Good day, 

It is almost time to hit the mountains and we cannot wait to see you in our tiny little part of the world. Please take a moment or two to read through the following to ready yourself for the weekend:-

1. Batching
2. Start Times
3. Registration
4. Routes
5. Race Briefing
6. What to pack
7. Weather
8. Accommodation

1. Batching

We are batching you according to your seeding on SAS. In the case of a team, you are batched according to the seeding of the slowest person on in the team. Your start batch will be sent to you this Wednesday the 3rd of April 2019. If you do not have an SAS seeding and need to change your batch, you can present a recent result (3 months) to the timing desk at registration. We will not be able to do it online prior. We have also received several inquiries about switching from Big Mountain to Small Mountain race, you can switch down, not up. This can also be facilitated at registration. Please take note that if you start in a batch higher than your allocated batch without approval, you will receive a 4 hour time penalty which will be recorded against your index. 

2. Start Times

The idea is to get you out early in order to get you back nice and early so you can enjoy a great time in the village with friends and family. Here are Saturdays start times for the 1st batches of the morning. 

E Kholo 06:30 am Start Batches leave in 5 minute intervals

E Nyenyane 07:40am Start Batches leave in 5 minute intervals

3. Registration

Registration will be at the Protea hotel conference facility on Friday from 14:00 - 19:00. You do not need to print anything, we have all your details. Just arrive and come grab your goodies bags and number boards. 

4. Routes

The routes are both marked to stage race best practice along with the option for you to upload the GPX files to your navigation device. We always advise using these as signs can be moved, GPX is king. To download the files please click here, for instructions on how to install them to your device please click here. You will notice that we changed the distances slightly. On the the Thabo E Kholo race we cut off 8km, on the Thaba E Nyenyene ride we cut off 5km on day one, but gave you back 5km more the next day. The reason for this is because Day 1 is hard, there is nowhere to hide in these mountains and 70km of riding them on day 1 will leave you with nothing for day 2. You can view the profiles on the website www.amohelaclassic.com

There will be a water point at least 25km on route, please ensure that you pack accordingly. 

5. Race Briefing

We will be hosting a race briefing every evening to take you through the routes, the land and what to expect out there. It is not compulsory for you to attend, it will be in on the square under the big tent at 19:00. 

6. What to pack

It could rain, the wind could blow and it the sun could shine. Up in the mountains we dont really know until 20 minutes before. So pack for an indian summer. It is pretty fresh early in the morning and generally warms nicely throughout the day. 

On the bike - Please make sure that you carry all necessary spares, tubes, plugs, lube, hydration, bombs, valves, etc. We are not permitted to assist you with spares in a race. 

7. Weather

Like we said earlier, it could rain, it could blow and we just dont know. The mountains hide it all from us until last minute. The ride will go ahead rain or shine, you are on a mountain bike and tough as nails after all. 

8. Accommodation

By this point you should have already found accommodation in one of the lovely BNB's that surround Clarens. If you have not yet, kindly contact Mountain Odyssey for their assistance. 

The next mailer will be sent to you on Wednesday the 3rd of April. Keep those wheels turning, the mountains are calling...

Kind Regards

The Amohela Team