SWARTBERG XTREME

 

 

 

 

17/18 September 2021

The most extreme single stage race in SA

Entries are open!

     OUDTSHOORN

EVENT INFORMATION

The D4G Swartberg Extreme cycling race will be the most extreme one day single stage race in South Africa. It will surpass the current most extreme race by more than 2000m vertical accent encountering the Longest Pass.  This is not for the novice rider!

DATE : 17-18 September 2021
VENUE : Wilgewandel Holiday Farm, Oudtshoorn
DISTANCE : 142km
ASCENT : 4500m
FORMAT : Solo or Teams of 2

ENTRY FEE INFORMATION

Included in your entry :

  • Medical Assistance
  • Professional Photography
  • 7 Fully stocked water points
  • 1 Satellite water point
  • Race Buff
  • Technical Support only at checkpoints
  • Pasta Meal (Friday 05 March 2021, 17:00-20:00).
  • Finishers Medal

 

      Solo :  R1,550.00   |   Team : R2,600.00

Early bird special Solo : R1450  |  Team : R2400   

ROUTE INFORMATION

 

The race will start at Wilgewandel family restaurant at the foot of the Swartberg Mountains and 2 km from the world heritage Cango Caves at 10pm.

A sharp left will take the riders onto the R328 where they will stay on the tarred road for 7.3km and then encounter a gravel jeep track. This section of 4.7 km is not easy, This section may end it for some participants due to mechanical failure or a fall. The accent is rough and unforgiving and riders jostling for a good position makes the start really dangerous so take extra care and rather be on the safe side.

After the first fast 12km a sharp right and the majestic Swartberg Mountains greets you in total Darkness. After the first 23,5km and elevation gain of 1140m the Riders reach the top of the Swartberg Pass. A 3km sharp and extremely curvy section will bring you to the first water and Checkpoint 1 point where numbers will be checked for missing riders or riders that bailed out. At this water point there will be coffee, coke, energy drinks and something to eat.

The Turn off to the hell starts 100m further. 37km of total Isolation and Darkness, Long steep uphills, dangerous sharp switchback descents,  and heartbreak hill will take you to the entrance of the Hell. Extreme caution should be taken on this section with it sheer drops down to the River. If you overshoot a turn on this section the recovery process will be difficult. The entire route is a two way section and road rules will count at all times. If a rider Is found to be in an accident due to negligence a Immediate disqualification will rule. After the left Turn towards the Hell the second Water point will greet you With loud music and beverages. From this water point you will encounter a long climb well baptized Heartbreak hill at an average incline of 10.7%. 16.1km further and you will reach checkpoint 2. Here race numbers will be clipped. At checkpoint 2 there will be something warm to eat and a selection of beverages, Coffee and tea included.

A steep 5km climb out of the Elands Pass and 16.1km from the checkpoint you will get to Water Point number 4. From this point another 21km end a sharp left turn towards Prins Albert. After 2km and the Tee Berg water point will be stocked with drinks only. From here its a fast steep decent littered with switchbacks and descends towards “Eerste Water” and Checkpoint 3.

A rest, coffee, energy drinks and some eats will get you ready and moving for the long 12km climb to the top of the Swartberg Pass. Again, steep switchbacks and descending riders will meet you on the way up please take extra care and look out for these riders. At Tee Berg a satellite water point (5) will await you after your steep accent of nearly 600m. Another waterpoint will be only 1.8km further.

From the top of the Swartberg Pass its 21km of sheer bliss downhill toward Wilgewandel where a festive atmosphere will await you.

Riders will be issued 2 boxes. Box 1 will go to checkpoint 2 ad box 3 will go to checkpoint 3.

This is an unsupported race, no spectators allowed on route. Spectators will be allowed to cheer for you at the start and at Checkpoint 3 at Eerste Water. No vehicles will be allowed to cross the Swartberg pass during the race. If any vehicle could be linked to a rider during the race an immediate disqualification will adhere.

 

VENUE INFORMATION

Wilgewandel Holiday farm offers various family fun Oudtshoorn activities, an al a Carte restaurant, a functions venue as well as a choice of Self Catering or Bed & Breakfast accommodation.

Wilgewandel is ideally located 2 km from the Cango Caves and within a 30 km radius from other Oudtshoorn activities. Do not miss out on all the family fun!

 

 

ACCOMMODATION

A tented race village will be available at Cango Cave Zipline & Estate, 600m from Wilgewandel Restaurant.  This will include luxury tents (with beds, linen, chairs and light) and ablution.  Tents can be booked with your entry, at R1500 per tent, for the weekend. Tents sleeps 2 people.  Please note – if you are sharing with a friend, only one of you need to book a tent.

Wilgewandel Restaurant will be open during the weekend, where meals can be bought for family and supporters.

 

PROGRAMME

Friday

09h00 : Registration at Wilgewandel
19h00 : Dinner and Race-briefing
22h00 : Start of race

Saturday

18h00 : Race Cutoff time
19h00 : Prize Giving

COMPULSORY EQUIPMENT

For your own safety, we required you to have the following with you :

  • Sufficient energy bars / food based on your own pace and estimated amount of time in the saddle.
  • At least two full water bottles with your drink of choice.
  • Medical information card – emergency contact number, allergies etc.
  • Cellphone
  • Puncture kit
  • Night light & back light on bike (extra batteries)
  • Flashing red light on helmet
  • Helmet
  • Space blanket
TECHNICAL SUPPORT

Technical support only at check points.

CONTACT INFORMATION

Pienaar Muller
RACE DIRECTOR
+27 72 784 6732

Juan Botes
SAFETY OFFICER
+27 71 678 7147

Neels Terblanche
ROUTE  / LOGISTICS
+27  83 727 2908