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  1. What Cycle Lights Do I Need For The 36One MTB Challenge? What Lights do I need for the 36One MTB Challenge is a question we often get asked. The 36One MTB Challenge, is a unique ride in the sense that you start at 18:00 at night, and have to ride 361 km thereafter. Every rider will need lights for at least one full evening. Those that are a bit slower, or have encountered technical or physical difficulties en route, will require lights for a second night. For the 36One MTB Challenge, you should have three lights, each serving a different purpose: your primary handlebar light,a red tail light, anda front backup light. Primary Handlebar LightThe Extreme Lights Endurance Cycle Light was designed specifically for ultra long distance races at nighttime, such as the 36One MTB Challenge. It has three unique features that will benefit you: 1. Beam Pattern & Distance:The Endurance Cycle Light has a wide beam pattern with a concentration of light in the middle. The hotspot in the middle enables you to see a great distance ahead (up to 223m). The wide flood on the sides allows you to see “through” the corners. This is ideal when you are coming down a pass. Rather than having your light pointing over the cliffs on the side of the road (where your handlebar is pointing) you can already see where you need to turn to as you approach the corners. 2. Runtimes:Exceptional battery life. The standard 5200 mAh 4 Cell Cycle Light Battery pack will last you the entire first night with runtimes as follows: LOW mode (40 hours) is fine to use on flat and uphill terrains. MID mode (10 hours) is great for fast flats and normal downhills. BOOST mode (2.5 hours) should only be used if you are chasing down steep descents at great speed, and need maximum light. 3. Handlebar Mount:Our specialised XP Quick Release Cycle Light Clamp is 100% secure and does not move around on your bike. It will not move around over bumpy terrain, so you won’t end up looking at your front wheel. Once adjusted to your handlebar width, it secures to your bike within seconds. Rear Red Tail LightYou need to be visible from the rear, as there may be vehicles on the road, this will also indicate to fellow riders where you are. The Two Eyes Red Tail, powered by two AAA batteries, is super bright - even during daytime, with an amazing runtime of up to 60Hours on its dancing mode. Backup LightThe purpose of a backup light is to: Get you home safely if your primary light fails (due to crash, damage or running out of battery)Let you work on your bike when you have technical problems en route.A backup light has to have its own batteries. The Extreme Lights Basecamp Headlamp is ideal. We suggest this light specifically because it's small, super lightweight and won't add any strain to your neck during long riding hours. You can keep it in your rear pocket, and wear it on your forehead, beneath your helmet, in case of an emergency. It comes with 3 AAA batteries in the box. With run times of 120Hours, it will be more than sufficient to get you through to your next checkpoint safely. Do I Need An Extra Battery? There are a few different aspects to the 36One MTB Challenge, and depending on which race category you fall under, you can determine if you'll be needing an extra battery for your adventure. The 2 Person Relay riders will have the chance to charge batteries between legs, or will only ride partly at night. As you can either ride leg 1 & 2 (3 & 4) or leg 1 & 3 (2 & 4). The 4 Person Relay riders will only need one battery each as you won’t be on the route for more than 6-8 hours for each 80-100km section. The Half starts at 06:00 and while it is dusk still when you start, you won’t need lights for more than 45-60 minutes and as such you should have enough light to finish the race. The slowest Half riders might be finishing just under 15 hours, meaning you only need a light for ±3 hours. The Challenge, for those of you taking on the full 361 km solo or in a team, it's best you think about getting a secondary battery. Riders aiming at finishing in record times, you probably only need a backup headlamp, but we always suggest having an extra battery in one of your boxes, in case you have a breakdown along the way. Intermediate to slower riders will DEFINITELY need a secondary battery. Around half the riding group of The Challenge will go over 24Hours into the race and will ride into the second evening. We have three Battery Packs available with different capacities. Housed in an awesome Neoprene Pouch, small and compact and are all compatible with all our lights. The bigger mAh battery, the longer runtimes. Remember to be on the lookout for your 10% Extreme Lights Discount Coupon in one of the 36One MTB Challenge emails, which will be sent to all the race participants.
  2. Reid – who raced the SA Cup Cross Country series event in the Helderberg the day before – out-sprinted Michiel Van Der Heijden (Scott-ODLO) and Matthew Beers (Cannondale Red-E) to cross the finish line of the 15th annual MTB Challenge first, in a time of 02:14:33. Steve Hoban (Pick n Pay), Lourens Luus (4th), Michiel Van Der Heijden (2nd), James Reid (1st), Matthew Beers (3rd) and Adriaan Louw (5th). “I’m very happy with the win,” commented a dusty Reid after the finish. “Especially considering yesterday (he finished an uncharacteristic fifth) - I've been putting in a lot more work in than what that race showed, so to take the win here is great,” he said. According to Reid, the route was exactly what you’d expect from this iconic event and that despite the recent devastating fires in the region. “Hats off to the organisers, there was so much singletrack – 60% was like, on-the-edge, dusty and loose…that is what this race is famous for,” he said. Reid, Dutch cross-country expert Van Der Heide (out in South Africa on a training camp), Matt Beers, Adriaan Louw (Contego) and Lourens Luus (PSG) rode clear early on in the 55-kilometre route and stuck together for most of the race. “There wasn’t much sustained climbing,” commented Reid of the 1250-metres of climbing, “more short, sharp, punchy stuff, which actually helps if you are a bit under the gun – which both Michiel and I were after yesterday’s race – but we rode ourselves into it,” he said. “Matt (Beers) was by far the strongest today - he was riding so well and I think he has a massive future. I pretty much watched him most of the day. Up a couple of the climbs I tried a few things, but nothing stuck,” he said. A crash saw Luus and Louw fall off the pace and with some 15km to go it was a three horse race. “I knew it would be a sprint finish,” said Reid. “So I lead it from the front from a couple of kilometres out and into the final singletrack. I took a few risks and could’ve been left exposed, but fortunately it worked out,” he said. In the women’s race Jennie Stenerhag was in a class of her own and took the win in a time of 02:35:17, ahead of Carmen Buchacher and Nadia Visser. “I’ve never won this race before, so I’m very happy,” she said. “It was very dusty and soft out there after the fire and in some places it was quite challenging to ride,” she said. “They’ve done a great job to restore the singletracks after the fire though, they must’ve worked very very hard,” said Stenerhag. Carmen Buchacher (2nd), Jennie Stenerhag (1st) and Nadie Visser (3rd). According to route designer Meurant Botha the fire didn’t have too much of a detrimental effect on the route. “We had to reroute a couple of sections because of it, but it didn’t affect water point placement so we were fortunate that we didn’t have to redesign the course - we’re probably on 85% of the original route,” he said. “We also made a change or two and that meant cutting out a couple of climbs, so I think it rode a little bit easier,” Botha added, joking how that might just have been something of a blessing in disguise due to the heat (the thermometer read up to 41 degrees Celsius on some riders’ bike computers). “The fire was very concerning, but we are very pleased with the way it turned out,” agreed David Bellairs, Marketing, Sponsorship and Communications Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust. “The route offered some fantastic riding through some really beautiful wine farms. This is a family event and the main aim is getting folks out on mountain bikes and enjoying what we have to offer,” he said. Race Results 55km Men 1st: James Reid (Team Spur) – 02:14:33 55km Men 2nd: Michiel Van Der Heijden (Scott-ODLO) – 02:14:34 55km Men 3rd: Matthew Beers (Cannondale Red-E) – 02:14:3555km Women 1st: Jennie Stenerhag (Team Ascendis) – 02:35:17 55km Women 2nd: Carmen Buchacher – 02:43:24 55km Women 3rd: Nadie Visser – 02:52:54 40km Men 1st: Robert Hobson – 01:43:53 40km Men 2nd: Johann Trotzky – 01:44:20 40km Men 3rd: Danie le Roux – 01:48:36 40km Women 1st: Allison Morton – 02:06:26 40km Women 2nd: Amy Burton – 02:08:16 40km Women 3rd: Courteney Webb – 02:20:45
  3. James Reid (Team Spur) and Jennie Stenerhag (Ascendis Health) dominated the men’s and women’s races respectively to claim the top spots at the 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge at Le Bonheur in Stellenbosch. Click here to view the article
  4. Calling all mountain bikers! The 2016 Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge is taking place over the weekend of 27 and 28 February 2016 at Stellenbosch’s Le Bonheur Wine Estate, and entries are open and being snapped up at a pace. Click here to view the article
  5. The Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year, and annually kicks off the Cape Town Cycle Tour Lifecycle Week. Each year the event can be counted on to deliver loads of outdoor fun for families as well as the more serious technical off-road riders.“Mountain bike enthusiasts are probably also very keen to hear to what extent the devastating fires that raged through the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy recently, have affected this years’ routes. We can confirm that only about 600m of the actual trail of the 55km route has been deemed unusable” says Renee Jordaan, Operations Director for the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust, “And that the trail building team managed to find an alternative loop to make up the distance. While riders will pass through some very solemn and charred landscapes at times, it is interspersed with the usual stunning vistas that the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy offers.” David Bellairs, a Director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust says, “This year we have created a series of trails that will entice and challenge all riders. We remain continually aware of the variety of ages and athletic abilities among the MTB entrants, and we are confident that we’ve created routes to cater for everyone”. Each route boasts varying degrees of intensity designed by Dirtopia’s trail-building expert Meurant Botha. On Saturday, 27 February, riders can have fun with the 14km, 20km and newly added 30km trails. These three distances are shorter than Sunday’s routes and perfect for families and those still honing their MTB skills. Be warned that they are still challenging, so be prepared to work up a sweat. Sunday, 28 February, is aimed at more experienced riders who are looking to put their skills to the test. Cyclists can choose either the 40km or the 55km route and both distances promise participants a technically challenging ride. For entries and further information on the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge, visit http://www.capetowncycletour.com/cape-town-mtb-challenge/. Entry fees range from R80 (for PPA members) to R300 depending on the distance chosen. To keep informed on any developments like our Facebook Page at http://www.facebook.com/cycletour or follow us on Twitter: @TheMTBChallenge.
  6. We are in close contact with all relevant role players and once the situation pertaining to the existing routes are clarified, we will be in a better position to make a decision about route plans for Saturday, 27 February and Sunday, 28 February. As part of our standard operating procedure we have alternative route plans available for consideration by the authorities. We anticipate making a decision on the routes in consultation with all the stakeholders by 5 February 2016. Our thoughts go out to those affected by the fires and the brave dedicated firemen, farmers and trail builders who have brought it under control.
  7. The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust is aware of the situation regarding the fires that have raged in and around Stellenbosch over the past week and which have affected farms in the Greater Simonsberg Conservancy, through which the Cape Town Cycle Tour MTB Challenge traditionally passes. Click here to view the article
  8. The new venue for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum MTB Challenge drew a sold out field to the Le Bonheur Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, and a host of world class riders littered the start line for the 55km route. Click here to view the article
  9. As always it was a great honour to start with names like Sauser, Lill, Pfitzenmeier, Rabon, and Evans to name a few. The raw strength of these riders became clear as they immediately pulled away from the rest of the field. The start was flat and sandy for the first few km’s. The groups that formed on the dry dual tracks kicked up clouds of dust which lowered visibility and coated us with layer of fine dirt. The first few hills were short and sharp and kept us looking out for the best lines with wash-aways and patches of thick sand. A recurring characteristic of the elevated farm roads was off camber 90 degree turns on hard clay that had a light covering of gravel. These caught a handful of riders around me off guard as front wheels slid out from underneath them. Admittedly my tire pressure was slightly off and I almost ended up the same way a few times. There was a short single-track section as we crossed farms that had 3 very tight little switchbacks. These were also off-camber, which claimed a few riders before the track joined up with a paved road again for a short while and then back on to farm roads. The various sections of single track that were scattered throughout the route (apparently 8km’s worth) were great fun to ride, from flowing tracks that zig-zagged under tree canopies, narrow paths that snaked up the hill sides and small rock gardens. I didn't feel like there was anything overly technical and I would like to think that very few people would have had to get off the bike to walk a section. Where I was placed during the race there were no bottle-necks or hold ups. The biggest fall I witnessed was a rider being thrown off the edge of the really great Simonsberg Conservancy single track by a deep rut and into the dead trees below. Fortunately he managed to climb back up and continue on his way with only deep scratches on his thigh. The climb that weaved its way up around the 43km mark was steady but not too steep. And although not the highest point on the route it opened into a stunning 360 degree view of the area (if you took the time to look around). After that it was just about downhill all the way to the finish with a few minor little kicks and again a few short fun sections of purpose built single-track that weaved its way around the farm buildings dropping us onto a ramp and into the finish area. The finish area itself had a great atmosphere but was a narrow area that became very crowded very quickly and I am told that the shuttle service between the start and finish (1.5km apart) worked well for spectators. This was a very enjoyable ride just on 53km with 1234m of vertical ascent according to Garmin. It was technical enough to keep most riders interested but tame enough not to scare others away. The route also had enough climbs to keep you honest. While previous editions of the race at the old venue have been referred to as a "suffer fest", this route was much more manageable with the terrain and difficulty open to an intermediate skill level and up. The lack of bottlenecks on the new route stands out over the old route and the water points were well spaced if needed. Overall, it was a good day out on the bike. Words - Rob Bateman Images - Cape Argus Pick n Pay Momentum MTB Challenge Keen to contribute a race / ride report to be featured? Send us a mail at features@thehubsa.co.za
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