12-17 January 2017

Mpumalanga Tour 2015

Event date: 12-17 January 2017
Start: Loskopdam, a FOREVER Resort
Start time: 09:00
Distance: 6 Days, 11 514m climb, 752km
Entry fee: R2 000 per entry (Incl. T-shirt)
Entries close: 04 January 2017

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Introduction

The Mpumalanga Tour will take place from 12 to 17 January 2017, being the only 6 day road cycle challenge in South Africa. The 6 daily stages will cover a total distance of 752km from Loskopdam to Badplaas, Mbombela, Graskop and Blyde River Canyon.

Cyclists will have to take up the challenge of facing a total climb of 11 514m, with Robbers Pass and Kowyn’s Pass as the most famous and gruelling mountain climbs. Tackling the Kranspoort Pass on the first stage will set the pace and provide the ideal warm-up for the rest of the Tour. The Organisers effectively created an equal ground for cyclists of levels of skill and age to experience the murderous mountain climbs and steep downhills in a safe environment.

The Mpumalanga Tour is reminiscent of the Hanson and Rapport Tours of yesteryears travelling from town to town and the first of its kind to offer the ultimate challenge to open category cyclists to compete with the professional cyclists of South Africa. Even though some stages will be a shorter distance, the route for the open category riders will be the same as for the Elite group.

The Mpumalanga Tour is ideal for cyclists to train for the South African Championships and the Epic.

The following categories of riders will participate:

  • Elite Men
  • Vets Men
  • Open Category
  • Junior Men

R2 000 per entry - Including T-shirt and Excluding accommodation.

  • Riders must enter for all events online at CycleEvents.
  • You will be required to produce your valid CSA license or proof of provincial affiliation at registration or you will be required to purchase an event license.
  • For all the new CSA Racing and Licensing Rules and Regulations please visit the CSA website.

Time Schedule

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  • Wednesday 11 January 2017:
    • 15h00: Registration for all participants at Loskopdam, a Forever Resort.
    • 18h00: Registration closes
    • 18h00: Team Managers meeting
    • 18h30: Officials meeting
    • 19h00: Official opening for VIP’s, Team Managers and Officials at Loskopdam, a Forever Resort
  • Thursday 12 January 2017:
    • 08h45: Official opening of the Tour by representatives of the Provincial Government.
    • 09h00: Start of Elite Men at Loskopdam, a Forever Resort
    • 09h00: Start of Vets & Junior Men at Midway Hotel in Middelburg
    • 09h10: Start of Open group at Midway Hotel in Middelburg
    • 18h00: Prize giving at Badplaas, a Forever Resort
  • Friday 13 January 2017:
    • 09h00: Start of Elite Men at Badplaas, a Forever Resort
    • 09h05: Start of Vets & Junior Men at Badplaas, a Forever Resort
    • 09h15: Start of Open Group at Badplaas, a Forever Resort
    • 18h00: Prize giving at Forever Hotel @White River
  • Saturday 14 January 2017:
    • 06h00: Start of Elite Men in front of Mbombela Stadium
    • 06h05: Start of Vets & Junior Men in front of Mbombela Stadium
    • 06h15: Start of Open group in front of Mbombela Stadium
    • 18h00: Prize giving at Forever Hotel @White River
  • Sunday 15 January 2017:
    • 09h00: Start of Elite Men at Forever Hotel @White River
    • 09h00: Start of Vets & Junior Men in Hazyview
    • 09h10: Start of Open group in Hazyview
    • 18h00: Prize giving at Mount Sheba, a Forever Lodge
  • Monday 16 January 2017:
    • 09h00: Start of Elite Men at Mount Sheba, a Forever Lodge
    • 09h05: Start of Vets & Junior Men at Mount Sheba, a Forever Lodge
    • 09h10: Start of Open group at Mount Sheba, a Forever Lodge
    • 18h00: Prize giving at Swadini, a Forever Resort
  • Tuesday 17 January 2017:
    • 08h30: Start of Vets & Junior Men at Swadini, a Forever Resort
    • 08h40: Start of Vets & Junior Men at Swadini, a Forever Resort
    • 10h00: Start of Elite Men at Swadini, a Forever Resort 
    • 18h00: Final award ceremony at Blyde Canyon, a Forever Resort.

Forever Resorts, Lodges, Hotels and Retreats are the official accommodation sponsor for the Tour. They offer package plans for accommodation and meals at the respective Forever Resorts, Lodges and Hotels. Dial (012) 423-5621 to book your accommodation.

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The Numbi Hotel, Garden Suites, and Main House - Next to the Kruger Park
Established in 1963 the Hotel Numbi and Garden Suites is less than 10 minutes drive from the world famous Kruger National Park. This luxury hotel is the most central located property for visits to the Kruger and guests have the choice of three entrance gates, Numbi (16 km), Kruger (44 km) and the new Phabeni gate (12km). Situated in Hazyview, in the heart of the magical Mpumalanga Province this owner-managed hotel has for the past fifty years enjoyed making every customer feel special and welcome. With in 45 minutes guests can visit Gods window, Pilgrim's Rest, Blyde River Canyon and the wonderful waterfalls on the Panorama route.

Numbi Hotel will have the rate available from the 13-15th of January 2017. Participants who require a booking should mention that they are participating in Mpumalanga Tour to qualify for the discounted rate.

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The Graskop Hotel, Cnr Hoof & Louis Trichardt Streets, Graskop

Graskop, situated in Mpumalanga on the Drakensberg Escarpment, not only offers the visitor spectacular scenery and breath-taking views - from here the scenic Panorama Route leads northwards along the edge of the escarpment to the Blyde River Canyon. The historic town of Pilgrim's Rest is just a short hop away.Graskop is also a gateway to the world-famous Kruger Park and its unique wildlife - the town is in the only malaria-free zone situated within easy driving distance from the Kruger Park.

Graskop Hotel will have 20 rooms available to cyclists participating in the Mpumalanga Tour on a first come first serve basis. The followinng discounted 2016 rate will be charged from 15th January 2017 for the duration of the Tour:

  • Double Room (2 people) = R800 B&B
  • Single Room (1 person) = R595 B&B

Contact Tilla at 013 767 1886 to book your accommodation.

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