Advendurance Race to the Sun

Organiser: Advendurance

Date Sat 4 Aug 2018, 06:00
Province Gauteng
Type Mountain Bike

Event website: http://racetothesun.co.za/ 

The Advendurance Race to the Sun is a 100-mile (162km) race from Hartebeespoort Dam to Sun City Valley of Waves.

The following entries are available:

· Solo: 162-kilometres

· Team of Two:  162-kilometres

· Team of Four: 162-kilometres

· Relay - Team of Two (2 stages) Each stage is approx. 80km

· Relay - Team of Four (2 stages) Each stage is approx. 80km

Gravel road bikes are allowed into this event and modifications to your Mountain Bikes are welcome, as long as they are safe for yourself and fellow competitors. (Rigid forks and hard tails will be fine, little to no corrugation roads). GPS device compulsory, as you need to be able to navigate with the route GPS maps supplied. Basic markings will be in place, with route marshals along the way at any danger areas.


Prize money to be confirmed. Prizes available for the best dressed teams. Each rider will receive a goody bag to the value of R500!

 

Each water point will be an oasis with cold drinks, ice, and plenty of food. Supporters allowed to feed the riders.

 

Cut off at all tech stations at 15km/h (very manageable)

 

Route description:

Distance: 162km

Elevation gain: 940m

Elevation loss: 1090m

The race will have a neutral start at Hartebeespoort High School. Riders will continue to ride throughout the town and through the well-known Harties tunnel, to have the official start on the Hartebeespoort Dam wall.

From here on out, it is race on! Starting with a tar road section, riders will turn off onto the dirt roads along the canal, heading north towards Brits. The race will continue on tar roads throughout the outskirts of Brits. Riders can enjoy beautiful scenery and view the slopes of the ancient and majestic Magaliesberg Mountains. After approximately 30km, the road will join with gravel train roads.

Riders will be taken back through time, riding alongside the canal that has been there since 1928. Did you know: The Brits canals brought water to large areas of farmland around Brits, which encouraged the cultivation of citrus, vegetables and grain, the mainstays of the present farming community.

NG Church Dalunie will be the first stop on route at 45-kilometres. Spectators and family members can cheer their loved ones along as they pass by.

Following the dirt roads alongside the canal, will lead riders towards Beestekraal. This part of the route has quite a long tar road section in between. The next water point/spectator point is the handover point for the relay teams at the NG Church Beestekraal at 85-kilometres into the race.

From Beestekraal, riders will continue their way alongside the Crocodile river, past the Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve. The hardest part of the route will be after the 13-kilometre tar road section, when riders will cross the river with a 20- kilometre gravel road drag towards Bojateng. The last spectator point will be close to Bojateng, about 120-kilometres into the race.

From here on out it is all about endurance and “vasbyt”. A lengthy tar road section ahead through an old forgotten industrial area will treat riders to hidden gems of the area. Riding towards Mogwase, riders will see the crater of Pilansberg and reach the last railway section with 30-kilomtres to go. Here riders will encounter the last stretch of tar toad leading to Sun City.

Just before Sun City riders will turn off into the nature reserve, past the traditional Basotho village and onto the Gary player golf course for a royal finish at Valley of Waves! Live music and cold beers will await!



Classes

ClassDistancePrice SoloPrice per Team Member
Solo 162km 162 km R900 -
Team of Two Full Distance 162km 162 km - R900
Team of Four Full Distance 162km 162 km - R900
Team of Two Relay 162km - 2 Stages (Each stage is approx 80km) 162 km - R800
Team of Four - 2 Stages (Each stage is approx 80km) 162 km - R800