THE ROUTES

Big change for 2017

Big change for 2017 will be the inclusion of a stage race with two distance options on the two day events.

You can choose to either enter for the Marathon Stage Race or the Half Marathon Stage Race.

Official categories for the series and prize money will be determined from the Stage Race after two days.

For series points you will have to complete 8 stages out of a possible 12.

The routes will be unique between the two days giving you a route over the two days discovering more of the area!

There will still be a single day Marathon & Half Marathon on the Saturday but this will be a fun event only and no series points or prizes can be earned.

As always all of our races will count towards your seeding.

 

MARATHON STAGE RACE (Only on two day events) DAY 1: 73km-78km  DAY2: 50km-55km

The route is aimed at providing fit, competent and professional riders with an opportunity to compete over mountainous terrain, with lots of technical ascents and descents, with extended sections of single track to test their skills. The route is between 50-55km & 73-78km, with a 1300-2000m ascent, depending on the venue and is a combination of all the routes, as well as a long loop. Fit and skilled recreational riders will find the climbs and some of the rocky, rutted surfaces very challenging. Where the surfaces and descents are dangerous it is recommended that riders be overly cautious and alert to a change in riding surfaces. Specific route details can be found on each events page.

 

HALF MARATHON STAGE RACE (Only on two day events) DAY1: 43km-48km  DAY2: 30km-35km

The route is aimed at providing fit, competent and intermediate riders with an opportunity to compete over mountainous terrain, with some exhilarating ascents and descents, with selected challenging sections of single track to test their skills. The route is between 30-35km & 43-48km, with a 800-1200m ascent, depending on the venue and is a selection of some of the routes on offer. Beginner and fit recreational riders will find the climbs and some of the rocky, rutted surfaces somewhat challenging. Where the surfaces and descents are dangerous it is recommended that riders be overly cautious and alert to a change in riding surfaces. Specific route details can be found on each events page.

FUN RIDE (10km)

A short up to 10km route to ride is available on the Sunday. This will take place on open roads and will be laid out to be as flat as possible, area permitting. This distance is recommended for kids between the ages of 3 – 11yrs. As always we allow parents to accompany their kids.


FUN RACE – (20km)

This race is aimed at riders who are young or novices in cycling or mountain biking but is not recommended to children under the age of 12 years. The routes are between 16-20km, with an ascent of no more than 300m, depending on the venue.


HALF MARATHON  (40 – 50km)

Relatively fit, intermediate, skilled and recreational riders will find the climbs and some of the rocky, rutted surfaces challenging. The terrain and descents can be dangerous, therefore it is recommended that riders be cautious while on the route. The distance varies between 40-45km, with an ascent of 400-1000m, venue depending. Riders are encouraged to make use of water points.


MARATHON – (70 – 80km)

The Marathon route should not be underestimated. It’s a challenging distance with rough terrain, consisting of a 70-75km distance with a 1000-2000m ascent, venue depending. Riders are encouraged to study the route profile before a race and make themselves familiar with water point locations.


 *Although the organisers always strive to remove dangerous rocks and cut as much of the long grass and overhanging bushes, trees, thorns and vegetation as possible before the event, weather conditions sometimes result in certain unforeseen obstacles on the route. It is the rider’s responsibility to avoid these hazards by riding carefully where required. Please remember to ride with your phone.

Route profiles can be found on each of the event pages

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