Around The Pot 100miler

Saturday, 20 July 2019
Western CapeSwellendam Showgrounds
  • Distance
    160 km
    Date
    20 Jul 2019
    100 Miler Riders (160km) will leave Swellendam at 07:00 and will reach Waterpoint 1 (35km) at about 08h30-09h00
    100 MILERS 6x water points on route with water, energy drink and eats.(35km/65km/100km/118km/130km/145km)
    At Waterpoint 3 at Malagas (100km) you will enter a neutral zone for 45 minutes. Here you will be served with lunch at Malagas and you'll experience real Overberg hospitallity.
    Hamburger at the finish when you hand in your race number.
    This is where you will meet your team support vehicle. Teams without support vehicles
    will be able to collect their support boxes at the check in table.
  • Distance
    97 km
    Date
    20 Jul 2019
    60Miler Riders (97km) will leave Swellendam at 07:30 and will reach Waterpoint 1 (35km) at about 09h00
    60 MILER 4x waterpoints (35km/48km/75km/85km) will be stocked with good fluid supplies and some scrumptious snacks.
    At Waterpoint 2 at Malagas (48km) you will enter a neutral zone for 45 minutes. Here you will be served with lunch and you'll experience real Overberg hospitallity.
    Hamburger at the finish when you hand in your race number.
    Unfortunately NO support boxes or Support vehicles for 56 MILER Riders.
  • Distance
    40 km
    Date
    20 Jul 2019
    25Miler Riders (40km) will leave Swellendam at 08:00 and will reach Waterpoint 1 (28km) at about 09h00
    25 MILER 1x waterpoint on route (28km) will be stocked with good fluid supplies and some scrumptious snacks.
    Hamburger at the finish when you hand in your race number.
    Unfortunately NO support boxes or Support vehicles for 25 MILER Riders.

Details

WHEN: Saturday 20 July 2019
FORMAT:Solo, Teams of 2, Teams of 3 and Teams of 4


​REGISTRATION FOR ALL 3 DISTANCES WILL BE IN THE AFTERNOON ON FRIDAY 19 JULY 2019 FROM 15:00 TO 21:00 OR ON SATURDAY MORNING BETWEEN 05h00 AND 06h30

ONLINE ENTRIES WILL CLOSE ON WEDNESDAY 17 JULY 2019 AT MIDNIGHT

GOODIEBAGS ONLY FOR THE FIRST 500 ENTRIES

THE RACE BRIEFING WILL BE AT THE START LINE 15min BEFORE THE RACE START.

ALL FINISHERS WILL RECEIVE A RACE MEDAL AND A FINISH LINE HAMBURGER.

PRIZE-GIVING WILL BE AT 15:00 ON SATURDAY​


Tented village will be available at race venue and can also be booked online with entry

Venue

Swellendam Showgrounds, Western Cape
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Andrea Fletcher 3l3v3n, Mar 11 2019 04:22

Hello Hubbers,

 

As a pre-race to my much anticipated first K2C this year, I am considering entering the Around The Pot 100 Miler, either the 40 or the 98km route.  I am looking for info from those that have done this race i.e. is it technically challenging etc etc etc.  Any info would be great!

 

TIA!

Shell Belle, Mar 11 2019 04:54

We did the 100 miler on gravel bikes last year.
It is absolutely non-technical with fast flowing undulating gravel district roads. Quite a lot of climbing with some steepish gradients at times which can make it challenging.
But honestly it was one of the best events of the year for us 😊

GmtbR, Mar 11 2019 06:25

Nothing technical, except for that stupid piece of single track right near the end next to the road back to town...


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Boerklong, Mar 11 2019 06:27

Nothing technical. Pretty much the same road conditions as K2C.

Nick, Mar 11 2019 06:56

Team Flower Power summed up last year pretty well:

 

Mamil, Mar 11 2019 07:56

Oh right - I remember them saying last year that the roads were less corrugated than usual. 

 

I may suffer horribly and wish I was on my mtb!

Waynemol, Mar 11 2019 08:40

I rode a hardtail and have no doubt it was faster for me than a gravel bike - in fact I subsequently sold my gravel bike - to the OP, I did the 60 miler and it’s great practice for the K2C - faster and easier but a good warm up at that distance - still not brave enough for 100 miles myself

FarmerMTB, Mar 12 2019 07:01

The road is non-technical, but never flat, you will however want to build on your core strength. ( A strong core makes it easier to go up a hill while you are laughing at all the jokes being told in the bunch.)         This race has a great vibe!!

bj horn, Mar 12 2019 08:40

Got my entry to the 100miler.1st time entry.Better start upping the gravel travel

Andrea Fletcher 3l3v3n, Mar 12 2019 08:45

Got my entry to the 100miler.1st time entry.Better start upping the gravel travel

 

Which distance have you entered for?

JohanDiv, Mar 12 2019 09:36

Perfect training at the right time before the Karoo2Coast I would say! Relatively new to longer distances this is exactly what I did last year. Entered for the 60miler(100km). Had proper fun! It's rolling hills all the way, no long climbs like the K2C, but also not a lack of climbing. Even if you do it just for the vibe and the breakfast roosterkoek in the 45min neutral zone at the ferry it's well worth it! I ended up doing Around the Pot in 5 hours, and Karoo2Coast in 5 hours 30min a few months later. 

 

Just remember, it's rolling hills DOWN to the ferry at 48km, and rolling hills UP back to town. The second halve of the race is definitely more climbing..on a stomache full of roosterkoek..on legs that got cold in the 45min neutral zone. Just keep that in mind. I went full-out on that first 48km down to the ferry at an average of almost 25kmh, and then around 70km I really started to struggle because I didn't keep any reserves in the tank. Ended with an average of 20kmh, so the second halve was real slow going for me. 

 

They had a grader on that road just before the race, so smooth gravel roads all the way(except the last few km)..easier terrain than Karoo2Coast.

 

I was on the verge of entering for the full 100miler this year, but my wife is trying to get back into cycling again, so we entered as a mixed team for Around the Pot 60miler. She's a runner so the general fitness is there, but the cycling training is not up to speed yet..we'll probably just aim for 7 hours, enjoy the atmosphere and stop at all the waterpoints.

bj horn, Mar 12 2019 11:07

Which distance have you entered for?

160km

Andrea Fletcher 3l3v3n, Mar 12 2019 11:21

Team Flower Power summed up last year pretty well:

 

 

Thanks for sharing this.  It's nice to visually see what the route is more or less like :)

Andrea Fletcher 3l3v3n, Mar 12 2019 11:31

Perfect training at the right time before the Karoo2Coast I would say! Relatively new to longer distances this is exactly what I did last year. Entered for the 60miler(100km). Had proper fun! It's rolling hills all the way, no long climbs like the K2C, but also not a lack of climbing. Even if you do it just for the vibe and the breakfast roosterkoek in the 45min neutral zone at the ferry it's well worth it! I ended up doing Around the Pot in 5 hours, and Karoo2Coast in 5 hours 30min a few months later. 

 

Just remember, it's rolling hills DOWN to the ferry at 48km, and rolling hills UP back to town. The second halve of the race is definitely more climbing..on a stomache full of roosterkoek..on legs that got cold in the 45min neutral zone. Just keep that in mind. I went full-out on that first 48km down to the ferry at an average of almost 25kmh, and then around 70km I really started to struggle because I didn't keep any reserves in the tank. Ended with an average of 20kmh, so the second halve was real slow going for me. 

 

They had a grader on that road just before the race, so smooth gravel roads all the way(except the last few km)..easier terrain than Karoo2Coast.

 

I was on the verge of entering for the full 100miler this year, but my wife is trying to get back into cycling again, so we entered as a mixed team for Around the Pot 60miler. She's a runner so the general fitness is there, but the cycling training is not up to speed yet..we'll probably just aim for 7 hours, enjoy the atmosphere and stop at all the waterpoints.

 

Thanks for this! Very helpful indeed! :)

Ferro, Apr 15 2019 10:55

So fresh off my first 100miler (Amarider) I know the feeling of climbing 2250m (according to my GPS). 

 

Anyone with the climbing figures for this event's 100miler? 

JohanDiv, Apr 15 2019 11:42

So fresh off my first 100miler (Amarider) I know the feeling of climbing 2250m (according to my GPS). 

 

Anyone with the climbing figures for this event's 100miler? 

 

https://www.strava.c...ties/1717039872

Ferro, Apr 15 2019 11:51

 

Thanks.

2530. Ouch.

Nick, Jun 05 2019 04:09

The organisers have plans to improve the final 5 kms  :thumbup:

 

Starting and finishing in the historic Overberg town of Swellendam; the full distance route takes in many of the region’s most spectacular sights. The rolling gravel roads cut through the emerald green wheat fields and canary yellow Canola blooms. At the 100 kilometre mark the race crosses the Breede River on the country’s only remaining hand-drawn ferry. Before embarking on the Malgas Ferry riders will be able to refuel, enjoying a 45 minute neutral zone, on delicious roosterbrood – hot from the fire. The final 60 kilometres return to rolling hills; which the locals know as die Rûens, for the hills’ appearance like a series of backs stretching off towards the Langeberg Mountains. 
 
At the foot of the mountains the finish line awaits. As one approaches it the vegetation becomes greener, lusher, better nourished by the rain clouds which bank up against the high peaks above Swellendam. In previous years the final few kilometres have failed to live up to the splendour of the rest of the route. Not so in 2019, thanks to Swellendam Municipality. 
 
“We are thrilled that Swellendam Municipality have agreed to road closures in town, which allows us to provide a fitting end to the Chas Everitt Around The Pot - Overberg 100Miler - Presented by SEESA,” Rudolf Botha of Petrichor Adventures enthused. “The final five kilometres now take riders through town, showcasing some of the historic Cape Dutch architecture of Swellendam and providing an easier run into the finish at the Swellendam Showgrounds.”

wessie12, Jun 05 2019 04:15

 

The organisers have plans to improve the final 5 kms  :thumbup:

 

Starting and finishing in the historic Overberg town of Swellendam; the full distance route takes in many of the region’s most spectacular sights. The rolling gravel roads cut through the emerald green wheat fields and canary yellow Canola blooms. At the 100 kilometre mark the race crosses the Breede River on the country’s only remaining hand-drawn ferry. Before embarking on the Malgas Ferry riders will be able to refuel, enjoying a 45 minute neutral zone, on delicious roosterbrood – hot from the fire. The final 60 kilometres return to rolling hills; which the locals know as die Rûens, for the hills’ appearance like a series of backs stretching off towards the Langeberg Mountains. 
 
At the foot of the mountains the finish line awaits. As one approaches it the vegetation becomes greener, lusher, better nourished by the rain clouds which bank up against the high peaks above Swellendam. In previous years the final few kilometres have failed to live up to the splendour of the rest of the route. Not so in 2019, thanks to Swellendam Municipality. 
 
“We are thrilled that Swellendam Municipality have agreed to road closures in town, which allows us to provide a fitting end to the Chas Everitt Around The Pot - Overberg 100Miler - Presented by SEESA,” Rudolf Botha of Petrichor Adventures enthused. “The final five kilometres now take riders through town, showcasing some of the historic Cape Dutch architecture of Swellendam and providing an easier run into the finish at the Swellendam Showgrounds.”

 

Ag no man.... it was nice passing all the gravel bikes in the last 5km

JohanDiv, Jun 05 2019 04:24

Ag no man.... it was nice passing all the gravel bikes in the last 5km

 

Haha I think we will still be able to! That jeep track and singletrack next to the N2 is still 10km from the finish. 5km from the finish is where the single track next to the N2 stops. They will probably make us turn right onto Swellengrebel Road just after that N2 singletrack and take us through town instead of turning left on the gravel road that runs through the dodgy outskirts if I had to guess.

vulgar, Jul 02 2019 03:22

Ja its the same same, left or right, hope we go down the houses(like D.C) and not via main road dodging pedestrians with monthly groceries...

 

Thats going to be fast but will try out my 36 x 10 conversion. It worked lekker at Swartberg 100. AMPED to kick some GR ass...gulp

JohanDiv, Jul 02 2019 04:24

My wife decided a few weeks ago she wants to do a 100km race. I think Around the Pot 60miler is a good place to start. On the one hand I'm excited that she's starting to show interest in my hobby. This could get really fun in a year or two if she gains a bit of cycling fitness and we can do some proper events together as a team. On the other hand my target of sub 4 is now a target of sub 7 and my gat is already hating me..

Andrea Fletcher 3l3v3n, Jul 05 2019 04:06

Well, my partner and I are officially entered!  The 98 km.  Not sure how to feel about this LOL!

Bernard Horn, Jul 05 2019 04:14

Weather predicted to be 6 to 21 degrees C with no/little wind.Nice chilly start

JohanDiv, Jul 05 2019 04:18

Weather predicted to be 6 to 21 degrees C with no/little wind.Nice chilly start

 

Waayyy too soon to rely on that prediction..