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RACE TO PAARL

The Race to Paarl is a 607 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Willowmore and ending in Paarl. Riders are allowed a maximum of 6 days to complete the ride.

RTP is a physically and mentally demanding undertaking – to complete this challenge, riders need to be adequately trained, equipped and prepared. Apart from the fitness, riders also need to be proficient at navigation and bike maintenance.

Since the route is not marked, riders need to navigate by means of maps, compass and narrative directions – the use of GPS devices during the race is not allowed and will lead to disqualification.

BASIC INFORMATION

  • Non-stop event, riders are not required to stop every day/night as in other stage races

  • There are 5 Support stations where riders must check-in. Food and basic accommodation is provided at support stations. Bedding and towels provided

  • Riders can pre-pack 5 x 2litre ice-cream tubs with supplies such as maps, trail food, personal medications, spares etc. These are distributed to the 5 Support stations

  • In addition to the 5 support stations, there are also 2 interim stops where food and accommodation is provided
  • Solo event and all riders are required to be self-sufficient and carry all their own personal belongings with them

  • No individual seconding is permitted during the event – this means that no friends, family or other supporters may meet you along the route and offer assistance during the ride

  • Cut-off: Riders are allowed a maximum of 6 days to complete the ride

  • Dates: 1-7 April 2020 (See draft start batches below)

 

RACE ROUTE

The route follows the Freedom Trail from Cradock to Willowmore through the Karoo and Baviaans regions of South Africa along a wide variety of off-road terrain – dirt roads, farm roads and tracks, footpaths and animal tracks. Many of the trails retrace old historic wagon routes which are no longer in regular use. Apart from the riding, there are numerous portage sections where riders will have to hike, push and even carry their bikes.

Visit TRAIL INFORMATION page for more route information.


RACE ROUTE

The route passes through the Swartberg and Winelands sections of the Freedom Trail which traverses a wide variety of off-road terrain including dirt roads, farm roads, old historical wagon routes and animal tracks. Apart from the riding, there a few portage sections where riders will have to hike, push and even carry their bikes. It includes the iconic Gamkaskloof and Die Leer hiking route out of Die Hel. RTP will not include Stettynskloof portage but rather go over Bains Kloof Pass.

Visit TRAIL INFORMATION page for more route information.

 

DRAFT START BATCHES

The below table shows draft batches of entrants to date. Please note that this may still be adjusted. Last updated 25 Nov.

RTP1 RTP2 RTP3 RTP4 RTP5
01-Apr-20 02-Apr-20 03-Apr-20 04-Apr-20 05-Apr-20
Matt  Hulley-Miller Doug Kennaugh Erik Egeland Albert Verster Rebecca Sands
Matthew Wood Aileen Kennaugh Peter Button Willie Esterhuizen Sean Brown
Jacques Dekock Colleen Cawood Dave Moberly Allen Liversage Chris Harburn
Rob Hill Glenn Noome Mike Arnold Anton Bekker  
Jonathan Williams Chris Morris John Wardle Christoffel Coetzee  
Simon Harper Ray Sephton Brian Squires Bertus VD Veen  
Craig Copeland Keegan Stober Gerrit Pretorius Frans de Beer  
Sean Paul   Trevor Elliott Kevin Record  

 

ENTRY FEES AND DEADLINES

2020 Race to Paarl: R10350.00 incl. VAT

Entries close on 31 January 2020 or when sold out (Entry is only secured once min 20% payment has been made)

(if entry numbers are approaching capacity warnings will go on on newsletter and social media)

PAYMENT TERMS AND WITHDRAWALS

  • Deadline for all entry fee payments is 31 January 2020
  • You may pay in installments of your choosing, please use same invoice number on all instalments
  • Withdrawals before 30 October will receive 100% refund of total entry fee
  • Withdrawals before 31 January will receive 90% refund of total entry fee
  • Withdrawals before 20 February will receive 70% refund of total entry fee
  • Withdrawals before the first batch start date will receive 40% refund of total entry fee
  • Withdrawals after the first batch start date are non-refundable
  • Late entries or transfers incur R1000 admin fee (deadline 20 February)
  • No roll-over entries permitted
  • Map payments are non-refundable
     

THE ENTRY FEE COVERS THE FOLLOWING:

  • Accommodation for one night at the start in Willowmore and finish in Paarl.
  • Pre-ride dinner in Willowmore
  • All meals during the ride
  • End of ride dinner in Paarl
  • Accommodation for 7 nights including Willowmore and Oaklands
  • Official riders garment
  • Finisher’s prize

Please note: Printed Maps are NOT included in your entry fee. All riders will be sent a link where you can download 2019 maps and narratives free of charge and print at your own expense. Alternatively you may elect to have printed maps and narratives couriered to your door for an additional R500. RTP route is covered by 22 x A3 Colour Topographical 1:50 000 maps.

 

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Chris Fisher +27(0)78 702 9178 (Race Director)
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