The long distance of 160km start at Malmesbury Showgrounds and the 80km option start at Delico, Riebeck Kasteel. With all entries closing on the 15th of May, the organising team is getting all the last details sorted to present a great day of racing. This iconic event has become firmly entrenched on the Western Cape calendar as a season highlight and gives riders the perfect intro to endurance riding.
The 50-mile option takes the fastest riders around 3 hours and with open gravel roads all the way, is non-technical. Views go on for days.
A look at the profile will show that the first 40km is fairly flat and makes for fast riding. You need to keep something in the tank for the last 30km, with some sharp climbs after the 2nd (and last) water station.
Note that the 50-mile ride starts at Delico butchery outside Riebeeck Kasteel, about 20km from Malmesbury so arrange a lift or book one of the shuttles.
The 100-mile option, although strenuous is a much easier ride than some of the other 100’s out there, with the course record, held by Erik Kleinhans, standing at a phenomenal 05h33. This should highlight the fact that, despite some proper climbs, that the route is fast and flowing. Erik broke the record using a gravel bike with front suspension, and more and more riders are bringing their gravel bikes to this event. Just a note to the rest of the field, he beat the 2nd place rider by 30 minutes...
All this said, the 100 Mile option is not easy, especially as the bulk of the climbing happens in the last 40km of the race and really tests the middle and back-of-the-pack riders’ resolve towards the end.
The cut-off for the 100Miler is at 18h00, meaning you need to maintain around 16km/h to receive your finishers’ medal. And yes, the official race distance is 167km.
In terms of entrants, the 50 miler is becoming more and more popular, with twice as many riders opting for the shorter option.
For both routes, well-stocked feed zones are laid out with 100 miler riders having a dedicated breakfast and lunch points as part of their 5 stops.
The midway point, and the start of the 50 miler, is a festive affair with Delico butchery keeping the braai fires going throughout the day until cut-off.
If you are worried about getting stranded out on the route, miles from home, Day trippers are on hand with shuttle buses to get you back to civilisation.
As with previous editions, the Malmesbury Fietsryklub provide support services to the race in return for financial remuneration which they plough back into their local trail projects.
The club has been very active in getting singletrack built in and around the town and as Amarider we cannot be happier for the event to support this great initiative in our host town.
Having the locals on route looking after us, not only adds gees to the day, but there is always someone close by to help you understand just exactly where you are!
For the 10th year, riders will start at 7h30 when the sun rises over Malmesbury to attempt to finish the 160km in 10.5 hours. Riders are treated to 5 refreshment stations with a breakfast and lunch stop included for the longer distance. This is a CSA sanctioned event.
Registration starts on Thursday 17 May at Bellville Cricket Club between 14h00 – 18h00. Friday. 18 May registration is at Dirtopia Trail Centre on Delvera farm near Stellenbosch between 12h00 & 18h00. Limited event long sleeve T-shirts will be available to buy as well but order yours online with your entry to ensure you get one.
Some things to look forward to: Enduren nutrition, squirt support on the day as well as samples at registration. Zang caffeinated chocolate samples. All finishers will receive a medal AND a finishers memento. You can also stand a chance to win a 2-night stay for 2 at In Die Wingerd valued at R1800.
WHERE TO ENTER: ENTER ONLINE (login OR create a profile/register)
MORE INFO: www.amarider100miler.co.za