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Overview

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:

  • Female
  • Mixed (minimum of 3 riders of the opposite sex in the first 6 finishers)
  • Open (any combination of gender)

Entries will open during August 2017 and will 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.

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 may also be implemented en route. For 2017, a team’s time will ‘keep ticking’ while they refuel at the Supporter Zone and there will be no “time-out” period.

Teams will be seeded prior to the event, with the start times published on the website prior to the event.

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.

A tough endurance event, the TOKEN Double90 is about team spirit and camaraderie, the aim being for the team to finish as a whole. As such, in 2018 the event will offer a cash prize of R3000 to a team that finishes as a whole (ie with everyone that started), and displays the best camaraderie and team spirit during the event (as judged by the event organisers and marshals).

In line with all events organised and overseen by the PPA, the TOKEN Double90 will fully comply with all relevant local and national legislation.

A bit of history

On 30 November 1993, the Pedal Power Association (PPA) organised the Double Century (DC) for the first time. That year, 229 finishers were listed in total. Over the years, the route has changed within the Western Cape with the start/finish moving to towns like Ceres, Franschhoek and Montagu, before moving to Swellendam in 2007.

In 2008, the Pedal Power Association sub-contracted the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT) to organise the event on their behalf.

In these 24 years, this event has remained the top team challenge in the country and has only ever been held in the Western Cape. With the PPA opening an office in the Free State in July 2015, the opportunity came to take the event concept into a new territory.

The first Maluti Double90 was held in 2016. The 2018 TOKEN Double90 will be the third time this iconic event takes place.

Event Programme

 

Friday 13 April 2018

15h00-18h30            Team registrations (Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens)

18h30                         Support vehicle driver briefing  in Conference Room 2 at the Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens (compulsory)

18h00-22h00           Pasta meals available at Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens (booking essential) – choose from the Pasta Buffet at R160 per person, or take-away pasta meals at R65 each

 

 

Saturday 14 April 2018

05h00                         Light breakfast available at Protea Hotel by Marriott Clarens – please contact the Hotel directly re price and to book (booking essential)

05h45                         Coffee and muffins will be on sale on the Square

06h00                         First teams to enter start chutes

06h30                         First team starts!

11h45                         Cut-off at Supporter Zone in Kestell

14h30                         Enervit Strava KOM competition closes

14h45                        Cut-off at Water Point 4 inside the Golden Gate reserve

15h00                        Prize-giving and podium presentations to take place as soon as top 3 positions have been finalised, between 15h10-15h30

16h30                        Final cut-off at the finish line in Clarens

Please note teams must be in their start chute at least 20 minutes before the team’s allocated start time

Team info

 

Entry fee: R8 600 per team. Team categories will be determined by the first 6 riders from each team that crosses the finish line, and not according to the way the team members have been entered. Teams must have 6 finishers in order to receive an official team result. All team members must ride with Racetec timing chips.

Categories for the 2018 TOKEN Double90 will be Open, Mixed, and Ladies. The categories are determined as follows:

  • Ladies – Ladies Teams may have only ladies starting in their team. This team may have any number between 6 and 12 riders. There will be a first place prize awarded in this category, provided there are at least 5 teams competing in this category.
  • Mixed – a minimum of 3 ladies need to finish within the first 6 riders of this team. Failing to do so will result in this team being classified as an Open Team. There will be a first place prize awarded in this category, provided there are at least 5 mixed teams competing.
  • Open Team – An Open Team may consist of male riders only, or teams with fewer than 3 female riders.
  • Teams with single bikes and tandems combined, or teams comprising of only tandems will be given an official team time (Open Team category) but will not be eligible for any team prizes.

Team captains are responsible for the collection and distribution of their team members’ race packs. No registrations will be done on the morning of the event. Also see under ‘Registration’

TEAMS MUST STAY APART ON THE ROUTE: One team may not, under any circumstances, join another team along the route and teams are required to remain apart, except when overtaking.

When a team overtakes another team, they must ride in single file until clear of the other team.

The team seedings and start times will be posted on this website a week prior to the event.

Prizes and Prizegiving

 

  • All participants will receive a medal upon the successful completion of the event.
  • In the event of a protest, the team(s) under investigation will not participate in the Prize Giving Ceremony and no prizes will be awarded until the issue is resolved. The Protest committee will endeavour to resolve all protests before prize giving.Team categories will be determined by the first 6 riders from each team that crosses the finish line, and not according to the way the team members have been entered. Teams must have 6 finishers in order to receive an official team result. All team members must ride with Racetec timing chips (no chip, no time).Categories for the 2017 Maluti Double90 will be Ladies, Open and Mixed.  The categories are determined as follows:
    • Mixed – a minimum of 3 ladies need to finish within the first 6 riders of this team. Failing to do so will result in this team being classified as an Open Team. There will be a first place prize awarded in this category, provided there are at least 5 mixed teams competing.
    • Open Team – An Open Team may consist of male riders only, or teams with fewer than 3 female riders.
    • Ladies – Ladies Teams may have only ladies starting in their team. This team may have any number between 6 and 12 riders. There will be a first place prize awarded in this category, provided there are at least 5 teams competing in this category.

    Teams with single bikes and tandems combined, or teams comprising of only tandems will be given an official team time (Open Team category) but will not be eligible for any team prizes. Teams with fewer than 6 riders are welcome to participate, but will not receive an official team result.

    PRIZE GIVING for the top 3 teams in each category will take place between 15h10 and 15h30 on the Square. All podium finishing teams must be present to receive their prizes and podium medals. First, second and third team prize plus medals will be awarded per category, as follows:

    • 10 teams + per category: First, second and third place
    • 6-9 teams per category: First and second place
    • 4-5 teams per category: First place only
    • The Enervit Hot Spot Strava competition prize will also be awarded at prizegiving.

Venue layout

 

Venue lay out final

Bike Transport

 

Visit www.Trans-sporT.co.za if you would like to have your bicycle transported to and / or from Clarens (at your own cost).

Bike Mechanics

 

Carel and his team from Cycle World in Bethlehem will be at Registration (14h00-18h30) on Friday to attend to any last-minute problems you may have with your bicycles.

On race day, they will also be at the start from 05h30-08h00.

After that, a mechanic will roam along the route – look out for their marked vehicle.

Please note that any mechanical assistance will be for the rider’s own account.

 

Rules and regulations

Please see under “Terms and Conditions”