The Spoors Team has completed the preparation for what is surely one of SA’s most spectacular MTB and Trail Run races. The single track is sure to challenge and thrill the most widely travelled cyclist and runner. Whilst the distances of the days are not huge, the single track will traverse terrain that is spectacular and challenging! You are guaranteed to feel a sense of accomplishment when you reach the finish!The Euro Steel Drak Descent has reached the 475-rider cap and entries are closed. The MTB Challenge and Run the Rivers online entries close at midnight on Wednesday 22nd Jan. Late entries will be entertained at Registration or on the day at a cost of R500(both days) or R250(one day) and not receive a garment.

Sponsors
Our principal sponsors, Euro Steel have been absolutely amazing in their support of this event and thus mountain biking and trail running in general in our area. We as the Sani Spoors team and the Euro Steel organising committee would really like again to thank Colin and David Wilson and their team for assisting us in making this event a possibility.

First National Bank
We are proud to have FNB on board as a sponsor and encourage you and your families to support an afternoon of top class music entertainment at the Underberg Country Club on Saturday 01 February 2020.

Food and drinks will be available for sale at the venue.

Glen and Mandy Haw and family have donated one free team entry into the 2020 Sani2C MTB event. This prize is only available to a person who has taken part in the weekends MTB races. There will also be a voucher to be won by a lucky trail runner. The lucky draw recipients must be present at the FNB Drak Music Experience Concert on Saturday to receive the prizes in person – no substitutions will be allowed.

Tickets
All participants in the N3TC Drak Challenge, Euro Steel Drak Descent and Run the Rivers Trail Run will get free entrance for themselves and one seconder/family member. Please remember to take your own blankets and camping chairs to sit on. Public tickets will cost R120 (adults) and R50 (children under12) and can be purchased at the gate on the day provided they are not sold out or onwww.webtickets.co.za beforehand.

 

 

To all our other sponsors, we would like to thank the following:

Glen and Mandy Haw and family – for the use of Glencairn and the donation of a free Sani2C entry

Spar – assistance with the coke, ice, cups, the goodie bags and nesquick

Goodersons Leisure – compostable cups

Tiger Wheel and Tyre – MTB and trail run GPS and mapping and signage

Pyga – roving mechanics and draft beer

TWK – wire for the bridges

Dairy Maid ice creams – sponsorship of ice-cream for all competitors at the end of Day 1 as well as ice-creams which Pevensey Place will sell to raise funds

Tip Top Dairies – for the stainless-steel containers for water and refreshments at the end of the days riding and running and paving for the tracks.

Thule – sponsorship of prizes

Some important news regarding the 2020 Euro Steel Drak Descent, MTB Challenge and Run the Rivers Trail and Lite
Race InformationRegistration for the MTB and Run:
Friday 31 January
12:00 – 20:00
Glencairn (Sani Pass Road)

This will be followed by a meet and greet with local landowners and Sponsors at Glencairn
Feed trucks and bar facilities will be available.

Emergency Registration: – if you REALLY could not make it to normal registration!!
Saturday 01 February
07:00 – MTB – at Restmount Children’s Home (16km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)
05:30 – Trail Run – at Rainbow Farm (6.7km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)

Euro Steel Drak Descent MTB:
Day 1 – 42km – Start @ 08:00
Saturday 01 February

Restmount (16km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)

Day 1 Finish
Swartberg Bridge (at the R617/Drakensberg Gardens Road turn off intersection)

Day 2 – 47km – Start @ 07.30
Sunday 02 February

Glencairn (Sani Pass Road)

Day 2 Finish
At Early Mist /Hopewell Farm(Umzimkulu River Lodge), along the second Coleford Road

Euro Steel MTB Challenge:   
Day 1 – 25km – Start @ 09:30
Saturday 01 February

Restmount (16km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)

Day 1 Finish
Swartberg Bridge (at the R617/Drakensberg Gardens Road turn off intersection)

Day 2 – 17km – Start @ 07:30
Sunday 02 February
Glenhaven Camp along the first Coleford Road

Day 2 Finish
At Early Mist /Hopewell Farm(Umzimkulu River Lodge), along the second Coleford Road

Run the Rivers Trail and Lite Runs:   
Day 1 – 25km and 12km – Start @ 06:00
Saturday 01 February

At Rainbow Farm (6.7km along the Drakensberg Gardens Road)

Day 1 Finish 
Swartberg Bridge (at the R617/Drakensberg Gardens Road turn off intersection)

Day 2 – 16km and 8km – Start @ 07:00 (and Finish)
Sunday 02 February
At Early Mist Farm/Hopewell Farm(Umzimkulu River Lodge), along the second Coleford Road

Co-ordinates:
Restmount – 29°45’31.41”S 29°20’41.89”E

Rainbow
Swartberg Bridge – 29°75’44.62”S 29°41’77.40”E

Glenhaven
Glencairn – 29°82’31.36”S 29°49’97.75”E
Early Mist Farm/Hopewell Farm – 29°53’05.25”S 29°34’47.17”E

Cut – Offs: (Bikes only)

Cut off for Day 1 will be at 12:30 at the Euro Steel’s Waltzing Mathilda bridge and 12:30 at Glenhaven on Day 2. We request that riders who are stopped or redirected onto the shorter course respect the decisions made. It will be for your own health and safety.  Please note that our sweeps are familiar with the course and the physical demands required, they have our full support to arrange for competitors, that they know are not going to complete the event or may be putting themselves at risk from a health perspective, be removed at various other selected cut off points along the route.  

Meet and Greet and race briefing
Friday 31st January – 6.00pm: “Meet the Sponsors” and Landowners Evening
“Meet the Sponsors and Landowners” evening will be held at GLENCAIRN – Home of Sani2c (on the Sani Pass Road) on Friday 31st January at around 6.00pm. It is hoped that after Registration, which is at the same venue, riders and runners will stay and mingle with our sponsors, landowners and other riders and runners and enjoy a few drinks and food that will be for sale at Glencairn.

GPS Files and Limited Route marking :
New for 2020 – GPS Navigation
Don’t forget our 2020 Drak Descent & Run The Rivers Trail Run will have limited marking for the first time this year. This is to help with your safety so that you don’t get lost together with better taking care of our environment by eliminating marking on our pristine route.

The GPS files will become available with +/- 1 week to go so keep a lookout for the GPS Newsletter closer to the event.
If you have any questions EasyBike will be on hand at Registration to assist and at the finish on Day 1. If you are looking to purchase a GPS or require any assistance you can check out their website www.easybike.co.za or email them on sales@easybike.co.za for some great specials and offers for the Drak Descent

The Thule Challenge
The Spoors Team is very happy to announce that they have secured sponsorship from Thule for a Team Challenge that incorporates all 3 disciplines on offer at the FNB Drak Adventure Weekend.  Thus a Team will be made up of a Cyclist, a Runner and a Paddler – see below for categories.  The winning Team will be for the fastest combined time – all 3 Team members will have their finish times added together.

In order to be eligible for the wonderful prizes, put together a team of 3 and email their full names, ID numbers and the discipline they will each compete in on the 2 days, to drakdescent@sanispoors.co.za by 31 January.

The categories are as follows:

Long

Fastest Male Team in the full distance Trail, Cycle and Paddle events.
Fastest Female Team in the full distance Trail, Cycle and Paddle events.
Fastest Mixed Team in the full distance Trail, Cycle and Paddle events.

Short
Fastest Male Team in the short distance Trail, Cycle and Paddle events.
Fastest Female Team in the short distance Trail, Cycle and Paddle events.
Fastest Mixed Team in the short distance Trail, Cycle and Paddle events.

To qualify as a Mixed Team, the Team must consist of at least one (1) member of the opposite gender.

NB: If the cyclist is part of a MTB team the team time will be taken thus ensuring that MTB riders still finish together.

Ride, Run and Paddle with purpose when you can, walk if you have to, crawl if you must, just never drop out!

Looking forward to seeing you enter this new Challenge!

Batching
S.A. Seeding will be doing the batching for Day 1. It is for this reason that we encourage all entrants to make sure that if you have changed or plan to change your partner that the substitution is completed by midnight 24 January 2020

Batches will go off at 5 minute intervals.

Should you feel that you are batched incorrectly please will you bring proof to substantiate your claim, to the registration on Friday so we can consider your concern.  NO changes will be made on race day.

Any rider moving up a batch without prior approval will have a 1(one) hour time penalty added to their team time.

Late Substitutions
Online substitutions after close of entries at midnight on the 22nd will cost R200. Any other substitution will only be entertained after 16h00 at registration at a cost of R300.

It is critical that should you change your partner that the substitution is done on the system as the full race entry file containing Medical and Ice numbers are given to the medical team.

Medical and Safety
Underberg Emergency Medical Services under Doctor Grant Lindsay will be handling any medical issues.

ICE arm bands with contact telephone numbers will be issued to all competitors at registration.

We must stress that the race is challenging and technical in nature and we request that riders ride at speeds suitable to their capabilities. We really want to avoid any accidents.    

MySOS
We would like to request that you all install the MySOS app onto your phones so that in case of emergency, whether it is for yourself, your partner or fellow participant assistance can be called.

How to install MySOS
– Download MySOS SA emergency app onto your smartphone, by using Google Play or the App Store
– Check that you see the MySOS icon on your phone
– Register yourself on the MySOS app on your phone
– After registration you should see the MySos icon

How to use MySOS during the event

NB – Ensure that location services are enabled on your phone

– If you have an emergency at any stage during the race, open MySOS
– Clear the automatic emergency countdown timer
– Then press the Drak Event logo
– Choose for whom the emergency needs to be placed from the icons
– Call starts (011) 123-4567
– Explain your emergency to the emergency coordinator
– After speaking to the emergency coordinator, stay where you are and keep calm.
– Help is on its way.
– An SMS with your location and type of emergency will be sent to the emergency coordinator and your emergency contacts.

You have to download MySOS to your phone – if you only register on the mysos.co.za website we cannot help you during the event!

For any further details or queries please contact: support@mysos.co.za or Albert van Urk on 0829090900

Administration Issues
Unfortunately, as with most matters in life, there are the inevitable admin issues to be handled

Cycling SA – Day Licenses
As the Drak Descent is a Cycling SA sanctioned event there is a legal requirement on Sani Spoors, as the race organisers, to collect CSA Day Licenses at R35 per day (or R70 for the event) from anyone who is not licensed with Cycling SA for 2020 It is up to each rider to be able to prove at Registration that they have purchased a 2020 Cycling SA license – or they will have to pay the R70 prior to us being able to issue them with a race number board.

Prizes and Prize Sponsors
BIKE: As advised on the Sani Spoors webpage there will be no cash prizes awarded.  There will however be product prizes handed out at the end of day 2 for the top Men’s, Women’s, Mixed and Junior winners and second and third positions.

RUN: Sani Spoors is also sponsoring product prizes to the first three men, women and juniors in both the Trail Runs.

PYGA
The good news is that the Pyga Team will be joining us again for the race. They will have three roving mechanics to assist riders who have mechanicals during the race and will also have a limited number of bikes available should a rider have a serious issue with their bike which cannot be repaired on the day.

Emergency Spares and Bike Repairs
Good news is that Hattons will be present at Registration, Starts and Day 1 Finish to assist you with bike maintenance and repairs. They will have a whole shop setup, workshop, spares and accessories. Navin : 0837892050

Farm Equipment and Garden Centre (033 – 701 1119) in Underberg (next to the Shell Garage and KFC) also stock basic cycle spares and equipment.

Water Tables
We will have two water tables on Day 1 and three on Day 2(for the Bikes), and two water tables on Day 1 and one on Day 2(for the Runs) as well as the river along a large portion of the route for some of the races. This is a lot for the distances but once again we must stress it is a challenging route.
We do warn that we have in the past experienced days of extreme heat and request that riders and runners take their own liquid and not to rely solely on the water tables.

The river is also a real option for filling up water bottles if desperate, and a real way to cool down if you feel you are overheating. (Just watch out for canoeists who definitely have the right of way in the river)

Vehicle Shuttles

We would like to encourage participants to once again make use of the Shuttle Service offered by Noah’s Ark Pre-School. It alleviates traffic and contributes to the bursary fund for less privileged Learners that attend the School.

For more information: Bonny Cole +27 72 216 6484

Alien Plants
The Sani Spoors team would like to thank all competitors who have made a contribution towards eradicating alien plants along the route. We would also like to thank Mike Streetfield at Farmers Agricare for the chemicals he has donated

Coffee
•    Thanks to FNB each participant will receive a complimentary coffee per day and can be redeemed throughout both days.
•    To control and ensure that we don’t over subscribe with spectators thinking the coffee is for them, we will provide each participant with a black arm band that has 2 tear-off tabs. Each 1 is equivalent to 1 cup of coffee.
•    No tear-off, no complimentary coffee.

Massage
FNB have organised with EPT recovery for all participants to receive complimentary sports massages post the events at the relevant race ends. This is on a first come, first served basis.

The team will be taking pre bookings via this link https://yourevents.co.za/index.php?tmpl=component&option=com_content&view=article&id=84&eid=206

URGENT APPEAL
The Euro Steel organising committee would like to appeal to all riders / runners to refrain from riding or running on any of the route other than the tracks forming part of Sani Spoors.
We have got permission from landowners along the route to use the tracks on the race days only and persons using the tracks illegally are putting the whole race in jeopardy.

Restmount Children’s Home
Restmount Children’s home will be selling coffee and Bacon and Egg rolls at the start of day 1 MTB race for fundraising. Please take some money along and support them. They are Sani Spoors principal beneficiary.

Sani Spoors encourages our cyclists and runners to make a donation to the Restmount Children’s Home in Underberg. The Home provides opportunities for less fortunate children to spend time in the Southern Drakensberg. Many of the children have never been on a holiday. Please make donations directly to Restmount using the Account details below.

Reference all donations as Drak Descent with your name.

DURBAN MOUNTAIN HOMESTEAD ASSOCIATION (RESTMOUNT)
STANDARD BANK
KINGSMEAD BRANCH
ACCOUNT NO. 051072807

In conclusion
Thanks to you all for the wonderful response to the Euro Steel Drak Descent and Run the Rivers. Interest in the ride and run has been fantastic and we are sure that all will be in for a great two days of riding, running and fun.

If you hear that your team mate has not received an email Newsletter please ask him/her to email me their correct email address. We have had a fair amount of difficulty with some of the emails coming back “Undelivered”.

Otherwise, a few days to go (no festive season excuses anymore!!) and watch your emails, instagram and Facebook and websites for more updates. We are looking really forward to hosting you in Underberg for a ride and run that promises to be challenging, exciting and beautiful. Our target again at the start of preparation for this year’s route was to prepare a route that we felt 90% of riders and runners would be able to ride or run 90% of the way. We think we are achieving this!

The Sani Spoors Team
Email: drakdescent@sanispoors.co.za