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NEDBANK TOUR DE TULI - FOUR DAYS, FIVE NIGHTS
DATE 02 August 2018
TIME 14h30
ORGANISERS Tour de Wilderness
DISTANCE 300; 200
PROVINCE Limpopo
START VENUE Limpopo Valley Airfield ,Bobonong-East of Pont Drift,Botswana
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Nicola Harris
NUMBER
EMAIL nicolah@wilderness.co.za
FAX
HOME NUMBER
WORK NUMBER 011-2575131
SECONDARY CONTACT
NAME Shona Erasmus
NUMBER
EMAIL shonae@wilderness.co.za
FAX
HOME NUMBER
WORK NUMBER 011-2575219
ENTRY DETAILS


Pre-entries: www.tourdewilderness.com.




DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -22.212403490095425,29.136925577986403 

Race Finish Coordinates: -22.22197246387403, 29.34722900390625 

THE RUN


The Nedbank Tour de Tuli is a four day, five night mountain bike ride through the Northern Tuli Game Reserve in Botswana, the Tuli Safari Area in Zimbabwe and the Mapungubwe National Park in South Africa. This route is facilitated exclusively for this tour by the three respective Governments and this will be the only time that cyclists will be allowed to ride here. It is intended to offer approximately 60-80 kilometres of technical cycling per day incorporating as much single track, game trails and ancient elephant paths as possible.

The event is a challenging multi-stage mountain bike tour that covers harsh terrain in remote areas. In this remote eastern corner of Botswana, at the confluence of the Limpopo and Shashe rivers, is an area known historically as the Tuli enclave. This is a diverse wilderness of savannah, riverine forests, marshland, open plains and sandstone outcrops. It is home to several African giants - elephant, lion, giraffe, baobab trees, eland, ostrich and the kori bustard.

Day one takes you through the beautiful Northern Tuli Game Reserve on ancient elephant paths, now single track. The terrain varies from undulating savannah to rocky outcrops and wooded floodplains with a few technical stages and some good wildlife habitat. This area provides a view of the great African landscape and many wildlife sightings. Part of the ride takes you back to ancient times as you go through the Mmamagwa Ruins on Mashatu Game Reserve, a culturally significant site that predated the Mapungubwe Dynasty and Great Zimbabwe.

Day two takes you west of the reserve into the Tuli Wilderness area across the Motloutse River. On day three you will cycle in the Eastern part of the reserve where you will cross the Shashe River into Zimbabwe. This is an unofficial border post facilitated by both countries specifically for this event. This day ends at the Maramani community Camp on the banks of the Limpopo River.

Day three is a big day in the saddle and your arrival at Maramani Community Camp will be a great relief.

Day four is your last day in the saddle. Today you ride through the Maramani Community areas in south-eastern Zimbabwe. These remote communities relish the opportunity to share their paradise with you. Crossing into South Africa at the second informal border crossing of the event, you cycle through the Mapungubwe National Park, one of Africa’s best kept secrets with its moonscape rock formations and its natural diversity.

Over a thousand years ago Mapungubwe was the centre of the largest kingdom in the subcontinent where a highly sophisticated people traded gold and ivory with China, India and Egypt. It has now been declared a World Heritage Site. This camp signals the completion of the Nedbank Tour de Tuli Mountain Bike Event. Day five consists only of breakfast and the pack-up before you travel home.




PRIZES AND GIVE-AWAYS

Prizes go to the person who raises the most money from sponsorship which will go directly to Children in the Wilderness.



MEDIA RELEASE
Race Name Release Date Media Release
ORGANISER
NAME Tour de Wilderness
PROVINCE Limpopo
EMAIL info@childreninthewilderness.com
WEBSITE www.tourdewilderness.com
ADDRESS 373 Rivonia Boulevard Rivonia

CONTACT PERSON
NAME Nicola Harris
PROVINCE
EMAIL nicholah@wilderness.co.za
NUMBER 011-2575131
ADDRESS

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EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

You rise early each morning, have breakfast and be on the road at around sunrise so that most of the day’s cycling can be enjoyed while it is still cool. Each day’s ride is planned to reach the overnight camp from lunch-time to late afternoon. Small groups, each with similar riding abilities set off together. In areas where there are high wildlife concentrations groups ride closely together. In areas where there are villages you may spread out a bit. The cycle tour is not timed. The organisers provide backup support vehicles to assist you throughout the tour. The support vehicles are stocked with spares, water, drinks and food. They also collect trash that is accumulated during the day.

There is a sweeper vehicle to pick up anyone who cannot make it on a particular day or who needs help through a stage. There is also a bicycle mechanic to help with repairs. A medical team is on standby to assist with any medical emergencies or injuries.

There is plenty of backup and support but anyone who intends entering should be in good physical condition. This does not just mean generally fit; you also need to have spent some time on a mountain bike. A resting heart rate of around 60 beats per minute is an indicator. As far as a training schedule goes, the organisers suggest a couple of weeks of cycling, building up to at least six to eight hours of riding a week, for a period of six to eight weeks. An off-road cycle ride at least once a week is recommended so that you can master your technical skills. A good quality mountain bike is also recommended. If your bike is custom built, you will need to ensure that you have all the necessary consumables and parts. The organisers cannot guarantee having all parts available along a very remote route.

Tubeless conversions are mandatory as well as cycling with a minimum of three litres of water. Fines will be issued to those cyclists whose bikes are not tubeless as well as to those cyclists not carrying a hydration pack. It is also strongly recommended that cyclists take out cancellation insurance. Due to the logistics of the event and the charity aspect of the event, entry fees cannot be refunded.

The objectives of the tour are to give cyclists an opportunity to ride through our National Parks and to raise funds for a worthy non-profit organisation. All monies raised directly benefit Children in the Wilderness, a rural life skills and environmental educational programme. Potential cyclists must have the initiative to raise at least the minimum fundraising donation. In addition, a great sense of adventure and a good sense of humour are obligatory. The 2018 Tour marks the fourteenth outing of this event.



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