Africa's Southernmost Mountain Bike Race
First 400 Online Entries Receive A Goodie Bag
20 Dec 2014
Dutch Reformed Church, Struisbaai
Online Start Date:
31 Oct 2014
Online End Date:
17 Dec 2014
072 071 3092
Distance & Entry Fee
CSA Day License R35
(70 & 30km)
R10 of each entry will go to Southern Cross Care Centre / Crossings Abstinence Ed Program (A Division of Southern Cross Pregnancy Crisis & Care Centre)
70km - 07:30
30km - 07:45
10km - 08:00
Kiddies - 11:00
The kiddie’s race is a safe spectator route for the whole distance
Kids 7 years and older can ride the 10km fun ride but must be accompanied by an adult if under 13. Maximum 3 under 13’s per adult.
Start Time: 11:00
Registration For Kiddies
19th December Friday 17:00-20:00
20th December Saturday 09:00 – 10:30
LATE REGISTRATION 10km - 30km - 70km
Will be allowed from the 19th of December 2014, from 17:00, in Main Road Struisbaai at the Dutch Reform Church Struisbaai.
Note: A late entry fee of R30 will be payable
NO refunds will be given
Substitution can be done @ R50
Changes can be done @ R30
Will be done by Great Time
Start & Finish
Start And Finish Dutch Reform Church, Struisbaai
All race briefings will start 10 minutes ahead of scheduled race start times and will be given at the starting line.
Price Giving & Lucky Draw
Price giving and lucky draw will take place at 12:30.
A total of 5 water table points will be available.
Helmets Mandatory For All Racers
Conditions Of Entry
1) The Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Race will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for reasons of safety.In such cases, results will be issued at the discretion of the organisers
2) No time-trial bars may be used
3) All photographic or video material of participants made by the organisers or their assignees during any activity deemed to be part of the Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Race, shall be free for use by the organisers in any matter relating to the event at any time in the present or future
4) First over the line wins
5) Riders must be in attendance at the prize giving
Prizes will not be given afterwards
Naas Vermaak 072 071 3092
70km The Classic
Now, now, what do we have here? Last year we presented you with a route making some wanting to call their “mammie” for rescue and safe comfort…that was only for some. The majority of all the riders calmly and self respectfully tackled the ride with great composure and strength running through all kinds of emotions afterwards whilst clutching and caressing a medal truly earned realizing they’ve been part of an amazing ground-breaking event.
To improve on the flagship route of the Cape Agulhas MTB Classic for 2015 considering the type of area we are presented with, was not an easy task. But we’ve gone to great length in order to make this year’s a bit more enjoyable and easy on the mind, that’s after-all the challenge of any challenge, managing yourself J
Starting out onto Main Rd, Struisbaai, this time we turn RIGHT and head towards L’Agulhas via a tarred section and will hit gravel for the first time as you pass the world renowned Southernmost Lighthouse in L’Agulhas. The start will be fast and furious and great care should be taken in the bunch. After about 12 km the riders will ride through the entrance gate of the beautiful Cape Agulhas National Park Restcamp. Meandering towards the sea now will require carefully negotiating a lovely tarred section with sharp turns and short steep ups and downs. And now you will hit a bit of sand for the first time of which the first 7 km will be a mixture of soft and hard terrain – all rideable. Since we’ve chosen to take a lot of last year’s sandy sections out whilst at the same time reversing the route to enable you to tackle this part fresh and upbeat and smiling all the way, we felt that by doing it this way, we will receive a lot of love and hugs at the end J. And then comes the beautiful stretch along the beach hoping it will deliver the same exhilarating experience as last year. Climbing back onto mainland so to speak the route goes towards Anysberg and turning right just below the mountain a lovely almost contour-like section now takes you around to the back of the mountain where all last year’s riders soon will recognize familiar terrain – and once again, the somewhat small matter of riding up and over the back of Anysberg awaits! Karma spoke to some last year in a somewhat harsh manner but remains a lovely leveller in life and this mountain will again be the measure of your good deeds – past and present! Your tears and crying(of joy) will however come to a rolling-down-your-cheeks-type of annoying end when, from the top of Anysberg, you will be greeted with possibly the most stunning view this country has to offer – also the spot of our 2nd water point. Take your time here and drink it in – truly awesome. Going down Anysberg is fun and very quickly, after a LEFT-turn at the bottom onto a gravel road, you will be riding towards Soutpan and like last year circumnavigates it, this time it will be on your right hand side. Mostly lovely jeep track section all the way through the Agulhas plains and stretching over private property the route takes you right into the heartland of the Cape Agulhas National Park whilst meandering through and over mostly fynbos – a lovely flatland section with little rolling bumps as you go along for about 20 kms – some parts might be a little sandy as well but definitely ridable.
Coming back to finish venue will take you through the back roads of Struisbaai with some nifty turns - be aware for the odd car maybe here and there.
So we hope that all will agree, once again, a splendid experience under the belt and a beer well earned – you’ll be the judge – enjoy!
30km Realty Blue Route
(Kids under 13yrs of age to be accompanied by an adult)
Now, this one would require a bit of an effort.The route also takes you from Struisbaai towards L'Agulhas along the beautiful coastal Marine Drive for a close view(and smell!) of the ocean, maybe even some spray in your face along with a giggle. As you pass "Spookdraai"(now be careful of the "spoke" here), be grateful that you you don’t have to climb up tro the viewpoint – just carry straight on towards L'Agulhas lighthouse where you will turn right onto the gravel road, direction Suiderstrand! Turning right again in Suiderstrand you will now start with your only climb of the day. Some will call it big, others will relish pedaling up the dreaded and infamous "witpad" to the top. Some riders will ride, some will walk J - please be aware that there might be some riders wanting to pass - try to keep left if possible.
Two right turns in quick succession at the top will take you along the L'Agulhas mountainridge through more fynbos and beautiful scenery all the way back to the finish - truly enjoyable!
10km Fun Ride
Kids 7 years and older can ride the 10km fun ride but must be accompanied by an adult if under 13. Maximum 3 under 13’s per adult.
A very easy ride heading from Struisbaai to L'Agulhas along the beautiful coastal Marine Drive, hugging the coastline for the most part. For those parents with young kids that can still fit into a babychair on your bicycle, this route is definitely for you! The turnaround is just past the historic "Soldate poel", practically 50 yards away from the sea. You will then head back to Struisbaai along the same route, but this time turning left into and up and over Malvern Drive. This is the only real uphill of the route, VERY short and also near the end of your ride. Truly beautiful vistas will greet you from the top and will take you with a smile on your face and the wind on your back, back towards the finish - just in time for your early morning coffee and reading your daily paper!
Rules Of The Race
Every rider shall ride carefully and with due regard to the safety of other cyclists and other trail users.
Every rider shall wear a bicycle helmet with the strap securely fastened under his/her chin.
Every rider shall immediately comply with the instructions of a marshal and/or a traffic officer.
Every rider shall provide information requested by any marshal immediately.
Every rider shall at all-time display his/her race number legibly. Every rider shall identify him/herself and give his/her address on request to a marshal or any other rider requesting such information after a collision/race incident.
Every rider shall ride the full course and retire if he/she does not complete the full course.
A rider may not use a personal music system or a radio communication device, including a cellular phone, whilst riding.
A rider shall not ride with another person’s number or timing identification.
A rider shall not use foul or offensive language to his/her fellow riders or to any marshal.
A rider shall not dispose of any litter along the course except in refuse bins.
A rider may not start or attempt to start before his/her designated start.
A rider shall endeavor to complete the course with his/her own effort and shall not receive any assistance in this regard.
A rider shall provide reasonable assistance to any other rider involved in an accident while participating in the Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Race.
A rider shall be responsible to other riders for the proper control of his/her bicycle.
A licensed rider shall in addition comply with all applicable UCI rules and regulations.
The Event organisers, organisers and their employees, volunteers and assistants shall not be liable to any rider or other person claiming on behalf of a rider for damage to property, personal injury or death caused before, during or after the Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Race, whether such damage to property, personal injury or death was caused by the negligence or gross negligence of the Event organisers, organisers and/or their employees, volunteers and assistants and shall not be liable for any claim for contribution or indemnification in this regard.
A rider may not participate whilst under the influence of alcohol or any drug or medication that prevents or might prevent a rider from properly controlling his/her bicycle.
A rider may not use performance enhancing drugs. A rider is not subject to anti-doping testing, except that any rider may be tested for alcohol or drugs after an accident.
A rider shall not display on his/her bicycle, clothing and cycling equipment and writing, logo or item that is offensive or that may bring the Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Race into disrepute, as determined by the Event Organisers.
A rider who is informed by a marshal that he/she has been disqualified shall immediately slow down and cease to ride. A rider so disqualified shall thereafter cease to race but may thereafter ride the course only with permission of the marshal but may not cross the finish line or mats.
Every rider entering the Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Race consents to his/her name and/or number being publicly displayed and publicised (including on the internet) in the event that he/she is disqualified.
A rider may be disqualified summarily without a hearing by any one or more of the following persons:
a. A marshal
b. Any other person authorized by the Event organizers
c. Such summary disqualification shall be done by 14:00 on the day of the Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Challenge except in the case of a report from the official timer of the event, in which case the summary disqualification shall be made within a reasonable time after such report is made or a reasonable time after calling for further information from the rider and/or other persons
In the event that a person is aggrieved by a summary disqualification he/she may request in writing to the Event organisers within 24 hours of the completion of the race to be reinstated. Such a person may supplement such a request for re-instatement in the event of he/she receiving further information at a later time.
Any such request for reinstatement shall be considered by a tribunal appointed for that purpose who may:
a. Take no action
b. Reinstate the person
c. Order that further information be obtained
d. Impose additional penalties including a fine of up to R1 000.00 and/or recommend to the Event organisers that the person shall not be eligible to compete in the MTB Race in future
In addition, whether or not a rider has been summarily disqualified, the tribunal appointed for the purpose may, on notice to a rider by e-mail or other means of communication, call a hearing to determine whether a rider should be disqualified or another penalty imposed for a breach of the rules.
A hearing will normally be convened either on the day of the MTB Race or within a few days thereafter.
In the event of a disqualification, whether summary or after a hearing, a rider shall forthwith return any prize previously awarded to the rider and comply with any sanctions imposed.
A rider shall not be entitled to legal representation at such a hearing, except with the permission of the chairman of the tribunal.
The chairman of the tribunal shall determine the procedure to be followed at any hearing. All riders must please complete an indemnity form which is available on our website. Remember to bring it along with you to registration.
Click here to download the indemnity form