2021 – Ultra X & ULTRA X Lite

17th April – RACE DAY

The new ULTRA X and ULTRA X lite is a 1 day multi-stage challenge from the Freestate to KwaZulu Natal.

This high-altitude multisport event will challenge athletes while 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 1 day of high-endurance racing, 2 nights full board accommodation, loaded goodie bags with awesome race apparel as well as fully stoked water tables and feeding stations along the race routes.

There are two difference races to enter and both can be done in teams of 2.

ULTRA X : 3.2km Swim / 6km Run / 152km Cycle / 17km Run

ULTRA X lite: 1.6km Swim / 3km Run / 110km Cycle / 10km Run

The Swim takes place in the crystal clear Sterkfontein Dam, which is the highest event swim in South Africa. Then the athletes take on the long 23km downhill descent from the Freestate down Oliviershoek pass to KZN. Here the athletes then follow their courses, which will lead them to the beautiful Champagne Sports Resort. The Run section starts and finishes at the resort, with the run courses using a mixture of dirt district roads and jeep tracks around the beautiful Champagne Valley.

Athletes and families will be looked after by the award winning staff at Champagne Sports Resort. On Arrival on Friday, athletes will register and have a comprehensive briefing for the day ahead (Saturday), followed by dinner. Early on Saturday the athletes will be shuttled with their equipment up to the start at Sterkfontein dam. A short briefing will take place, before the athletes take on the ULTRA X.

Saturday evening will consist of sharing war stories, and banter in the pub followed by an awards evening and dinner. Sunday will see athletes and families depart at leisure.

The event is exclusively limited to only 100 competitors for our second year, giving each athlete a personal and intimate connection with this exclusive event.


  1. It’s a LIMITED entry event, exclusive to 100 Competitors and their families.
  2. Spectator friendly race routes and venues (Spectators can follow and second on the actual race route)
  3. The Only event of it kind in a World Heritage Site and spanning the Freestate & KZN provinces
  4. BIGGEST and FASTEST cycling descent of 23km down the Oliviershoek Pass
  5. Only Multi-sport event to take part in the crystal-clear waters of Sterkfontein Dam
  6. Highest long-distance swim in South Africa (1708m above sea level)
  7. Experience the award-winning hospitality of the Champagne Sports Resort staff
  8. Access to the 31st Best Golf Course in South Africa
  9. The perfect race that is completely inclusive of the family.
  10. YOUR BUCKET LIST Race for 2021.


Race Information ENTER HERE




Athletes arrive at Champagne Sports Resort where they can check-in and get ready for the race briefing starting at 6pm until 6:45pm. Dinner will start at 6:45pm where athletes will be treated to a legendary dinner in preparation for Race Day!

SATURDAY (race day):

Athletes will meet at 4:30am to load bikes and bags into Shuttles & Trailers. There will be packed breakfast packs available for athletes to enjoy on the drive to Sterkfontein Dam. Shuttles will depart at 5am from Champagne Sports Resort. The shuttle will take an hour and the athletes will arrive at Sterkfontein Dam at 6am. Athletes will have 25 minutes to prepare and rack bikes before Race Briefing at 6:25am. The Ultra-X Race will start at 6:30am and Ultra-X Lite will start at 7am.  See Race Schedule for Race Info & Rules.  That evening, athletes will again be treated to a fabulous dinner, accommodation and Prize Giving will take place at 7pm.


Athletes can enjoy a buffet breakfast at Champagne Sports before departing on their journey home. 

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Champagne Sports Resort Spa

Lee Hughes: 072 611 1767



Entries limited to 100 competitors + FAMILIES

Open to Families and Kids to join the competitors

*Rates are based on per person sharing for the race weekend and are fully inclusive of accommodation and all meals for two full days.
Friday:Dinner & Accommodation
Saturday: Breakfast, Dinner & Accommodation
Sunday: Breakfast

Competitors get a SUPER Loaded Goodie bags as well as LOADS of ULTRA cool stuff and an unbelievable experience!

Withdrawal & Refund Policy
No refunds of entry fees are done.
Transfers of entry fees to another event are done at the organisers
discretion and done only if an entire event is cancelled.
If events are cancelled beyond the organisers control, no refunds will be given.

Entries Close Wednesday 09 April 2021




3 Day/ 2 Night ( 16th – 18th April 2021 )


Early Bird Entry: Ultra-X Competitor: R7 000.00 (December 2020 – 28th Feb 2021)

Normal Entry: Ultra – X Competitor: R7800.00 (1st March – 9th April)

Ultra-X Team of 2: R9 900.00 Per Team         (R4 950.00 per team member) Sharing (December 2020 – 9th April 2021)



Early Bird Entry: Ultra-X Lite Competitor: R6 200.00(December 2020 – 28th Feb 2021)

Normal Entry: Ultra – X Lite Competitor: R7000.00 (1st March – 9th April)

Ultra-X Lite Team of 2:R8 900.00 Per Team  (R4 450.00 per team member) Sharing (December 2020 – 9th April 2021)

Adult Supporter (Non-Competitor): R2 700.00 (December 2020 – 9th April 2021)
Kids 0 – 2 years: Free (same room)
Kids 3 – 5 years: R800.00
Kids 6 – 12 years: R1 280.00
Kids 13 – 17 years: R1 680.00

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

RACE Itinerary:


athletes check-in at champagne sports resort from 2pm
Race Registration at champagne sports resort: 4pm – 6pm
race briefing from 6pm until 6:45pm (compulsory)
dinner from 6:45pm  

Saturday (race day):

4:30am meet and load bikes & bags into shuttles and trailers
5am shuttles departure to sterkfontein dam (1hr trip)
6am offload at sterkfontein dam and bike racking
6:25am race briefing
6:30am Ultra-X start
7am ultra-X lite start

race day from 6:30am until cut-off at 5:40pm

• Prize Giving 7pm
• Dinner After Prize Giving


breakfast before departure 

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.

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

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

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  • 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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For more information please contact the race office.


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