Ultra X – Event postponed due to COVID-19 

The ULTRA X is a 3-day multi-stage challenge within the legendary Drakensberg Mountains.

This ‘Xtreme multisport will challenge triathletes competing in the most beautiful areas of Southern Africa. The challenge takes athletes on a journey from the highlands of the impressive Freestate province down the Oliviershoek Pass in the Northern Berg into the heart of one SA’s World Heritage sites, the Central Drakensberg.

This event is fully inclusive, where athletes will be presented with 3 days of high endurance racing, 3 nights full board accommodation, loaded goodie bags with race apparel as well as fully stoked water tables and feeding stations along the race routes.

Athletes and families will be looked after by the award winning staff at Champagne Sports Resort. Evening briefings will prepare the athletes to the next day’s challenges, giving them insight into the profiles, challenges and courses that lie ahead, as well as building up comradery and sharing war stories.

The event is exclusively limited to 120 competitors for our second year, giving each athlete a personal and intimate connection with this exclusive event.

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WHAT IS THE ULTRA X?

Thursday (new):

For 2020 we will have registration and race briefing for Day One on the Thursday evening at Champagne Sports. This will be the opportunity to register,  meet other athletes and also prepare for the first day of racing with race briefing. 

FRIDAY:

The challenge will start at the 3rd biggest dam in South Africa, the Sterkfontein Dam, which sits as the highest dam in South Africa, at 1706m above sea level. The crystal-clear waters of Sterkfontein are legendary and well sought after by fishermen and swimmers alike. Our brave athletes will choose between a 2km or 4km swim option, with the 4km swimmers doing 2 laps of the well-marked swim course. The athletes then mount their bikes and leave the Freestate down the formidable and winding Oliviershoek Pass in the Northern Drakensberg and into KwaZulu Natal. The Oliviershoek pass is approx. 18km long and takes athletes from 1815m above sea level down to the farming community of Bergville and Winterton at 1041m above sea level. The route is 105km and finishes at the prestigious Champagne Sports Resort in the Central Berg. One water table will be provided at the 50km, making athletes responsible to prepare themselves properly for the challenge ahead. After the 18km descent from the Freestate, the route ambles along some of the most beautiful yet exposed areas in the Drakensberg. The athletes will wind their way through Bergville and Winterton, past the famous Thokozisa store and on to Champagne sports, where athletes will receive a Hero’s welcome. That evening, athletes will be treated to a legendary dinner, accommodation and stage 2 briefing for their second stage of the ULTRA X challenge.

SATURDAY:

After a breakfast fit for a king at Champagne Sports, athletes will embark on a 145km cycle route. This challenge will push the athlete’s endurance limits to reach places they haven’t been to before. The Bike route takes the athletes back to the farming town of Bergville, Ladysmith and past Spioenkop Dam, then to Winterton. The athletes then head home, back to the comfort of Champagne Sports Resorts. However, the challenge is not over yet, as the athletes will then set off on a gentle 8km Run around the beautiful and award-winning Champagne Sports Golf course. That evening, athletes will again be treated to a fabulous dinner, accommodation and the final briefing for stage 3 of the ULTRA X challenge.

SUNDAY:

After much needed buffet breakfast at Champagne Sports, athletes will embark on their 3rd and final stage of the ULTRA X. Day three is arguable the toughest challenge, with athletes taking on a 21km short course, or a 31km trail running routes. The Run routes will be staged on the highly sought after Cathkin Trails, which meanders along mostly single track trails in the foothills of the majestic Drakensberg mountains. Athletes will be encouraged to carry some hydration and nutrition, as Aid and feeding stations will only be provided every 10km. With the Champagne Sports Resort being situated at 1532m, altitude and the weather will be the biggest challenges to face come the final leg of the ULTRA X competitors. All the Athletes will finish their gruelling run back at Champagne Sports, where in true legendary fashion, champagne will flow to celebrate the athletes conquering this ‘ULTRA X challenge.

After a short prize-giving and awards function and lunch, our legendary athletes will depart for home for some much-needed rest and recuperation, getting them ready for the next challenge ahead.

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ENTRIES OPEN

29 January 2020 until full
Entries limited to 100 competitors only

Open to Families and Kids to join the competitors

*Rates are based on per person sharing for the whole weekend and are fully inclusive of accommodation and all meals for two full days.

Competitors get a SUPER Loaded Goodie bags as well as personalised kit, ULTRA cool stuff and an unbelievable experience!

                      Entries Close Tuesday 21 April 2020 

COST TO ENTER:

3 Day/ 3 Night Option
Competitor: R8 500.00
Supporter (Non-Competitor): R4 800.00
Kids 0 – 2 years: Free
Kids 3 – 5 years: R1 000.00
Kids 6 – 12 years: R1 710.00
Kids 13 – 17 years: R2 300.00

2 Day/ 2 Nights Option
Competitor: R7 200.00
Supporter (Non-Competitor): R3 800.00
Kids 0 – 2 years: Free
Kids 3 – 5 years: R750.00
Kids 6 – 12 years: R1 200.00
Kids 13 – 17 years: R1 700.00

*Min age to enter the event is 18yrs old.

RACE Itinerary:

Friday:

Race Registration at Sterkfontein Dam: 7:30am – 8:30am
• Swim at Sterkfontein Dam: 2km or 4km – 8:30am
• Cycle from Sterkfontein to Champagne Sports (105km) – Cut off 2:30pm (Swim & Bike – 6hrs)
• Late lunch / Buffet at the finish at Champagne Sports Resort (12pm – 2:30pm)
• Check into rooms and spend the afternoon relaxing
• Race briefing at 6:30pm in the Summit Room
• Dinner 7pm

Saturday:

5:30am Breakfast Champagne Sports
• 6am – 145km Cycle from Champagne Sports out to Cathedral Peak, Bergville, Ladysmith, Spioenkop, Winterton and back to Champagne Sports Resort.
• 8km Trail Run after the Cycle (Around the Golf Course)
• Late lunch / Buffet at Champagne Sports (12pm – 2pm)
• Race briefing at 6:30pm in the Summit Room
• Dinner 7pm

Sunday:

6:30am Breakfast at Champagne Sports
• 6:30am 1 Day TRAIL RUN registration (Summit room)
• 7am – 31km Run starts (3-4.5hrs)
• 7:15am – 21km Run Starts (2 – 3.5hrs)
• Prize Giving: 11:30am in the Summit Room
• Lunch at Champagne Sports (12pm)
• Athletes depart

Our Symbol

The Iconic “FIST” symbolises our competitor’s grit and determination that each and every one of our athletes puts in to reach that elusive finishing line.
The FIST is a symbol of strength, a symbol of solidarity and support towards other competitors. It is also used as a salute to express unity, and defiance, or resistance to giving in.

  • The five S’s of sports training are: stamina, speed, strength, skill, and spirit; but the greatest of these is spirit.

    Ken Doherty
  • Baseball is the only field of endeavor where a man can succeed three times out of ten and be considered a good performer.

    Ted Williams
  • When you’ve got something to prove, there’s nothing greater than a challenge.

    Terry Bradshaw
  • Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.

    Mike Singletary
  • I hated every minute of training, but I said, don’t quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.

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  • ORGANISED BY
  • b-active sports
  • SANCTIONED BY
  • triathlon south africa
  • kzn triathlon

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For more information please contact the race office.

OFFICE HOURS:

Mon - Fri, 8:30am-4:00pm

OFFICE CELL:

067 198 6737

EMAIL:

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