2020 CANCELLED BUT WATCH THIS SPACE FOR 2021

Fast Facts

  • Dates: Tuesday 20 July to Sunday 25 July 2021
  • Minimum Entry Donation:
    • R23 000 per rider
    • Group discount: book a group of 12 people, and only pay for 11
    • Limited space available
  • 4 days of sublime mountain bike riding and 5 nights camping under the stars
  • Luxury African camping experience
  • 60 to 80 km of riding per day
  • Three countries: South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana
  • Start Point and Registration: Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site (South Africa)
  • End Point: Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site (South Africa)
  • Beneficiary: Children in the Wilderness

Entry Requirements

While this event is defined as a mountain bike tour and not a race, it is important for participants to understand that the route is strenuous. Although there are back-up and support teams, anyone who enters should take note of the following recommendations to ensure a safe and enjoyable Tour:

  • You must be in good, physical condition, with a resting heart rate of 60 bpm, and must have spent a minimum of 6 hours a week on a bike for at least the three months prior to the event.
  • Participation in at least one mountain bike event of a minimum of 70 km is mandatory in the 9 months leading up to the event.
  • You must have the ability to do a continuous ride of a minimum of 5 to 6 hours per day over four consecutive days.
  • You need technical mountain bike riding skills and must have completed ample training for endurance riding with lots of time in the saddle.
  • If you have any doubts as to your ability to complete the Tour, or have any pre-existing medical conditions, we highly recommend that you get permission from your medical doctor before entering, and ensure you have capacity to do the necessary training.

Rules and Regulations

As a participant on the Tour, please note the following:

  • Age requirement for all participants is minimum 16 years of age and maximum 70 years of age, unless permission has been requested and granted by both a medical practitioner and the Event Organisers.
  • Safety-approved riding helmets are compulsory; mountain bike appropriate shoes and gloves are recommended.
  • Each participant will be allocated to a group of comparable riding ability. They will ride in groups made up of approximately 15 participants, which includes allocated Tour and Support Leaders for each group, to ensure that the safety of the riders is never compromised.
  • This is not a race and you do not have to be a super mountain biker to enter. However you do need to be fit and healthy, with ample training and preparation to be able to participate.
  • Acceptance onto the Tour is subject to the participant completing and submitting the following:
  • Online registration form
  • Online acceptance of the Indemnity Form and Terms and Conditions;
  • Full payment of the required amount by due date
  • The organisers reserve the right to decline any registrations for any reason whatsoever, at their sole discretion without explanation. In these cases full refunds will be given.
  • Should any participant behave in a way that negatively affects either the enjoyment or safety of themselves or other guests, they will be warned and if need be, evicted from the Tour without compensation. This includes any participant who comes to the Tour not medically and/or physically fit enough to participate in an event of this nature.
  • It is imperative that your bike board is properly affixed to your bike and has your NAME on it. If you change bikes please ensure that your bike board name is changed as well.
  • At the event you will be given a colour-specific wrist band; please wear this throughout the event so staff and suppliers can identify you as our guests.

Consent and Agreement

By completing the online registration for this Tour, it constitutes consent by all participants covered by that payment and/or registration, to all provisions of the conditions, and general information contained on the following:

  • Nedbank Tour de Tuli Indemnity Form
  • Nedbank Tour de Tuli Terms and Conditions
  • Tour Rules
  • Payment Terms and Conditions

The terms under which you agree to participate in this Tour cannot be changed or amended, except in writing and signed by the Tour Director.

E-bikes

If you wish to ride an e-bike on the Tour, please take note of the following:

  • It is imperative that you inform the Event Organisers of this bike choice at least two months prior to the event, if you have not noted this on your online registration.
  • Due to the terrain, it is compulsory that all e-bike riders bring along two batteries. This is essential as the days can and do get long, with limited charging time and capacity.
  • It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure their batteries are handed over to be charged as soon as they get into camp each day. The charging station will be located near the bike mechanic station. The spare battery needs to be handed to the Hospitality Desk, who in turn will give it to the Brunch Team, so that the backup battery is available if needed during the riding day and can be replaced at Brunch. The Brunch Team will return all batteries to the Hospitality Desk once they are in camp.
  • The route is strenuous and requires you to have sufficient technical and endurance training. Please ensure that you are prepared for riding this event and that the bike will not have to do all the ‘riding’ for you.
  • Please be aware that due to the terrain, you will need to carry your bike at certain points on the route.
  • Please ensure that your bike is fully insured for an event of this nature.
  • Tubeless conversion is mandatory and you will need to bring along any specialised parts.
  • If you are flying in with your bike, please check with your airline, as they may not be able to transport your bike and the battery for security reasons.

Environment

  • This mountain bike Tour traverses National Parks. All participants must agree to respect the wildlife and environment through which we travel and to obey all National Park rules and regulations.
  • No littering. Please keep all your wrappers on you until the next refreshment stop.
  • Please burn all toilet paper if you have to use the ‘bush toilet’.
  • We kindly ask you to assist us in leaving these areas in a pristine condition. This will ensure that we can continue to ride through these wonderful wilderness areas in the future.

Health

  • Although the area the Tour takes place in is low malaria risk, we advise you to consult your doctor with regards to anti-malaria precautions.
  • A current tetanus vaccination is recommended.

Insurance

  • It is a condition of entry that each participant ensures they have comprehensive travel insurance. You will be charged directly by the relevant service providers for any emergency services you may require, so ensure that you are fully covered.
  • It is also recommended that participants take out cancellation insurance. Due to the logistics of the event, we cannot refund any entry donations.
  • The Event Organisers cannot be held liable for personal injury, death, loss of, or damage related to the respective event.

Luggage and Bicycles

  • Space on the luggage trucks is limited and you are restricted to one 20 kg soft bag.
  • Please ensure that your luggage and bicycles are clearly LABELLED. Luggage tags and bike boards will be supplied in your registration bag.
  • Please ensure that your luggage and bicycles are adequately insured as the Event Organisers cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss to personal belongings, luggage or bicycles.
  • Bikes will be loaded onto and off trucks for transport to/from the start of the Tour.
  • Only mountain bikes in good working condition will be allowed to participate. Please ensure that your bike will be able to handle an event of this nature.
  • Please note that tubeless conversions are MANDATORY. If you arrive without a tubeless conversion, you will be asked to pay for a conversion on site (which will definitely cost you more).
  • All participants must carry a 3L hydration pack – this is mandatory and those who arrive without one will be fined.
  • In the areas we travel through, sand is inevitable. We will do everything possible to stay away from the sand, but we suggest that you prepare for it, and get wide tyres to ensure you are equipped to deal with it.

Passports and Visas

  • The onus is on the participant to ensure that his/her passport and visas are valid for the countries through which we travel, i.e. South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The Organisers, the sponsors, their staff and their agents cannot be held liable for any visas etc. not held by the participant, or the cost of visas.
  • Please ensure that your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months after the Tour and that you have two blank pages in your passport.
  • A colour copy of your passport needs to be uploaded on your registration profile or sent to the event organisers by May 2021.

Photography

  • The Tour Organisers reserve the right, without further notice, to make use of any photograph/film taken on the Tour without payment or permission. No photographs of a compromising nature will be used.

Safety

  • Participants may not deviate from the official route.
  • The mountain bike Tour may take you into close contact with wild animals. Neither the Organisers, the sponsors, their employees, partners nor agents can be held responsible for any injury or incident on the Tour.
  • The Tour Leader and officials’ word is final! Safety precautions must be taken seriously and should be strictly adhered to. Anyone found in contravention of the officials or any safety regulations will be evicted from the Tour without compensation.
  • Should you arrive on the Tour without adequate preparation and proceed to hold back your group during the Tour, your Tour Leader will be entitled to prevent you from riding and/or to allocate you to a support vehicle.
  • We recommend that all participants carry a space blanket with them. These are cheap, readily accessible and extremely useful.

What to Expect

Accommodation/ Tent Villages

The tent village will be set up according to your allocated riding group. When you arrive in camp, all you need to do is to select a free tent in your group’s row, which will be clearly marked. Each person will be allocated a two-person tent with a high-density mattress. If you are travelling as a couple or family group, and riding in different groups but want to sleep in the same tent row, please let us know prior to the event, so that we can make the necessary arrangements.

Please Note:

  • If you change riding groups during the event, you will still sleep in the tented row you were originally allocated to.
  • All participants must bring their own pillow, bottom sheet (if required), warm sleeping bag and towel.

Bar Services

All drinks in the camp are served from the bar and paid for with non-refundable bar tokens. Bar tokens can be purchased in advance on your registration profile. We highly recommend pre-purchasing tokens to avoid carrying too much cash with you on Tour.

If you pre-purchase bar tokens, you will find these in your registration bag on arrival.

The bar stocks a variety of beers, wines sponsored by Painted Wolf Wines, soft drinks, and limited spirits and mixes. General costs are as follows:

  • Soft Drinks R10
  • Beer R30
  • Single Spirit R30
  • Spirit Mixer R10

Please do not bring your own alcohol. It will either be confiscated at the border or you will be liable for heavy import duties.

PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE CREDIT CARD FACILITIES ON THE TOUR

Bean There Coffee Station

Our volunteer baristas from Bean There are certainly a firm favourite on Tour.

Complimentary speciality coffees, tea and hot chocolate are served daily from 05h00 to 21h00.

Bike Services

Cycles United bike technicians will be based in all overnight camps to assist with bike repairs. All spares will be charged for and need to be settled directly with the bike technicians. We will stock the main brands of bike spares; if you require any specialised spares please ensure that you bring these with you.

Please note that the bike technicians are busy and will do all possible to assist with getting your bike ready to ride the following day. However, in order to facilitate this we ask you to take note of the following:

  • If you do need bike repairs, please ensure that you take your bicycle to the maintenance team as soon as you arrive in camp.
  • The bike technicians are not responsible for washing your bike.
  • All repairs need to be completed the night before as the bike technicians need to leave early in the morning to ensure they are set up at the next camp in time for your arrival.

Additional Notes:

  • Bike Washing: We ask you to be conservative with this service as water is a scarce resource and valuable commodity in the areas we travel through. Bike washing facilities will only be allocated to those bikes who need maintenance to ensure that we are not wasting water unnecessarily.
  • Bike Park: A pre-erected bike park will be located at each campsite. Please ensure that your bike is stored in the bike park each evening. Whilst we have not had any theft issues, if you want to be 100% sure about the safety of your bike, we recommend you bring your own combination lock and chain with you.
  • Bike Insurance: Please ensure that your bike is adequately insured as the Event Organisers cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss to your bike. Insurance for your personal belongings is for your own arrangement and account.
  • Only mountain bikes in good working condition will be allowed to participate on the event.
  • Please note that tubeless conversions are MANDATORY. If you arrive without a tubeless conversion, you will be asked to pay for a conversion on site (which will definitely cost you more).
  • Please ensure that you have a spare derailleur hanger and other bike-specific spares.
  • Please ensure that you carry the basic bike spares required to fix day-to-day technical problems. See our recommended Packing List for some suggestions.

Daily Schedule

  • Early morning light breakfast served from 05h30 in camp. This will include cereals, muffins, fruits and porridge.
  • Luggage and mattresses need to be carried to the top of your tent row for loading onto the luggage trucks.
  • The first group will depart at around 06h15 and the last group at around 08h30. This is dependent on the sunrise.
  • A Tea Stop is set up at approximately 25 km on the riding route. This stop serves sweet and savoury snacks, tea, coffee and juices. Energy supplement is also available here.
  • A Bush Brunch will be arranged at approximately 40 km on the riding route and consists of any of the following: wraps, sandwiches (or similar), pasta salads and soft drinks. Energy supplement is available here.
  • A bike park and bike technician team will be located in each camp.
  • A Recovery Station will be set up near the Bar in each camp.
  • Light lunch is served in camp from around 13h00 to 16h00.
  • The bar will be open in camp (there is an additional cost for drinks) while Bean There Fair Trade Coffee operate their tea and coffee station at no extra cost to the participants.
  • Camp services, i.e. bike mechanics, massages, medical tent, hospitality desk, etc. are available each day until 21h00.
  • Dinner is served around 19h00. During dinner participants are briefed on the following day’s ride.

Hospitality Desk

In each camp, you will find the Hospitality Desk located near the bar. The Hospitality Desk will be available to assist with:

  • Support, and assistance with any general enquiries
  • Sale of bar tokens
  • Management of lost property
  • Charging devices
  • Safe-keeping of valuables
  • Passport management for informal borders

Luggage

Luggage is restricted to ONE x 20 kg soft tog bag that includes your personal belongings.  Penalties will apply for overweight bags.

4×4 luggage trucks transport the luggage from camp to camp. In your registration bags you will be given luggage tags, which are colour-coded according to your riding group. Please ensure that these tags are securely attached to your luggage so that when your luggage is offloaded in camp, we know which tent row it belongs to. We will do everything possible to keep your personal belongings safe; however, please do not leave valuables unattended in your bag. Rather hand them to the Hospitality Desk for safekeeping. We recommend that you keep your bag secured with a combination lock at all times; theft, unfortunately, can and does happen. Please ensure that your passports are stored in a safe place (we do suggest that you ride with your passports each day).

Please Note

  • Please do not have loose sleeping bags or small items separate to your luggage – due to the volume of luggage, these small items are likely to get lost.
  • Ensure that you use the event luggage tags on all your belongings. If your bags are not labelled with your name and they are mislaid, we will be unable to return them to you.

Massages

  • Included in the entry donation is a 20-minute complimentary massage each riding day, sponsored by EPT Recovery.
  • Your massage appointments can be booked at the massage station and we suggest you do this as soon as you arrive in camp each day.
  • Please note that later time slots will be reserved for the later groups to ensure every rider can enjoy this service.

Meals

  • Throughout the Tour, all meals are catered for, from a light lunch on your arrival day to a full English breakfast on the day of departure.
  • Each day riders will enjoy tea and brunch stops on the route, and breakfast, lunch and dinner in camp.

Medical

  • A medical tent will be set up in each camp to manage day-to-day ailments. The medical tent will be run by a qualified medical person at all times.
  • Please note that we have limited stock of basic medical supplies.
  • If you require chronic medication, please ensure that you bring this with you.

Recovery Station

A Recovery Station will be set up in each camp next to the bar. Energy supplement will be available before and during your ride each day. Whether you are preparing for your ride or just arriving back in camp, you can enjoy a delicious supplement – your muscles will appreciate it!

Showers and Toilets

  • Each camp has showers for you to enjoy after a hectic day’s riding. Please bear in mind that we are operating in remote areas and thus water is a scarce resource and valuable commodity.
  • We ask you to take this into consideration and keep your showers to 3 minutes.
  • Toilets are also available in each camp. Botswana and South Africa have chemical toilets, which are serviced throughout the day. In Zimbabwe, we have long-drop toilets. These are also serviced throughout the day.
  • There are no formal toilet stops along the riding route, so the ‘bush toilet’ is your only option. Please ensure that you burn or throw away any used toilet paper to avoid it littering the wilderness areas.

Tipping

Tipping the local staff is completely at your own discretion. If you want to tip staff, please do not tip them directly or tip using bar tokens, as these are non-refundable for staff, and just cause havoc. We will have a tipping jar available at the Hospitality Desk where any tips that you would like to leave for the local staff can be deposited, and will then be distributed equitably.

WiFi Services

Wi-Fi services, powered by Liquid Telecom, are provided on the first and last evenings only.