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MTN NATIONAL MTB SERIES #2

Sabie

Date 22 / 23 February 2014
Venue York Timber Sport Grounds
GPS Location S25 06' 00.47" E30 45' 20.91"
Elevation 1015m
Terrain Plantations | Humid | Savanna
Features Waterfalls | River Crossings | Handbuilt Single track | Bridges
Registration Thur 20/02 10:00-17:00 (Columbia Sportswear - Centurion Mall) | Fri 21/02 17:00-21:00 & Sat 22/02 05h30 - 16h00 & Sun 23/02 05h30 - 08h00
Online Entries Early Bird Close 22 January 2014 06:00 / Online Entries close 19 February 06:00

For 16 years "Sabie" has become the benchmark Enduro Mountain Bike race by which all others are judged. Over 3000 riders will descend upon the small Lowveld town to experience South Africa’s “Mecca” of mountain biking over the two days. All of the country’s top riders who appeared for the race as SA Champs last year, will be lured by the large winning purse, the UCI points as well as the legendary challenge that Sabie possesses.
 

ROUTE SUMMARY

 

Ultra - 113km | 2920m Ascent.
Marathon - 75km | 1990m Ascent.
Half Marathon - 45km | 930m Ascent.
Fun Race - 16km | 150m Ascent.
Fun Ride - 10km | 35m Ascent.

 


ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS
 
ULTRA Marathon
The 2014 route basically follows the same direction and sections of the one which the riders found very challenging and enjoyable,in 2013. This year timber harvesting activities in the 45 to 55km section has resulted in an avoidance of this area due to machine and vehicle disturbances. We have returned to the climb and single track before Maritzbos Refreshment Station. The Mamba Switchback (360m in 3,5km) now comes at 19km after 500m of climbing, but remains as the main climb, with the King of the Mountain, which now occurs at 27km into the race. A new Eland Single Track 2 section has been added, and the climb to Mount Moody (1970m) after 37km will test the strongest of riders before some technical, rocky and rutted descents. The Iveron Trail is ridden in the opposite direction this year.
 
Once again, it is a route with more single track, a lot of variability in terrain, surfaces and some stunning views of the valley below and numerous high waterfalls. The second loop of 40km encompasses most of the Half Marathon section through Ceylon Forestry areas, but does turn down after less climbing than in 2013. Nevertheless after 74km they will still feel the intensity of the short climbs and technicality of this route. with a good deal of single track riding. For the Elite and Pros, the route will present them with sections to test technical skills, while the steep, extended climbs will require strength and stamina.
 
Marathon
The 2014 route basically follows the same direction and sections of the one which the riders found very challenging and enjoyable,in 2013. This year timber harvesting activities in the 45 to 55km section has resulted in an avoidance of this area due to machine and vehicle disturbances. We have returned to the climb and single track before Maritzbos Refreshment Station. The tough Mamba Switchback (360m in 3,5km climb ) now comes at 19km after 500m of climbing, but remains as the main climb, with the King of the Mountain, which now occurs at 28km into the race. A new Eland Single Track 2 section has been added, and the climb to Mount Moody (1970m) after 37km will test the strongest of riders before some technical, rocky and rutted descents. The Iveron Trail is ridden in the opposite direction this year.
 
Once again, it is a route with more single track, a lot of variability in terrain, surfaces and some stunning views of the valley below and numerous high waterfalls. As usual, it remains a challenging and exciting route with a lot of variables in terrain, surfaces and some stunning views of the valley below and flowing waterfalls. For the Elite riders, the route will present itself with an opportunity to test technical skills, whilst the steep and extended climbs will test strength and stamina to the limit. The recreational riders will find this route challenging, and may find themselves pushing and portaging for short distances.
 

Half Marathon
The 2014 route basically follows the same one which the riders found both enjoyable, yet challenging in 2013. However, the distance has been increased to 45km with a visit to Maritzbos, with a slight reduction in the total ascent an less intimidating technical sections It is an exciting route with some stunning views if you take time out to stop, take in the surroundings and perhaps a photo or two. 

For the “Race Snakes” the route will present itself with enough challenging sections to test technical skills, while the substantial climbs, and fast, sketchy down hills will test both fitness and courage. This year the descents and final section to the finish will have extended single tracks to test your skills.
 
Fun Race
This year the traditional 14km Fun Ride has been upgraded into a 16km Fun Race. Depending on weather conditions leading up to the ride, or weather on the day the road and trail surfaces can be slippery and unpredictable. Sabie roads tend to have some rough rocky sections which will make the ride more challenging.It is not recommended for children under 11 years. The route now has some steeper climbs and more technical sections which require a reasonable level of fitness and skill if you want to ride them all.
 
Fun Ride
Last years’ 14 km Fun Ride has been shortened, with less singletrack and climbs. Depending on weather conditions leading up to the ride, or weather on the day the road and trail surfaces can be slippery and unpredictable. Sabie roads tend to have some rough sections which will make the ride a little challenging, especially for young children under 11 years of age and inexperienced beginners. It is not recommended for children under 8 years, and children younger than 10 should be accompanied by an adult. The route is not technical challenging or steep,but short hills do require a reasonable level of fitness if you want to ride them.
 
PROGRAMME

 

Saturday 22 Feb 113km MTN Ultra Men (UCI Licenced) - 06:45am
Saturday 22 Feb 75km - MTN Marathon Women (UCI Licenced) - 06:50am
Saturday 22 Feb 113km MTN Ultra Amateur Men (NON UCI - Non-Racing licence) - 07:00
Saturday 22 Feb 75km MTN Marathon XCM - 07:30 Batch "A" + 5min
Sunday 23 Feb 45km NISSAN 1/2 XCM - 07:30 Men "A" | 07:35 Ladies "A" + 5min
Sunday 23 Feb 16km Fun Race - 08:20am Batch "A"
Sunday 23 Feb 10km Fun Ride - 09:10am "All" (This distance is TBA!)


 

BIKE WASH
 
Book your Powasol Bike Wash online, jump the queue and receive a FREE Powasol Promo Pack when you collect your bike after the Wash Polish and Lube. Cost R 50 which will include a Wash, Polish and Cherry Lube. 
 
On the day bookings will also be available on a first come first serve basis. Book at: www.powasol.co.za
 
 
DIRECTIONS


Directions from O.R Tambo International Airport:

  • From Johannesburg, follow the Witbank highway (N4) to Belfast.
  • (*Toll gate at Middelburg)
  • From Belfast (R540) turn to Dullstroom, then to Lydenburg.
  • From Lydenburg over the Long Tom Pass (R37) to Sabie.
     
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