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Is anyone riding this ride?

 

I am looking for advice /heads up etc for this ride..

usually 45km wouldnt be to much of an issue , but i hear this ride isnt called

Monster for nothing..

 

 

 

 

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Even the 45km can be a killer if you not prepared . Although you will miss the "monster" on the shorter route will still have to deal with a few nice climbs and hairy downhills

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I am riding it, its my first ride. Have spent 4 months training up for it, I do a once weekly long ride of 75km+, and smaller rides of 30-50km 4 times a week, all cross country. Have been up and down Breedts Nek quite a few times and am looking forward to getting it on! If you have not been down Breedts Nek towards Mountain Sanctuary Park, be warned, it is a long downhill and the road is in a poor state, although the surface is hard and firm, it is covered in gravel and small stones,  make sure your brakes are in good order!

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Yes me...

 

Will be my third one, I always do the 45 km. Really a beautiful ride, but don't expect an easy. On the last two rides, cramps always hit me halfway of the race, but I will hopefully be prepared this year.

 

Check the 45 km profile on the Magalies Monster website. Those climbs are quite steep, and one of them you need to carry your bike. No way of riding that hill.

 

Riding conditions vary from dirt road, with very sandy sections, to really rocky parts. If I remember there is one or two river crossings and a couple of wooden bridges.

 

Somewhere to the end of the race you ride on some kind of sement wall. Lookout for the wire handles sticking out of the concrete slabs, although they are clearly marked. Also, if you gonna take it at a leisurely pace like myself, check out for the leading riders of the 70 km which might overtake you there. For them it is seriaaasss racing, so let them pass. They really appreciate it. Thumbs%20Up

 

There is more than enough water points, with lovely naartjies. Hopefully the late rains have not spoiled the harvest.

 

The only tip I can give you, I would try to follow as well this year... Don't start too fast...
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Even the 45km can be a killer if you not prepared . Although you will miss the "monster" on the shorter route will still have to deal with a few nice climbs and hairy downhills

 

Not quite sure how the monster will feel after a night of Deep Purple and their assorted sidekicks
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..... it is covered in gravel and small stones' date='  make sure your brakes are in good order![/quote']

And that you dont have a mountain king on the front, nearly had a bad crash going down at breedts on Sunday....at first corner it felt like i was turning on ice....

 

I see they graded the nek....alot smoother now.
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..... it is covered in gravel and small stones' date='  make sure your brakes are in good order![/quote']

And that you dont have a mountain king on the front, nearly had a bad crash going down at breedts on Sunday....at first corner it felt like i was turning on ice....

 

I see they graded the nek....alot smoother now.

 

Hmm... I will have to test my mountain king out this weekend then. Hope it works a bit better than yours...
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Ok so anyone want to ride it real slow with me ?

Eish  scott has mountain kings on it .. lets hope the stans tubeless conversion helps me out  ...

 

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..... it is covered in gravel and small stones' date='  make sure your brakes are in good order![/quote']

And that you dont have a mountain king on the front, nearly had a bad crash going down at breedts on Sunday....at first corner it felt like i was turning on ice....

 

I see they graded the nek....alot smoother now.

 

Hmm... I will have to test my mountain king out this weekend then. Hope it works a bit better than yours...

Look I love it when it's muddy but everytime I hit some gravel or loose pack it sucks....I have felt a crossmark going through the same sections at breedts and its much better. I think running crossmarks are a much better winter combo than my current conti mk and rk....doh Cry rouxtjie2010-05-21 07:10:34
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Ok so anyone want to ride it real slow with me ?
Eish  scott has mountain kings on it .. lets hope the stans tubeless conversion helps me out  ...

 

Polkie is gonna take it slow. Will tell him to check thehub.
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This might sould like a daft question - but here goes:

 

I've only done one 45-50km MTB race before, and that was last years (2009) 94.7. How does the 45km 'Monster' compare to the 50km 94.7?
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The 45km monster is equal to very good 60km XC races elsewhere in Gauteng. Don't under estimate the 45km - as already said.

 

The 75km doesn't stop after the Monster climb - you finish that at 30km. You then still have 45km to go which is mainly dirt roads with sand sections. Those who know will tell you hit dirt at higher speed than 25km/h or else you'll get stuck. The 75km will give you opportunity to test this theory - might be slightly different this year with late rains. So my guess is the finish times will be quicker than 2009.

 

One tip. The first water table is at something like 11km. The next is after Monster!!!!!! So fill up there, cause 7km of Moster will take you a lightning fast 45minutes. So beware.

 

The weather is always freaken cold at the start and goes to 27-30degrees at 11h00. Think its the reason for cramps.
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I did 75km before, very painful.

 

So this year with less trainig it's the 45km, then you miss the 9km monster.

But I hear it's still toughClap
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