THE U 2019
Fri 18 Oct - Sun 20 Oct 2019 @ Piketberg, Western Cape


Organiser
Piket-Bo-Berg Trails

THE U WANTS YOU… You are invited you to join us for the Singletrack Stage Race for REAL MOUNTAIN BIKERS. Small. Boutique. Exclusive. That is the U…

Based around a race village in a class of its own, the three-day event showcases the natural beauty of our mountains, paired with great food, drinks and our small-town hospitality.

U will enjoy:

  • 2,5 days of unforgettable mountain biking covering 106km of singletrack.
  • The privacy of your own tent, with Luxury & Deluxe upgrade options available.
  • Relaxing afternoons and evenings in the Chill Zone next to the dam.

The field is limited to 200 riders only – be sure to book your spot for 2019!

Unique features of the event:

  • Custom medals with your race number.
  • Team pics fridge magnets which are also used for seeding.
  • Personalized race number. 

Additional Features:

  • CBC Bar with two complimentary drafts included & a Beer Tasting Experience.
  • Weekend welcome pack and a ‘parting gift’ which will include Bo-Berg Fynbos flowers and local produce.
  • Gin Tasting with Fitch & Leedes.
  • Loads of snacks and a generous Gourmet Burger Bar for Saturday lunch.
  • Soft Serve station with crepes and interesting toppings that will satisfy any sweet tooth.
  • Tech support from the Specialized Tech Zone.
  • Enjoy will spoil you with a rad pair of Reptilia Trail Shorts - so there will be no excuses for riding in Lycra.

ENTRY FEES & ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES:

*Please note that payment options are available if you enter before 30 June 2019*

STANDARD ACCOMMODATION:


Standard:   @ R7 500 per individual.

Your standard entry includes:

All meals from the Friday evening until Sunday lunch, including light snacks on the Friday afternoon 

Your own two-man tent & mattress. (Bedding excluded).

Standard:   @ R13 000 per team.

Your standard entry includes:

All meals 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:        @ R12 000 per individual.

Your luxury entry includes:

All meals 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 two camping chairs & a solar light. (Bedding included).

Luxury:        @ R17 500 per team.

Your luxury entry includes:

All meals 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:       @ R20 000 per team (teams only).

Your deluxe entry includes:

Fully equipped luxury serviced accommodation with proper single beds for two evenings (double beds available upon request), bedding & towels included.

Complimentary Drinks & Snacks.

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 Saturday!



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

OUR CANCELLATION POLICY:

  • Up to 3 months before the event – 75% (19 July 2019)
  • Up to 2 months before the event – 50% (23 August 2019)
  • No refunds in last 2 months & no carryovers (24 August 2019)
  • Substitutions (R500 online, R1000 on the day)


ONLINE ENTRIES CLOSE30 August 2019

SUBSTITUTIONS CLOSE24 August 2019


OTHER SERVICES:

You will have the friendly support from the Specialized Tech Zone team and EPT will look after all your recovery needs - bookings can be made directly with these service providers. 

Book a sports massage with the team from EPT recovery, click here.

Your bike will also be treated to a complimentary Namgear bike wash after each day!

ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS:

The Prologue

Distance: 8.12km | Elevation: 277m

This short route, is designed to get the city out of your legs and prepare you for what lies ahead for the next two days.  


The route includes a fast run through the “Pine Forest”, a climb to via “Mermaids Pool” and “Death by Porcupine”, some tracks along the river and a big climb to “Crow’s Nest” and ends with a technical descend to the race village.


Your time on this route will determine your seeding!


Episode 1

Distance: 49.82km | Elevation: 1667m

Riders start under the oak trees next to the race village and follow the jeep tracks up Levant Hill until the first single track of the day “Yellow Cliff Road” –a 1.3km switchback climb with an ascend of 100 meters.  A short jeep track respite leads into “Hello Kitty”, “Marshlands” and “Dammit” – a U exclusive trail.  Riders now enter Buglers Post farm and do the “Muy Berg” track before heading to “The Throne” on Pomona farm.


One of the many highlights of Episode 1 is the epic 5km downhill “Livingstone & Stanley”. This track was built by John Ince and LeRoux Rossouw - John building from the top of the mountain and Le Roux from the bottom. The old Ox Wagon Pass, built in 1889, is the 5km ascend, which brings you back up the mountain to Buglers Post.


Episode 1 also includes the fun section through the Pine Forest, “Blaaukop”, “Jakkelskloof”, “Owls Corner”, “The Bug”, “Fairy Meadows” and another U exclusive “Ek is Lara”!   When you get to “Rondekop” you are back on Mouton’s Valley farm and will return to the race village via the stunning “River Run” and “A Bridge Too Far”.  A beer, rest and recuperation are the order of the day.


Episode 2

Distance: 52.04km | Elevation: 1410m

Episode 2 will be spent exploring the multitude of trails on the Starke’s farm Mouton’s Valley. Highlights include U exclusive single tracks “Sonop”, “Sunshine”, “Castle Rock”, “Looking for Moses”, “Finding Moses”, “Greystones” and “Greystones Express”!   These trails have plenty to offer fit, adventurous cyclists – technical climbs, steep downhills and fast flowing switch backs!  Real mountain biking.


The pristine fynbos, sandstone rock formations, mountain cliffs and the endless views add to the exceptional beauty of this event.


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

Classes and pricing
Available classes for the event

Class Distance Start Time Price (pp) 2 person team (pp)
The U - Standard Solo Entry   106 km 14:00 R 7,500.00
The U - Standard Team Entry   106 km 14:00 R 6,500.00

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


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