Cape Agulhas Classic MTB Race & Trail Run

The Southernmost MTB Race & Trail Run in Africa!

Fri, 27/12/2019, 00H00 - Sat, 28/12/2019, 00H00

Sun, 27/12/2020, 00H00 - Mon, 28/12/2020, 00H00

After a scenic two hour drive from Cape Town across rolling hills, you will find the Southern-most region of Africa, part of the magical Overberg, where the majestic Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. This area stretches from Die Dam in the west, to the De Hoop Nature Reserve in the east.

On December 28nd, you can enjoy this region on your mountain bike during the CAPE AGULHAS MTB CLASSIC, the main event of the week, and also sign up for a very nice family holiday run just before sunset on the 27th of December. For the MTB you will have four distances on offer whilst the run will have a 6km, 10km and 15km option with the routes crossing various terrain of tar and off-road trails. What a fabulous time of fun for the whole family to enjoy during the holiday season!

The main mountain bike race on a Saturday morning is 72km, testing the skill and stamina of the rider. Then there are the shorter equally as scenic 46km and 35km rides, as well as a 10km event to enjoy at your leisure.

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2019 MTB Race

2019 MTB Race

On December 28th, you can enjoy this region on your mountain bike during the CAPE AGULHAS MTB CLASSIC and there are four distances on offer during the 2019 event.

The main mountain bike race on the Saturday morning is 72km, testing the skill and stamina of the rider. Then there are the shorter equally as scenic 46km and 35km rides, as well as a 10km event to enjoy at your leisure.

Date: 28 December 2019

Start Times: 72km - 07h30 | 46km - 07h45 | 35km - 08h00 | 10km - 08h15

Entry Fees: 72km - R350 | 46km - R300 | 35km - R260 | 10km - R120

To Enter:

Enter online at Web Tickets (credit card and EFT payments accepted online). Alternatively you can now walk into Pick & Pay stores and enter at their information counter.

Online entries close December 25th

Payments must be received before midnight on Wednesday 25th December 2019

MTB Race Registration:

Friday, 27th December 2019

15h00 - 19h00 Struisbaai Church hall

Saturday, 28th December 2019

Registration starts at 06h00 - 08h00 at the Struisbaai Church hall

GPS Coordinates: 34°47'59.88"S 20°02'56.87"E

General: The first 100 pre-entry riders will receive a free goodie bag.

Prize Giving Categories: To be announced on 1 October 2019

2019 MTB Rules

2019 MTB Rules

Conditions of entry

  • Helmets are mandatory for all racers.
  • There are no refunds or substitutions.
  • E-bikes are most welcome - please inform us about it - riders on e-bikes do not qualify for category honours and prizes.
  • Tandem bikes are allowed, but both cyclists must enter and pay for the race.
  • The organizers take no responsibility if route markers have gone missing thus leading to confusion for riders - circumstances will be thoroughly investigated.
  • The MTB Race will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, rerouted or stopped for reasons of safety. In such cases, results will be issued at the discretion of the organizers.
  • No time-trial bars may be used.
  • All photographic or video material of participants made by the organizers or their assignees during any activity deemed to be part of the Cape Agulhas MTB Classic shall be free for use by the organizers in any matter relating to the event at any time in the present or future.
  • Riders must be in attendance at the prize giving or forfeit prizes.
  • If for any reason a lucky draw prize cannot be given, for example, through the loss of sponsorship or place of business closure, we will replace the prize with something suitable to us, the organizers.
  • No registration number for Lucky Draw prizes can be transferred or given to any other cyclist or non-cyclist.
  • Prize collections must be collected by the owner of the ticket - not their relative or friend.

Rules of the Race

  • 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 endeavour 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 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 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 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 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.
  • 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 reinstatement in the event of he/she receiving further information at a later time.
  • A rider may be disqualified summarily without a hearing by any one or more of the following persons:
  1. A marshal
  2. Any other person authorized by the Event organizers
  3. Such summary disqualification shall be done by 14:00 on the day of the 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.

Any such request for reinstatement shall be considered by a tribunal appointed for that purpose who may:

  1. Take no action
  2. Reinstate the person
  3. Order that further information be obtained
  4. 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.

Rules courtesy of AMARIDER

2019 Trail Run

2019 Trail Run

A nice little addition from last year will be the family holiday run just before sunset on the 27th of December 2019. This run will have a 6km, 10km & 15km option with the routes crossing various terrain of tar and off-road trails - adding that extra little bit of fun for the whole family ...I'm sure mommy's gonna kick daddy's butt!

Date: 27 December 2019
Venue: NG Church Suidpunt, Struisbaai, Overberg.
GPS Coordinates: 34°47'59.88"S 20°02'56.87"E
Distances: 15km, 10km, 6km
Start Time: 15km: 16:00pm, 10km: 16:15pm, 6km: 16:30pm

Entries will close 15 minutes before the start of each race. Race Briefing 10 minutes before each race starts.

Entry Fees:

  • 15km - R200
  • 10km - R160
  • 6km - R60

To Enter: Enter online at Web Tickets (credit card and EFT payments accepted online). Alternatively, you can now walk into Pick & Pay stores and enter at their information counter.

Online entries close December 19th.

Payments must be received before midnight on Wednesday 25th December 2019 (when pre-entries close), otherwise, your entry will be subsequently cancelled.

We will accept late entries at the registrations hall. Please note that a further R50 late entry administration fee will be added to the entry fee. Only cash will be accepted.

Trail Run Registration:

Friday, 27 December 2019

14h30 - 16h15 - Struisbaai Church hall​

General:

  • The first 50 runners will receive a free goodie bag
  • Medals for all finishers
  • There will be water points on the routes.
  • Category prizes as well as great prizes to be won afterwards in the lucky draw!
Cape Agulhas Classic – FAQ

Cape Agulhas Classic – FAQ

Where can I find race results?

On the race day, partial results will be posted in the church hall before prize giving, and we will post them on FB and our website the day after the race.

What if I have a race result query?

Please consult Finishing Time directly on the day, or send us an email and we can address the issue after the race day.

What if I get lost en route?

It is best to turn around and go back to where you saw your last sign. Alternatively, you can call the organizer, we will supply the phone number on race day.

What if I get injured?

Please use the MySOS app to alert the medical team right away if you are injured. We will have ambulances en route that will respond right away. We will send the MySOS details out before the race day.

If I can’t attend the race, can I substitute my entry or get a refund?

No, sorry you cannot.

MTB Race

72km

What is the difficulty and elevation for the 72km?

This distance has only 680m of climbing but is somewhat taxing on the legs due to some sandy spots. Technically a 2/5 and difficulty also 2/5.

46km

What is the difficulty and elevation for the 46km?

This distance has only 400m of climbing but is somewhat taxing on the legs due to some sandy spots. Technically a 2/5 and difficulty also 2/5.

How much sand will I have to cycle through?

Approximately 6km of wave side/beach sand as well as another roughly 2km of testing sand - rest is faily hardpacked. Remaining 38km has a solid easy rideable surface - Moderate Ride.

Must I be an expert MTBer to cycle this route?

No, not at all - choose distance according to fitness levels.

35km

What is the difficulty and elevation for the 35km?

This distance has only 280m of climbing but is somewhat taxing on the legs due to some sandy spots. Technically a 2/5 and difficulty also 2/5.

How much sand will I have to cycle through?

Approximately 7km of fynbos covered jeep track...so fair rider conditions- rest is fairly hardpacked. Remaining 28km has a solid easy rideable surface - Moderate Ride.

Must I be an expert MTBer to cycle this route?

No, not at all - choose distance according to fitness levels.

10km

Can I enter the race using a tandem bike?

Yes, but both cyclists must enter the race.

What is the difficulty and elevation for the 10km?

This distance has only 80m of climbing but is and all on tar - Technically a 1/5 and difficulty also 1/5- Very Easy.

Trail Run

15km

What is the difficulty and elevation for the 15km?

This distance has only 285m of climbing but is somewhat taxing on the legs due to some sandy spots. Technically a 2/5 and difficulty also 2/5.

10km

What is the difficulty and elevation for the 10km?

This distance has only 218m of climbing and will hopefully test the runner a bit. Technically a 2/5 and difficulty also 2/5.

6km Fun Run

What is the difficulty and elevation for the 6km?

This distance has only 95m of climbing and is easily doable for any crawling, walking and running age - Technically a 1/5 and difficulty also 1/5.

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