The first race of the 2011 League takes place on 16 April 2011, at the Ongegund Lodge near Somerset West.
- Date: 16 April 2011
- Venue: Ongegund Lodge, near Somerset West (directions)
- Start of Race: 8h30
- Total distance: 38 km
- Total vertical climb: 925 m
Facilities: Toilet and shower facilities will be available â€“ donâ€™t forget to pack your towels and clean clothes. A sparkling pool is available to cool yourself down!
Bar facilities: A cash bar right at the start/finish/function area.
How to get there: Click here for directions. Drive time from Somerset West Centre: 10 -15 mins
Other activities at Venue: The farmerâ€™s market at Lourensford Estate has moved to Ongegund Lodge, so there will be plenty to look at, buy, eat and drink at Ongegund Lodge. Bring your spouse and kids â€“ they will love it!
Handicap Weighting: Due to the nature of the course and the amount of climbing, the weighting for the BMI part of the handicap has been increased
Order Of Merit: This is your first opportunity to get yourself high up on the Leagueâ€™s Order of Merit!
Rider Tracking: All teams will be tracked on a big screen thanks to the generosity of Intellibureau, so your friends and family can watch your progress
Spectator view points: On route to Wedderwill Winery, as well as Waterkloof Lapa.
Technical Support: Technical support will be provided at the start and at Water Point 1 by Helderberg Cycle World. See race rules that apply to outside help and technical support.
1st place: Week-end at Houwhoek Inn for 4 people.
2nd place: Ozone Treatment session by Ozone Wellness.
3rd place: Gift Vouchers by Helderberg Cycle World.
The route utilizes sections of the new Schaapensberg MTB Trails, which will be officially opened by the PPA on 17 April at Ongegund Lodge, which will be the start venue of the trail system. Parts of the route were also used on the last day of this yearâ€™s ABSA Cape Epic, as well as last yearâ€™s Wines2Whales.
Terrain: A true MTB heaven consisting of a wide variety of farm roads, district road, jeep track, single track (climbing and descending). The route covers the farms of the Schaapenberg, as well as a section of the east slopes of the Hottentots- Holland mountains immediately north of Sir Lowryâ€™s Pass. Riders will be treated to breathtaking views of the mountains, False Bay, Gordons Bay and Strand. The route will pass through the Wedderwill Game reserve, where riders will be treated to the presence of Springbok, Blesbuck, Eland, Black Wildebeest and Zebra. The extreme west section of the route goes over a hill that has been declared a conservancy due the fynbos species that exist only there.
Water Points: Water points with Powerade, Wilde Juice and eats at 16 km (Wedderwill Winery) and 31km (Waterkloof Lapa) hosted by Re/Max Helderberg.