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Ashburton National MTB Series Sabie #NatMTB2
February 18 - February 19
Sabie is a small town nestled on the Drakensberg escarpment and is regarded as the hub of mountain biking in South Africa, with a long history of competitive and recreational riding. With downhill slaloms into pine forests, kilometres of flowing single tracks, rolling hills and picturesque trails, enthusiastic mountain bike riders from far and away line-up each year alongside the country’s top professionals to challenge the legendary Sabie mountains.
You can look forward to brand new re-envisioned routes with hand built single track, well stocked water points, uncongested routes with little overlap, an expo area, local food stalls & craft beer, massages, bike wash and VIP Area.
Venue: York Timbers Sport Grounds, Old Lydenburg Road, Sabie, Mpumalanga
GPS Location: S25 06′ 00.47″ E30 45′ 20.91″
Terrain: Single Track, Jeep Track, Gravel Road, Rocky, Hardpack
Features: Hand Built single track, Bridges, River Crossings, Bush tunnels, Spectacular Views
Although the town came to life when gold was discovered in the area in 1895, today its main industry is focused on forestry and it has since become one of the world’s largest man made forests. Known for its exquisite scenery and abundance of waterfalls, Sabie has become a popular tourist attraction because of its outdoor adventure appeal and tranquil atmosphere. Aside from impeccable mountain biking routes, Sabie boasts some excellent trout fly fishing hot spots, is home to the Sabie Brewing Company that produces some unique craft beers, caters for the adventurous spirit with kloofing, rafting and zip lining tours and it just a stone’s throw away from the infamous God’s Window and Blyde River Canyon. The name derives from a Tsonga Shangaan word, “Ulusaba” meaning “fearful” as locals were afraid of the river in the area because of its crocodile invested waters. The name was further modernised by Afrikaner colonialists, who dubbed it “Sabie”, which gave rise to its name as many know it today.
FRIDAY 17 FEBRUARY
15:00 – 18:00
Saturday 18 February
06:30 – 08:15
Sunday 19 February
06:00 – 09:00
Stage 1 - Marathon
Stage 1 - Half Marathon
Stage 2 - Marathon
Stage 2 - Half Marathon
06:00 – 09:15 Registration & Line entries
07:00 75km Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day
08:10 45km Half Marathon (Stage 1) & Single Day
09:00 20km Fun Race
11:00 Preliminary Results Day 1 posted
12:00 Fun Race Prize Giving
06:30 – 08:15 Race office open & 10km Fun Ride registration
07:00 50km Marathon (Stage 2)
08:00 35km Half Marathon (Stage 2)
08:25 10km Fun Ride
11:00 Preliminary Results Day 2 posted
12:00 Prize Giving (Day 2 & Overall)
From Pretoria or Johannesburg take the N4 towards Witbank and continue past Middelburg past the Belfast turnoff past Machadodorp and Waterval Boven.
Turn left on the R539 (signposted Sabie and Sudwala).
Turn off right just before Sudwala Caves and continue with the R539 to the R37 T-junction.
Turn left onto the R37 and then right at the next T-junction.
Continue straight through town till you get to a T-junction.
Turn left and continue down main road for about 500m
Turn left onto Old Lydenburg rd.
Travel about 2.5km and follow the signage.