THE U 2020
Fri 23 Oct - Sun 25 Oct 2020 @ Piketberg, Western Cape


Organiser
Piket-Bo-Berg Trails

High-fives and hashtags! THE U turns a whole handful in 2020. And we’re celebrating… What stays the same is the exceptional ‘real mountain-biking’ on private, handcrafted singletrack trails. What gets taken to an entirely new level this year, is the premium nature of the lifestyle offering. 

And, all the perks come as part of the entry fee. That’s right…You can leave your wallet at home. Read on!  

Based around a picturesque lake-side race village, the three-day event showcases the natural beauty of our mountains, paired with premium food, drinks, services and facilities in an all-inclusive offering.

Here is what you need to know.

In terms and food, fuel and drinks you can look forward to:

  • Baristas serving any hot beverage of your choice
  • Complimentary La Chouffe beers on Friday & Saturday evening
  • Hope Distillery & Fitch and Leedes sunset cocktails on Friday and Saturday evening (including a Hope Distillery and Liefmans Fruitesse beer and gin cocktail)
  • Cadence Nutrition during Episodes 1 & 2
  • Powerful protein punch from Protein 2 Go recovery after each Episode
  • As much DAY Water as you need (sustainable canned water)

The field is limited to 300 riders only – be sure to book your spot for 2020!

Just some of the unique features of the event include:

  • Custom medals with your race number
  • Team pics fridge magnets which are also used for seeding
  • Personalized race number 
  • Three Namgear bike washes
  • Complimentary beer tasting from the Belgian Beer Company
  • The friendly support from the Tech Zone team
  • A Thule Achiever backpack filled with amazing goodies from our event partners
  • Personalized Number board and Medal
  • A Parting Gift when you leave which includes: 200ml Custom Distilled Hope Gin (using organic Buchu from the farm); Fitch & Leedes Bespoke Mixer; a bunch of fresh flowers from the farm, local potatoes and preserves.

We haven’t forgotten about the racing snakes 

  • The Venturescapes Segment Challenge offers R5000 for both the K&QOM on both Episodes 1 & 2 (R20K in total over the weekend).


ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSE31 August 2020

SUBSTITUTIONS CLOSE: 18 September 2020 (Substitutions done after the 18th will be processed on Friday, the 23rd of October. Riders will receive kit confirmed in the original entry).


ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES:

STANDARD ACCOMMODATION:


  • Standard:   @ R9 000 per individual.
    • Your standard entry includes:
      • All meals, drinks and snacks from the Friday evening until Sunday lunch, including light snacks on the Friday afternoon 
      • Your own two-man tent & mattress. (Bedding excluded).
  • Standard:   @ R16 000 per team.
    • Your standard entry includes:
      • All meals, drinks and snacks from the Friday evening until Sunday lunch, including light snacks on the Friday afternoon 
      • Your own two-man tent & mattress. (Bedding excluded).



  • LUXURY ACCOMMODATION:
    • Luxury: @ R15 000 per individual. 
    • Your luxury entry includes:
      • All meals, drinks and snacks from the Friday evening until Sunday lunch, including light snacks on the Friday afternoon. 
      • Your own four-man tent with a single bed, a bedside table, shaded seating and ground cover in front of your tent with a camping chair & a solar light. (Bedding included).
  • Luxury: @ R22 000 per team.
    • Your luxury entry includes:
      • All meals, drinks and snacks from the Friday evening until Sunday lunch, including light snacks on the Friday afternoon. 
      • Your own four-man tent with two single beds, a bedside table, shaded seating and ground cover in front of your tent with 2 camping chairs & a solar light, (Bedding included).



  • DELUXE ACCOMMODATION:
    • Deluxe: @ R24 000 per team (teams only).
    • Your deluxe entry includes:
      • All meals, drinks and snacks from the Friday evening until Sunday lunch, including light snacks on the Friday afternoon.
      • Fully equipped luxury serviced accommodation with proper single beds for two evenings (double beds available upon request), bedding & towels included.
      • Complimentary Drinks & Snacks.
      • Exclusive access to the permanent ablution facilities.
      • Designated parking area.
      • Complimentary 'wake me up' coffee of your choice delivered to your doorstep at sunrise & a complimentary EPT Recovery Experience on the Saturday!


OUR CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Up to 3 months before the event – 75% (19 July 2020)
  • Up to 2 months before the event – 50% (20 August 2020)
  • No refunds in last 2 months & no carryovers (21 August 2020)
  • Substitutions (R500 online, up until 18 September 2020, R1000 on the day, 23 October 2020)

*Please note that no e-bikes can take part in the event*


ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS:

The Prologue

Distance: 15km | Elevation: 200m 

Short, but sharp, this 15km is designed so you can earn your Friday evening beer and get the car trip out of your legs. See it as a loosener to prepare you for the two days which lie ahead.  The prologue has doubled in distance from previous years but without the addition of too much more elevation gain.

The route includes a few short stings called ‘Mermaids Pool,’ ‘Death by Porcupine’ and ‘Crow’s Nest’ but as with all the climbs in the trail network - what goes up, must come down. And, quite spectacularly at that.

Your finish time here will determine your seeding! If that is of any concern to you. 


Episode 1

Distance: 55km | Elevation: 1400m  |  4 Total Pit Stops

Episode 1 is a mix of The U exclusive sections, original Piket-Bo-Berg trails and spectacular new additions. Most of the day is spent on the trails of Bugler’s Post. Don’t let the distance fool you, you will feel that elevation and it starts early on as riders leave the race village and follow the jeep track up Levant Hill until the first singletrack of the day: Yellow Cliff Road’ – a 1.3km switchback climb with an ascent of 100 meters. 


One of the many highlights of Episode 1 is the epic 5km downhill ‘Livingstone & Stanley’. This track was famously built by John Ince and LeRoux Rossouw - John building from the top of the mountain and Le Roux from the bottom. 


War stories from the old Ox Wagon Pass are bound to be shared over post-ride beers - built in 1889 the 5km ascend is a lung buster, which brings you back up the mountain to Bugler’s Post.  From there it’s dirt-surf time on ‘Blaaukop,’ ‘Jakkelskloof,’ ‘Owls Corner,’ ‘The Bug,’ ‘Fairy Meadows’ and another U exclusive ‘Ek is Lara’! 


Rondekop marks the return to Moutons Valley farm and by then you will be able to taste your Protein 2 Go recovery at the finish line, but, not before the epic ‘River Run’ and A Bridge Too Far downhill sections.  


Episode 2

Distance: 57km | Elevation: 1100m  |  4 Total Pit Stops

Episode 2 takes in the finest of the trail network on the Starkes farm, Moutons Valley. The riding is technical (both on the climbs and descents) but fast and flowing if you have the skills and the training in the legs. In some sections its almost impossible to comprehend how the trails were imagined, let alone crafted. Criss-crossing the hills above the race village, the trails weave audaciously over, through, between, and under rocks to create a near perfect flow on terrain which quite often shouldnt be rideable. 


Make no mistake - it’s no manicured bike park (or walk-in-the-park, for that matter) the trails are physically and technically challenging, but generous in their rewards. These include U exclusive singletracks: Sonop,' Sunshine,’ ‘Castle Rock,’ ‘Looking for Moses,’ ‘Finding Moses,’ ‘Greystonesand Greystones Express.


It’s real mountain-biking in the ‘proper’ sense of the word. The U is all about baggies and beers and chilled vibes, which means we’re not fans of bottlenecks in the switchbacks or complaints about the route because you haven’t put in the necessary work. In that vein we’ve instituted a little waiver before you can proceed to check out:


I acknowledge that this is a ‘real mountain bike’ event, which needs a good deal of fitness and skills to master! 







Team information
This event supports team entries for certain classes, but teams must consist of 2 participants per team.
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Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp) 2 person team (pp)
The U - Standard Solo Entry 127 km 14:00 R 9,000.00 -
The U - Standard Team Entry 127 km 14:00 - R 8,000.00

Event location
Mouton's Valley Farm, Piketberg

Route information
Coordinates -32.782840930903, 18.710804124451
Address Mouton's Valley Road, Piket-Bo-Berg
City Piketberg
Province Western Cape