The tenth edition of the Amarider 100Miler will be held in Malmesbury on 19 May 2018. This one-day mountain bike ultra-marathon of 160km started from the humble beginnings in 2009 to one of the ‘’must-do-events’’ on the mountain biking calendar. The scenery is beautiful in the Swartland during Autumn and the riding is not technical.
The 2017 winner Eric Kleinhans was also the first winner of the event 10 years ago in the most difficult conditions. Last year he raced at an average speed of 28.81 to finish in a record time of 5:33:16 in near perfect conditions.
The route consists predominantly of flowing and fast-rolling dirt road. With 1920m of climbing over the day, it certainly is not flat but very few riders struggle to make the cut-off. Riders can ride as solo competitors or form 4-person (non-relay) teams and enjoy a day out with mates in the saddle. The team results will be based on the 4th rider crossing the line thereby encouraging teamwork and camaraderie. Open and Mixed team trophies are awarded.
For the less daring, a shorter 50 Miler (80km) race option is available. It starts at the halfway mark at Riebeeck Kasteel and ends with the 100 Miler riders at the Malmesbury Showgrounds. This event provides an opportunity for riders keen to get a taste of endurance riding and experience the 2nd half of the 100 Miler route option.
The event will use the Amarider Trail Tag system and riders will tag in and out at various check points along the route. The finish area has a social vibe and offers stalls with great food and drinks, so stick around for a beer afterwards, you’ll deserve it after completing this tough race.
The proceeds of the race will go towards Amarider’s advocacy efforts, and over the past years have made projects like the recent opening of new trails on Table Mountain possible.
For more information visit www.amarider100miler.co.za