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Month: April 2015

NISSAN TRAILSEEKER WESTERN CAPE SERIES

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The Nissan Trailseekers Western Cape Series is a Western Province Mountain Bike Commission sanctioned event and forms the basis of the official Western Province Cross Country Marathon Series. It will also be the sole basis of qualification for Western Province (Regional) Cross Country Marathon Colours.

The first of the four part series is on 9 May at Helderberg (Somerset West). This is followed by second event on 27 June in Grabouw, 10 October in Hemel and Aarde (Hermanus) and 14 November in Meer and Dal (Meerendal).

Qualification criteria are as follows:

Three best results of four to count
Top twenty positions per category to be given points
Less than five entries per category – only first place qualifies
Less than ten entries per category – only first and second to qualify
Greater than fifteen entries – top three to qualify

No individual can qualify for Western Province XCM Colours without an Cycling South Africa (CSA) membership or a Cycling South Africa (CSA) license. The categories are as follows:

Nippers, Sprogs and Sub-Juniors (20km’s)
Youth and Juniors (40km’s)
Elite, Veteran and Masters (70km’s)

The Western Province XCM Series is completely separate from the Western XCM Championships to be held in Seweweekspoort on 3 October 2015.
The Western Cape XCM Championships is a once-off opportunity to garner Western Cape XCM Colours (Provincial), to qualify for Provincial Colours you will have to have your Regional Colours (Western Province) and CSA membership/license.

WP MTB XCO #4 Announcement

Individuals have enquired as to whether it would be possible to move Western Province MTB XCO # 4 at Helderberg Farm on Saturday, 2 May 2015, due to it being a long weekend. Unfortunately the 9th of May 2015 has already been allocated to the first round of the Western Province Mountain Bike Marathon Series in the form of the Nissan Trailseeker Western Cape Series, so this is not possible.

Prize money for the event will be at the elevated values of Western Province Mountain Bike XCO Series #3. This has been made possible by the additional sponsorship received by Subaru Cape Town . It is also the last change to qualify for Western Province (Regional) MTB XCO Colours. In addition, it will also serve as the last race to determine the winner of the Western Province MTB XCO Cup Series. A separate awards ceremony will be held at the end of the season for the top three in the Cup Series.

ANNOUNCERS

Both Paul Valstar and Sipho Mona will be on duty as announcers on Saturday.

REFRESHMENTS

Refreshments in the form of boerewors rolls, hamburgers, chipstix, muffins, brownies, coffee, cooldrinks and water will be catered for by D.F. Malan High School, Chipstix and Jan Niekus.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Once again Wilhelm Sieberhagen has been employed to photograph the event. After the event a sample of low resolution images will be posted on the website. All the high resolution images from the weekend can be purchased from his website http://www.picsiebphotography.com/

It has already been confirmed that in the ladies Elite race that both Ariane Kleinhans and Cherié Vale will be participating.

We look forward to this weekends exciting race!

This series is brought to you by the WP MTB Commission in partnership with:

WESTERN CAPE MTB COMMISSION ANNOUNCES SUBARU AS A TITLE SPONSOR 2015/2016

The Western Province Mountain Bike Commission is pleased to announce that Subaru Cape Town has agreed to be a title sponsor for the remainder of the 2015 season for the Western Province MTB Cup Series # 4, the Western Cape MTB Championships and the South African National Championships.This includes both XCO and DHI.

In a further announcement, Subaru Cape Town has committed to sponsorship for the Western Province Mountain Bike Cup Series in 2016, together with the Western Cape Mountain Bike Championships and the South African Mountain Bike Cup Series to be held in Cape Town.

The goal of the sponsorship vision is to enhance the sport of MTB racing, build brand identity and to foster a broad enthusiasm for bicycle riding amongst juniors and adults.

Subaru Cape Town joins Novus Holdings as the title sponsors for the Western Province MTB Cup Series, Western Cape MTB Championships and South African National Championships (This is in addition to Cycling South Africa sponsors, Stihl).

This announcement adds Subaru to a list of sponsors which include Durbanville Commercial Printer, Mondi, Sappi and PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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WP MTB XCO Series #4  RACE INFORMATION

Date:                     2 May 2015

Venue:                 Helderberg Farm

The 4th event in the WP MTB XCO series will be held at Helderberg Farm on 2 May 2015.

Please click here to view a map to Helderberg Farm.

Registration

ALL INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING MUST BE PRESENT AT REGISTRATION, IRRELEVANT OF WHETHER THEY OWN A SEASON BIKE BOARD OR CSA MEMBERSHIP. This is required to ensure that the liability waiver is signed as riders cannot enter unless this is physically signed and that all data is correctly captured.

Registration will be held at Helderberg Farm between 15h00 – 18h00 onFriday, 1 May and again on Saturday, 2 May between 07h30 and 08h30. No late registration will accepted.

Volunteers are sought for registration, marshaling duties and set-up for the WP MTB XCO #$ on 2 May.

Registration duties will be on the Friday afternoon at Helderberg Farm between15h30 and 18h00.  Late registration will be on the Saturday morning from 07h30 to 08h30 at Helderberg Farm.

Shani Morton has volunteered to organise the schedules for both registration and marshaling duties. Please contact her on shani.morton6@gmail.com or 082 442 1731.

Entries

The entry fees will be as follows:

Nippers & Sprogs                          R100 per event
All other categories                       R200 per event

Late entries on the morning of the race will be accepted during the registration period which is 07h30 to 08h30.  Entry fees for late entries are as follows:

Nippers & Sprogs                           R125 per event
All other categories                        R250 per event

All entries should be supported by a CSA membership or license card. If you do not have a CSA license, a temporary CSA license can be obtained during the online entry process or physical entry process at R35.

Bike Boards

For those who already have their season’s bike boards allocated to them, this must be brought along and presented during the registration process. Those who have not yet received bike boards will be liable to pay a once-off R50 for an annual bike board. Replacements of bike boards will be levied at an additional R50.

Race Schedule

Please click here to view the race schedule.

Track Layout 

Please click here to view the track layout.

Practice

Official practice is at Helderberg Farm between 07h30 and 08h30 on Saturdaymorning, 2 May.

Practice will be mandatory during the official practice session for Nippers, Sprogs and Sub-Juniors.  When the mandatory practice lap has been performed, this will be demarcated on the riders’ bike board.

There will be no official practice on the Friday before the race. Should you wish to ride the track, you are required to obtain a day license from Helderberg Farm.

Photos

A professional photographer will once again be assigned to WP MTB XCO #3 at Helderberg Farm. These photographs will be published on the website after the event.

Volunteers and work crew

Marshaling duties will be on the Saturday for each race from 08h30 to 13h30.  We understand that those who volunteer to marshal also have children participating. We have introduced a new system where we will divide the marshals into shifts of 2 hours each to accommodate this situation. We encourage you to please volunteer for both the services of registration and marshaling to make these events possible.

Set-up duties will mainly be the Friday before the race – assistance is needed to assemble the start and finish areas, sponsorship branding and final track demarcation. The process will begin at 09h00 on the Friday morning however, should you wish to volunteer you are welcome to arrive at any point during the day.

Bryan Strauss will be coordinating the set-up. Please contact him at bryanstrauss@telkomsa.net or 084 444 3659.

This series is brought to you by the WP MTB Commission in partnership with:

 

Rider blog post from Craig McKune: Helderberg XCO #3

So if you’re thinking of joining us on the 2nd May for the final Cup Series race, Craig McKune (of Mail and Guardian fame – if I can say that) has written a blog post on his website about the XCO #3 race that he experienced from the “coal face” (in every respect). It is a wonderful synopsis of what proved to be an incredibly successful “day at the races”.

Just for extra measure….here is Craig, cutting it fine, down the rock garden (yes, that one). And if any of you aspiring writers out there – particularly the young ones want us to link to your blog…please drop me a line.

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WP MTB XCO #4 and Championships

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Race Information:

WP MTB XCO Series #4

The 4th round of the Western Province XCO Cup Series will be held at Helderberg Farm on Saturday, 2 May 2015. This will conclude the Western Province XCO Cup Series.  As a reminder, the best three out of the four results count. The winner in each category will receive an award as a Western Province Cup Series Champion.  It is also important to note that these results are used in the formulation of Western Province Colours for XCO at the end of the season.

Western Cape Championships

The Western Cape Championships for both XCO and DHI will take place inStellenbosch on the 23rd and 24th of May 2015.  The Championships were to be held in George, but landownership issues resulted in a transfer to Stellenbosch. The event will therefore become a dry run for the National Championships. The Western Cape Championships is contested by all regions in the Western Cape, including Western Province. It is a once-off race in which the Western Cape Champions will be decided. Results of this race will also count towards Western Cape Colours. Please remember that Western Province Colours are only regional, while Western Cape Colours are provincial.

SA National Championships

The South African National Championships for both XCO and DHI will be held inStellenbosch on the 18th and 19th of July 2015.

More details on each of these events will be sent out in due course.

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WP XCO#3 Photo Gallery

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Hey guys. You can find Saturdays Photo Gallery here.

WP Series Standings and Provisional Results for XCO #3

Here are the provisional results for XCO #3 at Helderberg. I can only say it was an awesome event. It was a challenging course. A wonderful setting. Thanks Jan for the course and venue and all the participants who made the day so special.

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WP XCO 3-2015 Results 1

Photos to follow soon.

WP MTB XCO Series #3

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 RACE INFORMATION

Date:                     11 April 2015

Venue:                 Helderberg Farm

The 3rd event in the WP MTB XCO series will be held at Helderberg Farm on 11 April 2015.

Please click here to view a map to Helderberg Farm.

Registration

ALL INDIVIDUALS PARTICIPATING MUST BE PRESENT AT REGISTRATION, IRRELEVANT OF WHETHER THEY OWN A SEASON BIKE BOARD OR CSA MEMBERSHIP. This is required to ensure that all data is correctly captured and to guarantee a smooth process while the database is being collated.

Registration will be held at Helderberg Farm between 15h00 – 18h00 onFriday, 10 April and again on Saturday, 11 April between 07h30 and 08h30. No late registration will accepted.

Entries

Online registration can be found on the WP MTB website which will closeon Wednesday evening, 8 April.  Please ensure that you bring proof of payment along to registration.

The entry fees will be as follows:

Nippers & Sprogs                          R100 per event
All other categories                       R200 per event

Late entries on the morning of the race will be accepted during the registration period which is 07h30 to 08h30.  Entry fees for late entries are as follows:

Nippers & Sprogs                           R125 per event
All other categories                        R250 per event

All entries should be supported by a CSA membership or license card. If you do not have a CSA license, a temporary CSA license can be obtained during the online entry process or physical entry process at R35.

Bike Boards

For those who already have their season’s bike boards allocated to them, this must be brought along and presented during the registration process. Those who have not yet received bike boards will be liable to pay a once-off R50 for an annual bike board. Replacements of bike boards will be levied at an additional R50.

Race Schedule

Please click here to view the race schedule.

Track Layout 

Please click here to view the track layout.

Practice

Official practice is at Helderberg Farm between 07h30 and 08h30 on Saturday morning, 11 April.

Practice will be mandatory during the official practice session for Nippers, Sprogs and Sub-Juniors.  When the mandatory practice lap has been performed, this will be demarcated on the riders’ bike board.

There will be no official practice on the Friday before the race. Should you wish to ride the track, you are required to obtain a day license from Helderberg Farm.

Photos

A professional photographer will once again be assigned to WP MTB XCO #3 at Helderberg Farm. These photographs will be published on the website after the event.

Volunteers and work crew

Volunteers are sought for registration, marshaling duties and set-up for the WP MTB XCO #3 on 11 April.

Registration duties will be on the Friday afternoon at Helderberg Farm between15h30 and 18h00.  Late registration will be on the Saturday morning from 07h30 to 08h30 at Helderberg Farm.

Marshaling duties will be on the Saturday for each race from 08h30 to 13h30.  We understand that those who volunteer to marshal also have children participating. We have introduced a new system where we will divide the marshals into shifts of 2 hours each to accommodate this situation. We encourage you to please volunteer for both the services of registration and marshaling to make these events possible.

Set-up duties will mainly be the Friday before the race – assistance is needed to assemble the start and finish areas, sponsorship branding and final track demarcation. The process will begin at 09h00 on the Friday morning however, should you wish to volunteer you are welcome to arrive at any point during the day.

Shani Morton has volunteered to organise the schedules for both registration and marshaling duties. Please contact her on shani.morton6@gmail.com or 082 442 1731.

Bryan Strauss will be coordinating the set-up. Please contact him atbryanstrauss@telkomsa.net or 084 444 3659.

This series is brought to you by the WP MTB Commission in partnership with: