Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay

XTERRA has found a new home in Port Elizabeth and we are excited to bring the South Africa’s premier off -road triathlon to the friendly city. With many on road triathletes in the area  we can’t wait until you take your skills off-road.

EVENT FAST FACTS

Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela Bay
Event Date Start time
Fedhealth XTERRA Kids Friday, 10 February 2017 16h00
Fedhealth XTERRA Full Saturday, 11 February 2017 08h00
Fedhealth XTERRA Lite Sunday, 12 February 2017 09h00
Pre-entries open 13 June 2016
Pre-entries close  Late entries will be available on the day

 

 

 

 


Routes maps, profiles and descriptions

The Fedhealth XTERRA Nelson Mandela bay will offer a new take on XTERRA for South Africa with the first ever XTERRA taking place within the confinements of a city. This will not be a city event, but rather be making use of the routes within Baaken’s Valley and Happy Valley to offer a unique experience, and completely different from the Fedhealth XTERRA Grabouw and Buffelspoort.

The race village will be located at King’s Beach with enough parking on site for all our XTERRA Warriors to make use of.

XTERRA SWIM

Fedhealth Xterra in Nelson Mandela Bay is the only Xterra event in South Africa that offers a sea swim.

The exact route will be announced during the week leading up to the event – taking winds and tides into consideration.

XTERRA FULL MOUNTAIN BIKE ROUTE – 25 KM – 25KM 450M ASCENT

Leaving the transition at King’s Beach, riders will head towards the entrance of Baaken’s Valley past the harbour. The first 2 km has its own unique set of city like obstacles in the form of risen railway tracks, a few steps along the way. Just as the feeling of a city like event gets to strong, the route crosses into the start of the Baaken’s River valley with all its single tracks and unique cliffs on offer.

Within Baakens Valley there is nothing flat, saying that, there are no major climbs either, hence the total ascent of only 450m. After the initial narrow passages under bridges or across the stream riders will get another change to sort out their positions before the single tracks start that leads deeper into the valley.

None of the trails chosen for the Fedhealth  Xterra are extremely technical, however take caution,  there are a few surprises and be ready for a lot of short steep granny gear climbs.

The route is predominantly single track with little chance of overtaking, therefore sort positions as soon as possible and plan your overtaking.

Being within a city, road crossings are unavoidable, these are kept to the minimum please take care, also when passing through two short sections within the residential area.

There will be a water point after 13 km – no tech zone on offer.

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XTERRA FULL RUN 10KM – 150M ASCENT

The full run route starts of from transition at King’s Beach heading towards Happy Valley with a short beach run section, and depending on the tide either a rocky crossing to the tunnel or up and down some steps. Through the tunnel runners will enter Happy Valley with its canopy trails.

Nothing major technical on the run route, the biggest challenge will be the different running surfaces varying from soft sand to short rocky and hard packed sections as well as some paved and tarred sections.

Full runners will do 2 laps within Happy Valley before heading back towards the finish at King’s Beach via the beach and the passages and walkways surrounding McArthur Pools.

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XTERRA LITE BIKE ROUTE – 12KM 200M ASCENT

The Lite Mountain Bike Route will have the same start as the full through some city like obstacles, the whole route however stays within the first half of Baaken’s Valley cutting out the more technical single track deeper within the valley.

Please take care through the river crossings and fast downhill sections. The riding surface is generally good with a few tough grassy climbs within the first half. There are however no major or long climbs, nothing more than 800m.

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XTERRA LITE RUN 5,5  KM – 80M ASCENT

The Lite run follows the exact same route as the Full Run but only doing one lap within Happy Valley and a shorter beach run section on the way back to the finish.

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XTERRA KIDS

SWIM

Takes place at the McArthur Swimming pools.

MOUNTAIN BIKE

Kids Mountain Bike will not take place in Baaken’s Valley due to road crossings. All these will take place on the passages and walkways leading from the Transition at King’s Beach as well as the area next to the harbour. The  4km and 8km will do laps.

RUN ROUTE

Running will also take place in the areas adjacent to Kings Beach. Running surfaces will include beach paved roads and grass areas in the area.

 


Directions

GPS : 33° 58′ 15.45″ S / 25° 38′ 46.24″ E

Take the M4 to Humewood. Once in Beach Road the King’s Beach parking area is the first turn to the left and is clearly signed.