Takealot Jock Classic

Saturday, 13 July 2019
MpumulangaMbombela Stadium

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The one-day, three-stage Takealot Jock Classic takes place on July 13 on the traditional route between Nelspruit, White River and Sabie.

 

The 2019 stages are:

 

Stage 1: Nelspruit – White River: 48.5km
Stage 2: White River – Sabie (via Spitskop): 45km
Stage 3: Sabie – Nelspruit (via Long Tom Pass): 62km

Venue

Mbombela Stadium, Mpumulanga
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Neville Bailey, May 27 2019 06:29

Time for me to give this bucket list event a go!

Any tips for a first-timer from those who have done it before?

Craai, May 27 2019 06:36

Time for me to give this bucket list event a go!

Any tips for a first-timer from those who have done it before?

. Two words: Hill + training; and lots of it

shaper, May 27 2019 06:44

Dress for cold weather in the morning, take change of kit in the bag that goes in the trucks to each of the stop points for breakfast and lunch, change as the weather gets warmer to hot.  Put slops in your bag too else you have to walk to breakfast and lunch in your cleats.

 

Slog it out on the hills as best you can, if you can get into a bunch after Longtom on the way back to the stadium, do so as you will fly home, else is a serious slog going solo, so be savy and even sit up and wait for the next group.

 

Gear up for hills, compact with 11-28/30 to save your legs, else a semi-compact.

 

Have fun and enjoy the scenery through the sweaty eyes!!

Dgas, May 27 2019 08:05

Its a great race you will love it. The first stage is cold and then the day gets warmer. Make sure you have somewhere to put the kit you will be taking off. My wife normally follows me around, so kit and breakfast and lunch is taken care off by her. There are lots of hills so make sure your gearing is suitable. Most hills are around 6 - 7 % with the top of Spitskop at around 11% but only for a short bit. Long Tom is 7- 9 % for most of the length. I ride 52/36 oval chainrings on the front and 11/27 on the back and have no problems on the hills. I use the same gearing for the Panorama.

Neville Bailey, May 30 2019 07:32

Thanks for the tips! I am both terrified and excited about doing it.

At the moment I have 34-50 at the front and 11-28 at the back (10 speed). I think I will look at getting 11-32 at the back. I will need all the help I can to get up those climbs!

IceCreamMan, May 30 2019 07:46

Rather have the gearing and not need than need it and not have. If going 32 you might need a new derailleur too. Just check it out.

I only did one jock before leaving za and I shat bricks most of the day. I had some remains of flu which made my day hell. But it was very cool to finish, made it all worthwhile,

Neville Bailey, Jun 01 2019 05:07

As a matter of interest, as the Jock is a multi stage event, how do most cyclists record it on Strava - as three separate activities or as one activity (with auto pause active)?

IceCreamMan, Jun 01 2019 08:19

As a matter of interest, as the Jock is a multi stage event, how do most cyclists record it on Strava - as three separate activities or as one activity (with auto pause active)?


I recorded it as3 separate stages.

CharlesZ, Jun 03 2019 08:47

As a matter of interest, as the Jock is a multi stage event, how do most cyclists record it on Strava - as three separate activities or as one activity (with auto pause active)?

that's all up to you. 

Start and stop every stage

start, stop and save after every stage

remember if you use auto pause if will start recording when you free wheel and walk with your bike between the different stages

Stricker, Jun 04 2019 12:42

Afternoon,

 

Can someone please assist with a route profile or Strava File.

Would like to see all the climbs so I can prepare myself for them

 

Tnx 

Long Wheel Base, Jun 04 2019 01:01

Time for me to give this bucket list event a go!

Any tips for a first-timer from those who have done it before?

Don't relax too much between stages, especially before the last stage. You will get lazy and then won't feel like climbing back onto the bike. I would sit down in a chair after the stage but resist the urge to lie down or even sit on the floor. Depending how late you start each stage your rest is actually shorter which in a way is better for the riders towards the back of the race as they don't get a chance to "cool don". One year at the kremetart they delayed the start of one stage(think it was between stage 2 and 3) because people were still finishing. Those poor riders had to finish and then just go straight to the back of the start group. Also eat/drink properly between stages, with such short stages I hardly ate and drank at all while riding, just fueled up between stages.

Zatek, Jun 04 2019 01:48

Still pondering if I should go. Think stage 1 starts way to early.

Fat Boab, Jun 04 2019 02:12

Ride stage 1 well within yourself.

Don't start stage 2 too fast...There's some solid climbing to do before you drop down into Sabir (and if you haven't recce'd the route the climb is quite deceptive).

Don't charge out of Sabie on stage 3. With luck you'll pass lots of people on the Long Tom!

And hold something back for the ride back to the finish as the rollers can bite on tired legs!

So in summary...ride it and don't race it first-time out!

Neville Bailey, Jul 05 2019 09:29

Afternoon,

 

Can someone please assist with a route profile or Strava File.

Would like to see all the climbs so I can prepare myself for them

 

Tnx 

 

I created these Strava routes, based on the route information on the Jock Classic website - hopefully they will help.


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Neville Bailey, Jul 05 2019 01:51

It's here!

 

 


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Zatek, Jul 14 2019 05:49

It's so nice to see Valancia Rider 956 recieve motor pacing on stage 3 passing me at 48kmh. Don't know fot how long but it was long. Finally caught him about 5km from the end with a mixed groul from A and B.

Job, Jul 15 2019 09:26

First time doing The Jock and what a race! what I didn't appreciate though was to see those E-bikes passing us when we were suffering on the Long Tom pass. The good thing that was heart warming was to see the Sabie Primary School kids in their uniform marshaling us towards their school. Still undecided if I will do this race again.

Zatek, Jul 15 2019 10:07

First time doing The Jock and what a race! what I didn't appreciate though was to see those E-bikes passing us when we were suffering on the Long Tom pass. The good thing that was heart warming was to see the Sabie Primary School kids in their uniform marshaling us towards their school. Still undecided if I will do this race again.


I wanted to ask the e bikes riders who are they racing, themselves or the motors in their bikes? It is a #a# feeling being passed by 1 of those things grinding your way up longtom or spitskop and they pass you without breaking a sweat.

Doing a race like this on a ebike is like riding the route in car.

shaper, Jul 15 2019 10:12

Also got passed by an ebiker both up Spitzkop and Longtom, same guy from BL group.  Have to agree is *** watching him go effortlessly up them as am grinding in granny with sweat stinging my eyes

Forbsie, Jul 15 2019 10:56

I wonder about the longivity of this race going forward. Dwindling numbers, licenced groups being joined? Seems to get smaller and smaller each year. Sign of the times maybe? Not sure I'll do it again.
Thanks to the schools - hope they at least make some money out of the event? Would have been nice to purchase a shirt or something for the event - but nothing? Anyway, lekker tough route, nice to ride in some heat and get away from the highveld cold mornings.  ;) 

Long Wheel Base, Jul 15 2019 11:00

Why do e-bikers pay to enter races? What is actually the point?

Fat Boab, Jul 15 2019 11:29

For a race that advertises the challenge of climbing etc, it does seem incongruous that ebikes are allowed. But if numbers are dwindling then I suppose organisers have little choice. Maybe they need to be a little more creative in their advertising? Same deal with 947 (Joburg's 'toughest' race...)

shaper, Jul 15 2019 12:33

I wonder about the longivity of this race going forward. Dwindling numbers, licenced groups being joined? Seems to get smaller and smaller each year. Sign of the times maybe? Not sure I'll do it again.
Thanks to the schools - hope they at least make some money out of the event? Would have been nice to purchase a shirt or something for the event - but nothing? Anyway, lekker tough route, nice to ride in some heat and get away from the highveld cold mornings.  ;)

At prize giving, it was stated that numbers were up by 16%. How true that is I don't know, but numbers seemed less than last year

Veebee, Jul 15 2019 01:22

At prize giving, it was stated that numbers were up by 16%. How true that is I don't know, but numbers seemed less than last year

 

335 finishers in 2018 vs 425 in 2019

Pure Savage, Jul 15 2019 01:23

Would love to go up and race it again, was great when we went up to ride!