FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic

FNB Magalies Monster MBT Classic 2016 Highlights Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2uEEd6vQLc

FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic 2015 Highlights Videohttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nB-MXbHJkwc

FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic presented by ISUZU 2014 Highlights Video : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EAyOuhlSK1w

ProNutro Magalies Monster 2013 Highlights Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0PK0F6KmTw

General Briefing 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcVNl3xAuaM&list=UU9dY5prdd7E0KK7dtJolNoA

 

This year marks the 16th rendition of the Magalies Monster MTB Classic. The FNB Magalies Monster routes provide all the hallmarks of a truly South African mountain bike race featuring the necessary ingredients that a quality mountain bike race should have, namely a great setting, spectacular scenery, technically challenging sections with unique single trails and a fantastic atmosphere as you ride through an area that was formed 2 billion years ago when vast quantities of molten magma welled up from the earth’s inner core depressing the centre of an ancient seabed and thrusting the rock edges upwards.

The FNB Magalies Monster is ideal for all mountain bikers. Entrants can choose between a 15km Fun Ride, the 35km “Half Monster” and the 70km “Ultimate Monster”.

The event is affectionately named after the “Monster”, a gruelling 6km climb up the northern slope of the Magaliesberg which riders of the 70km route encounter. The Magalies Monster gives riders the chance to experience the real beauty of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the amazing rock formations of the area. Riders race through pristine vegetation and are awarded magnificent views of the Buffelspoort Valley in the heat of the race. A hugely popular event on the MTB calendar, conquering the Monster is seen as a real accomplishment in the world of Mountain Biking.

 

 

EVENT FAST FACTS

 Date:  2 June 2018
 Venue:  ATKV, Buffelspoort
 Distances:  15km, 35km and 70km (Distances are approximate)
 Start Times:
  70km:  08h00
  35km:  09h00
  15km:  09h30
 Pre-Entries Open:  ENTRIES OPEN : TBC

Entry Fees:

+/- 65km = R400

+/- 33km = R300

+/1 15km = R175

 Pre-Entries Close: 30 May 2018

“You were born to tame monsters & blaze trails. That’s why you ride & run. Enter now and make a family week-end of it”

ACCOMMODATION: Looking for accommodation for the weekend – find a all the local accommodation places right here

 

The Event
Experience the beautiful Magaliesberg like never before with the Magalies Monster MTB Classic. The awesome route has everything a quality MTB race should have…mountains, tough climbs, technical single-track, undulating jeep-track, adrenaline pumping down hills and pure countryside, all within one and half hours from JHB & PTA.

 

This will be the 16th rendition of the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic. The Classic has grown in numbers and reputation since its humble beginning of an “out ride” with 25 riders in 2002, to 240 participants competing in the first Magalies Monster in 2003.  That has now risen to nearly 2000 participants taking part.

 

Route Designer: Harry Schubert,  Buffelsfontein, 25 May 201

2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Challenge short route 15.6km with elevation of 347m

2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Challenge short route
15.6km with elevation of 347m

2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Bike Route – 35 Km Distance: 32 km Elevation: 642 m

2018 FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Bike Route – 35 Km
Distance: 32 km
Elevation: 642 m

2018 changes to the 35km route:
The steep technical ascent up to the plateau from the Buffelspoort Valley and the tricky descent down towards the finish at ATKV will not be in common with the 70km route this year.
From the split with the 70km route the 35km route will head up towards the top of the plateau on a steep single track climb past the transmitters situated next to the Omaramaba resort.
After a scenic stretch on top of the plateau the route will plunge down a newly designed , exhilarating single trail heading towards the water point near the tar road across from the dam entrance.
From there the riders continue down along a single trail that runs parallel to the tar road and links up with the 70km route before crossing the Sterkstroom towards the finish.

2018 Magalies Monster Bike Route – 70 Km Distance: 67,7 km *Actual distance Elevation: 1458 m

2018 Magalies Monster Bike Route – 70 Km
Distance: 67,7 km *Actual distance
Elevation: 1458 m

2018 70km ‘Monster’ ROUTE
Last year the actual distance of the challenging route was only 65km. This year a new 4km loop will be added near the top section of the Alpha Berry farm.
This will give the riders some respite before the final tough climb to the top of the plateau and the tricky descent towards the finish.
Otherwise last year’s route remains unchanged. (See below.)

Monster Ascent
The Monster climb that was revamped last year and is making its ascent up along a technical trail situated on the eastern side of the Breedtsnek road before crossing the Breedtsnek road 460m from the top. The ascent consists predominantly of single track interspersed with a stretch of concrete road half-way up and features some steep technical climbs over stony terrain that present a tough challenge.
The stony section going past the staff lodgings was last year by-passed and is making this stretch more ride-able.
Monster Descent
The descent from the highest point of the mountain near the escarpment will be first going down on single track before joining a jeep track that features some treacherous stretches with small loose stones until reaching a rocky outcrop. From there the descent is mainly on steep single track meandering down over slippery grass covered rocky terrain; between amazing, pristine rock formations. The single track links up to a narrow hiking trail going down next to a ravine with stunning, scenic views for those who dare to take their eyes off the trail.

After reaching a flat off-road parking area for a brief respite, the descent continues down a jeep track that joins up to a single track leading to a portage section section a stream at the bottom of Groblers Kloof; followed by a rugged technical climb heading up a rocky slope towards the Kumbagana Game Park fence where the route links up with the established route of last year’s Magalies Monster.

DIRECTIONS TO RACE VENUE

GPS coordinates: 25º45’46.2″ S / 27º29’26.8″ E Click here for more info on Buffelspoort ATKV

From Pretoria

Take either the R104, N4, R513 or R566(Through Rosslyn) in a western direction to reach either the N4 or the R104 (R514 over the dam wall) towards Rustenburg. On the N4 you will find the turnoff to Buffelspoort to the left opposite the turnoff to Marikana (about 7-10 km west of the first Mooinooi/Marikana off-ramp). The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at a Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

From the West through Rustenburg

Follow any roads towards Rustenburg. In Rustenburg, drive in a eastern direction towards Pretoria on the N4. You will pass through the town of Kroondal 10km east of Rustenburg. About 20km from Kroondal you will find the off-ramp to Buffelspoort and Marikana to the left. Turn right on top of the bridge toward Buffelspoort from the N4. The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at the Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

From the North through Brits

Drive though Brits in a southern direction towards Schoemansville/Meerhof. At the 4way crossing with the R513, turn right towards Rustenburg and the N4. Follow this road to the next4way crossing and turn left following the Rustenburg /N4 signs. You will turn off right onto the N4 about 500m from the 4way stop. On the N4 you will find the turnoff to Buffelspoort to the left opposite the turnoff to Marikana (about 7-10 km west of the first Mooinooi/Marikana off-ramp). The connecting road between the N4 and the R104 makes a T-junction with the R104 at a Caltex filling station. Turn right at the stop sign. The main entrance to the resort is on the left hand side of the R104 about 200m from the T-junction.

 

Looking for accommodation for the weekend – find a all the local accommodation places right here

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