- Minimum Entry Donation:
- Book and pay in full by 28 February 2020: R20 000 pp
- Book and pay in full from 01 March 2020: R23 000 pp
- Group discount: book a group of 12 people, pay for 11.
- Limited space available.
- Dates: 21 – 26 July 2020
- 4 days of sublime mountain bike riding and 5 nights under the stars
- 60 – 80 kms per day
- Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa
- Start Point and Registration: Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
- End Point: Mapungubwe National Park, South Africa
- Beneficiary: Children in the Wilderness
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 that 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 past three months.
- 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 done 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:
- Minimum age requirement for any participant is 16 years of age and a maximum of 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 18 participants which includes an allocated Tour Leader and a Support Leader 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 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 having to give any explanations. 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, he/ she will be warned and if need be, evicted from the Tour without compensation. This includes any participant that 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 well fixed to your bike and has your NAME on it. If you change bikes please ensure that your bike board name is changed as well.
- On 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.
- 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.
If you are wanting 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 1 month 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 Brunch Team so that the backup battery is available if needed during the riding day and can be replaced at Brunch.
- 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 be able 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 during the route.
- Please ensure that you bike is fully insured for an event of this nature.
- Tubeless conversion is mandatory and you will need to bring along any specialized parts.
- If you are flying in with your bike, please check with the airline as they may not be able to transport your bike and the battery for security reasons.
- The mountain bike Tour will travel through 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 toilets!
- We kindly ask you to assist us in ensuring that we leave these areas in a pristine condition. This will ensure that we can continue to ride through these wonderful wilderness areas in the future.
- The mountain Tour takes place in malaria-prone areas; please consult your doctor regarding anti-malaria precautions. This is at your own discretion.
- A current tetanus vaccination is recommended.
- It is a condition of the Tour that it is the sole responsibility of each participant to ensure that 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.
- As space on the luggage vehicles is limited, your luggage must be 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.
- Due to the area we travel through, sand is inevitable. We will do everything possible to stay away from sand, but we suggest that you prepare for sand and get wide tyres to ensure you are better equipped to deal with this.
- The onus is on the participant to ensure that his/her passport and visas are valid for the countries through which we operate, i.e. Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa. 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 f your data page needs to be uploaded on your registration profile or sent to the event organisers by May 2020.
- 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
- 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 fully 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
The tent village is 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 the row of your group, which will be clearly marked. Each person will be allocated a two-man tent with a high-density mattress. If you are travelling as a couple or family group and are allocated to different riding groups due to differences in riding ability, please ensure that you advise us via email a month prior to the event, so that we can make the necessary arrangements to the tent allocations to accommodate all members of your family.
- If you change riding groups during the event, you will still sleep in the group that you were originally allocated to.
- All participants to bring their own pillow, bottom sheet (if required), warm sleeping bag and towel.
All drinks in camp will be served from the bar and paid for with 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 will stock a variety of beers, wines sponsored by Painted Wolf Wines, soft drinks, limited spirits and mixes. General costs are as per the below:
- Soft Drinks R10,00
- Beer R30,00
- Single Spirit R30,00
- Spirit Mixer R10,00
Please do not bring your own alcohol on event. In all likelihood, it will either be confiscated at the border or you will be liable for heavy import duties.
Bar tokens are valued at R100 and are non-refundable.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE DO NOT HAVE CREDIT CARD FACILITIES ON SITE.
We will once again have Cycles United bike technicians based in all overnight camps to assist with bike repairs. All spares will be charged for and will need to be settled directly with the bike technicians. We will stock the main brand 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 have bike repairs that need to be done, please ensure that you take your bicycle to the maintenance team as soon as you arrive in camp.
- The bike technicians will not be responsible for the washing of your bikes.
- All bike repairs need to be done the night before – 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.
- Bike Washing: there will be a bike washing facility close to where the showers are located. 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 camp site. 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 on the safety of your bike, we recommend you bring your own combination chain and lock with you.
- Bike Insurance: Please ensure that you bike is adequately insured as the Event Organisers cannot be held responsible for any damage or loss to personal belongings, luggage or bicycles related to the event. 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.
Each day, your schedule can look something like the following:
- Early morning light breakfast served from 05h30. 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 will be arranged after approximately 25km. This stop will serve sweet and savoury snacks, tea, coffee & juices. Energy supplement will be available here.
- Brunch will be arranged at approximately 40km and will consist of any of the following: wraps, sandwiches (or similar), pasta salads and soft drinks. Brunch will also have energy supplement available.
- The bike park and the bike tech team will be located in each camp.
- A Recovery Station will be set up near the Bar in each camp.
- Light lunch will be served on arrival at camp from around 13h00 to 16h00.
- The bar will be open in camp (additional cost for drinks) and Bean There Fair Trade Coffee will man the tea and coffee station at no extra cost to the participants.
- Camp services i.e. bike mechanics, massages, medical tent, hospitality desk, support desk etc. will be available each day until 21h00 every evening.
- Dinner will be served around 19h00. Participants will also get a briefing on the following day’s ride.
In each camp, you will also find the Hospitality Desk, located near the Support Desk. The Hospitality Desk will be available to assist with:
- Support and assistance with any general enquiries.
- Safe keeping of valuables.
- Changing of transport arrangements.
- Passport management for informal borders.
Please note that luggage is restricted to ONE x 20kg Soft Tog bag that includes your personal belongings. Penalties will apply for overweight bags.
There will be luggage trucks transporting 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 off loaded in camp, we know which tent row it belongs to. We will do all possible to keep your personal belongings safe however, please do not leave valuables unattended in your bag. If you have something valuable, please hand it to the Hospitality or Support Desk for safe keeping. We recommend that you bring a COMBINATION LOCK and ensure that your bag is kept locked. 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 do not have loose sleeping bags or small items separate to your luggage – due to the volume of luggage, these small items will in all likelihood get lost.
- Ensure that you use the event luggage tags on all your belongings. If you bags are not labelled with your name and they do get mislaid we will be unable to return them to you.
We will once again have massages included for the 2019 Tour, sponsored by EPT Recovery. Massage appointments at each camp on a first come first serve basis. Each person is allocated 1x 20 minute massage per riding day. Your massage appointments can be booked at the massage station, 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 can enjoy this service.
Throughout the Tour, all meals will be catered for, from a light lunch on your arrival day to a breakfast on the day of departure.
A medical tent will be erected in each camp to manage day to day ailments. The medical tent will be manned by a qualified medical person. Please note that we have limited stock of basic medical supplies.
If you require any chronic medication, please ensure that you bring this along with you.
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. As you arrive back in camp, there will also be a Recovery Station situated near the bar. Whether you are preparing for your ride or just arriving back in camp, you can enjoy these delicious supplements – your muscles will appreciate it!
Each camp will have 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 will also be available in each camp. Botswana and South Africa have porter toilets which are serviced throughout the day. In Zimbabwe, we will have long drops toilets. These will also be serviced throughout the day.
There are no formal toilet stops along the riding route. Bush toilets are the only option. Please ensure that you burn or throw away any toilet paper to avoid it littering the wilderness areas.
In each camp, you will find the Support Desk. The Support Desk team will be able to asset with the following functions:
- Sale of bar tokens.
- Lost property.
- Sale of event apparel and size exchanges.
- Charging of event equipment.
Please note that we have limited charging capacity and equipment will be charged on a first come first serve basis. Tour Leader equipment such as radios and GPS units take priority.
Tipping of 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 the staff and as a result of this it causes havoc. We will have a tipping jar available at the Support Desk and any tips that you would like to make for the local staff can be deposited into the tipping jar and will then be distributed equitably.