• The Merrell Eden Duo
    The Merrell Eden Duo

Dear athlete,

The MED 2014 offers one of FOUR options;

1. The MED Lite 50km

(Male, female and vetaran categories)

1.1. START with a paddle of 5 km.

1.2. 15km trailrun / kloofing section will follow from the Touwsriver mouth to Groeneweide Picnic Area.

1.3. Complete the Mountainbiking leg of 35km from Groeneweide Picnic Area via the BIG TREE towards Rondevlei and the RACE VILLAGE at EBB & FLOW.

2. The MED Solo 100km Cross Triathlon

(Male, female and veteran categories)

2.1. START with a 1.5km swim (Circular swim from race village at Ebb & Flow).

2.2.  Complete the Mountain biking leg of 83.5km from the RACE Village to Rondevlei

2.3. Trail run the last 15km to EBB & FLOW.

3. The MED 150km  MULTI SPORT Classic for PAIRS

(Male, female, mixed categories and vetaran categories)

Athletes must race in pairs at all times, combining the CLASSIC MED as an event including paddling, swimming mountain biking and trailrunning. Pairs will race against other teams on the following disciplines;

3.2. START with a 5km paddle on flatwater with either a K2 or DOUBLE Surfski.

3.3. Team of 4 complete the KLOOFING Section of 10km together to SAASVELD.

3.4. Complete the FIRST Mountain biking leg of 35km.

3.5. Trailrun 25km in the mountain.

3.6. Mountainbike the new 50km route through indigenious forest from Groeneweide to Hoogekraal bridge.

3.7. Paddle 10km to RONDEVLEI.

3.8. Trail run the last 15 km to EBB & FLOW.

4. The MED 150km  MULTI SPORT CORPORATE RELAY of 4 athletes

Athletes must race in pairs at all times, combining the CLASSIC MED as an event including paddling, swimming mountain biking and trailrunning. Relay teams will race in pairs against other teams on the following disciplines;

4.2. START with a 5km paddle on flatwater with either a K2 or DOUBLE Surfski.

4.3. Team of 4 complete the KLOOFING Section of 10km together to SAASVELD.

4.4. Complete the FIRST Mountain biking leg of 35km.

4.5. Trailrun 25km in the mountain.

4.6. Mountainbike the new 50km route through indigenious forest from Groeneweide to Hoogekraal bridge.

4.7. Paddle 10km to RONDEVLEI.

4.8. Trail run the last 15 km to EBB & FLOW.

The Merrell Eden Duo Team

The MED 150

The MED 150 package is all inclusive for athletes, however seconds/crew need to pay their conservation and camping fees.

All entries received before Monday the 1st of September 2014 will receive a Merrell running fleece at registration.

Race Village

The race village is situated at the Ebb and Flow campsite of the Wilderness San Parks. The entire campsite has been allocated to event. Vehicles will only be allowed inside the race village with proof of registration.

MED Categories

EVENT

DETAILS

COST

ENTRANCE Fee

Day visitors

Adults R10p/p,

Children R5p/p

CAMPING

All overnights

R150 p/p for crew/seconds

BREAKFAST

(Only PRE-BOOKINGS)

Sunday morning

R40 p/p

MED Lite 50km Multi Sport Challenge

Pairs racing in Male, Female, Mixed and Veteran  categories

R450 p/p

MED 100km Swim Ultra Cross Triathlon

In race village at Ebb & Flow. All transitions in race village

R630 p/p

MED 150km Multi Sport Challenge

Pairs racing in Male, Female, Mixed and Veteran  categories

R1800 p/pair

Camping fee included

MED Corporate Relay 150km Multi Sport Challenge

Team of 4

R3500/team

Camping fee included

Program

EVENT

TIME

VENUE

RESPONSIBLE

Eden Duo 150km and 100km Solo and 50km pair event

Registration

From 16h00

Friday, 24th

Race village

North camp

Mountain Events

Supper

From 18h30

Race village

 

Opening venue

Word of welcome

19h00, 24th

Race village

MC Lance Du Plessis (Algoa FM)

Mr David Palmer

Eden duo 150, 100 and 50km

Race briefing

19h30, 24th

Race village

Jan Heenop

Med 150 and 50 Multi sport start

06h00, 25th

Race village

Jan Heenop

Med 100 SOLO Triathlon start

07h00, 25th

Race village

Jan Heenop

MED 50 Lite Prize Giving

13h00, 25th

Race village

MERRELL

MED 100 SOLO Prize Giving

Category winners

13h00, 25th

Race village

MERRELL

Breakfast 150

07h30, 26th

Race village

 

Final prize giving

 

08h00, 26th

Race village

MERRELL 

Category Prizes

CATEGORY

PRIZE

MED Corporate Relay 150

Winner

R5000 and weekend for free in SAN Parks

150 Duo winner Male

R 2000.00

150 Duo winner Females

R 2000.00

150 Duo winners Mixed

R 2000.00

Third position (M/F)

R 1000.00 (x2)

SOLO 100 Cross Triathlon (M/F/V)

  1. R2000.00 (x3)
  2. R1500.00 (x3)
  3. R1000.00 (x3)

Lite Prize money (3 positions)

  1. R1500.00

TOTAL Prize money

R26 000.00

Racing the Merrell Eden Duo

Race maps will be handed out at Registration but the route will be marked.

150 km MULTI SPORT CHALLENGE route description (START @ 06H00)

1. Eden Duo 150 Route

You will receive the emergency contact number at race briefing.  Please report any emergencies to the marshal at the Transition Point. The Marshal will then contact HQ and instruct the medical crew to assist.

TA = TRANSITION AREA

LEG 1: START @ 06H00 Paddling to TA 1 and SWIM @ 07H00.

Paddle from START to River mouth. Take paddle craft out of the river at the ALLOCATED area (This is due to safety rules as the river mouth changes all the time).

Swim 1500m. Swimmers exit at allocated area. 10 safety officers will be on the water.

LEG 2 to TA 2 at NMMU Saasveld: Kloofing (ALL the CORPORATE team members, PAIRS and Lite athletes)

PLAN A : Start the running leg from the picnic area and run underneath the bridge towards the beach and proceed towards the TRAIN TUNNEL above the beach. Scramble up the railway line and proceed through the TUNNEL. Run towards the RAILWAY bridge under the N2. There will be marshals along the way to guide you down to the river. The N2 is strictly out of bounds. Run next the Kaaimans River, go under the N2 and through the Gregdale Gates. Kloof up towards the 7 Passes Road. (Keep on left at the Silver River and stay in the Kaaimans River) and onto Saarsveld.

PLAN B FLOOD NOTE: In the event of the Kaaimans River being  flooded, you will start at

Leentjiesklip,run along the bridge to the Touws River Bridge, go under the Bridge and meet your seconds at the parking area. From there you will cycle up to Wilderness Heights and the old George - Knysna Road and onto Saasveld for the rest of the MTB to Herold Wines.

LEG 3: MTB to TA 3 Harold Wines.

The marked route and single-track are compulsory for all the teams. The route will be marked all the way to Witfontein. The SINGLETRACK IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL RACERS and you must go through ALL the CP points. FLOOD NOTE: Pepsi Pools may be affected by flooding, in that case teams must cross the George Dam wall and then from there go over a bridge next to the Canoe Club Boatshed.

LEG 4: Mountain Hike / Trail Run to TA 4 at Groeneweide Picnic Area .

Running via the KAAIMANS River single track towards GROENEWEIDE Trails is COMPULSORY!

FLOOD NOTE: In the event of a flood, you will need to hike to Groeneweide via the 7 PassesRoad as the Kaaimans River will be too dangerous to cross.

LEG 5: MTB to TA 5 Hoogekraal Bridge.

Cycle from GROENEWEIDE along the old 7 Passes Road towards Knysna. Take the route up the mountain at  the GROOTBOOM and BERGPLAAS. Proceed on marked route towards Beervlei  and Karatara area.  Corporate team members proceed down to the TP at the Hoogekraal Bridge. Triathletes cycle down to Rondevlei.

LEG 6: CORPORATE RELAY Paddle start from HOOGEKRAAL Bridge towards RONDEVLEI TA 6.

IMPORTANT ROUTE CHANGE IN THE MED 2014 FOR PAIRS AND RELAY TEAMS

Paddle towards the WESTERN POINT of SWARTVLEI towards RONDEVLEI. NOTE: Racers must report to the marshal on duty upon arrival at a TP and once again when they leave the TP. Failure to do so will give you a 30 minute penalty. Please lodge all disputes to the race HQ as soon as possible. Please respect the marshals and co-operate with them, they are doing us a favour by giving of their time. Even though this is a highly competitive event, we want you to have fun and show good sportsmanship and camaraderie towards your fellow competitors. There are NO cut-off’s at this event but you race on your own risk after dark. There is a short course option.

LEG 7: PAIRS & CORPORATE RELAY TRAIL Run to RACE VILLAGE at EBB & FLOW.

Run along the lakes from Swartvlei via Rondevlei to the RACE VILLAGE at EBB & FLOW.  The route will be market.

SOLO 100 km CROSS Triathlon RACE RULES and route description (START @ 07H00)

The route will be marked. There will be water points at the TA’s plus two water points on the MOUNTAIN Bike leg.

TA = TRANSITION AREA

LEG 1: SWIM a CIRCULAR ROUTE OUT FROM THE RACE VILLAGE  OF 750M’S Two laps of 750m must be completed for the 1500m. The swimming take part in DARK FRESH water, totally safe to swim in. Exit in the RACE VILLAGE towards BIKE Park.

LEG 2: Proceed on bike towards TA 6 of the MED at Rondevlei following a “CLOCKWISE” route of 83.5km through mountain routes and single tracks in the Knysna Forest.

LEG 3: SOLO ATHLETES Trailrun the 15km towards Ebb & Flow between Rondevelei area and the Lakes. Finish in RACE Village.

1. ENTRY FEE

You entrance fee is R630p/p

Entrance fee includes;

  • T-Shirt for all online entries till the 31st th of September 2014 (12H00).
  • Goodie bag
  • Parking ticket
  • Catering in race village
  • Entry into Ebb & Flow and SAN Parks
  • Fully supported water points on the mountain bike leg and every 5km on running leg

2. RACE ENTRIES

Online entries can be done via www.24-7adventure.com or mail us for details.

NO LATE entries will be allowed after 21:00 on Friday the 10th of October 2014

3. REGISTRATION

The registration will be at the RACE VILLAGE on FRIDAY 24 October 2014 from 17H00 till 20H00

4. RACE START, Saturday the 25th  of October 2014 at 07H00

Race starts at the MERRELL Arch, in the RACE Village on the EASTERN Side of the river.

Your RACING EQUIPMENT will be SAFE in the RACE Village for the duration of the event!

5. PRIZE GIVING

The PRIZE GIVING will be in the RACE Village at 13H00.

6. WATER Points

The water points are an excellent opportunity for marketing and hospitality. We will spoil athletes with at least 2 water points on the mountain biking leg and 1 on the trail run.

7. RACE RULES

This rules of the event is based on the rules of WPTA and TSA but is not a sanctioned event. Wetsuits will be allowed for the race depending on the water temperature.

Brightly Coloured swim caps are compulsory.

Swim (1500m)

The swimming will be in the TOUWS River with an outgoing tide so the swimmers will have an easy flatwater swim. The transition will be in the RACE VILLAGE on the GRASS.

Bike (83.5km)

Mountain biking will start from the RACE Village via Wilderness and Wilderness Hoogte towards the Old 7 Passes road and the Indiginious Forest between George and Knysna. All the sections will be fully marked. The route will detour back towards Rondevlei for the start of the 3rd leg of Trailrunning.

Trail Run (15km)

Gravel road, single track, sand patches and a view to die for!

8. RACE ROUTE

The RACE ROUTE is important for us. At 24-7 adventure we understand adventure, endurance racing and multi-sport. Our philosophy is not to design a route purely for the reason of racing. It MUST be spectacular, fun and adventurous! The race ends with a fun event over the river, NOT the normal COMPETITIVE side of the sport. A lot of effort is been made to ensure a fair and safe race is enjoyed by all.

MED 2014 General Rules

Cut-Off Rules

  • Trail Runners will not be allowed to leave the Herold Wines Transition area after 15H00.
  • Mountain bikers that depart from Groeneweide after 17H00 MUST take the ESCAPE route to RONDEVLEI. This will be considered an official escape route option.
  • No paddlers will be allowed on the water at HOOGEKRAAL Bridge after 19H00. CORPORATE RELAY Athletes arriving late at Hoogekraal bridge must bike to Swartvlei Caravan park and start the Beach Hike.

Equipment list for the Mountain Hike

A small backpack, water bottle, torch and or headlamp, emergency food for 24 hours, whistle, waterproof top and long pants of choice. Cell phone in waterproof bag. Take race map, space blanket and comprehensive medical kit. No TEAM Member will be allowed without the compulsory equipment list per person in SOLO Category or per pair in DUO Category. Put the EMERGENCY No on your phone at race briefing!

Helmets must be used at all times while mountain biking.

Life jackets must be used at all times while paddling. Please make sure you have water, emergency food and a whistle with you during this leg.

The ESCAPE Route between Groeneweide and Swartvlei will be marked from 17H00 on the old George road BUT locals do steal and change the route markers, so use your good sense for direction!

Instructions for seconds/crew

The seconds will need to transport the teams gear from one Transition Area(TA) to the next. Once you get to a TA, unpack and get everything ready for your athletes before settling down to wait for them. Once they have passed through the TA, pack everything up, and drive to the next TA to start all over again.

Ideally you will need the following minimum equipment to make life easier:

  • Small camping table
  • Comfortable chairs f or the athletes (and yourself)
  • A gazebo is a convenient to have but not essential
  • A small camping stove to boil water / heat up food
  • A head lamp for night time TP’s
  • Packing crates are always useful, the racers should keep their belonging in separate crates
  • A good book / magazine / pack of cards to help pass the time
  • At least 5 l water container with water
  • A cooler box (for hot weather)
  • Enough food for yourself and the racers. Have a mix of sweet and savoury treats.  Biltong /droë-wors always goes down well if you are not a vegetarian!
  • Suitable equipment to transport both bikes and canoes and prepare for any weather condition from 15 to 30˚C

Summary of athlete activity

LE G

NUM BE R

 

ACTIVITY

START

VE NUE

END

VE NUE

DIS TANCE

DURATION

PE RS ONAL M INIM UM

KIT

Leg 1

50 and 150

 

 

Paddling

Start in RACE Village

06H00

Touwsriver Mouth

 

 

5km

30min’s

Life jacket & Paddle Craft

Leg 2

50 and 150

 

 

 

Kloofing for all members

Touws River Mouth

Saasveld Gates

10km

120 mins

Water bottle and energy bar or  snack, wetsuit if it’s cold and off-road amphibian footwear

Leg 3

50 and 150

MTB and CP’s on route

Saarsveld

Swimming Pool

Herold Wines 150 and Ebb & Flow for the 50

35km,120mins

30km for the Lite

Race map, water bottle, energy bar and snacks, Helmet and Mountain Bike

Leg 4

Hike over the Outeniqua Mountains from Herold Wines to Groeneweide  Picnic Area

TP 4

Herold Wines

Groeneweide

Picnic Spot

25km

210min’s

Small backpack, water bottle, torch and or headlamp, emergency food for 24 hours, whistle, waterproof top and long pants of choice. Cell phone in waterproof bag. Take race map, space blanket and comprehensive medical kit with

Leg 5

MTB

Groeneweide

Picnic Spot

Hoogekraal

Bridge & Rondeveli

35km

90mins

Water bottle, energy bar and snacks

Helmet and bike

Leg 6

Triathlete Trailrun

Rondevlei Transition Area

Ebb & Flow RACE Village

15km

90mins

Water & Extra food

Leg 6

Corporate Relay

Paddle

Hoogekraal

Bridge

Swartvlei Caravan Park

10km

90mins

Paddle craft of choice, life jacket (PFD) water bottle energy bar and snacks, torch or headlamp, whistle and glo-tube attached to PFD for night paddling. No paddlers will be allowed on the water after 19H00

Leg 7

Corporate Relay

Beach Run

 

Swartvlei

Caravan

Park

Touws River

Mouth

20km

180 min’s

 

Water bottle

Energy bar and lots of snacks

Torch or headlamp and warm clothing

 

Leg 8

Corporate Relay

 

Paddle

 

Touws River

Mouth

 

Ebb and

Flow

 

5km

30min’s

Same as leg 6

You will need to make sure they have the necessary kit f or each leg and that they eat and drink enough while they are in the TP. Encourage the m to move through TP’s quickly as a lot of time can be lost sitting around the TP. Be friendly and encouraging, they will need it !

150km ROUTE Description for Seconds and Crew

GPS Co-ordinates

START & Registration at Ebb and Flow

(North Camp’s Gates )

33°59’ 16” S

22°36’ 30” E

(TA or T implies = Transition Area)

 

TA 1:Western Side of Touws River Mouth

S 33°59’ 41”

E 22°34’ 44”

 

TA 2: Saasveld Pool

S 33°57’ 32” S

E 22°31’ 56” E

 

TA 3: He r old Wines

S 33°51’ 49” S

E 22°28’ 09” E

 

TA 4: Groeneweide

S 33°57’ 39” S

E 22°33’ 19” E

 

TP 5: PAIRS and CORPORATE Relay

Hoogekraal Bridge

S 33°58’ 48” S

E 22°47’ 59” E

 

TA 6: RONDEVLEI

S 34°S

E 22°E

 

End Venue at Ebb and Flow North Camp

S 33°59’ 16” S

E 22°36’ 30” E

 

HOW to DRIVE from the start at Ebb & Flow North Camp

TA 1: Touws River Mouth  parking next to the N2 in Wilderness

(5 minutes drive from Ebb and Flow)

 

TA 2: Saasveld Swimming Pool – Kloofing to MTB:

It should not take more than 20 minutes driving to get from TA1 to TA2.

After your team has left, you may proceed towards TA2 at Saasveld. You can either take the N2 back to George and then follow the signboards along the Old 7 Passe s road, or alternatively, you can drive through Wilderness and along the Old 7 Passes Road to Saasveld. The chances are good you can drive in convoy to Saasveld, so i f you are unsure about directions, drive behind someone who KNOWS where they are going. Drive through Saasvelds gates (big white gates) and on towards the rugby field, there will be signboards to help .There are toilets and water at this TP.

You will need to get your team’s bikes ready (lube chains, check tyre pressure, fill water bottles, etc). They may want dry cycling clothes. They will need water / food for the next long leg to Herold Wines. T hi s T A should be a quick change TA (not more than 5 minutes), so don’t get too comfortable.

REMEMBER the CP’s at the Bike Bridge, the Railway Witfontein gate and the Kaaymans River as indicated on MAP are compulsory! You must clip your CARD at these points.

TA 3: Herold Wines MTB to run

It should take between 45 minutes and 60 minutes to get to the next T A at Herold Wines depending on route choice.

After seeing your team off, drive back into George. At the first traffic lights, the T-junction with the N9,

(Knysna Road), turn right. Drive along this road as if going to Oudtshoorn. Be sure to fill up with fuel in George, as it is a 20 km or 45 km trip to Herold Wines depending on your route choice.

Once you are through George you can either drive up the historic Montagu Pass, please drive slowly and carefully as their may already be athletes along this section of the road. Or alternatively you can drive up the Outeniqua Pass.

The Outeniqua Pass route is longer, but is mostly tar, the Montagu Pass is shorter, but is about 20 km of gravel road.

If you take the Montagu Pass option, drive all the way up Montagu Pass, and then down the other side as if going towards Herold. Watch out for the Herold Wines signboards and the turn off to your right.

If you are driving via Outeniqua Pass, about 25 km after the last traffic lights, take the N9 to Uniondale. After another 5 -7 km along this road take the turn off to the right that goes to Herold (this i s also the same road that will take you to the historic Montagu Pass). Drive through Herold and on towards Montagu Pass, the road will become gravel . Look for the Herold Wines signboard and the turn off to your left.

At Herold Wines there is drinking water and toilets. There is a CP in the Kaaimansriver before Groeneweide Picnic area.

This is a nice spot to get brunch organised and enjoy the friendly atmosphere at this TP. Get your teams’ hiking kit ready (trail running shoes, backpack, wet weather gear, comprehensive First Aid kit etc) .They can spend up to about 15 minutes in this TP before moving on.

TA 4: Groeneweide Run to MTB

It should take between 45 minutes and 60 minutes to drive back to the next TA at Groeneweide.

Retrace your route back to Saasveld, but instead of turning off to Saasveld continue on straight down the 7 Passe s Road. After crossing the Kaaimens River, you will go up a short clip. At the top of the hill ,you will find Strawberry Hill on your right, and the Groeneweide gate on your left. Go through the gate to the T A (about 1 km after the gate). The gate should be closed once you have passed through.

Your athletes should take a while to get to you, but get their bikes ready and then relax. It is difficult to estimate how they will be doing when they arrive, so you will need to be prepared for happy smiley faces or tired and dehydrated athletes. Hopefully the weather will not have you getting some cold and wet athletes! There are no facilities at this area.

Strawberry Hill Sign opposite the entrance to Groenweide.

 Groeneweide Gate, please close the gate after you drive through.

 

TP 5: Hoogekraal Bridge MTB to paddle

Depending on your route, it will take between 45 minutes and 60 minutes to get to Hoogekraal.

Drive back to the N2 an d proceed in Knysna’s direction. Drive through Sedgefield. After going through Sedgefield, watch out for  the Karatara /Ruigtevlei turn-off  on your  left. Turn left as if going to Karatara. You will cross over the old railway line.

Turn left here and proceed for about 5km. Watch out for the Karatara turn-off on your left.

Turn left as if going to Karatara, you will cross over a low water bridge across the Karatara River.

After about another 5km watch out for the Hoogekraal turn-off on your left. Turn left here, the road will become gravel. Drive a long the Hoogekraal bridge and find a suitable spot next to the bridge to park. There are no facilities at this TA.

Get your team’s boat, paddles and life -jacke t ready. Make sure they take along something wind proof if the wind is blowing as it can get quite nippy on the water, especially if it is starting to get dark.

TA: 6 RONDEVLEI

It should take you a bout 20 minutes to get to this TA.

150 seconds  must retrace their route back towards the  N2 and proceed via Sedgefield towards Wilderness. Just after the Swartvlei bridge they must turn right and follow the gravel road to the signpost to turn RIGHT towards the TA 6.

EDEN Duo Lite 50km (Pairs) Route description

LEG 1: START @ 06H00. Paddling, 5km.

You will receive the emergency number at race briefing . Please report all emergencies to the marshal at the Transition Point. The Marshal will then contact HQ and instruct the MEDICAL Crew to assist.

Paddle from START to River mouth. Take paddle craft out of river at ALLOCATED area.

LEG 2: Kloofing (8km kloofing and 7km trailrun)

PLAN A: Start the running leg from the picnic area and run underneath the bridge towards the beach and proceed towards the TRAINTUNNEL above the beach. Scramble up the railway line and proceed through the TUNNEL. Run towards the RAILWAY bridge under the N2. There will be marshals along the way to guide you down to the river.

The N2 is strictly out of bounds. Run next the Kaaimans River, go under the N2 and through the Gregdale Gates. Kloof up towards the 7 Passes Road (Keep on left at the Silver River and stay in the Kaaimans River) and onto the Kaaimans Bridge in the 7 Passes Road and follow the road up the GROENEWEIDE. TRANSITION is at GROENEWEIDE Picnic area.

PLAN B FLOOD NOTE: In the event of the Kaaimans River being in flood, you will start at SAASVELD,run along the bridge to the Groeneweide and Cycle via the 7 passes road to the Grootboom and down towards Rondevvlei and back to Ebb & Flow.Follow the maps and route signs.

LEG 3: MTB (30km)

From GROENEWEIDE to Rondevlei and back towards Ebb & Flow. Follow the route signs to find the clippers at the GROOTBOOM before proceeding down to Ebb & Flow.

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