The Race Across South Africa takes place in June/July each year. It is a 2300 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg KZN and ending in Wellington near Cape Town. Riders are allowed a maximum of 26 days to complete the ride.
It is a non-stop event, so riders are not required to stop every day/night as in other stage races. This is a solo event and all riders are required to be self-sufficient and carry all their own personal belongings with them. Riders can choose to be batched with a race buddy, but it is important for each individual rider to be equipped and capable of completing the event on their own. Further support along the way is provided by:
- 24 support stations which also serve as compulsory check points. These support stations occur every 80-100km along the route and provide food and accommodation to all riders during the race. Riders are required to sign in and out of each designated support station. It is however within an individual participant's discretion to decide whether they wish to utilise the accommodation provided at each support station.
- Riders may pre-packed 2 litre containers with spares, snack, maps etc which will be distributed to each support station, to be collected during the race
- 9 emergency stops where food and emergency accommodation can be arranged for riders – this is done by the race office.
- The route traverses six terrestrial biomes and the geography ranges from coastal to mountainous to semi-desert. Anticipated temperatures during June/July can range from 32 degrees Celcius down to minus 15 degrees Celcius
- The total cumulative ascent is over 37 000 metres with the highest point along the route being 2700 metres above sea level.
Please note: no individual seconding is permitted during the event – this means that no friends, family or other supporters may meet you along the route and offer assistance during the ride.
The route follows the Freedom Trail from PMb to Wellington along a wide variety of off-road terrain – dirt roads, farm roads and tracks, footpaths and animal tracks. Many of the trails retrace old historic wagon routes which are no longer in regular use. Apart from the riding, there are numerous portage sections where riders will have to hike, push and even carry their bikes.
Since the route is not marked, riders need to navigate by means of maps, compass and narrative directions – the use of GPS devices for navigation during the race is not allowed and will lead to disqualification.
Interim Cut-offs: these apply at various points along the route and riders need to pass through these points before the relevant cut-off times – this is to ensure that riders do not fall behind the final 26 day cut-off for the finish in Wellington. Missing one of these interim cut-offs will mean disqualification and leaving the trail with a DNF result.
The following cut-offs apply:
- Rhodes – 8 days
- Hofmeyr – 12 days
- Willowmore – 18 days
Due to the nature of the terrain and time of year, the Race Across South Africa is a physically and mentally demanding undertaking – to complete this challenge, riders need to be adequately trained, equipped and prepared. Apart from the fitness, riders also need to be proficient at navigation and bike maintenance.
The Race Across South Africa is an unforgettable adventure by bike which takes riders to remote parts of South Africa where they will experience the true splendour of the country and the warm hospitality of its people.
ENTRY FEES AND DEADLINES
2020 Race Across South Africa: R35000-00 exc.l VAT
All payments made after 15 September 2019 will incur 15% VAT
Entries close on 31 March 2020 or when sold out (Entry is only secured once min 20% payment has been made)
(if entry numbers are approaching capacity warnings will go on on newsletter and social media)
PAYMENT TERMS AND WITHDRAWALS
- VAT exempt payments must be made before 15 September 2019
- Outstanding payments will be re-invoiced with VAT added after 15 September 2019
- Deadline for all entry fee payments is 31 March 2020
- You may pay in installments of your choosing, please use same invoice number on all instalments
- Withdrawals before 30 November will receive 100% refund of total entry fee
- Withdrawals before 31 March will receive 90% refund of total entry fee
- Withdrawals before 30 April will receive 80% refund of total entry fee
- Withdrawals before the first batch start date will receive 60% refund of total entry fee
- Withdrawals after the first batch start date are non-refundable
- Late entries or transfers incur R1000 admin fee (deadline 30 April)
- No roll-over entries permitted
- Map payments are non-refundable
THE ENTRY FEE COVERS THE FOLLOWING:
- Pre-RASA dinner and accommodation at the pre-race briefing in Pietermaritzburg
- Access to the downloadable set of 1:50 000 topographical map sheets and narrative descriptions of the race route (Freedom Trail)
- Transport of one small bag per rider (clothes etc) to be collected at the finish
- Shipping of 2 litre race support boxes from Race Office (Cape Town) to support stations along the route
- Official race garment
- Finisher’s blanket
- All meals and accommodation whilst in competition.
Please note: Printed Maps are NOT included in your entry fee. All riders will be sent a link where you can download 2020 maps and narratives free of charge and print at your own expense. Alternatively you may elect to have printed maps and narratives couriered to your door for an additional R1000. RASA route is covered by 83 x A3 Colour Topographical 1:50 000 maps.