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WELCOME NOTE

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RACE SUMMARY

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HISTORY & WINNERS

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ROUTE & FEATURES

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FEEDING & TECHNICAL ZONES

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SPECTATOR ZONES

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PROGRAMME

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LEADERS JERSEY & PRIZE MONEY

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BROADCAST TIMES

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YEAR CALENDAR

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SPONSORS & PARTNERS

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We welcome you to the 2014 “MTN National Mountain Bike Series driven by Nissan” where you get to rub shoulders with some of South Africa’s top cyclists whilst enjoying the beauty and splendour of our magnificent country. We wish you all the best and trust that you will have an enjoyable and unforgettable experience with us. Practise safe riding at all times and keep your mobile phone on your person should you need to use it in an emergency.

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RACE SUMMARY Photo Credit: Zoon Cronje NIKON

LEG NUMBER DATE VENUE ELEVATION PARTICIPANTS REGISTRATION DISTANCES

MTN NATIONAL MTB SERIES #6 VAN GAALEN Driven by NISSAN Saturday 14th June & Sunday 15th June 2014 Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, Skeerpoort, North West, RSA 1400m Above Sea Level +-2000 Fri 16h00-19h00 | Sat 06h30-09h00 | Sun 06h30-09h00 10km | 20km | 47km | 75km | 105km

Skeerpoort is a village 24 km south of Brits and 32 km northeast of Hekpoort, about 7 km southwest of the Hartebeespoort Dam. Afrikaans for ‘shaving defile’, the mountain pass from which it takes its name may have been so called by the commando under Hendrik Potgieter because they stopped there on a Sunday to spruce up. Another explanation is that a commando under Casper Kruger purchased soap and shaving equipment from a trader to spruce up before entering Pretoria. In 1990 Annelies van Gaalen immigrated from one of Holland’s big cities to Skeerpoort, a small farming community in the Hartebeespoort area. Living in the peace and quiet of the countryside, she soon released that it was the ideal setting to begin making cheese like her Dutch “voorvaders”.

Notice to all participants Although the organizers endeavour to remove dangerous rocks and cut as much of the long grass and overhanging bushes, trees, thorns and vegetation as possible before the event, weather conditions sometimes result in certain unforeseen obstacles on the route. It is the rider’s responsibility to avoid these hazards by riding carefully where required. Please remember to ride with your phone.

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HISTORY & WINNERS

Photo Credit: Zoon Cronje NIKON

The Van Gaalen leg of the MTN National MTB Series Driven by NISSAN is owned by ADVENDURANCE. Although the Van Gaalen event was originally part of the NISSAN TrailSeeker Series introduced in 2010, in that year the event drew over a 1000 participants, which showed that people were looking for a race on their doorstep. The routes have been built over the past 6 years, many of the routes do not stay open year round and need to be cut open. Many hours have been spent carving single track, building bridges, cutting grass and hacking through thick vegetation. Thanks to all the 30+ land owners that the route traverses, without your co-operation this event will not be possible. Special thanks to Erik Schipper for use of his land and the MTB routes which he has built on the surrounding farms. Annelies van Gaalen thank you for a great venue and the hospitality you provide. The Year 2010 2011 2012 2013

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ROUTE & FEATURES Photo Credit: Zoon Cronje NIKON

The routes head toward the first obstacle the riders will face, “Concrete Collision”. A steep dual track cement climb which continues further onto dirt. This apparent top of the climb is short lived , as just a little further on you’ll see riders dipping down into a short downhill that immediately takes you onto a very steep straight climb called “Marble Hall”. Here riders will be greeted with a cattle gate leading them down into a steep single track, with some switchbacks called the “Dagga pad”. You’ll definitely be using your brakes here, be cautious. After a couple 100m the trails starts flowing as your confidence returns you’ll want to pedal harder as you make your way down the mountain onto “Tannie Miems”. Down into natural forests, this awesome single track snakes its way down towards the riverside. Meeting up with a dirt road, you can now relax and replenish your fluids before you embark on the next thrilling section. The routes split between the Ultra, Marathon and Half-Marathon, the Half continues right on the dirt road through “The Pass” and onto The Railroad”, “The Mine” and back onto “The Railroad”. “The Mine” has some technical riding so be weary and keep other riders in mind. “Devin Doors” is a shortish bush tunnel riders enter after going through the cement tunnel that stirs things up a bit. The Ultra and Marathon have to negotiate the “Segwati Trails”, a section of never ending trails along the foot of the mountain working it’s way up and down before finally climbing straight up the King & Queen of the Mountain point called “Apollo” which got it’s name as the first of two satellite climbs. After a quick descend and along “Rudy’s Trail” you’ll face the “Satellite” a unforgiving stretch of mountain that will spit you out down the “Jou Baas Trail”, onto the “Bloat or Float Bridge”. Salvation is short lived as you’re immediately thrown into a bush tunnel I’d like to call “The Tumble Drier”. Here the route splits between the Ultra and Marathon, the Ultra will head straight to “Going Nuts” and climb “The Mad Nutter” (use your imagination) and then onto the “Vulture Trail” up-to the “Vultures Nest”, the steepest trail around. The Marathon turns right and passes through the “Sandpit”. The routes join briefly to navigate “Oom Piet”, the Marathoners loop through “Savannah Hills” before heading home along “River Bends South”. The Ultra will head up to the “Greek Church” and “Jou Bliksem” before heading home on “River Bends North” NATIONALMTBSERIES.COM 16.


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FEED & TECH ZONES Photo Credit: Zoon Cronje NIKON

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Directions to FTA Zones FTA #1 - 25°52’49.31”S / 27°39’33.19”E • Turn right from Van Gaalen on the R560, Travel for approximately 15.6km, turn left, Follow the “Tech Zone” boards for 1.9km, Park on the grass area provided on the right, Walk for approximately 100m FTA #2 - 25°48’46.12”S / 27°42’24.59”E • Turn right from Van Gaalen on the R560, Travel for approximately 6km, turn right, Follow the “Tech Zone” boards for 4km, Park on the grass area provided on the left • Shortcut from FTA #1 - Travel back to R560 tar road, Turn right, Travel for 1.8km, Turn left after 2.6km at the “T” turn right onto the R401, Travel for 1.8km. Access to the FTA Zones (Feed & Technical Assistance Zone) Report to registration where we will issue you with your Team Zone access card. Only teams have access to setup in the team designated area. Rules & Regulations Feeding and technical assistance will only be allowed at these designated areas. They are clearly marked and support crews must stay out of the way of riders. A UCI Commissaire will be on site to monitor the proceedings. No support vehicle will be tolerated on the race route - severe penalties or disqualifications will follow. This event makes use of CSA / SA-MTB rules and is ultimately affiliated to the UCI. NB: FTA Zones are only for MTN ULTRA Marathon Teams & MTN Marathon Ladies “A” NATIONALMTBSERIES.COM 20.


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SPECTATOR ZONE #1 17km for the Marathon & Ultra Only SPECTATOR ZONE #2 30km for the Marathon & Ultra Only SPECTATOR ZONE #3 42km for the Marathon & Ultra Only SPECTATOR ZONE #4 76km for the Ultra / 52km for the Marathon Only Directions to Supporter Zones SZ #1 - 25°49’57.00”S / 27°46’33.05”E • Turn right from Van Gaalen on the R560, Travel for approximately 3.2km, Turn left onto the Gravel road over the railway. Travel for 4km through the pass SZ #2 - 25°51’40.95”S / 27°44’31.72”E • Turn right from Van Gaalen on the R560, Travel for approximately 3.2km, Turn left onto the Gravel road over the railway. Travel for 4km through the pass, Turn right at the “T” onto the R400. Travel for 4.5km SZ #3 - 25°52’49.31”S / 27°39’33.19”E • Turn right from Van Gaalen on the R560, Travel for approximately 15.6km, turn left, Follow the “Tech Zone” boards for 1.9km, Park on the grass area provided on the right, Walk approximately 100m SZ #4 - 25°48’46.12”S / 27°42’24.59”E • Turn right from Van Gaalen on the R560, Travel for approximately 6km, turn right, Follow the “Tech Zone” boards for 4km, Park on the grass area provided on the left Access to the Supporter Zones Supporter zones are open to the public. Please use only the directions given to get to these zones. Bring a camping chair and shade and support the participants as they make their way past. Rules & Regulations No outside assistance is allowed. No one may interfere with the race in any way. If caught assisting or feeding participants penalties will apply. NATIONALMTBSERIES.COM 26.


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EVENT MTN Marathon #1 DULLSTROOM NISSAN Half-Marathon #1 DULLSTROOM

VENUE Dunkeld Estate, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga Dunkeld Estate, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

22 FEBRUARY 23 FEBRUARY

MTN Marathon #2 SABIE NISSAN Half-Marathon #2 SABIE

York Timber Sports Grounds, Sabie, Mpumalanga York Timber Sports Grounds, Sabie, Mpumalanga

15 MARCH 15 MARCH

MTN Marathon #3 TULBAGH NISSAN Half-Marathon #3 TULBAGH

Saronsberg Wine Estate, Tulbagh, Western Cape Saronsberg Wine Estate, Tulbagh, Western Cape

03 MAY 04 MAY

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Town Square, Clarens, Free State Town Square, Clarens, Free State

24 MAY 24 MAY

MTN Marathon #5 ROOIBERG NISSAN Half-Marathon #5 ROOIBERG

Rooiberg Golf Club, Rooiberg, Limpopo Rooiberg Golf Club, Rooiberg, Limpopo

14 JUNE 15 JUNE

MTN Marathon #6 VAN GAALEN NISSAN Half-Marathon #6 VAN GAALEN

Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, Skeerpoort, North West Van Gaalen Cheese Farm, Skeerpoort, North West

22 JUNE 22 JUNE

MTN Marathon #7 HILTON NISSAN Half-Marathon #7 HILTON

Hilton College, Hilton, Kwa-Zulu Natal Hilton College, Hilton, Kwa-Zulu Natal

13 SEPTEMBER 14 SEPTEMBER

MTN Marathon #8 RIDE CRATER CRUISE NISSAN Half-Marathon #8 RIDE CRATER CRUISE

Ride Arena, Parys, Free State Ride Arena, Parys, Free State NATIONALMTBSERIES.COM 38.


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