The TOKEN Double90 is a team time trial over 180 km. The event takes place on Saturday 14 April 2018 and is limited to 120 teams.
Teams can enter up to 12 riders per team, with the time of the 6th rider across the finish line being taken as the official team time.
Teams can enter one of three categories:
- Mixed (minimum of 3 riders of the opposite sex in the first 6 finishers)
Entries close as soon as 120 teams have entered or at close of business on 23 March 2018, whichever comes first. Entries will only be taken online, at R8 600 per team. Prize money will be offered to all categories with 6 and more teams in that category.
In 2018, a new cash prize of R3000 will be paid to the team that finishes the event with all its starters, and who displays the most camaraderie and best team spirit during the event (as judged by the event officials).
The start and finish will be at the President Square, Clarens. The route will take teams from Clarens to Bethlehem to follow the R26 before turning right onto the undulating R714 towards Warden and Eenzaamheid. Thereafter it’s a right turn onto the R57 towards Kestell before the last stretch on the R712 which includes a tough hilly section through the Golden Gate national park. The route is generally undulating, with some steep and tough hills in the last 40 km. This is not a ride for beginners.
- Start time: 06h30
- Cut-off at the finish line: 16h30
Teams will start with 30 second intervals and have up to 9 hours in which to complete the event. A cut-off will be implemented at the Supporter Zone in Kestell (@107 km). Additional cut-offs will also be implemented en route to ensure that all teams will reach the finish line before the cut-off.
Teams will be seeded prior to the event, with the start times published on the website and communicated at registration at the pre-event briefing.
ENERVIT STRAVA ‘KOM’/’QOM’ COMPETITION
The Maluti Double 90 will have enough challenges on its own for the average competitor – so we’ve decided to throw in something else to spice things up: The Enervit King of Maluti (KOM) / Queen of Maluti (QOM) Hotspot – monitored by Strava.
Once your team has entered the Golden Gate reserve, you will be steaming towards the finish line in Clarens with only 40 km to go – but not until you have conquered a few steep climbs! At the 150 km mark, you will reach a 2.6 km climb … the notorious ‘Mineshaft’. With gradients spilling over at 16% plus, what better place to test the legs of the climbers in your team? The climb ends at the top of the ‘Mineshaft’ and just before the last water point.
Look out for the Enervit banners that will indicate the start and end of the section Enervit King of Maluti Strava section.
To qualify for the Enervit KOM Title and prize, you will need to do the following:
- Be a registered Strava rider (check your app store or ask any experienced cyclist should you need assistance to get the app);
- You MUST be part of the PPA Strava Club. To join the club, simply do the following:
- Log onto Strava on your PC;
- Click on the “Explore” tab;
- In the drop down menu, click on the “Clubs” tab;
- Then type in “PPA Strava Club” in the toolbar provided. DON’T type in location. Leave this blank!
- Then simply click search – and the PPA Strava Club name will appear.
- Then Join! Simple….
We will use the ‘club tab’ on the day to search for the fastest climber of the Enervit Maluti Hotspot KOM segment rider. Fastest time will receive a cash prize. (Your data must be uploaded before 15:00 on the day in order to reflect on Strava.)
This race-within-a-race is powered by Strava and the organisers and sponsors cannot take responsibility for any data or application failures that occur on the day – we’re sure you understand that. But the intention is to incentivise the climbers in a tough part of the race to get out of their saddles and virtually race each other. The cash prize will be handed over by Enervit in Clarens at the main prize giving – along with the coveted Enervit King of Maluti cycling jersey.
SO don’t hold back…! (Please note that the Enervit Strava KOM winners must be present at prize giving to collect the prize, or it will roll over to the next-fastest rider/team.)
A tough endurance event, the Token Double90 is about team spirit and camaraderie, the aim being for the team to finish as a whole. It is not an easy ride and teams are encouraged to put in the training miles, taking into consideration the average altitude of roughly 1900m and elevation gain of over 2200m for the event.
Clarens is situated in the Eastern Free State Highlands, on the northern-most point of Lesotho. It is known for the spectacular sandstone mountains and wonderful climate and is regarded as one of the most picturesque areas in the country.
Clarens is situated roughly:
- 20 km from the Golden Gate National Park;
- 39 km from Bethlehem;
- 3 hours normal travelling time from Johannesburg (302.9 km) via the R26 and N3;
- 2h54 normal travelling time from Bloemfontein (285.5 km) via the N5 and N1;
- 4h16 normal travelling time from Durban (410 km) via the N3.
Tripadvisor lists some 26 restaurants, coffee shops and farms stalls within a 20 km radius of Clarens, as well as roughly 1000 beds in Clarens and 4000 in the immediate district.
Read more about Clarens:
Accommodation in Clarens
SPECIAL TOKEN DOUBLE90 OFFERProtea Hotel Clarens
Our accommodation sponsor for the Token Double90, the Protea Hotel Clarens, is offering the following special rates to event participants:
Single room R1683.00 B&B, Double room R1946 B&B. These rates include bed and breakfast, and do not include the 1% tourism levy. Rooms are subject to availability and are available at these rates only between 12-16 April 2018. Please ask for “MalutiD90 rate” when booking. Please email the hotel directly to book.
You can also book your accommodation through one of these two local accommodation experts:
For more information about Clarens, please email Tammy Hancock at Clarens Tourism on email@example.com
More accommodation links
Please note that all accommodation bookings must be made directly between participants and the establishments. The PPA is in no way responsible for any bookings made in this regard.
- https://www.sanparks.org/parks/golden_gate/all.php The Golden Gate park offers several accommodation options within 30 km from Clarens, including the Golden Gate Hotel and chalets; Glen Reenen Rest Camp; Highlands Mountain Retreat; Basutho Cultural Village; and Noordt Brabant Guest House.
About the Organisers
Founded in 1976, the PPA is a Public Benefit Organisation (PBO 18/11/13/2410) and has for the past 40 years been committed to promoting cycling and the interests of cyclists. Recreational cycling (on- and off-road), development through cycling, safe cycling, and advocacy are among the PPA’s priorities.
The Association came into being as a result of the running of the first Cycle Tour that was to develop into the now-world famous annual Cape Town Cycle Tour (previously called the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour).
The main purpose and object of the Association is to promote cycling and the interests of cyclists, with the following ancillary objectives: (a copy of the full Constitution is available on request or from our website).
(a) to be a representative body for the furtherance of the interests of cyclists;
(b) to promote cycling as a recreational activity, a sport and as a means of transportation;
(c) to improve conditions for cyclists with particular regard to their safety;
(d) to arrange and organise cycle tours, fun rides and outings;
(e) to co-ordinate cycle tours, fun rides and outings organised by other bodies and to assist them in their efforts;
(f) to establish contact and liaise with and where appropriate affiliate with other organisations having similar or alike interests and objectives.
The Pedal Power Association is the largest recreational cycling organisation in South Africa. It has some 16 000 paid-up members; the largest component being in the Western Cape where the Association has its headquarters. Of these members, some 300 reside in the Free State and some 2000 in Gauteng.
An elected committee of 12 volunteers, who generally meet once per month, provides strategic direction to the Association. The PPA Office is staffed by fourteen employees who administer the day-to-day running of the Association and its members and provide guidance to event organisers on the extensive PPA funride calendar. These events are split roughly half-half between mass participation road and Mountain Bike funrides, with a few recreational tours, social rides, safe cycling activation rides and some races for the more competitive cyclist.
To promote safety at the funrides, the Association not only provides a qualified Safety Officer to attend each event, but also seeds its members based on their riding ability (using previous event results) and strictly governs the manner in which the events are run in order to ensure the safety of the competitors.
The PPA expends considerable effort in the field of development of the sport in the poorer, previously disadvantaged areas and supports several clubs and cycling projects in this regard.
The Association’s income stems from membership fees and from a share in the profit of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. While income from membership fees is used to run the Association, the income received from the Cycle Tour is used to fund the various projects and cycling initiatives.
The Association’s headquarters are found in property in Kenilworth owned by the Association in Cape Town. Additionally, a satellite service is provided at each of the weekend events where staff is on hand to deal with membership and related queries. In 2015, the Association also opened a satellite office in Bloemfontein. For more information, kindly see our website.
The Association has been organising and overseeing cycle events since 1976. The Association assists service organisations, clubs and schools to put on some 50 events per year, ensuring that the events conform to – and often exceed – national safety and local municipal requirements.
In addition to assisting service organisations, schools and clubs to put on cycling events, PPA owns the following annual events, specifically organising all of these events, excluding the CDC:
- Tour de PPA (February, road)
- Wacky Wheels Tour (March, overnight tour)
- Tread Lightly Women’s MTB (May, MTB)
- Route 62 Tour (May, overnight tour)
- Several hill climbs / time trials throughout the year
- Tiletoria Elgin Valley MTB (September, MTB)
- Scenic South Funride (September, road)
- Bontebok Bash (overnight tour, MTB)
- One Tonner (October, road 163 km)
- BlueBoost Heels on Wheels Women’s Funride (October, road)
- PPA Mangaung MTB (November, MTB)
- PPA Mangaung Cycle Tour (November, road)
- Coronation Double Century (CDC) (November, road)
- BlueBoost Twilight MTB (December, MTB)
Supporters, Sponsors and Special offers
GET YOUR RACE FUEL AT A DISCOUNT!
Token Double90 participants get a 10% discount on all Enervit products. Products can be pre-ordered and will be available for collection at registration the Protea Hotel Clarens between 16h00-19h30. Pre-ordered product can also be collected in Cape Town and Johannesburg if pre-arranged – please contact Tess on firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange.
Additional product will be for sale during the latter part of Registration (16h00-19h30).
To order your Enervit product online now, please go to www.enervitsport.com/za/home and use the code malutid90.
THANK YOU TO ALL OUR EVENT SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS
Supporting sponsor, as well as King of Maluti (KOM) and Queen of Maluti (QOM) sponsor:
Golden Gate water point sponsor and general supporter
Route and water point marshals: