PLEASE TAKE NOTE: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. TO FIND OUT MORE, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK
EXPERIENCE THE BEAUTY OF THE FOOT HILLS OF THE MIGHTY MALUTI & THE VILLAGE OF CLARENS
THE MEDIHELP AMOHELA CLARENS MTB CLASSIC
AMOHELA THE SESOTHO WORD FOR WELCOME. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT THE MIGHTY MALUTI IS DOING FOR YOU.
A WEEKEND OF ADVENTURE IN ONE OF SOUTH AFRICA'S MOST BEAUTIFUL TOWNS NESTLED
IN THE FOOTHILLS OF THE MIGHTY MALUTI MOUNTAINS.
ABOUT THE MEDIHELP AMOHELA CLARENS MTB CLASSIC
THE AMOHELA WHICH TRANSLATES FROM THE SESOTHO WORD WELCOME IS EXACTLY WHAT WE ARE DOING FOR YOU IN APRIL. THE RACE TAKES YOU ALONG WELL ESTABLISHED BEAUTIFUL TRAILS ACROSS PRIVATE LAND AND GAME FARMS SURROUNDING THE LITTLE VILLAGE OF CLARENS IN THE EASTERN FREESTATE.
WITH 2 DIFFERENT RACE DISTANCES WE ARE ABLE TO CATER FOR ALL LEVELS OF RIDERS SO THAT EVERYBODY CAN COME OUT AND EXPERIENCE SOMETHING SPECIAL.
- DAY 1 -
DAY 1, This is the tougher of the 2 days purely due to each race distance having its own signature climb. Takes you away from the comfort of the race village Start and Finish in the center of Clarens Square towards but not to Golden Gate Nature Reserve. The trails are well marked and well groomed for riding pleasure. You will meander through private farms and reserves along the little Caledon river and loop back towards the village through the foothills of the Maluti. This is where riders are truly spoiled by unparalleled views in every direction, none more welcoming than that of the village of Clarens in the distance. We make sure that the last half of the race is always the most rewarding with exhilarating single track and descents.
- DAY 2 -
DAY 2, This is the signature day of the 2 options and where it is harder to imagine a day more beautiful than Day 1 at the Medihelp Amohela. A rewarding day in the saddle after the hard work put in the day before. The route takes you out towards Bethlehem and for the better part is much flatter and faster than day 1. You will traverse along a good mix of district road and single trail through private farms leading up to the banks of the Ash River at half way. There is a little work to be done through game farms abundant in wildlife along the way back. Riders from the shorter distance will be guided to the shortcut back to the village while the longer distance is steered off into the hills behind Clarens to take on the 11km long sky trail and descent along with its incredible views.
- AT THE FINISH -
Our race village is something a little a different, it is literally the size of the entire village. We use the square as a hosting point for riders and supporters and essentially turn the square into a sports festival of sorts. Take advantage of our massage stations, bike mechanics, refresh yourself with a cold brew or G & T, grab a snack or lunch from the food trucks or just kick back and relax to the live entertainment in the afternoons.
For accommodation inquiries please contact Mountain Odyssey.
- RACE TECHNICALITY -
We build our races for all levels of riders and we want you to come back, so the routes are not overly technical by any means. We test our routes on humans in our team with average human skill sets who would not like us if we made it too hard.
- WHAT DO YOU GET WITH YOUR ENTRY? -
Each entrant to the race will receive the following:-
- Stay tuned to find out what the 2020 race pack will have in stall for you. Race packs are valued at over R450 per pack.
- WATER POINTS ON ROUTE -
This is not our first rodeo and the people of the Eastern Freestate will be putting on a show with a well appointed water point at around every 30km on route for each race.
- TRAVEL & ACCOMMODATION -
The village of Clarens boasts ample beautiful accommodation options throughout. Most of which are just a short pedal stroke away from the Start / Finish line on the village square. You will be able to kick back and relax in the guest house or B&B of your choosing, have a great nights rest in a comfy bed and enjoy morning racing the following day.
For the best accommodation options in town, we recommend you contact Mountain Odyssey
The Medihelp Amohela Classic is postponed.
In light of recent developments, the organising body of the Medihelp Amohela has no other option than to postpone the event.
Ensuring the wellness of riders, their families, friends, supporters and local community assist in countering this pandemic is of primary importance. We remain in on-going conversations with the relevant health and government authorities and will abide by their guidance and instruction.
The event is not cancelled, it will go ahead within the calendar year of 2020. A new date will be circulated and we will provide more than 4 months’ notice to riders.
For now we encourage all of you to keep fit and be part of the solution to this pandemic. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused, this decision was not ours to make and it literally breaks our heart after all the hard work we have put into the trails and this event. We know the hard work you have put in on the saddles, keep it up! Sports will bring us all together again.
The race office has been inundated with inquiries on the event. Please provide us with a little time to figure things out. We have been able to answer a few key questions for you in the FAQ below.
The Medihelp Amohela Team
What will happen now?
We are already on the hunt for an alternative date, the moment we have it, we will circulate it to you. You will be provided with sufficient notice.
Do we get a refund if we cancel our entry?
Unfortunately not. We have been down this rabbit hole with our insurance, Covid 19 is not sudden and unforseen therefore any cancellations are not being refunded. That is why we are postponing the event so that you may still hold the entry.
Can we substitute to somebody else?
Yes, you are welcome to. We will assist you with this in the run up to the event.
We do handle accommodation for the event. Please contact your booking agent. We should have a date shortly, they will more than likely role over your accommodation to the future date.
Can I still ride the trails?
The race is postponed, but you still want to ride the trails. We will send out a GPX. file and open the gates for the Saturday the 28th of March 2020. The GPX file will be sent to riders on Wednesday the 25th of March 2020. The trail will only be open for a limited amount of time in the morning as we do need to staff the route.
So in short, yes you can still ride 1 day of the trails. Unfortunately their are too many farms affected for us to make both days available.