April 29 - 1 May, 2017


EVENT INFO

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.

April 29 - 1 May

The Floreat Hotel
Sabie, Mpumalanga

Start, finish race briefing and awards cermony at the resort every day


Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro info image
Marquette Mountain Bike Enduro info image

New! 18 Km Fun Ride

In keeping with our mission to keep race entrant's family members, local recreational riders and the Sabie community entertained, there will be a 18km Fun Ride for beginners and intermediate riders to join in the MTB fun on Sunday 30 April 2017. The route will form part of stage two of the Team Lite stage race, using the first 5 km of tar road, and the final 12km of the stage, incorporating many sections of single and jeep tracks used by the tourists on a regular basis.

The Fun Ride will start 5 minutes after the Team Lite Race, and riders will be back at the finish to watch the Team Lite winners cross the line.

There will be "chicken run" sections to avoid any technical sections which they may want to avoid.

The Fun Ride will be open to all riders 11 years and older on 31 December 2017.
Children between 11 and 13 years, not yet proficient with riding single tracks and over bridges, must be accompanied by an adult.

Registration for the Fun Ride will take place on Friday from 14h00, Saturday from 16h30 and Sunday morning from 05h30 at the Floreat Riverside Lodge Conference Centre.

All riders (or parents of children under 18 years) must sign an indemnity conform to the rules, and wear a recognised hard shell helmet.

It is not a race and only the first 5 riders will be timed. The rest will be sequenced.

Entries will cost R50 per rider. No temporary racing licence fee is required.

All proceeds from this event will go directly to a local charity for orphans or homeless children.

The Town of the Year (2012)

The normally sleepy and peaceful town of Sabie is renowned for beautiful high waterfalls, mountains and easy access to nearby famous tourist attractions such as adventure activities, the Kruger and other Private Game Parks, and Blyde Canyon. This makes Sabie the ideal destination for a mountain bike stage race participants to bring the whole family. Those persons who are not hooked on MTB, can keep themselves busy doing exciting other stuff during the day, such as trout fishing, canopy tours, game viewing, and be back in time for the prize-giving and a braai later in the day. The tar roads around Sabie are also great for road cycling, and family can ride out to spectator points near these roads to support the riders.
Sabie boasts a wide range of reputable accommodation establishments to choose from. From exclusive three star hotels, B&B's, self-catering chalets and apartments, tented camps, to caravan parks and camping facilities, all at affordable rates to suite your needs and pocket. Riders are free to choose their options from what is available in and around town.
If you happen to live close-by, Graskop, White River, Lydenburg and Nelspruit, home comforts and food is also an option!

General

The Stages:

The three stages are, as usual, intended to challenge riders' fitness, strength, and technical ability in and around the legendary mountain trails on the very scenic Komatiland Forests Ecotourism landholdings around Sabie. They are however very "manageable" for average mountain bikers tackling their first multi-day stage race. Intermediate and Youth riders can tackle the Team Lite option, while the advanced Amateurs and Pro riders can enjoy the steep climbs and technicalities of the longer Solo and Team Challenge.


Race Rules - Coming Soon

Click here to view the Cancellation Policy

Click here to view the Race Indemnity

Entry Options:

  • The Team Lite option is designed for riders with intermediate riding/racing ability over challenging but rideable half-marathon distances and climbs. Ride together with a partner to gain experience for the longer stage races. Although the stage distances are relatively short, these are never easy around Sabie. The area is blessed with many waterfalls, stunning views, amazing indigenous vegetation and wildlife. The routes start at 1000m above sea level and reach a maximum of 1650m above sea level.
  • The Solo and Team Challenge routes are designed to test even the most experienced riders to race over very challenging topography, rough terrain, and technically difficult single tracks for a prestigious spot on the podium. These routes will take riders from 1000m to 2200m above sea level, with some brutal climbs up to the open grasslands on Hartebeesvlakte, where vast herds of wild animals and the odd leopard abound. In the recreational rider's book, finishing these routes in the allocated time is indeed an achievement to tick off your MTB bucket list, even more than once!

Please Note: If solo riders choose to ride the event with a partner, they are welcome to do so. However, riders may not unduly benefit any of the riders in his/her relevant category, assisting each other by physically pushing or pulling one another. This rule will be monitored closely by race officials. Rules and penalties will be applied as deemed necessary.

The Details

THREE Day Stage Race - TWO Distances - ONE Whole Lot of Fun

Solo and Team Challenge 185km / 4300m ascent

For riders 19 years and older

  • Day 1 - 65km/1650m ascent
  • Day 2 - 80km/1900m ascent
  • Day 3 - 40km/750m ascent (Time Trial)

Podium Categories:

  • Senior Men
    A male rider aged 19-29 years as at 31 December 2017
  • Senior Women
    A female rider 19-29 years as at 31 December 2017
  • New! Team Challenge Men
    Two male riders 19-39 years as at 31 December 2017
  • New! Team Challenge Women
    Two female riders 19-39 years as at 31 December 2017
  • New! Team Challenge Vet/Master Men
    Two male riders 40 years and older as at 31 December 2017
  • New! Team Challenge Vet/Master Women
    Two female riders 40 years and older as at 31 December 2017
  • New! Team Challenge Mixed
    A male and female rider 19 years and older as at 31 December 2017

Entry Fee:

  • Early Bird: Solo R1900 per rider
    (Until 15 January 2017) - 27% less than in 2016
  • Early Bird: Team R3800 per team
    (Until 15 January 2017)
  • Base Entry: Solo R2100 per rider
    (From 16 January to 31 March) - 25% less than 2016
  • Base Entry: Team R4200 per team
    (From 16 January to 31 March)
  • Late Entry: Solo R2400 per rider
    (From 1 April to 20 April 2017) - 25% less than 2016
  • Late Entry: Team R4800 per team
    (From 1 April to 20 April 2017)

No Entries accepted after 20 April!!

Team Lite - 135km / 2900m ascent

For riders 15 years and older

  • Day 1 - 50km/1300m ascent
  • Day 2 - 45km/850m ascent
  • Day 3 - 40km/750m ascent (Time Trial)

Podium Categories:

  • Open Men Team
    Two male riders aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2017
  • Open Women Team
    Two female riders aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2017
  • Open Mixed Team
    One male and one female rider aged 15 years or older as at 31 December 2017
  • New! Buffaloes/Buffalo Babes Team
    Two riders of any gender or mixed gender aged 15 years or older as at 31December 2017. Males must weigh 90kg plus and females 65kg plus.

Entry Fee:

  • Early Bird: R2800 per team
    (Until 15 January 2017) - 20% less than in 2016
  • Base Entry: R3000 per team
    (From 1 January to 31 March) - 21% less than 2016
  • Late Entry: R3400 per team
    (From 1 April to 15 April 2017) - 23% less than 2016

No Entries accepted after 20 April!!

Registration: Friday 28 April from 14h00 until 20h00.
Saturday 29 April from 05h00.
Start Times: Saturday 29 April - 07h00/07h30 (Cut-off at 13h30)
Sunday 30 April - 07h00/07h30 (Cut- off at 16h00)
Monday 1 May - 07h00 to 10h00 (Time Trial - at 30 second intervals)(Cut -off at 13h00)
Race Briefing: Friday Evening 28 April at 18h00
Saturday and Sunday at 17h30 (after photos of the day and prize giving).
Prize giving: 16h30 for Stages 1 (Saturday) and 2 (Sunday)
14h00 for Time Trial and Final GC (Monday)
This allows riders to get back to their hotel, camp/self -catering facility to braai, or enjoy an evening meal at one of the excellent restaurants in town.
Socialise with friends and family at the Riverside Lodge Conference Centre next to the bar while your bike is being serviced.
On Monday, after the Time Trial, riders have sufficient time to travel back home to Gauteng.

Race Rules - Coming Soon

The Stages

THREE Day Stage Race - TWO Distances - ONE Whole Lot of Fun

Stage 1 Route Summary: Saturday, 29 April 2017

(This route is subject to change, as at 15 November 2016)

Spitskop Loop: To the Escarpment Rim and Back - "Your eyes will burn"

This stage starts at Floreat Riverside Lodge.
After riding through the Sabie CBD and Harmony Hill, the participants race for position on the fast tar downhill at 70km/hour before turning left into Sabie Star Chalets. The trail passes through Sabie Star Chalets to cross the Spitskopspuit before the lung-busting climb past the beautiful waterfall. From there a jeep track takes them on to cross the R537 White River road though the underpass at Spitskop Sawmills, and up to the old railway line service road. Drop down a great single track into the valley below, before a long gradual climb towards Spitskop, and again down a flowing single track down to the second culvert to cross the R537 White River Road again. Then on to the Quarry Pool refreshment station for the Team Lite riders. The Solo Challenge riders bypass this refreshment station up to the KOM/QOM for the Solo Challenge, where the Team Lite riders peel off for the home run. The Solo Challenge continues up to the Escarpment Rim at 1560m, where a series of single tracks on the edge again takes riders down to the R537 White River road before a jeep track climb and single track returns them back to the Quarry Pool refreshment station, back up "no fun single track" to join up with the Team lite route for home. A "Scary Fast" jeep track descent down through Rietfontein Plantation to the last refreshment station at the Hazyview Road crossing, before grinding up the notorious "Scorpion Climb" of 250m over 3km up to the outskirts of Sabie, a single track to go past the Sabie Falls and finally back to the finish.

Quick Releases:

  Lite Solo &
Team Challenge
Total Distance: 50km 65km
Accumulated ascent: 1300m 1650m
Tar road: 3km 3km
Forestry Road: 17km 21km
Single Tracks: 8km 12km
Jeep Track: 20km 29km
Estimated Fastest Rider Time: 2hrs 15 2hrs 50

Three Refreshment Stations:

  1. At approximately 17km just before the climb up towards Spitskop mountain.
  2. At approximately 26km for the Team Lite and 42km for the Solo Challenge at the Quarry Pool after the initial Spitskop climb. Energy drink, Cola, ice and cold water, fruit and snacks. The Solo Challenge will only visit this one on their return after the KOM/QOM.
  3. At approximately 39km for the Team Lite and 55km for the Solo Challenge at the R536 Hazyview Road crossing, to fuel you to the end. Energy drink, Cola, ice and cold water, fruit and snacks. Make sure you stop here. You need something in the tank for that final climb.

Spectator Points:

  1. As the riders pass through Sabie CBD Main Road.
  2. At the culvert crossing under the R537 Sabie-White River road. Please do not park on the road, as this is extremely dangerous, especially in misty weather. S25 07' 27.3" E30 48'20.5"
  3. At the tunnel under the R537 Sabie- White River road where the riders drop-off and ride under the road, and then up a single track towards the first Refreshment Station. Please park off the main road and away from the riders' path. S25 08' 55.2" E30 49' 31.3"
  4. At the Refreshment Station at the Quarry Dam. S25 09' 04.8" E30 49' 52.2"
  5. Alongside the R537 Sabie to White River tar road just before it descends down to Kruisfontein. S25 10'42.08" E30 50'35.04" Please park off the tar road.
  6. On the R536 main tar road to Hazyview where the riders cross the main road just after the Refreshment Station. Please do not park on the tar road as this is a dangerous crossing. S25 05' 02.2" E30 05' 25.8"
  7. At the Sabie Falls' parking area where the riders cross under the bridge. S25 05' 17.2" E30 46' 43.7"

Caution

Please be extremely careful approaching these spectator points if riders are on the road! Unfortunately the rest of the route is not easily accessible by car, or without unduly affecting the race.

Please Note

Please do not drive into the Forestry areas or onto the route without permission.
No outside assistance is permitted, and riders will be penalized if they are linked to spectators in areas "out of bounds".

Solo Challenge


 

Team Lite


 

Stage 2 Route Summary: Sunday, 30 April 2017

(This route is subject to change, as at 15 November 2016)

High Altitude Day: Long Tom Waterfall and Hartebeesvlakte - "Your lungs will burn"

The start and finish will be at the Floreat Riverside Lodge.
Although the direction is again same as 2016, this year we again welcome the Team Lite riders for the first 21km up to Misty Mountain where the first refreshment station is situated, before they peel off back to their final stage finish in Sabie. Once the Solo and Team Challenge riders get to the second refreshment station at the top of the tree line, they branch off up to the highest point with an extra 300m climbing, and return via a ridgeline loop with stunning views down to Hartebeesvlakte and the Eland Trail single tracks before stopping at the 3rd Refreshment Station. The final sections of the route may pose a technical challenge for some of the riders as the numerous single track sections descend into the Ceylon Valley.
The initial climb up to the KOM/QOM above Long Tom waterfall will be off the main forestry road, under the trees, with cooler, pleasant conditions, with fantastic views of the Long Tom waterfall on the way up. The descent off Hartebeesvlakte and the top of the mountain via technical single track will be fairly challenging for the intermediate and unexperienced riders, with extended single track sections, separated by short jeep track, for passing purposes. What a way for the Solo and Team Challenge to end the second day of racing to the final finish line!
Once in the Valley, the Challenge riders will get an opportunity to experience even more single track along the river.

Quick Releases:

  Lite Solo &
Team Challenge
Total Distance: 45km 80km
Accumulated ascent: 850m 1900m
Tar road: 4km 4km
Forestry Road: 23km 30km
Single Tracks: 6km 12km
Jeep Track: 12km 34km
Estimated Fastest Rider Time: 2hrs 15 3hrs 25

Three Refreshment Stations:

  1. At approximately 21km just above the 4km climb to the top of Long Tom waterfall.
  2. At approximately 36km, as the riders reach the grasslands.
  3. At approximately 63km, at the Stables Hiking Trail Hut.

Spectator Points:

  1. As the riders leave the Floreat Riverside Lodge.
  2. As the riders leave the main tar road to Lone Creek Falls (old Lydenburg Road) S25 07' 07.2' E30 43' 40,9"
  3. At the first Refreshment Station at S25 09' 47.8" E30 38 58.8". Only accessible by 4x4 or diff-loc vehicles in wet weather. Turn-off right onto right fork forestry road, off Long Tom Pass S25 09' 57.6" E 30 38' 49.3"approx. 2km past Misty Mountain Chalets.
    Limited parking and access.
  4. As the riders cross the tar road to Ceylon Forestry Village to Bridal Veil Falls. S25 05'59.38" E30 44' 58.58"

Caution

Please be extremely careful approaching these spectator points if riders are on the road! Unfortunately the rest of the route is not easily accessible by car, or without unduly affecting the race.

Please Note

Please do not drive into the Forestry areas or onto the route without permission.
No outside assistance is permitted, and riders will be penalized if they are linked to spectators in areas "out of bounds".

Solo Challenge


 

Team Lite


 

Time Trial Route Summary: Monday, 1 May 2017

(This route is subject to change, as at 15 November 2016)

Stage 3 - The Time Trial - "Your legs will burn"

This is a relatively short, but challenging route over REAL Mountain Bike Terrain and Trails.
The route basically follows that of 2016, which starts at The Floreat Riverside Lodge complex, and utilizes a balanced combination of the surrounding purpose-built single tracks, jeep tracks and challenging climbs situated within a 12km km radius of the start. This will also provide spectators and supporters the opportunity to follow the progress of their riders at a large number of easily accessible points along the route, whether this be at the Lake Olaf, at the base of Bridal Veil Falls, at Okkie's Dam at Ceylon Forestry Station, the Ulusaba Long Drop, or the bridge over the Sabie River at Floreat Riverside Lodge Camp.
The riders will find valley bottom flowing single tracks great fun, while the climbs and single tracks will be more technical and challenging, dependent on the weather! This year we have a few of contingency sections and open road climbs to allow for a change in the weather to avoid the sticky mud sections, and allow the faster riders to pass easily.

Quick Releases:

  Lite/Solo
Total Distance: 40km
Accumulated ascent: 750m
Tar road: 1km
Forestry Road: 13km
Single Tracks: 16km
Floating Bridge: 120m
Jeep Track: 10km
Estimated Fastest Rider Time: 1hr 40

Two Refreshment Stations:

  1. At 16km, with energy drink, Cola, cold water. Bring your own energy bars and gels of choice.
  2. At 27km, with energy drink, Cola , cold water and snacks.

Spectator Points:

  1. As the riders leave the Floreat Riverside Lodge - S25 06' 36.4" E30 46' 15.9".
  2. As the riders cross the tar road leading towards Bridal Veil Falls - S25 05' 59.3" E30 44' 58.6"
  3. At Lake Olaf Floating Bridge - S25 06' 29.3" E30 44' 07.0"
  4. At the Eagle Run Drop-Off - S25 06' 50.0" E30 43' 51.1"
  5. At the Cave Single Track - S25 07' 01.1" E30 43' 19.1"
  6. At the road crossing, approaching Bridal Veil Falls - S25 05' 4.9" E30 43' 48.5"
  7. As the riders drop-out of the single track to Okkies' Dam - S25 05' 27.6" E30 44' 25.5"

Caution

Please be extremely careful approaching these spectator points if riders are on the road! Unfortunately the rest of the route is not easily accessible by car, or without unduly affecting the race.

Please Note

Please do not drive into the Forestry areas or onto the route without permission.
No outside assistance is permitted, and riders will be penalized if they are linked to spectators in areas "out of bounds".


 

Race Register

2017 Sabie Experience Team Lite

Category Team Name Rider Name Gender Race No

Number of Riders : 0

2017 Sabie Experience Team Challenge

Category Team Name Rider Name Gender Race No

Number of Riders : 0

2017 Sabie Experience Solo Challenge

Category Rider Name Gender Race No
Senior MaleBOOTSEN, GERHARDM5

Number of Riders : 1

Accommodation

Merry Pebbles Resort & Caravan Park

Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort and Caravan Park is situated on the banks of the upper reaches of the Sabie River within the municipal boundary of the mountain village Sabie, 1km from the village centre. The accommodation avaialable is self-catering and ranges from, chalet's, bungalows, cottages to lodges. Accommodation on a B&B basis is available as well. All accommodation units have colour TV with 16 assorted DSTV channels available these include (M-Net, Kyk-Net, Movie Magic, Super Sport, Cartoons, Discovery and certain local channels). Caravan and camping sites are also on offer at the resort.

  joycomley@gmail.com

  merrypebbles.co.za

  +27 (013) 7642266 / 7641502

Floreat Riverside Lodge

Allow winding roads through man-made forests guide you to the picturesque town of Sabie, where the Floreat Riverside Lodge is nestled next to the Sabie River, within a short distance to major waterfalls such as the Bridal Veil Falls, the Horse Shoe Falls and one of the tallest waterfalls in South Africa - the Lone Creek Falls. The Floreat Riverside Lodge and Spa, perfectly situated on the majestic Panorama Route, offers a bountiful experience on Nature's doorstep.

Our close proximity to the Kruger National Park, God's Window, the Blyde River Canyon and the historical Pilgrim's Rest offers the perfect breakaway opportunity to complement your holiday needs.

  info@floreat.co.za

  floreat.co.za

  +27 (013) 764 2160

Jock Sabie Lodge

Nestling in a misty green valley amid the dramatic mountains of Mpumalanga, the historic town of Sabie is an ideal base from which to explore one of South Africa's top tourist destinations - The Panorama Route.

The Panorama route meanders through magnificent scenery strewn with waterfalls and unique geological formations, excellent hiking, birding and fishing and easy access to the wildlife of the Kruger National Park. Visit the many arts and crafts centers, museums and historical sites.

  jocksabie@netactive.co.za

  jock.co.za

  +27 (013) 764 2178

Facilities

Massages at Sabie Experience

Hi Everyone

Summer is here. Hope everyone is getting out there and training.
Bookings are open for Massages at Sabie Experience.

We will be there from the 29 April to the 01 of May
Massages are half an hour time slots for R220 per person.
We have times available from 11:00 till 15:00 and 16:00 till 18:00
The race will finish at the Floreat Riverside Lodge, we will be in the hall.
Race briefing will be in the hall from 5 /6.

Please email us with time and dates for when you would like a massage.
 
  sabiexperience@pureenergysportstherapy.co.za

Thanks
Pure Energy.

Valencia Vbike at Sabie Experience

Valencia Vbike is proud to be the retail and technical support partner for the 2017 Sabie Experience. With a reputation for supporting local mountain bike races and a commitment to providing the best technical service to riders, Valencia Vbike will be prominent at the 2017 race with a full on-site workshop and retail store. We will stock everything from the day to day requirements of a stage race such as athlete nutrition, bike consumables such as brake pads, tubes etc to more specific accessories and parts to keep your bike in top shape each day of racing. Our trained mechanics can handle all situations and will ensure that you get to ride each stage regardless of what condition your bike finished the previous days racing! We will have a range of clothing available as well as a stock of helmets, gloves and some extra special deals for the riders themselves!

A couple of basic tips for riders gained over years of involvement would be - get your bike serviced a couple of weeks before the race and ride it a few times to check all is well! If in doubt, change it! Put new chains , brake pads etc and most important of all - bring a spare derra hanger!

You don't need to book in advance, we will always stay up and burn the midnight oil until every last bike is fixed!

Good luck with your training and we look forward to seeing you!

Cheers

Brett

  Vbike.co.za

  cycles@valencia.co.za

Bike Wash at Sabie Experience


Banana Farmer Neels Luus of Havyview and his wonderful band of merry bike washers will again be seeing to it that you do not have to ride a dirty bike the next day, whether it be dusty, covered in sweat, or just a few mud spatters.

While you are busy out visiting the Brewery, taking the kids to the waterfalls or just catching afternoon nap, they will do an excellent job to get your baby back to sparkling clean to take on the next day's ride or go for a little TLC at the Valencia Bike Service.

All bikes will be washed with Soapreme Monster Magic detergent, proudly sponsored by Soapreme Clean, Sabie.

Cost: R45 per bike on a FIRST COME, FIRST SERVED basis only. No pre-bookings!

Please support this service - a community project for the area.

Contact Us

Please contact us should you have any queries at all.

Registration Information

Sandy Korb

    race-office@sabiexperience.co.za

    013 764 3500  or     083 799 4458

Route Information

Dennis Lawrie

    dlawrie@forestventures.co.za

    078 102 1680

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RESULTS 2016

Team Lite Stage 1

Overall

Team Lite Stage 2

Overall

Team Lite Stage 3

Overall
GC Overall

Solo Xperience Stage 1

Solo Overall

Solo Xperience Stage 2

Solo Overall

Solo Xperience Stage 3

Solo Overall
Solo GC Category
Solo GC Overall

RESULTS 2015