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Event Name: MTN National XCM #6 GRAVEL TRAVEL

When: 27 August 2011 - 28 August 2011

Where: Diemersfontein wine & country estate, Wellington, Western Cape

Category: MTB

Date: 27 / 28 August 2011

Venue: Diemersfontein wine & country estate, Wellington, WP S 33 39 33.7 | E 19 00 15.8

Terrain: Fynbos | Rocky | Vineyard's

Elevation: 341m | Ascent: 2900m (ultra) 1650m (75km)

Participants: 1800+

Features: Single tracks | Dams | Old Cape-Epic Routes

Registration: Fri 26/08 14:00-21:00 & Sat 27/08 06h30 - 16h00 & Sun 28 06h30 - 08h30

Entries: ADVENDURANCE

 

Saturday

 

06h30-16h00: Registration & Line Entries

27/08 07h30: Riders Briefing / Leaders Jersey Handover

27/08 07h45: Start MTN ULTRA UCI PRO/Elite 105km Race

27/08 07h50: Start MTN Marathon 75km Ladies

27/08 08h15: Start MTN Marathon 75km "A" + "B". Batches +5min intervals

27/08 11h30: Winner of MTN Marathon 75km Expected

27/08 12h00: Winner of MTN Ultra 105km expected

27/08 13h00: Prize Giving

 

Sunday

 

06h30-08h30: Registration & Line Entries

28/08 07h45: Riders Briefing / Leaders Jersey Handover

28/08 08h00: Start NISSAN 1/2 XCM 40km "A" + "B". Batches +5min intervals

28/08 08h30: Start Olympic Fun Race 20km

28/08 09h40: Winner Olympic Fun Race 20km

28/08 10h00: Winner NISSAN 1/2 XCM

28/08 12h00: Prize Giving

 

 

This event takes place on farm roads and jeep tracks heading away from Diemersfontein, through the vineyards and farms of Wellington, crossing the Bainskloof Pass road and heading towards Groenberg Mountain. The well-balanced, fast route is jam-packed with beautiful views, fynbos, historic farmsteads, stream crossings and vineyard settings, passing many of the local award-winning cellars. Expect fast flowing single track, technically within reach of everyone (check the website for video clips of single track as they are built!).

 

 

 

The Wellington Tourism & Wine Route of the Western Cape in South Africa is today a major tourist attraction. Nestling at the foot of the Groenberg, the historic town of Wellington lies in a picturesque valley on the banks of the Kromme River with the majestic Hawequa Mountains standing guard on its eastern border. Wellington, in the heart of the Boland and rich in cultural, religious and educational history, is an unsurpassed area to enjoy the winelands and scenery of the Western Cape in South Africa

 

The beauty of the area is best viewed either by foot, horse, bicycle or by car to take in the scenery of nature, fynbos, wine, olives and the historical buildings to name but a few. The pass up to Bain's Kloof winds through pine tree plantations, to the summit where on a clear day you can see a vast area, consisting of the Swartland to the left, home of the extensive wheat fields, the Cape Flats and Cape Town to the right, and the sun glimmering on the sea.

 

Diemersfontein is known for its beauty, informal elegance, and grace - an idyllic country destination only 45 minutes' drive from Cape Town and is situated near the Cape's famous Wine Routes. We warmly invite you to share with us the tranquil spirit of Diemersfontein - whether you are conferencing here, marrying here, staying for a few days of leisure (or even permanently) - or taking some of it home in a bottle!

 

We will also have a 5km kiddies ride in the venue so bring along your kids to the event, they will have a ball!

 

Entries:

 

Early Bird Fees (close 31th July 2011)

Ultra Marathon R200

Marathon R170

Half Marathon R140

Fun Ride R70

 

Normal Entry Fees

Ultra Marathon R250

Marathon R200

Half Marathon R170

Fun Ride R80

Closing date for online entries is 21/08/2011

 

Registration:

 

Thursday 25th Aug: Sportsmans Warehouse Rondebosch 12h00 - 14h00

Friday 26th Aug: Sportmans Warehouse Rondebosch 12h00 - 14h00

Friday 26th Aug: Diemersfontein 16h00 - 20h00

Saturday 27th Aug: Diemersfontein 06h30 - 16h00

Sunday 28th Aug: Diemersfontein 06h30 - 08h30

 

Registration will take place at the Diemersfontein Wine Estate, Wellington.

 

Route Descriptions:

 

People have described this route as being one of the most picturesque and gratifying trails you will ever do. Whilst the route is challenging, it is well worth the effort. The route will take approximately two hours and will take you through vineyards, orchards, forests, olive groves and alongside bubbling brooks.

 

The Route is not suitable for beginners as there are parts that are fairly steep and technical. The 105km will finish with some tough riding in the Hawekwa Plantation on the slopes of Du Toitskloof.

 

Video clips:

 

 

 

 

Specifics:

 

Total Distance: 105 km (GPS)

Total Ascent: 2900m (GPS)

All marshals will be cleared from the course after 16h00 and all direction markers removed. The cut off at the finish line for the 105km route is 15h45 we will also have a cutoff at approximately 75km, time to be confirmed soon...

 

Prize Money*:

 

Prize money & Points will be calculated for the UCI PRO/Elite Men in this distance only.

PRO/Elite ladies will earn points & prize money in the usual 75km marathon distance only.

All other categories will only be eligible for points and prize money in the usual distance.

 

Approximate riding times:

 

105km: 5h00min – 8 hours

75km: 3 – 6 hours

40km: 2 – 4 hours

Cut-off Waterpoint (TBA)

105km has a cut-off at the finish of 9hours.

 

Directions from Cape Town

 

Approached from Cape Town, the most pleasing route is as follows:

Take the N1 north until you reach exit 47.

Take this exit and turn left onto the R44 which you follow in the direction of Wellington (left) for 28km.

Do not turn off this road. You will pass various turnoffs and crossroads, which you should bypass, until you reach a long uphill stretch, with the town of Wellington on your left.

At the third robot, with the cemetery on your right, turn right and drive downhill for approximately 1km.

You will see the signs to Diemersfontein on your left.

 

Shuttle / Transport:

 

There are no official shuttle services on offer, public transport is available from CPT International airport, and this is the quickest way of getting to the venue. Diemersfontein wine estate is situated about 35min drive from CPT International.

 

Accommodation:

 

Accommodation information on all available accommodation can be obtained from Tourist Information Web Site or from Tourist Reservations.

 

Diemersfontein website: http://www.diemersfontein.co.za

Wellington Website: http://www.wellington.co.za/wellington_staying.php

Rooms for Africa website: http://www.roomsforafrica.com/dest/south-africa/western-cape/wellington.jsp

Cape Stay website: http://www.capestay.co.za/accommodation.asp?SuburbID=88&CatID=2

SA Venues website: http://www.sa-venues.com/hotels/wellington.php

 

Important Pointers

 

As this event is held in the summer, the cyclist may experience hot or rainy to cool weather and should be prepared to cope with these conditions.

First Aid Services will be provided to the cyclists on the routes and at the finish.

The organisers may, at their discretion, shorten, lengthen or change the course if the weather, or safety of the cyclist, deem this necessary.

Bike wash facilities will be available at the finish area

 

Location of Amenities

 

Teams / Riders / Public Parking Location

 

Teams have access to the Event Venue, and setup in the teams designated area next to the finish area. Riders will park just adjacent to the race venue next to the venue, and the public at the designated public parking zones, outside the riders parking zone, just off the start finish venue.

 

Nearest Hospital and Medical Information

 

A wide range of professional medical services are available, including:

 

Medi-Cross +27 (0) 21 873 1057

Ambulance +27 10177

Medi-Clinic Paarl +27 (0) 23 348 1110

Police +27 (0)21 864 8440

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Ultra Marathon

 

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In my backyard! You guys doing the ultra are going to *** klippe! The 75km will also *** but smaller/lesser klippe :clap:

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Hopefully you will be kakking klippe with me at the ultra! Better start training ;)

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I did the 60 last year(whatever the distance was) and Kakked Klippe...It was hard! I have only done 2 2hr plus rides since argus, and Ive prob done less than 250km since, hahah, I was hoping for a girly distance! I'll have to skip.

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Olympic 20km Fun Race

 

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They say that you have approx 6 hours for the 75. But start is after 8 in batches and prize giving is at 1 ?????? Which gives me about 4 and a half hours?

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Rain has cleared. Cloudy but beautiful day in Wellington. Come ride some of the singletrack pre-Gravel Travel at Welvanpas.

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They say that you have approx 6 hours for the 75. But start is after 8 in batches and prize giving is at 1 ?????? Which gives me about 4 and a half hours?

guess you'll have to ride fast :blink:

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YEAH!!! We made the cut for the 39 best MTB trails in SA in the September month issue of Bicycling magazine. Page 65. Not all the detail, but better than nothing.

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YEAH!!! We made the cut for the 39 best MTB trails in SA in the September month issue of Bicycling magazine. Page 65. Not all the detail, but better than nothing.

In my opinion Welvenpas would make the Top 3.

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Tim is the 75km actually 75 or is the same route as last year which was approx 65km.

 

The route is definitely longer with more climbing and more single track. It will be just under 75kms.

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