The one-day ultra mountain bike marathon in the Swartland, the Amarider 100Miler, will start & finish at the Malmesbury Festival grounds on Saturday 23rd of May this year. However, the route will be more or less the same and the 50Miler option will still start at Delico, Riebeeck Kasteel as it did previous years and finish with the 160km riders in town.
Now in its seventh year, the event has grown so much that this venue can offer bigger & better facilities like a building for catering, parking and ablutions to the participants. But it is all about pedalling farms roads in this beautiful country side from 3 to 10 hours.
The 100Miler starts at 07h30 and the first riders are expected after 1 o’clock. The 50Miler starts at 09h00 and will finish just over 3 hours. The weather conditions play a major role in testing your endurance, as mud, wind or rain do on most outdoor events. The 100Miler riders have breakfast & lunch stops, while the 50Miler entrants can also enjoy good refreshment stations with fruit, Coke & snacks.
Only pre-entries will be accepted for both distances, so visit www.amarider.co.za to get your entry secured. Prizes are awarded to different age categories, but no under 18’s are allowed in the event. Timing is done by Trail Tag that gives live results on the day of check points and finish times.
The 160km (100Miler) route is divided into three sections of approximately 55km with two compulsory timing checkpoints. The format of the race creates perfect vantage points for spectators and support. While the competition is based on solo riders completing the entire course these riders can form 4-man teams and enjoy a day out with mates on a saddle (of course)! The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie.
According to Meurant Botha, director of Amarider, the 100 Miler was created to become a primary fundraiser for the organisation. Amarider is a recreational trails advocacy group focused on improving trail opportunities on the African continent and proceeds of the event are channeled directly to trail projects. Amarider is focused on improving trail construction standards around the country and assist various mountain bike clubs to ensure that their trails are safe and environmentally sustainable.
For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 021 884 4547. Now go get that medal!