Please note entries for 2024 are now closed.

Streamlining Your Race to the Sun Logistics: Tips for a Stress-Free Experience

Known as the KING of gravel races, King Price Race to the Sun is back in 2024! This year you get to mix it with the cream of SA cycling, since the event doubles as the 2024 SA Gravel Champs in what has become the fastest-growing discipline in the country.

Whether you’re a seasoned cyclist or just dipping your toes into the gravel racing scene, this event caters to riders of all levels, inviting everyone to conquer the 100-mile goal. 

The race promises a fast and flat course with only 1000 m of elevation, providing a thrilling experience for participants. If the full 100 miles seem a bit too daunting, fear not – there’s a shorter 50-mile option for those who prefer a slightly less ambitious ride. This non-technical, scenic route can be done on a mountain or gravel bike, although only gravel bikes will be eligible for SA champs categories. 

If you are thinking about doing the King Price Race to the Sun, but logistics are holding you back – do not stress! Here are a few options to ensure a seamless experience from start to finish:

Option 1: Leave your car at the start (Harties) and shuttle back from Sun City

If you prefer to park your car at the race start in Hartbeespoort Dam (Harties) and catch a shuttle back after the race, here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Book your shuttle on Howler, and choose the afternoon shuttle service.
  2. Park at Harties: Arrive at the race start and park your vehicle.
  3. After completing the race, jump on your pre-booked shuttle. The estimated leaving times are 2 pm, 4 pm and 6 pm.
  4. Relax, and enjoy the ride back to your starting point.

Option 2: Staying at Sun City and need a shuttle to the start

For those wanting to stay at Sun City and requiring transportation to the race start, here’s what you need to do: 

  1. Book your stay at Sun City via this link: https://racetothesun.co.za/accommodation/.   
  2. Book your shuttle on Howler, and choose the morning shuttle service. 
  3. The morning of the race, the shuttle will leave Sun City at 4 am and transport you to the race start at Die Oewer. 
  4. Enjoy a hassle-free journey to the starting line, allowing you to focus on the race ahead.
  5. The Race To the Sun route will take you back to Sun City 😉

Option 3: Book a vehicle transfer to Sun City

If you prefer to drive to the start and back again from the finish in your own vehicle, then you can book a vehicle transfer to Sun City. Here’s how to make it happen:

  1. Book your vehicle transfer through Howler. Choose the option: vehicle transfers
  2. Arrive at the race start and park your car at the designated vehicle transfer area. 
  3. Leave your keys at the vehicle transfer desk. 
  4. Your car will be driven from Harties to Sun City while you are racing. 
  5. Your vehicle will be waiting for you at the finish line, ready for your departure after the race. You will be put in contact with your driver closer to the event

Option 4: Afternoon shuttle service from Sun City back to Beestekraal (50-miler start)

For those doing the 50-miler, you can book your shuttle service from Sun City, back to your starting point at Beestekraal to fetch your car.

  1. Book your shuttle on Howler, under transport choose the option 50-miler – afternoon shuttle service.  
  2. Park at Beestekraal: Arrive at the race start and park your vehicle.
  3. After completing the race, jump on your pre-booked shuttle. The estimated leaving times are 3:30 pm and 5 pm
  4. Relax, and enjoy the ride back to your starting point.

Option 5: Accommodation Only

For those who only require accommodation without additional transportation services: 

Sun City Resort is offering discounted rates for the weekend. You can view them and book your accommodation through this link: https://racetothesun.co.za/accommodation/

Alternatively, book accommodation in or around Pilanesberg, or if you prefer to stay in Harties, you can book there. 

Accommodation is filling up fast, so don’t leave it to the last minute! 

Make a weekend of it and bring your family and friends along for the adventure. You’re guaranteed to create unforgettable memories together. 

Enter King Price Race to the Sun here: https://racetothesun.co.za/

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