Welcome to the
Sabie Experience 2017
We present a "Back to Basics: - Affordable Stage Race"
The Sabie Xperience has always endeavoured to create a mountain bike stage race which is within reach of most passionate participants in the sport, whether they be pro riders, amateur racers wanting to win categories and showcase their skills, or just recreational riders who want to gain experience riding proper trails in the stunning forests and diverse terrain around the quaint town of Sabie.
Right from the inaugural event in 2004, the main goal was always to co-ordinate a major MTB Stage Race over a few days with the Sabie Chamber of Commerce and Tourism, to benefit local hospitality and accommodation establishments, retail businesses, charities and communities while attracting many visitors to the town in the intention that they will return sometime in the future.
After experiencing the great weather and trail conditions in April 2015 and 2016, the Sabie Xperience fraternity has firmly settled into the new race calendar slot, over the long week-end at the end of April to avoid the usual December heat, the torrential rains, mud and slush which has plagued the riders in the more recent past.
This year is no exception, and, not having the luxury of our favourite Title Sponsor lined up for 2017, we have been forced to cut back on many of the fancy peripherals. This amazingly allows us to pass on reduced entry fees - about 30% less than in 2016 if annual inflation is considered. How's that for fighting the inflation spiral? This should make it affordable to most riders, without having to rob a bank, or begging the boss at work for sponsorship! And then you don't even have to ride in the same matching kit.
It is also your prerogative either to go big on hotel accommodation, food, massages and the peripherals, bring the family down to a B&B, self-catering establishment, or camp at your favourite resort along the river. You will be rewarded with their appreciation, support, and special TLC after a hard day out on the trails!
In 2017 we now offer both Team as well as Solo categories in the longer Challenge event. We also include the youth riders 15 years of age and over, as well the Buffalo's (90kg plus) and Buffalo Babes (65kg plus) participating in the Team Lite categories - just to provide them with some competition on those hills.