Race to the Sun

Saturday, 16 February 2019
North WestSchoemansville Die Oewer

Details

Race to the Sun is a 167km gravel- and mountain bike journey from Hartbeespoort Dam to Sun City.

 

The event will kick off at the same venue as 2018, from Schoemansville Die Oewer at Hartbeespoort Dam. The route will wind along farm roads, canals and tar roads through Brits, Rustenburg and Pilansberg, to ultimately finish at the palace of dreams – Sun City.

 

The race is known to test the endurance of many athletes and challenge them in many ways along the route. You can either do the race as a solo rider, team of two/four or as a relay team (84km each).

 

Here’s what to expect in 2019:
167-kilometres of gravel bike racing
7 Water points (47km, 66km, 84km, 112km, 132km, 150km and 167km)
Massive prize money
Safe routes
3x Sun City Valley of Waves entries (who will you bring along?)
Discount to accommodation at Sun City
Finisher t-shirt
Official race Sox
Entries are limited to 2000 riders.

Croglet, Jan 23 2019 12:07

I'm considering giving this a go but aside from the obvious question of whether my legs will get me through it or not I'm not too sure about the navigation side of things.
The website states that gps devices are compulsory and although I don't have one I think I read somewhere that a cellphone is fine to use as a gps device.
The problem is that while you can load routes into Strava it doesn't give audio cues.

So my question for the folks who have done this race before is if there are enough riders for me to follow and just keep my phone in my pack in case I get lost or does the bunch get so spread out that I have to duct tape it onto my handlebars to keep track of the route? 

 

DBAD, Jan 24 2019 09:47

I'm considering giving this a go but aside from the obvious question of whether my legs will get me through it or not I'm not too sure about the navigation side of things.
The website states that gps devices are compulsory and although I don't have one I think I read somewhere that a cellphone is fine to use as a gps device.
The problem is that while you can load routes into Strava it doesn't give audio cues.

So my question for the folks who have done this race before is if there are enough riders for me to follow and just keep my phone in my pack in case I get lost or does the bunch get so spread out that I have to duct tape it onto my handlebars to keep track of the route? 

 

 

I did this race last year and to be honest, the GPS wasn't used all that much for navigation. There was enough people around to follow. 

Fattyboom, Jan 29 2019 04:51

Agree with DBAD just follow the other riders! We were at the back end of the field but there were always other riders in sight.

Prozac, Jan 29 2019 04:56

I did this race last year and to be honest, the GPS wasn't used all that much for navigation. There was enough people around to follow. 

DBAD - Ditto !

 

Had my garmin however not once did I require to look at the derections , I followed the wheels informnt of me with success . . . 

 

@Croglet , ita time to enter . . . its a greaet day out !

Dirkitech, Jan 29 2019 05:24

I've been drooling over this one since last year, but 167km in my own company sounds like pushing it haha. Does anyone know if this event will qualify for the team vitality entry discount?

Croglet, Feb 03 2019 12:05

Cool, so the gps issue doesn't sound like it's going to be an issue at all.
The other, far more pressing concern is whether I'll actually be able to complete it or have to call the missus and do the drive of shame to the finish line. 
I've never ridden anywhere near 168km. Did a few 100km rides over the last month or so and I managed 120km yesterday but I was properly buggered. 
How doable is this distance for someone who's hurting after 100km on a normal XC trail?  :blink: 
 

G e r h a r d Odendaal, Feb 03 2019 04:19

Sounds like an awesome race. Wish I could do it.

nagougrote, Feb 03 2019 08:14

Pity it's the day before the Ride 4 Sight - otherwise would definitely do it.

King_Crispy, Feb 03 2019 10:14

Had planned to do it but due to illness not going to take a chance of suffering for that long

sias, Feb 04 2019 07:07

Cool, so the gps issue doesn't sound like it's going to be an issue at all.
The other, far more pressing concern is whether I'll actually be able to complete it or have to call the missus and do the drive of shame to the finish line. 
I've never ridden anywhere near 168km. Did a few 100km rides over the last month or so and I managed 120km yesterday but I was properly buggered. 
How doable is this distance for someone who's hurting after 100km on a normal XC trail?  :blink: 
 

This is just a flat ride on district roads and maybe some jeeptrack. You'll be fine.

MudLark, Feb 08 2019 10:55

So, what's the expectation for road conditions this year? Last year there were some pretty badly corrugated sections.

 

On MTBs, what tyres are guys planning on running? Some people say that running a XC 2.3 nice and soft is ideal but I'm not sure that's at all right.

Pieter-za, Feb 08 2019 11:03

Maxxis Sphinx 2.1.

 

(I see the route files are available)

Broker, Feb 14 2019 07:41

With all the rain and some more forecasted for Saturday it might be a wet and muddy ride.

Pieter-za, Feb 14 2019 07:45

Did anyone receive the info?  (Or is it the same as per booklet on website?)

From FB:

 

 

Riders, briefs have been sent out today, we're keeping you updated with the final checks to see that you are ready to enjoy race day! 

HOEKVLAG, Feb 14 2019 09:22

Did anyone receive the info?  (Or is it the same as per booklet on website?)

From FB:

 

The info is the same as the booklet on the website with links to the gpx files (which can be downloaded from the website as well).

MudLark, Feb 14 2019 09:23

With all the rain and some more forecasted for Saturday it might be a wet and muddy ride.

 

Quite. And my bike is on Race Kings. I'm now starting to wonder whether that is a mistake… Guess I am going to find out…

travisza, Feb 14 2019 10:39

Was going to ride a gravel bike for this but given the rain I'm hauling out the HT

Broker, Feb 14 2019 11:20

Is it true that spraying your tyres with Spray & Cook assist with less mud sticking to tyres

Broker, Feb 14 2019 11:20

Sorry duplicate

sias, Feb 14 2019 11:22

Well I'm hopelessly under trained and overweight for this! Throw in some rain and mud and it should be extra fun.

Dirkitech, Feb 14 2019 11:42

Is it true that spraying your tyres with Spray & Cook assist with less mud sticking to tyres

Sounds interesting... In theory, adding any ptfe coating to your tyres should help shed mud, but it will also help shed any grip on wet tar roads nicely (slip and slide wheels, I've got an idea for a party trick now). I wouldn't do that and take a corner without an ambulance on standby :blink:

Pieter-za, Feb 14 2019 01:29

At least the dust is sorted.  (Although I don' think it will rain, overcast yes)

Pieter-za, Feb 14 2019 08:25

'It is with great regret that we have to inform all participants and spectators that Race to the Sun 2019 is postponed to Saturday, 25 May 2019 due to unsafe weather conditions. The downpour of rain throughout this week has caused multiple rivers to flood in critical areas of the route.'

nathrix ® ©™, Feb 14 2019 08:38

https://racetothesun...stponed-to-may/

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kingalton, Feb 14 2019 08:42

Pity, but 160 km in the mud isn’t my idea of fun, May should be a bit cooler and less chance of rain 👍🏼
Tough Decision to make for Advendurance.