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Rider's Guide 50 MILES

50 Miles | 06 May 2023

THIS IS IT – your Race towards the Sun kicks off here.

Find all you need to know to get you from Beestekraal Kerk to Sun City in record time and with minimal hassles.

Have a great ride!

registration

08h00

Beestekraal Kerk, Beestekraal Road, Roodekoppies

  • You will receive a QR Code via email and WhatsApp. 
  • Show this QR Code on your phone or the QR Code on your SAS board to our registration staff.
  • Remember your SAS board

You can also buy a SAS board at registration for R60 cash.

IMPORTANT TO NOTE: Please bring cash if you need to purchase a SAS board or any food and beverages at the Start Venue at Beestekraal Kerk. Cell reception is very poor and electronic payments will not be possible.

start venue 50-miler

Start Times

09:30 am.
There will be ONLY ONE start batch.

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before your batch starts. Bear in mind increased travelling time to account for traffic when navigating to the Start.

Beestekraal Kerk, Beestekraal Road, Roodekoppies

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of your race.

50-Miler riders who are not being dropped off can park their vehicle at Beestekraal Kerk. A shuttle service is available from the Finish at Sun City back to Beestekraal Kerk after the race.

Book your shuttle directly with Fabian’s Bicycle Transfer here

Bag Drop

  • Riders may drop their bags at the Bag Drop Zone just past Registration.
  • Bags can be collected again at the King Price Gazebo at the Finish.
  • If you’ve ordered a King Price Race to the Sun Cycling shirt online, please collect it at the Bag-Drop Zone as well.

Route Information

  • The King Price Race to the Sun gravel race is famous for being flat and fast with a final challenging push at the Finish.
  • The all-new 50-Miler distance jumps in and joins the 100-Miler riders at Beestekraal Kerk, halfway into their race.
  • This route has 3 well-stocked water points before reaching the Finish at Sun City.

OF UTMOST IMPORTANCE:

The GPS directions always trump the route markings❗In the past we have fallen victim to sabotage, where route markers were intentionally and maliciously turned around to misdirect the riders. If your GPS directs you in the opposite direction of a route marker, please follow your GPS and NOT the route marker.

Water points

WP 1 | 28 km

Magalies citrus – WP 1 will be near Bojating and will serve food and drinks. The KOM will also be situated here. No toilet facilities available.

WP 2 | 55 km

Magalies Citrus – WP 2 will serve food and drinks. From Mogwase, riders will start making their way towards the finish. No toilet facilities will be available.

WP 2 cut-off time = 16:00 (Cut-off times will be strictly enforced to avoid riders being out on course after dark)

WP 3 | 76 km

Magalies citrus – WP 3 will serve food and drinks. No toilet facilities available. Only 10 km from here to the finish!

RIDERS CAN EXPECT ALL THE BELOW ITEMS ON THE ROUTE, BUT NOT ALL THE ITEMS AT EVERY WATER POINT:

FOOD
Sliders…
Frikkedelle
Pancakes
Boerewors
Salted Potatoes
PVM Sweets
Fruit Selection

DRINKS
Water
Coke
Energade
Magalies Citrus
Fruit Juice
Bavaria

TREATS
PVM Sweets/Gels

GEREFORMEERDE KERK KROKODILRIVIER WILL PROVIDE FOOD FOR SALE AT WATER POINT 2 FOR SPECTATORS

FOOD PRICES

Water R 10.00
Coke R 15.00
Coke Zero R 15.00
Pannekoek R 5.00
Boereworsrol R 35.00
Cheesegriller rol R 20.00

*Please note cash only

Expected Riding times:

MEDAL AVG SPEED WP 1 (52 KM) WP 2 (78 KM) WP3 (106KM) WP 4 (129KM) WP5 (145KM) FINISH AT SUN CITY (RIDING TIMES)
GOLD 32 km/h 01:37 02:26 03:18 04:01 04:31 4:52 hrs
SILVER 26.5 km/h 01:57 02:56 04:00 04:52 05:28 5:53 hrs
BRONZE 22,5 km/h 02:18 03:28 04:42 05:45 06:26 6:56 hrs
BLACK 15 km/h 03:28 05:12 07:04 08:36 09:40 10:25 hrs
MEDALAVG SPEEDWP 1 (52 KM)WP 2 (78 KM)WP3 (106KM)
GOLD32 km/h01:3702:2603:18
SILVER26.5 km/h01:5702:5604:00
BRONZE22,5 km/h02:1803:2804:42
BLACK15 km/h03:2805:1207:04
MEDALAVG SPEEDWP 4 (129KM)WP5 (145KM)FINISH AT SUN CITY (RIDING TIMES)
GOLD32 km/h04:0104:314:52 hrs
SILVER26.5 km/h04:5205:285:53 hrs
BRONZE22,5 km/h05:4506:266:56 hrs
BLACK15 km/h08:3609:4010:25 hrs

Medals & T-Shirts

Will you be racing against the clock?

Be inspired to clock your personal best with these beautifully designed 50-Miler Finisher Medals!

*Please note that the special performance medals, Golf, Silver & Bronze, are for the 100-Miler riders only, but we are confident that you will use the 50-Miler as a stepping stone towards bigger aspirations of one day finishing the 100-Miler!


Bear in mind that there will be no prize-giving for age categories in the 50-Miler, but amazing hampers have been put together to recognise the top 3 Overall Male and Female winners on the day.

 

COLLECT YOUR AWESOME RACE T-SHIRT WITH YOUR MEDAL AT THE FINISH.

Racing Rules

  • King Price Race to the Sun is a CSA sanctioned event and, as such, CSA race rules will apply.
  • The race is mainly on gravel but also on public tar roads. Please obey all traffic rules when riding on public roads. Keep left on the tar roads at all times, and do not ride in the lane of oncoming traffic.
  • We encourage riders to display good rider etiquette and sportsmanship at all times and to ride in such a manner that they do not compromise the safety of other riders.
  • Please take the time to read through our rules and regulations
  • Please take the time to read through our rules and regulations here.

TECH ZONE

There will be a Specialized Techzone at the Start Venue at Beestekraal Kerk.

A Smoove chain lube station will ensure thirsty chains are oiled and lubricated.

TECHNICAL AND MEDICAL ASSISTANCE

A sweep vehicle will follow the last rider to the finish.
Faces Emergency Assist: 066 2472 123

  • Riders can make their own arrangements to be picked up from the route, but please inform race office of your withdrawal at 066 2472 123.
  • The sweep vehicle will follow the last rider to the finish: Victor – 073 647 1463.
  • The tech zone will be manned by Specialized and will be situated at WP 2.
  • Emergency Number PUBLIC SAFETY: Iain 082 570 5184
  • Emergency Number PUBLIC SAFETY: NIC 074 144 4677

COMPULSORY GEAR

  • A GPS device with the route file loaded and running is compulsory, since the route is only marked with the most basic of route markers.
  • Riders need to carry tools for basic bike repairs like a broken chain or flat tyre with them.
  • Helmet.
  • Cellphone.
  • Cash (cell reception is sketchy in places making electronic payments difficult to impossible).

Finish

  • The finish area will be on a welcoming grassy spot adjoining the Sun CIty parking lot.
  • A Devil’s Peak beer garden will keep everyone hydrated and lubricated.
  • Remember to bring cash or pay by means of Zapper or Snapscan. No card payments will be accepted.
  • A bike wash service is available at R50 per bike payable by means of cash, Snapscan or Zapper only.

Race Updates

Follow King Price Race to the Sun on social media for race updates as the action unfolds.

TIMED TRACKING:

Riders will be scanned at Water Point 1 (55km), and at the finish. These split times will be available here.

RESULTS

Every rider will receive a whatsapp message after the event with his/her race result. If you have a result query, please make use of the link contained in the message to log your query. Remember to include your name, SAS number and result in your query.

Race results can be viewed here

King Price Race to the Sun Supersport Broadcast details

SCHEDULE DATESTART TIMECHANNELSTATUS
31 May 202218:00Variety 2 / Variety 2 AfricaPremier
03 June 202213:45Variety 2Repeat
04 June 202215:00Select 1Repeat
05 June 202213:00SS Play – Streaming 243Repeat
06 June 202217:00Variety 1 AfricaRepeat
08 June 202213:30Action / Action AfricaRepeat
09 June 202212:30SS Play – Streaming 243Repeat
10 June 202215:30Variety 2Repeat
11 June 202212:00SS Play – Streaming 243Repeat

TEAMS + SUPPORTERS

Supporters should follow ONLY the dedicated supporter’s route to reach the supporter’s point at Beestekraal Kerk and the Finish.

back-up, support vehicles + checkpoint rules

  • This is a full-service event so riders participating in the race will not need any back- up. 
  • No support outside ofBeestekraal Kerk will be allowed and any transgression in this regard will lead to disqualification.
  • Take note: there will be 3 stop-and-go sections on the supporter route to Beestekraal Kerk which might cause a 30-40 minute delay.
  • Supporters collecting their cyclists on Saturday, please use lanes 1 & 2 at the main entrance of Sun City into the parking lot.

SHUTTLE SERVICE AND BIKE TRANSFERS

There is a shuttle service available to King Price Race to the Sun 50-Mile riders on the day of the event at R600. Please book and pay in advance at https://bicycle-transport.co.za/

For more information contact Fabian – 082 929 8693.

AFTERNOON SHUTTLE AFTER THE RACE FROM SUN CITY BACK TO BEESTEKRAAL KERK:

  • There will be 2 vehicles travelling from Sun City back to BEESTEKRAAL Kerk
  • The busses will leave as soon as each has reached full capacity.
  • Estimate bus leaving times: 3:30pm and 5pm. These are approximate.
  • Bikes will be transported back to Beestekraal Kerk with the Shuttle bus, so that you receive it immediately.
  • All bikes are transported fully assembled and will not be stripped.

By booking the Shuttle and bike transport with Fabian’s Bicycle Transport, I indemnify that Fabian’s Bicycle Transport nor Race To The Sun organizers will take responsibility for any loss or damage caused during the Shuttle and Bicycle Transport service. It will be at the risk of the client.

For more information contact Fabian – 0829298693

Virtual Goody Bag

Every rider receives a Specialized retail voucher to the value of R300 as well as a complimentary race photo package to the value of R340 delivered straight to your inbox! Simple and easy.

No need to queue and no bag to awkwardly carry around on event day.

Welcome to Pursuit

Here at Faces, we are always innovating our offering, to take your overall racing experience to the next level.

Cue Pursuit, an app designed to track and measure your performance in outdoor mass-participation sports events in South Africa. The peer-to-peer performance index – The Pursuit Index – shows you how you rank against other athletes in your sporting discipline.

We are in our Beta testing phase and would love you to sign up, and check out your King Price Race to the Sun result on the app. And please do drop us a mail with any feedback you may have!

We would like to wish every rider all the best for their Race to the Sun!
“The best rides are the ones where you bite off much more than you can chew, and live through it.” – Hans Rey
Just go out there and remember… You’re fantastic!


The King Price Race to the Sun Team