|The Spoors Team has completed the preparation for what is surely one of SA’s most spectacular MTB and Trail Run races. The single track is sure to challenge and thrill the most widely travelled cyclist and runner. Whilst the distances of the days are not huge, the single track will traverse terrain that is spectacular and challenging! You are guaranteed to feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the finish!The Euro Steel Drak Descent has reached the 475-rider cap and entries are closed. The MTB Challenge and Run the Rivers online entries close at midnight on Wednesday 22nd Jan. Late entries will be entertained at Registration or on the day at a cost of R500(both days) or R250(one day) and not receive a garment.
First National Bank
Food and drinks will be available for sale at the venue.
Glen and Mandy Haw and family have donated one free team entry into the 2020 Sani2C MTB event. This prize is only available to a person who has taken part in the weekends MTB races. There will also be a voucher to be won by a lucky trail runner. The lucky draw recipients must be present at the FNB Drak Music Experience Concert on Saturday to receive the prizes in person – no substitutions will be allowed.
To all our other sponsors, we would like to thank the following:
Glen and Mandy Haw and family – for the use of Glencairn and the donation of a free Sani2C entry
Spar – assistance with the coke, ice, cups, the goodie bags and nesquick
Goodersons Leisure – compostable cups
Tiger Wheel and Tyre – MTB and trail run GPS and mapping and signage
Pyga – roving mechanics and draft beer
TWK – wire for the bridges
Dairy Maid ice creams – sponsorship of ice-cream for all competitors at the end of Day 1 as well as ice-creams which Pevensey Place will sell to raise funds
Tip Top Dairies – for the stainless-steel containers for water and refreshments at the end of the days riding and running and paving for the tracks.
Thule – sponsorship of prizes
|Some important news regarding the 2020 Euro Steel Drak Descent, MTB Challenge and Run the Rivers Trail and Lite|
|Race InformationRegistration for the MTB and Run:
Friday 31 January
12:00 – 20:00
Glencairn (Sani Pass Road)This will be followed by a meet and greet with local landowners and Sponsors at Glencairn
Feed trucks and bar facilities will be available.Emergency Registration: – if you REALLY could not make it to normal registration!!
Saturday 01 February
07:00 – MTB – at Restmount Children’s Home (16km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)
05:30 – Trail Run – at Rainbow Farm (6.7km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)
Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB:
Day 1 Finish
Day 2 – 47km – Start @ 07.30
Day 2 Finish
Euro Steel MTB Challenge:
Day 1 Finish
Day 2 – 17km – Start @ 07:30
Day 2 Finish
Run the Rivers Trail and Lite Runs:
Day 1 Finish
Day 2 – 16km and 8km – Start @ 07:00 (and Finish)
Cut – Offs: (Bikes only)
Cut off for Day 1 will be at 12:30 at the Euro Steel’s Waltzing Mathilda bridge and 12:30 at Glenhaven on Day 2. We request that riders who are stopped or redirected onto the shorter course respect the decisions made. It will be for your own health and safety. Please note that our sweeps are familiar with the course and the physical demands required, they have our full support to arrange for competitors, that they know are not going to complete the event or may be putting themselves at risk from a health perspective, be removed at various other selected cut off points along the route.
Meet and Greet and race briefing
GPS Files and Limited Route marking :
The GPS files will become available with +/- 1 week to go so keep a lookout for the GPS Newsletter closer to the event.
The Thule Challenge
In order to be eligible for the wonderful prizes, put together a team of 3 and email their full names, ID numbers and the discipline they will each compete in on the 2 days, to email@example.com by 31 January.
The categories are as follows:
Fastest Male Team in the full distance Trail, Cycle and Paddle events.
To qualify as a Mixed Team, the Team must consist of at least one (1) member of the opposite gender.
NB: If the cyclist is part of a MTB team the team time will be taken thus ensuring that MTB riders still finish together.
Ride, Run and Paddle with purpose when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never drop out!
Looking forward to seeing you enter this new Challenge!
Batches will go off at 5 minute intervals.
Should you feel that you are batched incorrectly please will you bring proof to substantiate your claim, to the registration on Friday so we can consider your concern. NO changes will be made on race day.
Any rider moving up a batch without prior approval will have a 1(one) hour time penalty added to their team time.
It is critical that should you change your partner that the substitution is done on the system as the full race entry file containing Medical and Ice numbers are given to the medical team.
Medical and Safety
ICE arm bands with contact telephone numbers will be issued to all competitors at registration.
We must stress that the race is challenging and technical in nature and we request that riders ride at speeds suitable to their capabilities. We really want to avoid any accidents.
How to install MySOS
How to use MySOS during the event
NB – Ensure that location services are enabled on your phone
– If you have an emergency at any stage during the race, open MySOS
You have to download MySOS to your phone – if you only register on the mysos.co.za website we cannot help you during the event!
For any further details or queries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or Albert van Urk on 0829090900
Cycling SA – Day Licenses
Prizes and Prize Sponsors
RUN: Sani Spoors is also sponsoring product prizes to the first three men, women and juniors in both the Trail Runs.
Emergency Spares and Bike Repairs
Farm Equipment and Garden Centre (033 – 701 1119) in Underberg (next to the Shell Garage and KFC) also stock basic cycle spares and equipment.
The river is also a real option for filling up water bottles if desperate, and a real way to cool down if you feel you are overheating. (Just watch out for canoeists who definitely have the right of way in the river)
We would like to encourage participants to once again make use of the Shuttle Service offered by Noah’s Ark Pre-School. It alleviates traffic and contributes to the bursary fund for less privileged Learners that attend the School.
For more information: Bonny Cole +27 72 216 6484
The team will be taking pre bookings via this link https://yourevents.co.za/index.php?tmpl=component&option=com_content&view=article&id=84&eid=206
Restmount Children’s Home
Sani Spoors encourages our cyclists and runners to make a donation to the Restmount Children’s Home in Underberg. The Home provides opportunities for less fortunate children to spend time in the Southern Drakensberg. Many of the children have never been on a holiday. Please make donations directly to Restmount using the Account details below.
Reference all donations as Drak Descent with your name.
DURBAN MOUNTAIN HOMESTEAD ASSOCIATION (RESTMOUNT)
If you hear that your team mate has not received an email Newsletter please ask him/her to email me their correct email address. We have had a fair amount of difficulty with some of the emails coming back “Undelivered”.
Otherwise, a few days to go (no festive season excuses anymore!!) and watch your emails, instagram and Facebook and websites for more updates. We are looking really forward to hosting you in Underberg for a ride and run that promises to be challenging, exciting and beautiful. Our target again at the start of preparation for this year’s route was to prepare a route that we felt 90% of riders and runners would be able to ride or run 90% of the way. We think we are achieving this!
The Sani Spoors Team