00 - 16:00) (Sunday 08:00 - 12:00)
- Beer garden (Friday 14:00 - 19:00) (Saturday 09:00 - 17:00) (Sunday 08:00 - 13:00)
- Parys Ocean Basket Coffee Bar (Friday 14:00 - 18:00) (Saturday 09:00 - 17:00) (Sunday 08:00 - 13:00)
- Big Screen Sport / Rugby
- Food Court - The best of local Parys cuisine (Friday 14:00 - 19:00) (Saturday 09:00 - 17:00) (Sunday 08:00 - 13:00)
- Recreation Swimming fountain, jumping castle etc. (Friday 11:00 - 19:00) (Saturday 06:00 - 17:00) (Sunday 06:00 - 12:00)
- As this event is held in the summer, the cyclist may experience hot or rainy to cool weather and should be prepared to cope with these conditions.
- First Aid Services will be provided to the cyclists on the routes and at the finish.
- The organisers may, at their discretion, shorten, lengthen or change the course if the weather, or safety of the cyclist, deem this necessary.
- Bike wash facilities will be available at the finish area
Location of Amenities
Teams / Riders / Public Parking Location
Teams have access to the Event Venue, and setup in the teams designated area next to the finish area. Riders will park just adjacent to the race venue next to the venue, and the public at the designated public parking zones, outside the riders parking zone, just off the start finish venue.
Bike Wash Bay:
- Wash only R30
- Wash, Polish and Lube R50
- Prize money & Points will be calculated for the UCI PRO/Elite Men in this distance only.
- PRO/Elite ladies will earn points & prize money in the usual marathon distance only.
- All other categories will only be eligible for points and prize money in the usual distance.
Approximate riding times:
- 103km: 3h40min – 8 hours
- 40km: 3 – 5 hours
- Cut-off Waterpoint (TBA)
- 103km has a cut-off at the finish of 8h15min.
At 4.00pm on Saturday, once the dust has settled, the day’s activities are rounded out with the Elite Kêtathelon. Once again, there is significant prize money up for grabs and this event is a whole lot more serious (and harder) than the one held 24 hours earlier. Participants are required to ride 6 laps (9km in total) and they stand further away (8m) from the targets. This event inevitably gets contested between those who have the speed and those who have the skill, but is won by the person who combines them best. This event is by invitation only - only space for 32 riders!
Special offer: All riders who enter the Nissan 40km Half-marathon on Sunday will automatically qualify for a FREE entry into the 23km Buycycle Dirt Flirt event for him/herself
Terrain: The route now includes the Sorrie-berg climb! – a well known climb to the Marathon and Half-marathon cruisers. The route also includes a 4km (in blue-gum forests) of properly with-fun-in-mind designed, singletrack. Not to technical, but technical at high speeds. When you reach Petit Paris, there is an overbridge crossing the road to enter the Champs Élyseés up to the Arc de Triomphe and into the Ride Arena.
Medals: All participants completing the route will receive a special event medal!
Special offer: All riders who enter the MTN Ride Marathon on Saturday will automatically qualify for a FREE entry into the 13km USN Dirt Flirt event for him/herself.
Terrain: The route also includes a 4km (in blue-gum forests) of properly with-fun-in-mind designed, singletrack. Not to technical, but technical at high speeds. When you reach Petit Paris, there is an overbridge crossing the road to enter the Champs Élyseés up to the Arc de Triomphe and into the Ride Arena.
Medals: All participants completing the route will receive a special event medal!
Single Speed contenders (only men & women 18 years and older)
Terrain: Rural farmland, jeep and single track
Features: The Petit Paris Venue in Parys. The final 3km singletrack through the bluegum forest is often considered a highlight along the course.
Challenges: The generally undulated route requires a fair level of fitness. Over-all the route is not to technical. A new 1,5km quad trail will test your strength. The main but not to long climb over the rock plates, called Sorry-berg is one of the main challenges along the route. Remember that generally it can be quite hot in October along the river.
By entering the 40km Cruise on Sunday you receive automatic entry for yourself into the 23km Dirt Flirt on Saturday!
R160 early bird entry fee. Enter before the end of August
R190 normal pre-entry fee. Pre-entries closes Wed 4 October at midnight
R220 late entry fee
No entries taken on the day of the event
Age restriction: No riders younger than 15!
Medals & trophees: Medals to all finishers. Special Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to all respective podium positions.
Route description: Starts in Carl Preller, Parys. The first 2 km is tarmac and relatively flat. Thereafter it goes over to a rather open undulating dirt road into farmland. At the river crossing, just past half-way riders reach the lowest point of the course 1373m. From there it is a uphill that finish with a quad trail at 21.5km to test you strength, That will bring riders to the main USN water station at 22.5km. The main Sorrie-berg climp peaks at 24.5km. The last 15km beyond the Sorrie-berg climb is partly on the side of a railroad following onto the road around Schonkenville entering an undulating singletrack section towards the water tower (highest point on route 1452) leading onto the single track trough the bluegum forrest until you reach Petit Paris. When you reach Petit Paris, there is an overbridge crossing the road to enter the Champs Élyseés up to the Arc de Triomphe and into the Ride Arena.
Start & timing:
All riders will start in seeded blocks
Except for the overall winners, men and women, a rolling start for each seeded block will apply (your riding time starts when you cross the startline). The overall winners' time will be determined by the gun time
- Ultra-marathon for Elite & U/23 men
- Ultra-marathon for Elite & U/23 Women and Amateur Men & Women 19 years and older
- Single Speed contenders, men & women 19 years and older
- Dual Cruise for relay teams
Terrain: Rural farmland along the Vaal River through the mountainous rim of the Vredefort Crater.
Features: The Petit Paris Venue in Parys. The bosveld vegetation along the Vaal River. The 10km solid singletrack on Baskop. 9 water stations with a clock-out option at the USN half-way mark and a swimspot at the 75km mark.
Challenges: The route is tough and requires a high level of fitness. Remember that the elites consider this an ultra-marathon... The rocky climb on Eben Esbach's farm is a real test of character. Over-all the route is not to technical although fairly technical at high speeds. The final challenge will be the 3-5 kilometres of generally corregated gravel road at the 80km mark. The last sting in the tail is the little climb over the rock plates, called Sorry-berg. Remember that generally it can be quite hot in October along the river.
- By entering the 106km Cruise on Saturday you receive automatic entry for yourself into the 13km USN Dirt Flirt on Sunday!
- R200 early bird entry fee (enter before the end of August)
- R230 normal pre-entry fee. Pre-entries closes Wed 4 October at midnight
- R275 late entry fee
- No entries taken on the day of the event
Age restriction: No riders younger than 19! Elite men and woman, U/23 men and women, Single Speed contenders and Amateurs
- At Suikerbossie - 10h30
- At USN halfway mark - 11h55 (all riders must start before 12h00 at halfway mark)
- At German church refreshment station - 13h30
- At Outlaws Bar - 15h00
- At Finish - 16h30
Alternative/cut-off route for 103km marathon riders: 1hour 30minutes after the first rider starts the steep rocky climb on the rhino farm (15kms before the half-way mark), riders will be forced to ride the easier, more scenic but longer alternative route. All riders arriving within the 1hour30 minute time will be forced to cross the mountain.
Medals & trophees: Medals to all finishers. Special Gold, Silver and Bronze medals to all respective podium positions. King of the Gravel & Queen of the Gravel trophee to the winning man and woman. Single Speed trophee to the winner on a single speed bike (flip-flop hubs are allowed)
Route description: Starts in Carl Preller ave, Parys. First 8km is tarmac and relatively flat. Thereafter a rural dirt road with 3 pieces of jeep & single track cutting though the Koedoeslaagte and USN farmland. Followed by ~10km of district road past Venterskroon. First real climb up Suikerbossie with a concrete jeep-track leading onto the Suikerbos Nature reserve. This path will lead us though farmland and the Espach's game farm. From the winding jeep-tracks of the game reserve riders join onto the winding dirt road that leads to the half-way mark at Schoemansdrift. 800m from Schoemansdrif we leave the district road. For the next 25km riders will deal with jeep-track and mainly single track along the river with a few technical sections, like rock gardens, sandy spots and short steep climbs. From the swim spot water-station at Hakuna Matata riders will be challenged with a partly corregated dirt road and a few longish drags. At the next waterpoint (91.4km), the route leaves all the "nice” roads and continues on farm tracks. The last 12km, beyond the final waterpoint, is partly on the side of a railroad following onto the single track trough the bluegum forrest until you reach Petit Paris. When you reach Petit Paris, there is an overbridge crossing the road to enter the Champs Élyseés up to the Arc de Triomphe and into the Ride Arena.
Start & clock-out at halfway mark:
- All riders will start in seeded blocks
- Except for the Elite & U/23 men and women, a rolling start for each seeded block will apply (your riding time starts when you cross the startline). Except for the Elite & U/23 men and women, all riders will have the leisure to make use of the clock out at the half-way mark at Schoemansdrift. A rider's stoptime at this point will be subtracted from his/her over-all time in the results. The Elite & U/23 men and women's results will be determined by the guntime
- There will be a clock-out/clock-in resstop to all amateur riders at the Schoemansdrift USN half-way refreshment stop. Riders thus do not need to loose time while resting. This ruling will however not apply for the Elite & U/23 men and women
- 2 riders join forces to complete the 106km route (see relevant event information at MTN Ride 106km Marathon). The rider riding the second leg from Schoemansdrift to the finish will provide his/her own transport to the half-way mark. The rider riding the first leg will need to organise his/her own transport to the finish. The idea behind the Dual Cruise is to give riders the opportunity to experience the beauty and challenges offerd by the full route
- Any mix of gender, no riders younger than 15. Medals to both finishers (Rider B will receive both medals upon finishing)
- Rider A will start together in the last of the seeded blocks, ahead of the unseeded riders. A rolling start will apply (your riding time starts when you cross the startline).The change-over/stoptime at the half-way point will be subtracted from your over-all time in the results
There are no official shuttle services on offer, public transport is available from Johannesburg International airport, and this is the quickest way of getting to the venue.
Accommodation information on all available accommodation can be obtained from the following link
From the North - Johannesburg, Pretoria, Limpopo Province and Mpumalanga. Take the N1 South, go through the Grasmere Toll Gate. Stay on the N1 until you cross the Vaal River. Take the next turn off to Parys/Sasolburg. Turn right. Drive on for another 20km into Parys. Stay on the main road and follow the direction boards to the Expo at the Ride Arena (previously the ARWA building).
From the South - Cape Town, Kimberley, Bloemfontein,Welkom, Kroonstad, etc. Take the N1 North to Kroonstad. Stay on the N1 until you are just past Kroonstad where you will find a turn off to Parys. Stay on this road, pass Vredefort and do another 16km to Parys. Follow the direction boards to the Expo at the Ride Arena (previously the ARWA building).
From Klerksdorp and further West. Go through Potchefstroom and take the road directly to Parys. Cross the Vaal River into Parys and follow the direction boards to the Ride Arena (previously the ARWA building).
From Carletonville and further North West. Take the road from Carletonville, via Fochville, over Ertjiesberg to Parys. Cross the Vaal River into Parys and follow the direction boards to the Ride Arena (previously the ARWA building).
Via aeroplane. The Parys airfield is 4740 feet above sea level. The main runway is 4700 feet long with two runways, 06 and 24. There is a short grass cross-runway that is usable for landings; it is only about 2000 feet long with headings 11 and 29. The airfield is unmanned and has its own radio frequency - 123,5 MHz. Since the CAA messed up with its previous edition of the AIP please also monitor the frequency 124,8 MHz. Aviators with older frequency charts may not be using the designated airfield frequency – 123,5 MHz! The airfield’s co-ordinates are 26° 53’ 14” South and 27° 30’ 19” East. Please all, FLY SAFELY, and remember to communicate on both the airfield’s unmanned frequency, 123,5 MHz and the unmanned regional frequency, 124,8 MHz.
One of the countries biggest Mountain bike events is back on the 12th & 13th of October 2013. This historic event draws people from all reaches of Southern Africa! With over R50 000 for 1st place it's no suprise that it also attracts the best of the best in professional cyclists from around the country.
With a distance for everyone and a friendly ridable route it's no suprise that this race has been the favourite year on year of so many mountain bikers!
Become a part of this great cycling festival and enter today!