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Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series #3 Grabouw – SA Champs

July 14

Event Title: Nissan TrailSeeker Mountain Bike Series #3 Grabouw – SA Champs

Venue Location: https://goo.gl/maps/myEJJPiDch12

The magnificent valley of Grabouw hosts the first Western cape event of the NISSAN TrailSeeker series at Oak Valley in Grabouw on 14 July 2018

The area flaunts a diverse array of world-class mountain biking trails catering for all levels of riders.  With panoramic views of vineyards surrounded by majestic mountains on the foot of Groenlandberg. The Oak Valley routes have claimed their fame from the Wines to Whales and the Cape Epic and need no introduction, but exciting new additions to the routes will ensure a memorable time on the bike for all.  This family-friendly event caters for all levels of skill and fitness.  Riders can choose between 10km, 20km, 40km, 70km and 90km routes on offer.  The new addition of a trail run series on the Sunday gives families a great weekend out to enjoy the outdoors.

Event Date: 14 July 2018

Distance/Classes: Elite 90km; Marathon: 70km; Half Marathon 40km; Fun Race 20km; Fun Ride 10km

CSA: YES – Day license and racing license verification


Elite R400
Marathon R300
Half-Marathon R240
Fun Race R160
Fun Ride R100

Max entries: Elite Men & Ladies 500; Marathon 1,000; Half marathon 1,200; 20km Fun Race 600; 10km Fun Ride 400

Batches: 100 per batch


The Nissan Trailseeker Series Grabouw SA XCM Champs in the Western Cape is a Proudly CSA Sanctioned race.

Advendurance is committed to support the regional, provincial and national cycling federations to further their cycling administration and endeavours by continuing to contribute a rider levy of R10 per rider (This is paid by Advendurance).

In order for the cycling federations to further their cycling administration and endeavours we will need to support the Western Province Cycling Association to collect R35 day licenses from the cyclists that do not have Cycling SA membership.

These cyclists’ contributions will in turn put the federation in a better position to support cycling development and service delivery in the Western Cape cycling events. 
The Day-license is designed to allow the newcomers of the sport to participate within the rules and regulations. Participants without a “membership of Cycling SA” will be charged R35 on top of the entry fee at registration and it will be valid for the race day.

 Cyclists are assured that the event adheres to all the regulatory requirements that include public liability cover and health and safety requirements.

Cyclists holding racing licenses may compete for provincial and national colors in their age groups.

Sanctioned events will ensure a chief commissaire is appointed that is responsible for the overall competition; supervises the start arrangements; the officials; the results and any dispute service .

Frequently asked Questions and Answers

  • Do I need a Cycling SA Membership to enter online?

No but you will be charged a R35 day license fee, if you are competing in the SA XCM Champs for colours you will need to purchase a Cycling SA membership and add your license number to your profile in order for us to allocate and verify the membership

  • Do I need a Cycling SA Racing Licence to enter online?

Yes if you wish to compete for provincial and national colours: Junior and Elite participants competing for colours need Cycling SA Membership and Racing Licences.

  • How much is a Cycling SA membership?

R250 plus a provincial levy which varies between R25 to R75.

  • How much is a Cycling SA Racing Licence?


  • Can I enter with a Day Licence if I am a Junior or Elite Participant?

Yes, but you will not be eligible for a national or provincial ranking or colours. You will still be on the event results, and qualify for the Nissan Trailseeker Series standings.

  • Do I need to produce my Licence card at registration if I entered online?

No, all entries on the online entry list have already had their Licences checked so they don’t need to produce Licence cards.

  • Do Junior and Elite participants need to produce Licence cards if they do late entries on the day?

Yes, Junior and Elite late entries need to produce their Racing Licences or Digi Card on their phone.

  • Do Junior and Elite Participants need their UCI ID number?

Yes. Come prepared with your UCI ID number.

  •  Is there an under 23 Category in (XCM) Marathon racing?

No, only in Cross Country (XCO)

  • How do I get a Cycling SA Membership and/or a Racing Licence?

You can go online and buy a membership and/or a Racing Licence through the Cycling SA website but the cut-off time for late entries is 1 July 2018 – www.cyclingsa.com

CategoryAge YearsCategoryAge YearsNational XCM ChampsRace distance
Nipper Boys8 to 10Nipper Girls8 to 10NO20km
Sprog Boys11 to 12Sprog Girls11 to 12NO20km
Sub Junior Boys13 to 14Sub Junior Girls13 to 14NO20km
Youth Boys15 to 16Youth Girls15 to 16YES40km
Junior Men17 to 18Junior Women17 to 18YES40km
Elite Men19 +Elite Women19 +YESUltra Marathon
Sub Veteran Men30 to 39Sub Veteran Women30 to 39YESMarathon
Veteran Men40 to 49Veteran Women40 to 49YESMarathon
Master Men50 to 59YESMarathon
Masters Women50 to 59YESHalf Marathon
Grand Master Men60 +Grand Master Women60 +YESHalf Marathon

Pre-registration venues for the Nissan TrailSeeker
Date: Friday 13 JULY 
Time: 10h00 – 15h00
Tygerberg Cycles

Time: 17h00 – 19h00
Oak Valley Wine Estate

Registration on race day at the venue from 06h00
Elite race:

Distance: 85.6 km

Elevation Gain 1723m

28.25km single track = 33% single track

The Elite Marathon race will have an additional 14 km of hard racing that consists of some open singletrack sections heading out to the first of many steep climbs early on to spread out the field with a long single track downhill section before joining on the marathon route on 22km,

This is also at the first Feed & Technical Assistance point (FTA) at 22km, this point is on the venue so very spectator friendly.

From here riders will face several serious climbs up to Nuweberg dam and on to the second waterpoint at 38.4km and then head down to Elgin Grabouw Country Club:

This point will host the both FTA Zone 2 AND 3, and is also a spectator point at 53km & 71.4km Between FTA 2&3 Riders will have the A-Z trails with a few new sections that we will build leading up to the event.There after an easy undulating race back to Oak Valley This route is sure to do justice to the marathon champion.

Water point (WP)

Feed & Technical Assistance (FTA)

Water point 1 and FTA zone 1: @ 22km Elites Tech zone

Waterpoint 2: @ 38.4km

Water point 3 and FTAZone 2: @ 53km

Water point 4 and FTA Zone 3: @71.4km




Distance: 73km

Elevation Gain 1461m

15.35km single track = 21% single track

Marathon riders will have a 10km start loop to spread out before coming past water point 1 that you will most likely not use but it is a spectator point.

From here riders will face the first several serious climbs up to Nuweberg dam and on to the second waterpoint at 26km and then head down to Elgin Grabouw Country Club:

This point will host the both FTA Zone 2 AND 3, and is also a spectator point at 41km & 53km Between FTA 2&3 Riders will have the A-Z trails with a few new sections that we will build leading up to the event. There after an easy undulating race back to Oak Valley .

Water point 1 and FTA zone 1: @ 9.5km

Waterpoint 2: @ 26km

Water point 3 and FTA Zone 2: @ 41km

Water point 4 and FTA Zone 3: @ 53km


Half Marathon 40km

Distance: 40km

Elevation Gain: 742m

17.4km single track = 43% single track

Mostly on Oak Valley trails, going to be a tough but rewarding championship race-

The event is not too technical but technical riders will have advantage on the long flowing single track sections.


Water Point 1 : @ 11km

Water Point: 2 @ 21.5km

Waterpoint 3: @30km


20km Fun Race

Distance: 16km

Elevation 177m

6.3km single track = 39% single track

Grabouw is tough riding as it is in the mountains, thus the race will be a bit shorter at 16km with 177m elevation gain and 40% single track that is fun and not technical. Riders can look forward to fun experience on their bikes with a water point 11km into the race.

Water Point 1: @ 11km


10km Fun Ride

Distance: 9.6km

Elevation Gain: 150m

Single Track: 0%

As it states a fun ride around the trails of Oak valley an the trails rider will have spectacular views rewarding the climbing, this is one of the harder 10km rides of the series.

Starting times:

Elite men 86km 08:00

Elite Ladies 86km 08:10
Marathon (5min increments)  73km 08:40
Half Marathon (5min increments) 40km 09:30
Fun Race 20km 10:00
Fun ride 10km 10:30

Expected Winners times:

Elite men 86km 11:45

Elite Ladies 86km 12:05
Marathon 73km 11:45
Half Marathon 11:00
Fun Race 20km 11:00
Fun ride 10km 11:00


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