Entries for the 2018 36ONE MTB Challenge, which takes place from the 20th to the 22nd of April are now open. The 361 kilometre long single-stage race, which marks its seventh edition next year is undoubtedly one of the toughest mountain bike races in the country.
The route takes in 5 250 metres of altitude gain as it circumnavigates the Klein Karoo basin and is broken up into four stages by three checkpoints. At each checkpoint riders can restock from their pre-packed checkpoint boxes or enjoy a more substantial meal than on offer at the seven standard waterpoints on the route. For 2018 there are no major changes but rather small refinements.
As the race has grown over the last six years, with the 2017 event reaching close on 1 000 starters, each year organisers, Dryland Event Management, and title sponsors, 36ONE Asset Management, have worked on the finer details to improve the 36ONE rider experience. Riders can expect an improved race village, more offerings on route, including fruit juices and food by Rhodes Quality, and technical support from new lighting sponsors Extreme Lights.
In addition to providing support on the route Extreme Lights will also be providing all entrants to the 36ONE MTB Challenge with discount coupons which will be redeemable on their online store.
The attraction of the 36ONE lies in its potential to thrust riders into the unknown. Setting off as the sun sets into the deepening gloom of a Klein Karoo autumn night even the most experienced ultra-endurance riders will experience a butterfly or two in their stomachs as they contemplate the challenge ahead. Completing the 36ONE is no mean feat, but it is one Dryland attempt to make as achievable as possible through superb support throughout the route. The waterpoints will once again fall at regular 30 to 35 kilometre intervals and along with Biogen’s range of endurance nutrition products riders can expect the age old favourites like home baked banana bread and tender ostrich steaks.
The primary category at the 36ONE MTB Challenge is the full solo race, where each rider completes the entire course on their own. But for riders with a more social approach to such a long day in the saddle there are also team and relay entry options. Plus a half distance race for riders looking to work their way up from marathon riding to ultra-marathons one step at a time.
For online entries and to find out more about the 36ONE MTB Challenge please visit www.the36one.co.za. To stay updated on all the news and for training or preparation tips like The 36ONE MTB Challenge on Facebook, and follow @The36ONE on Twitter or drylandza on Instagram. Riders and fans can join the conversation by using the hashtag, #The36ONE, on all social media platforms.
Fast Facts: 36ONE MTB Challenge
|Event Dates:||20 – 22 April 2018|
|Entries Open:||1 August 2017|
|Full Solo:||R1 990|
|Full Team:||R3 800 (2 Riders)|
|Full Relay:||R2 550 (2 Riders) | R3 150 (4 Riders)|
|The Half:||R1 100 (Solo) | R2 050 (Team of 2 Riders)|
|Facebook:||The 36ONE MTB Challenge|
|Instagram:||drylandza | #The36ONE|