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  1. The two top riders of the 100Miler were both on gravel bikes with Jaco Davel coming in first in a time of 5 hours 59 min and Bennie Viljoen to follow just over three minutes later. Yolande de Villiers won the ladies for the second consecutive year in a time of 6 hours 21 min to finish fifth overall. The event has become popular for gravel bikes and even a road bike was spotted! Some roads are corrugated, which could become a hard day in the saddle. There is also an E-bike category in both distances, but most riders are still on full suspension 29er mountain bikes. In the 50Miler event, Freddie Visser took the win with Jan-Hendrik Theron and Coenraad Maas to follow. Nienke Mostert was the overall ladies winner. Full results and times can be viewed on www.trailtag.co.za. Local Malmesbury cycling club uses the event as a fundraiser by providing staff for marshals and waterpoints. The event was held a month earlier in 2019 and the farm life is beautiful this time of year with lambing season in the Swartland. More information about the event, presented by Bike Hub, can be found on www.amarider100miler.co.za
  2. The long distance of 160km start at Malmesbury Showgrounds and the 80km option start at Delico, Riebeck Kasteel. With all entries closing on the 15th of May, the organising team is getting all the last details sorted to present a great day of racing. This iconic event has become firmly entrenched on the Western Cape calendar as a season highlight and gives riders the perfect intro to endurance riding. The 50-mile option takes the fastest riders around 3 hours and with open gravel roads all the way, is non-technical. Views go on for days. A look at the profile will show that the first 40km is fairly flat and makes for fast riding. You need to keep something in the tank for the last 30km, with some sharp climbs after the 2nd (and last) water station. Note that the 50-mile ride starts at Delico butchery outside Riebeeck Kasteel, about 20km from Malmesbury so arrange a lift or book one of the shuttles. The 100-mile option, although strenuous is a much easier ride than some of the other 100’s out there, with the course record, held by Erik Kleinhans, standing at a phenomenal 05h33. This should highlight the fact that, despite some proper climbs, that the route is fast and flowing. Erik broke the record using a gravel bike with front suspension, and more and more riders are bringing their gravel bikes to this event. Just a note to the rest of the field, he beat the 2nd place rider by 30 minutes... All this said, the 100 Mile option is not easy, especially as the bulk of the climbing happens in the last 40km of the race and really tests the middle and back-of-the-pack riders’ resolve towards the end. The cut-off for the 100Miler is at 18h00, meaning you need to maintain around 16km/h to receive your finishers’ medal. And yes, the official race distance is 167km. In terms of entrants, the 50 miler is becoming more and more popular, with twice as many riders opting for the shorter option. For both routes, well-stocked feed zones are laid out with 100 miler riders having a dedicated breakfast and lunch points as part of their 5 stops. The midway point, and the start of the 50 miler, is a festive affair with Delico butchery keeping the braai fires going throughout the day until cut-off. If you are worried about getting stranded out on the route, miles from home, Day trippers are on hand with shuttle buses to get you back to civilisation. As with previous editions, the Malmesbury Fietsryklub provide support services to the race in return for financial remuneration which they plough back into their local trail projects. The club has been very active in getting singletrack built in and around the town and as Amarider we cannot be happier for the event to support this great initiative in our host town. Having the locals on route looking after us, not only adds gees to the day, but there is always someone close by to help you understand just exactly where you are! For the 10th year, riders will start at 7h30 when the sun rises over Malmesbury to attempt to finish the 160km in 10.5 hours. Riders are treated to 5 refreshment stations with a breakfast and lunch stop included for the longer distance. This is a CSA sanctioned event. Registration starts on Thursday 17 May at Bellville Cricket Club between 14h00 – 18h00. Friday. 18 May registration is at Dirtopia Trail Centre on Delvera farm near Stellenbosch between 12h00 & 18h00. Limited event long sleeve T-shirts will be available to buy as well but order yours online with your entry to ensure you get one. Some things to look forward to: Enduren nutrition, squirt support on the day as well as samples at registration. Zang caffeinated chocolate samples. All finishers will receive a medal AND a finishers memento. You can also stand a chance to win a 2-night stay for 2 at In Die Wingerd valued at R1800. COST: 100Miler - R600 & 50Miler - R380 WHERE TO ENTER: ENTER ONLINE (login OR create a profile/register) MORE INFO: www.amarider100miler.co.za
  3. It was a crisp morning in Malmesbury as we prepared for the 100 miles of dirt road ahead. There was the chatter of teeth as we shivered while we made sure our bikes and Garmin’s were ready to go! #strava!!! Aaron and Waldo lined up for Team Pure Savage and were looking forward to a MTB race where roadies could come and strut their stuff too! Both are under cover Mountain biker’s anyway so fit the profile perfectly. Click here to view the article
  4. Photo credit: Chris Hitchock While Waldo pulled a true Pure Savage move and ran around looking for a timing chip before the start, Aaron was as cool as a cucumber, looking calm and very focused. Photo credit: Chris Hitchock Up front, Eric Kleinhans was setting the pace, he then broke away and had a lead of around 8min at the halfway mark. Max Sullivan, Etnard Louw, Richard Simpson and Rikus Visser followed, while Waldo was in the group 5 min back. In this group Rickus Jooste did an awesome job early on setting the pace while Luca Stermin, Jaco Davel, Neville Cragg and Martin Cilliers complete the units of the chasing pack. Aaron’s race had left him a little deflated having multiples punctures to his rear tyre. Sometimes you are the hammer and sometimes you are the nail, but in this case his tires got nailed! At the 60km mark he had to plug the tyre, he then had used so many bombs it sounded like war zone. Ten or so kilometers later another one, and after using a few more of those precious little air canisters he realized it wasn’t sealing and there was no way to continue. Tyre’s time of death, 97.4km. In the meantime Waldo was also doing battle, hammering along spinning like a hamster trying to keep up with Neville, only having 32T was not ideal. Neville’s weapon of choice was a Niner BSB 9 RDO with a Lauf Forks setup and was dishing out pain on the flats after initially taking a few hits on a few rocky sections. Waldo decided he was done pretending to be Chris Froome and returned to his normal grind. Photo credit: Chris Hitchock Eric was showing everyone how it was done with a massive lead at the last checkpoint. Etnard was followed by Rikus Visser who was less than a minute behind. Richard tagged in just over another minute later and the podium was still for play in the last few climbs to the finish. Richard played it cool and sneaked in from behind leapfrogging both to take 2nd while Rikus came home in 3rd overall. After the last waterpoint it was every man for himself in Waldo’s group. The water bottle was filled and a banana was gobbled up! (Now his hamster cheeks matched his hamster cadence) A top 10 was still on the cards for Team Pure Savage! Waldo couldn’t hold Luca’s wheel but tapped out a steady pace to keep some daylight between him and the rest of the chasing pack. Photo credit: Chris Hitchock Overall Jaco and Neville caught up to Max Sullivan who buried himself early on. This rounded out positions 5, 6 and 7 while Luca came in at 8th. Waldo powered home to 9th after a last ditch hammer. Marc Wells did a marvelous job making up around 4min from the last checkpoint to finish in the top 10. Lots of records broken! Eric had a new course record of 5:33:16, won it on a gravel grinder and didn’t even look tired. Aaron used a record number of bombs in one race while Waldo is now the new record holder for highest cadence curing the 100 miler!
  5. The event, presented by Bike Hub, starts and finishes at the Malmesbury Showgrounds and circles the Swartland towards Riebeeck Kasteel where the 50Miler starts half-way, at Delico Butchery. To ride 160km or even 80km solo is a big personal achievement for most riders, and Kleinhans commented that the 2009 medal is one that is close to his heart. The longer distance starts at 7h30 at sunrise and the 50Miler at 9am. Both must finish with the long distance before the 17h30 cut-off in Malmesbury. Friday registration is at Dirtopia Trail Centre on Delvera farm near Stellenbosch between 12h00 & 18h00. Dirtopia Café & bikeshop will be open later too. Note that no entries are available on race day. Visit www.amarider.co.za/100miler2017 for locations of the spectator points and follow the live timing on www.trailtag.co.za with some checkpoints on the route. The local Malmesbury Cycling Club raises funds through the event by taking control of the waterpoints and marshalling on the route. Amarider is a non-profit organisation working for mountain bike trail access and as well as liability and insurance support to clubs and groups managing trails systems around South Africa. Like the Facebook page and on Twitter and Instagram use #Amarider100 and follow @dirtopia for updates.
  6. Erik Kleinhans riding for Team Topek-Ergon, won the inaugural Amarider 100Miler in 2009 under extreme conditions, which forced more than 75% of entrants to abandon the race, 50% before the start. In 2016 he returned to take the title again, and this year he is back as firm favourite for his third Amarider 100 Miler. Adriaan Louw finished the 2016 race three minutes behind Kleinhans and is also back to try and topple the favourite. Click here to view the article
  7. What makes this the perfect 100 Mile intro? It’s accessible. With the start and finish in Malmesbury you don’t have to bother with transport and you can drive to the start in the morning. Price. Shop around, this race offers great value and your entry fee includes on-route breakfast and lunch points. Support. Apart from a large race support contingent, your supporters can assist you at 4 easy to reach Spectator points on the day. This makes it perfect for your family and friends to be part of the day and allows you to break your effort into achievable segments. Route. The route consists predominantly of flowing and fast-rolling dirt road. With 2400m of climbing over the day, it certainly is not flat but very few riders struggle to make cut-off. The cause. Proceeds of the race go towards Amarider’s advocacy efforts and over the past years have made projects like the recent opening of new trails on Table Mountain possible. For catering purposes and general planning, only pre-entries will be accepted for this event and entries are limited. Riders can ride as solo competitors or form 4-person (non-relay) teams and enjoy a day out with mates in the saddle. The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. Open and Mixed team trophies are awarded. A shorter 50 mile (80km) race option, starts at the halfway mark at Riebeeck Kasteel and ends with the 100Miler riders at the Malmesbury Showgrounds. This event provides an opportunity for riders keen to get a taste of endurance riding and experience the 2nd half of the 100-mile route option. DATE: Saturday, 20 May 2017 TIME: 07h30 (100Miler) & 09h00 (50Miler) DISTANCE: 160km or 80km VENUE: Malmesbury COST: 100Miler: R 580 50Miler: R 350 *Amarider members get R50 discount on entry fee.ENTER HERE. No late entries will be accepted. 100 MILER INFO: Four spectator points - go and support the riders! Total route elevation is 2200m 50 MILER INFO: For the not so brave there are a 50 Miler (80km) which starts at Riebeeck Kasteel (Delico Butchery) and finishes in Malmesbury (please note entries are limited and only pre-entries are taken). There will be a shuttle from the finish to the start at Delico at 07h30 and there will be NO shuttle available in the afternoon. You have to book & pay R150 for the shuttles and they were fully booked last year. So please try and arrange lifts with your friends or family. It is a 25km drive from the finish to the start. Timing: You will need an Amarider Trail Tag to be timed for this event, you will tag in and out at various check points along the route.The Trail Tags are available for purchase at R100 or for rent at R50. You’ll use the Tag at most Dirtopia and Amarider events, so you might as well purchase one. If you don’t have a Trail Tag you MUST purchase a temporary Trail Tag at R50 OR a permanent Trail Tag at R100 upon entering. Amarider is a recreational trails advocacy group focused on improving trail opportunities on the African continent and proceeds of the event are channelled directly to trail projects. Amarider is focused on improving trail construction standards around the country and assist various mountain bike clubs to ensure that their trails are safe and environmentally sustainable. Finishing the Amarider 100 Miler within the allotted 10hours 30minutes cut-off time is one of the most challenging endurance tests! Make sure you LIKE the Amarider 100 Miler page on Facebook to stay updated with all information.For further information email info@amarider.co.za or info@dirtopia.co.za or contact 021 884 4547 or 021 884 4752 otherwise see the website: www.amarider.co.za or www.dirtopia.co.za
  8. The 8th annual Amarider 100Miler, presented by Bike Hub, took place in perfect weather conditions on Saturday, 21 May. Record times were ridden and eventually Erik Kleinhans from Team Topeak Ergon finished in 05h41, becoming the first rider to win the race twice. Adriaan Louw from Contego was second in 05h44 with Stephen Ihlenveldt in third with a time of 06h02. Click here to view the article
  9. Starting at 07h30, riders were led on a 5km neutral prossesion through Malmesbury’s streets before heading on a anticlockwise loop of the Swartland including the Perdeberg, Porseleinberg areas before circumnavigating the Kasteelberg and the towns of Riebeeck Kasteel and Riebeeck West. Adriaan Louw was in the lead by the first waterpoint, but after the halfway mark at Delico, Erik took the lead to the finish. The 50Miler event over 80km started at the halfway point at Delico Butchery and followed the 2nd half of the 100 Miler course. Max Sullivan took the win in 3 hours 4 minutes. John Gesselleen and Sean Grobler were second & third over the line. Nadia Visser was first for the woman in the 100Miler race and finished 15 minutes before Jeanie de Villers in a time of 6 hours 42 minutes. Team Brandslang was the the first 4-man team with the following riders: Tom Figl, Paul Horsford, Peter Marais and Mark Boddy. Full results on www.trailtag.co.za. This year the event partnered with the Malmesbury Cycling Club who provided support services to the race. The club intends to use the funds generated through this project to develop more singletrack in and around Malmesbury. The spectator points were very popular and riders enjoyed great food & drinks at the refreshment stations and lunch & breakfast stops. The day will be remembered for the magnificent scenery and perfect Autumn weather. Almost 900 riders entered, just under 800 started and just under 700 finished the route before cut-off. For more information, visit www.amarider.co.za.
  10. Event Name: Amarider 100Miler Presented By Bike Hub When: 21 May 2016 Where: Malmesbury Showgrounds, Western Cape Category: MTB The eighth edition of The Amarider 100Miler will be presented by Bike Hub and will take place in Malmesbury on the 21st of May. This individual one-day mountain bike ultra-marathon of 160km is affordable and a very special event. From the humbling beginnings that grew in 2009 to what is now one of the must-do-events on the mountain biking calendar. The scenery is beautiful in the Swartland during Autumn and the riding is not technical. The weather conditions play a major role in testing your endurance, as mud, wind or rain do on most outdoor events. This event will start early morning just as the sun is rising, with astounding scenery that is spellbound to keep the legs going for many hours. Only pre-entries will be accepted for both distances. Entries are limited and remember that this is a seeding event for Die Burger MTB Challenge 2016. The 160km (100Miler) route is divided into three sections of approximately 55km with two compulsory timing checkpoints. The format of the race creates perfect vantage points for spectators and support. While the competition is based on solo riders completing the entire course these riders can form 4-man teams and enjoy a day out with mates on a saddle (of course)! The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. The shorter route option of the 50Miler (80km), starts at the halfway mark at Riebeeck Kasteel and ends with the 100Miler riders at the Malmesbury Showgrounds. This event also provides an opportunity for keen riders to taste endurance riding along with twist and turns against the clock. DATE: Saturday, 21 May 2016 TIME: 07h30 (100Miler) & 09h00 (50Miler) DISTANCE: 160km with an 80km shorter option VENUE: Malmesbury COST: 100Miler: R530 50Miler: R320 Amarider members get R50 discount on entry fee Pre-entries open 1 March 2016 and will close on Monday, 16 May 2016. No late entries will be accepted. 100 MILER INFO: Four spectator points - go and support the riders! Total route elevation is 1950m 50 MILER INFO: For the not so brave there are a 50 Miler (80km) which starts at Riebeeck Kasteel (Delico Butchery) and finishes in Malmesbury (please note entries are limited and only pre-entries are taken). There will be a shuttle from the finish to the start at Delico at 07h30 and there will be NO shuttle available in the afternoon. You have to book & pay R80 for the shuttles and they were fully booked last year. So please try and arrange lifts with your friends or family. It is a 25km drive from the finish to the start. Timing: You will need an Amarider Trail Tag to be timed for this event, you will tag in and out at various check points along the route. The Trail Tags are available for purchase at R100 or for rent at R50. You’ll use the Tag at most Dirtopia and Amarider events, so you might as well purchase one. If you don’t have a Trail Tag you MUST purchase a temporary Trail Tag at R50 OR a permanent Trail Tag at R100 upon entering. Fundraiser for the organisation. Amarider is a recreational trails advocacy group focused on improving trail opportunities on the African continent and proceeds of the event are channelled directly to trail projects. Amarider is focused on improving trail construction standards around the country and assist various mountain bike clubs to ensure that their trails are safe and environmentally sustainable. Finishing the Amarider 100 Miler within the allotted 10hours 30minutes cut-off time is one of the most challenging endurance tests! Make sure you LIKE the Amarider 100 Miler page on Facebook to stay updated with all information. For further information email info@amarider.co.za or info@dirtopia.co.za or contact 021 884 4547 or 021 884 4752 otherwise see the website: www.amarider.co.za or www.dirtopia.co.za Go to Event Page
  11. If you were at the first Amarider 100Miler event in 2009, you will remember the Cape storm that hit that May day. Heavy rain and wind made the conditions extremely tough, and race director Meurant Botha set off more than 200 riders from Durbanville to Malmesbury, although more than 400 entered. Click here to view the article
  12. Only 100 riders finished that year, with Erik Kleinhans in the front! Erik says it was the hardest win to date, as the wind, mud & rain played a major role to finish for that medal. For the first time since then, Erik will race the Amarider 100Miler for Team Topeak Ergon this Saturday, 21 May from Malmesbury. Presented by Bike Hub this year, perfect Autumn conditions are expected with no rain predicted. Setting off at 07h30, the bunch will be led by traffic through the streets of town in a neutral zone. Record number of riders expected for the 50 Miler event as well that starts from Delico, Riebeeck Kasteel at 09h00 – the half way mark for the ultra-marathon riders. Route marshals & waterpoints will be managed by local Malmesbury Cycling Club to raise funds for their trails. Breakfast & lunch stops, refreshment stations with fruit and spectator points, the event is a highlight on the calendar of mountain bikers that seek a non-technical route. Teams of 4 can ride the 160km together as well, but the solo entries are the most popular. The magnificent farm scenery in the Swartland is hard to miss, but must be appreciated while keeping the cut-offs in mind. More than 800 riders will take to the open roads Saturday – will have to see how many will get to the finish line! For more information, visit www.amarider.co.za
  13. In a very exciting development, organisers are pleased to announce a partnership with Malmesbury Fietsryklub, that will see the locals provide support services to the race in return for financial remuneration and support with their trail expansion program. According to Meurant Botha, director of Amarider, the club has been very active in getting singletrack built in and around the town and Amarider cannot be happier for the event to support this great initiative in the host town of Malmesbury. “We are certain that having the locals on route will add a lot of spirit to the day” said Botha. Check out their activities at www.malmesburyfietsryklub.co.za The 100 Miler was created to become a primary fundraiser for the organisation. Amarider is a recreational trails advocacy group focused on improving trail opportunities on the African continent and proceeds of the event are channeled directly to trail projects. The Malmesbury MTB Club will provide marshals and manage the refreshment stations that are supported by Enduren Nutrition and Powerade/Coke. 100Miler entrants get breakfast and lunch stops, while 50Miler riders will also be able to fuel up with snacks like fruit, jellies and potatoes. Of interest is the fact that the 50 Miler is currently slightly more popular, and why not. Starting at Delico Butchery at a more reasonable hour for an 80km flip around the picturesque Kasteelberg, does seem a fair bit more pleasant than going the full distance. Of course, if you have bucket list issues the full 100 is the only way to go. The route has proven itself as very achievable but with the course record on the new route at 06h02 it certainly is not for the unprepared. In 2015 the route designer moved the finish area to the much more spacious Malmesbury Showgrounds resulting in a slight bump on the route profile right at the end! The best thing about the day’s racing is the fact that friends and family can make a road trip out of it and visit regular spectator points. This not only involves the loved-ones with your tough day out, but also gives you a bit more mental comfort that help is never too far should the day become a bit much on either body or bike. The 160km (100Miler) route is divided into three sections of approximately 55km with two compulsory timing checkpoints. While the competition is based on solo riders completing the entire course these riders can form 4-man teams and enjoy a day out with mates on a saddle (of course)! The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. For enquiries, contact Dirtopia Trail Centre at info@dirtopia.co.za or 0218844752. Good luck with getting that medal!
  14. The eighth annual Amarider 100Miler & 50Miler event, presented by Bike Hub takes place on Saturday 21 May 2016 in the Swartland, at the Malmesbury Festival grounds. With less than a month to go, the 100 Miler team is getting all the last details sorted to present a great day of racing. Only pre-entries are taken on www.amarider.co.za and entries have been flowing in fast! Click here to view the article
  15. The one-day ultra mountain bike marathon in the Swartland, the Amarider 100Miler, will start & finish at the Malmesbury Festival grounds on Saturday 21 May 2016. The route will be more or less the same as previous years, with a few new additions towards the finish. The 50Miler option will again start at Delico, Riebeeck Kasteel and finish with the 160km riders in town. Click here to view the article
  16. The eighth edition of The Amarider 100Miler will be presented by Bike Hub, and is all about pedalling farms roads in this beautiful country side from 3 to 10 hours. This individual one-day mountain bike ultra-marathon is affordable and a very special event. From the humbling beginnings that grew in 2009 to what is now one of the must-do-events on the mountain biking calendar. The scenery is beautiful in the Swartland during Autumn and the riding is not technical. The weather conditions play a major role in testing your endurance, as mud, wind or rain do on most outdoor events. This event will start early morning at 7h30 just as the sun is rising and the first riders are expected after 1 o’clock. The 50Miler starts at 09h00 and will finish just over 3 hours. The weather conditions play a major role in testing your endurance, as mud, wind or rain do on most outdoor events. The 100Miler riders have breakfast & lunch stops, while the 50Miler entrants can also enjoy good refreshment stations with fruit, Coke & snacks. This event also provides an opportunity for keen riders to taste endurance riding along with twist and turns against the clock. Only pre-entries will be accepted for both distances, so visit www.amarider.co.za to get your entry secured. Prizes are awarded to different age categories, but no under 18’s are allowed in the event. Timing is done by Trail Tag that gives live results on the day of check points and finish times.The 160km (100Miler) route is divided into three sections of approximately 55km with two compulsory timing checkpoints. The format of the race creates perfect vantage points for spectators and support. While the competition is based on solo riders completing the entire course these riders can form 4-man teams and enjoy a day out with mates on a saddle (of course)! The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. According to Meurant Botha, director of Amarider, the 100 Miler was created to become a primary fundraiser for the organisation. Amarider is a recreational trails advocacy group focused on improving trail opportunities on the African continent and proceeds of the event are channeled directly to trail projects. Amarider is focused on improving trail construction standards around the country and assist various mountain bike clubs to ensure that their trails are safe and environmentally sustainable. For further information visit http://www.amarider.co.za/100Miler/ or email info@amarider.co.za or contact 021 884 4547. Now go get that medal!
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