The 24/7/365 ULTRA GRAVEL is a Social Ride open to Mountain Bikers and Gravel Bikers who have the stamina and endurance to ride for 24 hours, through 7 Water Points over 365kms.
The field is limited to 50 Riders – on a First Entered, First Paid basis and EVERY rider gets a FREE ENTRY TO C2T ULTRA 2020 ;-) and entries will open on the same day as C2T MTB ULTRA 2020.
Ride briefing will be at 5:30am on the Saturday outside the Town Hall in Harrismith, which is about 300kms from Johannesburg on the N3.
Choose your weapon (MTB or GRAVEL) and saddle up at 6:00am sharp
WP0 - 36km (+309m, -319m)
This is an ‘unofficial’ POPUP Coke and Water Point, to give you a ‘boost’ as you tackle the climb to Draai Hoek Farm.
WP1 - 66km (30 km +416m, -316m)
At Draai Hoek Farm Jan and Carla will spoil you with Koffie en Beskuit and some much needed energy supplement to get you over the hill.
WP2/CP1 – 112km (46km +522m, -626m)
The descending starts !! Your average speed will definitely increase as you head ‘down’ to Vrede Hotel where either your Support Crew or your Drop Box will meet you. Make sure your bike light is charged and connected. The shadows will now be getting longer. Recharge your stomach linings with a fully loaded BUFFET menu and then you can be on your way.
WP3 - 166km (54km +295m, -458m)
Another “POP UP” Water Point at the Free State / Mpumalanga border on the Vaal River as you continue to improve on your average speed. Delicious snacks, pepsi and water will be provided. No passport necessary - only more bum cream ;-)
WP4/CP2 – 202km (36km +213m, -148m)
Rolling hills and train tracks will lead you to the Val Hotel where either your Support Crew or your Drop box will meet you. Rita ( she owns ‘The Town’ ) will spoil you with a GOURMET BUFFET.
Don’t linger, the sun has set, dress up for the night ride and switch on your lights 😉 100miles to go.
WP5 – 240km (38km +277m, -238m)
Another “POP UP” Water Point at a Coal Mine Belt. The stars will be out - so have a quick Carbo Load and keep peddling 😉
WP6 – 276km (36km +306m, -262m)
At the GrasDak Restaurant, Devon- Jana and Theo will provide a light meal to take you through the midnight hour. You definitely will need to stop here and refuel - 100kms to go ;-)
WP7 – 318km (42km +168m, -244m)
Navigate next to Railway Lines and Coal Mines to RedStar Raceway. This will be the ideal break you need to get some Coke and Coffee (laced with Caffeine), and some important snacks. Stay focused, Keep pedalling - almost home !!
LEGENDS-MX- FINISH VILLAGE 365km (52km +295m, -410m)
Some more descending to LEGENDS-MX Family Fun Park.
Eat, Drink and be Merry.
A HUGE Buffet Breakfast and your Support Crew await you ;-)
You will have biked 365kms NON STOP.
as a Pioneer of the 24/7/365 ULTRA GRAVEL.
Your FREE Solo Entry to the C2T MTB ULTRA 2020
and your Event T-Shirt gives you 24/7/365 Bragging Rights
Your bike will have travelled 3000m Descent / 2800m Ascent over 365 kms.
over Country Roads where you have never been before.
Great Meals at the CP’s and well stocked WP’s would have kept you going
together with Single Track Fuel Endurance Supplement.
Entry Fee: R1600 per person
Accommodation in Harrismith
LOTS available - from Resorts on the Wilge River to Air B'nB
More information: www.facebook.com/events/380220832770181/
Images of the event
Harrismith Town Hall, Harrismith