Sani Spoors TTT
Euro Steel Drak Descent and GWK Run the Rivers Final Newsletter 16 January 2018 The Spoors Team have completed the preparation for what is surely one of SA’s most spectacular MTB and Trail races. The single tracks are 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 400-rider cap and entries are now closed. The shorter MTB Challenge and two Trail Runs still have entries available and can be entered online until Thursday or on the day. Sponsors: Our principal sponsors, Euro Steel have been absolutely amazing in their support of this event and thus mountain biking in general in our area. We as the Sani Spoors team and the Euro Steel organising committee would really like again to thank Colin and David Wilson for assisting us in making this event a possibility. To all our other sponsors, we would like to thank the following: GWK – for their involvement in the Trail Run as well as for all the wine for the riders Spar – assistance with the coke and water for the water tables Goodersons Leisure – sponsoring teams and accommodation prizes Kalbo – prizes Pyga – roving mechanics and draft beer Berg 100 – for the free entries into their race Ola Ice creams – sponsorship of ice-cream for all competitors at end of Day 1 as well as ice creams which Pevensey Place sell to raise funds. FNB We are proud to have FNB Business on board as a sponsor and encourage you and your families to support an afternoon of top class music entertainment at the Underberg Country Club on Saturday 20 January 2018. Glen Haw, of Sani2C fame, has donated a prize of 1 free entry into the 2018 event. The winner of the lucky draw prize will need to be present at the Saturday concert in order to receive their prize in person - no substitutions are allowed.
Cut – Offs:
Day 1 – 12:30 at the Euro Steel waltzing bridge
Day 2 – 12:30 at Glenhaven
We request that riders who are stopped or re-directed onto the shorter course respect the decisions made. It will be for your own health and safety.
Route and Final Distances
The final routes, elevations and distances will be posted on Facebook and on the Sani Spoors website shortly.
Friday 19th January – 6.00pm: “Meet the Sponsors” and Landowners Evening
“Meet the Sponsors and Landowners” evening will be held at Sani Spoors (1km on the Drakensberg Gardens Road) on Friday 19 January at around 6.00pm. It is hoped that after Registration (which is at the same venue), riders and runners will stay and mingle with our sponsors, landowners and other riders and runners and enjoy a few drinks and food that will be on sale at the Olde Duck Restaurant.
You will be able to select your meat from our local butchery, Underberg Meat Supplies, who will be present, and then braai it yourself on the fires provided.
S A Seeding will be doing the batching for Day 1.
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.
Substitutions are closed on the system and substitutions will be entertained from 16h00 on the day of registration at a cost of R200.
It is critical that should you change your partner that the substitution is done as the full race entry file containing Medical and Ice numbers are given to the medical team.
Medical and Safety:
IPSS under Doctor Grant Lindsay will be handling any medical issues.
ICE arm bands with contact telephone numbers will be issued to all competitors at registration.
If the conditions of the track are wet, we would like to recommend that riders ensure that they have tyres with an aggressive tread pattern! We cannot stress enough, the race is challenging and technical in nature and we request that riders ride at speeds suitable to their capabilities. We really do want to avoid any accidents at all costs.
We highly recommend that you all install the MySOS app onto your phones so that in case of emergency, whether it is for yourself, your partner or fellow participant assistance can be called.
How to install MySOS:
|Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB: (Please follow links below to download the race map) Day 1 Drak Descent .. Day 2 Drak Descent..|
|Day 1 – 42km – Start @ 08:00 Saturday 20 January Restmount (23km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road) Day 1 Finish Swartberg Bridge (at the R617/Drakensberg Gardens Road turn off intersection)|
|Day 2 – 40km – Start @ 08:00Sunday 21 January Olde Duck Café (1km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road) Day 2 FinishAt Early Mist Farm/Umzimkulu River Lodge, along the second Coleford Road|
|Euro Steel MTB Challenge:|
|Day 1 – 25km – Start @ 09:30 Saturday 20 January Restmount (23km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road) Day 1 Finish Swartberg Bridge (at the R617/Drakensberg Gardens Road turn off intersection)|
|Day 2 – 18km – Start @ 07:30 Sunday 21 January Glenhaven Camp along the first Coleford Road Day 2 Finish At Early Mist Farm/Umzimkulu River Lodge, along the second Coleford Road|
|GWK Run the Rivers Trail and Lite Runs:|
|Day 1 – 25km or 12km – Start @ 06:00 20 January At Rainbow Farm (7km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road) Day 1 Finish|
|Swartberg Bridge (at the R617/Drakensberg Gardens Road turn off intersection) Day 2 – 16km or 8km – Start @ 06:00 (and Finish) 21 January At Early Mist Farm/Umzimkulu River Lodge, along the second Coleford Road|
- Download MySOS SA emergency app onto your smartphone, by using
- Check that you see the MySOS icon on your phone
- Register yourself on the MySOS app on your phone
- After registration you should see the MySos icon
- If you have an emergency at any stage during the race, open MySOS
- Clear the automatic emergency countdown timer
- Then press the Drak Descent Event logo
- Choose for whom the emergency needs to be placed from the icons
- Call starts (011) 123-4567
- Explain your emergency to the emergency coordinator
- After speaking to the emergency coordinator, stay where you are and keep calm.
- An SMS with your location and type of emergency will be sent to the emergency coordinator and your emergency contacts.
- adopting a project or donating cash or kind toward it
- sponsoring a child or a full group
- sponsoring transport for the holiday
- becoming a member or life member of the Association
- helping with fund raising, street collections, etc
- becoming involved in the re-building project