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2018 ESELFONTEIN MTB FESTIVAL

Event Date
2018-10-12
Distances
Day 1 – 40km; Day 2 – 55km; Day 3 – 45km
Event starting times
Day 1 – 40km @ 18:00; Day 2 – 55km @ 7:30; Day 3 – 45km @ 7:30
Venue
Eselfontein Farm
Organizers
Janene Malherbe
Enquiries Phone Number:
082 502 8810 / 023 312 2996
Entries close
2018-10-09
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GENERAL INFORMATION

You and your team partner have entered through EntryNinja and Live time. They will be handling all timing and results, which will be available live and at the end of each day. According to the results of Day 1, you will be seeded for Day 2 and the same for Day 3. Each rider will receive a race number with a chip.

Lans Pepler of Run the Vines, will be our MC and will also provide us with some good vibey music throughout the days.

Each entrant will also be receiving a goodie bag and a t-shirt.

Every MedicalAid member can also claim his/her vitality points, by just communicating with EntryNinja after the race, to give you a certificate.

This year we will also be joined by Elandre Schwartz and the Viljoen Broers. This will be something different for 2018.

ADMIN STILL NEEDED FROM YOU

We will need to know how many of you will be camping with us on Eselfontein, PLEASE send Janene an email (before 9 October 2018) saying, CAMPING AND HOW MANY, janene@eselfontein.co.za. Camping ground is provided and for free, BUT WE NEED TO KNOW THE NUMBER OF CAMPERS, TO HAVE ENOUGH FACILITIES AVAILABLE. Your designated camping spot – “first come, first serve”- you pick out your own spotyou will receive a site layout when entering Eselfontein.

We do not have electrical points, but will have a charging station at the Festival tent for your devices.

PRIZES, LUCKY DRAW AND PRIZE MONEY

LUCK DRAW:

There will be lucky draws.

PRIZE MONEY:

3Day Stage Race Prize Money – overall positions

3rd position

Mens team – R800

Ladies team – R800

Mixed team – R800

2nd position

Mens team – R1500

Ladies team – R1500

Mixed team – R1500

1st position

Mens team – R5000

Ladies team – R5000

Mixed team – R5000

If your team can win the Eselfontein 3Day Stage race and set a new track record, you will win R30 000,00

6H 46M 04S -  IS THE TIME TO BEAT!!!

THE TRACKS

This is an estimate.

DAY 1

This 40km will be a day\night ride starting at 6pm so the correct lights will be required. We expect the average rider to do the last 20km in the dark. This section of track has been part of our normal night race of the festival over the past few years and has a total elevation gain of 740m. It will be a bunch start but will have plenty of passing opportunities. The results from Day 1 will be used to seed the riders for the next day which will be a 60km race with approx. 30km single track.

DISTACE:40km

ELEVATION GAIN:740M

SINGLE TRACK:30KM

WATER PONTS: 2, at 19km and 27km

 

 DAY 2

This will be the ride of your life with a single track combination that will blow your mind and give you an all-over body workout from counter balancing your bike. The route is a combination of our trails that are open throughout the year that will include two famous climbs, “Death Drop” and “Dead Man Walking”. The last 25km will have no big climbs.

DISTANCE:55km

ELEVATION GAIN:1400m

SINGLE TRACK: 30km

WATER POINTS: 3, at 15km, 21km and 40km

DAY 3

Today is an all-new route where we go up to the Bo Swaarmoed area for the first time. It is situated close to the infamous Matroosberg mountain. Most of your climbing will be done in the first 15 km before starting with a single track which is mostly downhill all the way to the finish

DISTANCE: 45km

ELEVATION GAIN:   1148m

WATER POINTS: 2, at 16km and 30km

DAILY ROUTINE

Friday

12:00 Arrivals

12:00 Campsite open

15:00 Registration and Vendors open

17:00 Medics open

17:30 Start chute open

17:50 Race Briefing

18:00 Race Start

Saturday Morning

05:30 Rise and shine
06:00 Coffee bar and food vendors will open,
06:00 Bike park opens

06:00 Registration for Late Entries

07:00 Race medical facility opens
07:00 Start chute opens: Check-in
07:20 Start chute closes: Seeded riders
07:20 Bike park closes

07:20 Race Briefing
07:30 Race starts - FOR THE 3DAY STAGE RACE AND THERE AFTER THE 1 DAY EVENTS
08:00 All other vendors will open
11:00 Bike park opens
11:00 Bike wash opens
11:00 First riders arrive
13:00 Prize giving for 1 Day Events & Lucky Draw

14:00 Race medical facility close

15:00 Live Music – Elandre Schwartz

21:00 Vendors closed
22:00 Lights out

Sunday Morning

05:30 Rise and shine
06:00 Coffee bar and food vendors will open,
06:00 Bike park opens

07:00 Race medical facility opens
07:00 Start chute opens: Check-in
07:20 Start chute closes: Seeded riders
07:20 Bike park closes

07:20 Race Briefing
07:30 Race starts
08:00 All other vendors will open
10:00 Bike park opens
10:00 Bike wash opens
10:00 First riders arrive
12:00 Prize giving

14:00 Race medical facility close

14:00 Vendors close
16:00 Venue close

FOOD AND BREVERAGE                                     

All food and drinks can be bought on the premises.

This is what our vendors for the Eselfontein Fest offer:

You have the luxury to pre-order your meat for the weekend through Geldenhuys Butchery and pick it up from them at the race venue. They will and can also braai your meat for you or you can just shop from them:

Geldenhuys Butchery: Email JB for pre-orders -  082 825 8081 / geldenhuysslagtery@gmail.com

Toco Kombi:

Mexican food

 Seattle Coffee: 

The coffee vendor

Ceres Brewery: 

Beer made locally

The BAR:

Ciders

Beer in the bottle

Cold drinks

Hard liquor

Caratello:

They will be running a Gin and Wine Bar throughout the weekend

Enduren:

For all your energy need

Kole en Deeg:

Chocolate brownies

Roosterbrood

 Kole en Vleis:

Smoked pulled chicken ciabatta

Smoked Chicken wings

Smoked chicken 3 ways: quarter / half of whole chicken

The Ice Cream Vendor

 PHYSIOTHERAPY AND MASSAGES

This service is available, BUT is something that you will need to book in advance.

And all bookings must be made before or on 9 October 2018.

Please contact Sarah-Jane at: wilkinsonphysio@gmail.com or 084 580 4884.

The rate: R300 for 30 min massage

But if you do have a specific need, please discuss this with Sarah-Jane

BIKE WORKSHOPS and BIKE PARK

BIKE WORKSHOP –

We have 1 bike workshop stations that can be used. They will also be selling the relevant parts that might be needed. Please do contact the shop of your choice to book your service or if you would like to pre-order any specific parts. All bookings must be made before or on 10 October 2017.

How it works: After stage 1 and 2 you will bring your bike to us in the race village. We will then carry out the necessary service on the bike according to the service package booked. There will be two packages to select. Please do not take your bike to the bike washers at the event as we will was the bikes ourselves.

 Package Options: There are two packages which you can select:

Package 1: This package will consist of a wash & lube and polish, as well as a general bike check which includes gear-set, brake-set, bolt check and tyre pressure check after stage 1 and stage 2. If additional work is necessary we will bill you separately.

Package 2: This is a full service package. In addition to package 1. After stage one and two we will remove and clean the headset and BB to make sure the bike is in top condition for the next stage. After stage two we will also do a complimentary sealant top up to take you through to the finish of the Festival.

Please not that all parts fitted to bike will come at an additional cost

Package Costs:  Package 1 will be R800 (Basic Service and wash & lube & polish)

Package 2 will be R1250 (Full service, wash & lube & polish, headset service, BB service and Sealant top up after stage 2)

How to book:  You will need to send us an email to info@cycle4life.co.za with your name, surname, bike make, model and drivetrain as well as your contact details. We will then send you an invoice. As soon as we have received proof of payment your spot will be confirmed. Please note that we will only be servicing a set number of bikes and will be working on a first come first serve basis. All the best for your training and preparations.

 

Ceres Cycles will have a bike wash, if needed

DETAILS
T
 023 312 3578
E admin@cerescycles.co.za

BIKE PARK

The tennis court on Eselfontein by the venue will serve as your bike park. This will be locked and reopen on specific times. Security is also sponsored by Dogs and All to keep them all safe. You can make use of the service or keep your bike with you. The choice is yours, but still at own risk.

MEDICAL                               

NETCARE offers a full medical service on each day. Serious cases will be transferred to any of the local hospitals that offer a more comprehensive service. Basic medical services are free, but treatment of recurring injuries or pre-existing chronic conditions will be for the rider’s account. Please remember to carry the details of your medical insurance in case of hospitalisation.

Personal

Please bring your personal medication as prescribed by your doctor. We are riding through areas with some of honey bees, so come prepared! Also carry sunblock with a sun protection factor of at least 20 SPF.

WHAT TO BRING

What to bring for the ride:

  • A mobile phone
    Fully charged and programmed with all the emergency numbers (supplied at race registration). Ensure that both riders carry a phone. Mobile phone charging facilities will be available at the race red tent.
  • First aid kit
    Consisting of 1 x stretch bandage, 2 x dressings, adhesive plasters, foil survival blanket and sunblock with a minimum SPF factor of 20.
  • Bike repair tools
    UST tyre repair kit, multi-tool, replacement derailleur hanger, inflation device (pump, bombs etc). There will be Squirtlube for lubing at water points
  • Fluid
    Days are hot so bring enough water – waterpoint interval 1-1,5 hours
  • Clothing
    Three sets of cycling clothing (ensure you invest in some good quality cycling shorts).
  • Supplements
    Different type of eatery(sweets), Enduren energy drink, water and coke will be provided at the water points. If you use any other supplement brand, remember to bring it with you!
  • Eye protection
    A pair of sunglasses.

What you will need if you are camping on Eselfontein:

  • Tent or camper or the boot of your car
  • Sleeping bag and cushion
  • Casual clothing
  • Slip slops
  • Torch / headlamp
  • Toiletries
  • Towel
  • Locks for your bag and tent
  • Chamois cream
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hat or cap for the unforgiving Ceres sun
  • Personal medication
  • Wood
  • Back-up batteries and chargers

What we will provide if you are camping on Eselfontein:

  • Camping grounds
  • Braai facilities
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Wood for sale – R50/bag
  • NO ELECTRICITY POINTS AT THE CAMING GROUNDS
  • Mobile Credit Card facility
  • Device charging station at the main tent

We would like to Thank each and every rider, person, company, shop and friend, for helping us with our first Eselfontein 3 Day Stage Race. We hope that each rider will enjoy this journey and the success of 2018 will help us with more stage races in the future.