The last 12 years records show Sabie has an average of 17 days rain in December (140mm) versus on 3 days rain and 40mm in May! Hence the move to May, when the average temperatures are also much cooler during autumn.
In the interest of safety, the Komatiland Forests landowners have a strict policy regarding NO large numbers participating in sporting events during the forest fire season between 1 June and 31 October, which further restricts us to the other 7 months of the year.
Although there are a number of other cycling events happening in Mpumalanga in April, we have decided to hold the race from Sunday 3 May to Wednesday 6 May, with registration and race briefing on Saturday afternoon/evening on 2 May.
Registration: Saturday 2 May from 13h30 at Floreat Riverside Lodge.
The Sabie Xperience has CHANGED EVENT DATE in 2015 to avoid the unpredictable December weather and climatic influences experienced in Sabie over the past few years. The dates in May will provide stable, cool and far less muddy conditions, which will give riders hours of fun on the kilometres of purpose-built single trails in the pristine natural areas and under the pine tree plantations around Sabie.
- Team Lite : 3 days, 115km and 2700m ascent. R3600 per Team of two. (Riders must be 15 years as at 31 December 2015)
- Solo Challenge : 3 days, 140km and 3100m ascent. R2300 per Solo Rider (Riders must be 17 years as at 31 December 2015)
- Team Tough : 4 days, 200km and 4650m ascent. R5600 per Team of two. (Riders must be 19 years as at 31 December 2015)
Race Organisers will permit Solo Challenge Riders 19 years old to also ride the final 4th day non-competitively if they choose to at no extra cost.
Stage 1 : (Prologue TT) – 31km/600m ascent (for all riders)
Stage 2 : 50km/1200m ascent (for all riders)
Stage 3 : 37km/900m ascent (Team Lite), 59km/1300m ascent (Solo Challenge), and 65km/1450m ascent (Team Tough)
Stage 4 : 60km/1400m ascent (Team Tough only)
Prize Giving will be over by 14h30 on Wednesday 6 May to allow riders enough time to travel home to Gauteng or the airport for connecting flights home.
The Event is aimed at providing the average MTB rider with an opportunity to take part in a limited distance stage race over 3 days in a team, or race for three days Solo for a longer distance with substantial climbing in the mountains, or for the full on PRO or very competitive racer to ride in a team over 4 stages for 200km and over 4500m of ascent on technical and testing terrain.
The event is, as always, designed to allow participants to choose their own affordable accommodation from a wide variety of options in and around Sabie - from camping to self-catering, or full-on hotel establishments, all within a few minutes of the race venue at Floreat Riverside Lodge. May offers lower "out of high season rates" which are normally charged in December.
All riders get a free lunch after the stage daily.
The riders all get a quality, distinctive backpack type goody bag, stocked with an amazing variety of great sponsored stuff from My Spar, USN, Van Heerdens Pharmacy etc.
There are great cash prizes (Total R100k) trophies and medals for all categories in the Solo Challenge and Team Tough formats, for daily stages and overall GC.
The website will be updated with the detailed info on the new event categories, stages, routes, start times as from early February, when entries will be opened.
As the weekend will kick off with the My Spar Forest2Falls MTB race on Friday 1 May, mountain biking enthusiasts and their families can come down a day or two earlier to participate in this 17 year old Marathon, Half Marathon or Fun Ride in the Mac Mac area up the road towards Graskop before tackling the Sabie Xperience Stage Race in one of the 3 Options on offer.