Napier Patat Festival MTB Race
Sat 17 Jun 2017, 07:00 @ Napier, Western Cape

Napier Patat Festival

June 17th, 2017
Patatfees MTB Race

Did you know Napier was once the sweet potato (patat) growing capital of South Africa? To celebrate this humble yet versatile vegetable, we have named our annual festival, which incorporates the Napier Half-marathon, a MTB race and a Trail run, in honour of it. In addition to sports races, the Patatfees boasts a charming weekend full of activities: a busy market, local beer and wines, children's creche and activities, Harley Davidson motorcycle show, tractor and vintage car show, art shows, entertainment, great food, the list goes on! Expect a healthy dose of small town charm and plenty of hospitality. Napier will surprise you!

Agulhas Skills School, Steyn Street, Napier
GPS: S 34.4783°, E 19.8972°

MTB Race Info
MTB DISTANCES 55km, 45km, 30km, 15km
ENTRY FEE: 55km R240, 45km R220, 30km R200, 15km R130
REGISTRATION: From 6h00 (Late registration +R50)
RACE BRIEFING: 10 mins before the start
STARTING TIME: 55km 08h00, 45km 08h05, 30km 08h10, 15km 09h00-09h15
VENUE : Agulhas Skills School, Napier, Overberg
PRE-ENTRIES CLOSE: 16 June 2017 

No refunds once you've entered.

Categories: For prize money
55km - Male & Female - Senior (19+), Sub-Vet(30-39), Vets(40-49), Master(50-59), Gr Master(60+)
45km - Male & Female - Senior (19+), Sub-Vet(30-39), Vets(40-49), Master(50-59), Gr Master(60+)
30km - Male & Female – Youth (15-16), Junior (17-18), Senior(19+), Sub-Vet(30-39), Vets(40-49), Master(50-59), Gr Master(60+)
15km - Male & Female - Nippers(8-10), Sprogs(11-12), Sub-junior(13-14), Open(15+) Under 16 only but anybody can enter - No prize money - this category is for fun and medals only

Helmets mandatory for all racers

Route Info:
15KM (actual = 14.8km)
A nice easy route with enough elevation to make you feel you've at least earned your medal. First part will gradually take you higher and higher through beautiful fynbos. Thereafter it's an easy downhill section towards the Elim road and then again a gradually upwards section - you might not even notice it - and easy rolling towards the finish for the last 2 km - enjoy!

Water tables at approximately 8km

30KM (actual = 28.3km)
With just over 600m's of climbing and most of it done by the time you reach halfway, this route offers a nice challenge to the competitive short route rider but is also a fantastic route for the first-timer. Riders will be treated and spoilt with splendid views across the Napier-Valley. The pedalling will mostly be "lekke" downhill and gradually levelling out over rolling terrain. Jeep tracks for the most part and lovely connecting single-track will have you in awe.

One moment in the open and the next under a canopy of trees will make you forget about the distance, wishing it never ends. Two thirds into the race will take you up a gentle little climb where after a lovely long downhill will bring you back to the outskirts of Napier. The last 4 km will albeit not be a lot of climbing, but will be testing the legs for last time before speeding the final km or so to the finish... wanna do another lap?! ENJOY!

Water tables at approximately 10km & 17km

45KM (actual-44km)
The riders will make a LEFT Turn at waterpoint No 2 (24km) and will now ride along a beautiful, flattish, and slightly downhill section for about 7km. The last km of this section is a fast downhill section which should be taken with extreme care. At km 27, riders will turn LEFT and now join riders doing the 55km (RED). Immediately, this starts with a somewhat challenging ST downhill section to a beautiful dam in the kloof and hooks up with the 30km riders just after a very nice 2.3km downhill section – FLAT OUT is the word! Enjoy! ☺

55KM(actual = 55km)
This one, actually only 55 km :) , being our flagship route, once finished, will leave you with a feeling of pride and beaming with a sense of achievement –never have you enjoyed a hammering so much. Truly spectacular scenery, exhilarating safe downhill’s and single-track awaits the rider. Following the same route as the 30km for the first 10km, the riders will split off(RED=RIGHT) and left again after 1.7km into the distance over gravel road for another 5km before heading up into the “kloof” for the big one!

Steady, hard climbing to the top will take you to the highest point in the race whereafter one of the best downhill’s in the country awaits! For the daring fast rider this will be the highlight of the ride – close to the edge at times but also catering for the less adventurous. Going mostly downhill now along jeep track for about 10km, riders will be heading back towards Napier through lovely Protea plantations and past numerous dams. With about 15km’s to go, gradual climbing via single-track to yet another beautiful lookout point will bring you to the start of another fast downhill where after you will connect with the 30km route again for the last 10km. If this route doesn’t have you searching for superlatives and screaming with joy, nothing will! Come on, just do it!

Water tables at approximately 10km, 23km, 33km and 44km

Conditions of entry

There are no refunds

The organizers take no responsibility if route markers have gone missing thus leading to confusion for riders - circumstances will be thoroughly investigated
Substitutions will be accepted
The MTB Race will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for reasons of safety. In such cases, results will be issued at the discretion of the organisers
No time-trial bars may be used.

All photographic or video material of participants made by the organisers or their assignees during any activity deemed to be part of the Napier Patatfees MTB Race, shall be free for use by the organisers in any matter relating to the event at any time in the present or future
First over the line wins
Riders must be in attendance at the prize giving or forfeit prizes
Prizes will not be given afterwards

Contact : Naas Vermaak
Contact Number : 072 071 3092
Contact e-mail: 

More information:

Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp)
15km   15 km 09:00 R 130.00
30km   30 km 08:10 R 200.00
45km   45 km 08:05 R 220.00
55km   55 km 08:00 R 240.00

Event location
Agulhas Skills School, Napier, Napier

Route information
Coordinates -34.47783, 19.8975
Address Agulhas Skills School, Napier, 7270
City Napier
Province Western Cape

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