The Pedal Power Association (PPA) will be hosting The 2019 Cycle Lab Maluti Double90 team time trial in the picturesque Eastern Free State town of Clarens on Saturday, 13 April 2019.
Clarens is situated in the Eastern Free State Highlands, on the northern-most point of Lesotho. It is known for the spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful climate and is regarded as one of the most picturesque areas in the country.
The 2019 Cycle Lab Maluti Double90, one of the PPA’s flagship events will see teams competing in one of the three categories: Female, Mixed (minimum of 3 riders of the opposite sex in the first 6 finishers) or Open (any combination of gender) over 180km.
Barzani Pro Cycling, winners of the Double90 last year will be back to defend their title. The team has merged with TEG Procycling team to better their chances of taking the title.
- Elevation gain over the 180 km: 2220m
- Highest point in the Golden Gate is 2050m asl.
- Steepest gradient is the Mine Shaft at 22% (roughly the 155km mark)
The Cycle Lab Maluti Double90 is not for the unfit, or the faint-hearted. The route starts off deceptively gently, with mild undulating hills from Clarens towards Bethlehem.
Please take care at the left turn onto the N5 towards Bethlehem, as the N5 often carries heavy traffic, including trucks. Teams are specifically requested to ride in SINGLE FILE from this turn until Bethlehem.
There’s a water point just after exiting Bethlehem on the R26, where you can also restock the energy levels with some banana loaf, potatoes and sandwiches.
From Water Point 1, the route follows the undulating R716 past farmlands towards Warden and Eenzaamheid. This section of the route has a good road shoulder and teams should be able to get into pacelines and post some good speeds here.
The second water point is at roughly 70 km, just before turning right at the four-way stop onto the R57 towards Kestell. Water and Coke will be offered here.
The R57 again offers a good road shoulder and with undulating hills, teams should be able to maintain some good speeds. By now, though, the undulating terrain may start to take its toll and teams will have to dig deep to maintain a good average speed in order to make the cut-off at Kestell.
Teams will meet up with their support vehicles in Kestell at the official Supporter Zone. (Please note that support vehicles are not allowed to follow teams along the route and teams will be disqualified in this regard.)
The Supporter Zone is in front of the local Kestell Hotel, where supporters and spectators will find breakfast, light meals and cold beer for sale. Please note that there is a cut-off of 12h00 for teams to arrive at the Supporter Zone and teams that miss this cut-off will not be able to continue as the event cut-off (16h30 in Clarens) will not be reached in time.
There will be a 15min “time out” at the Support Zone in Kestell. The team’s clock will stop once the 6th rider of the team crosses the first timing mat at the support zone. The team’s time will start again as soon as the first rider of the team crosses the 2nd timing mat.
If you missed this year’s deadline, be sure to enter in 2020. Good luck to all the teams who are participating.
For more information visit http://malutidouble90.co.za