The 10th  Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience

Friday the 28th of February to Sunday the 1st of March 2020

Can you believe it? Back for a whopping 10th time by popular demand, it’s The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience and is, without a doubt, the most popular stage race in Gauteng.

This race is a must if you are planning to do Epic, Joburg2C, Sani or The Leverage Corporation’s special 3-day stage race called The Great Kei Trek taking place in the Eastern Cape at the end of April in 2020.

The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience is a tough and challenging three-day MTB event taking place from Friday the 28th of February to Sunday the 1st of March 2020. Please note new dates. We are now hosting this at the end of February, giving you more Training Time.

You have a choice of doing one of the following events:
1) 3 days: The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience, (Friday to Sunday)
2) 2 days: The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Weekend Experience, (Saturday and Sunday) or 
3) 1 day: The Sunday Route 66 MTB 65km – Open to all riders
4) Introducing The Saturday Route 66 45km “Dash” – Open to all riders

CLICK HERE to enter

The 3-day experience will start and finish at Kloofzicht Lodge in The Cradle of Humankind, some three days later. 
In true Leverage Corporation fashion, this will be a ride where you will be challenged; it will be a ride which you will enjoy; and it will be a fantastic event which is well organised and run. 


WHAT’S NEW FOR 2020?

6 Special Announcements

Announcement 1: All Entry Fees have been reduced from 2019
We have listened to you and we know what’s happening in our economy right now. Things are tough out there. So we have decided to help make this race a bit easier on your pocket. Check out our new rates.

 

Old Rate

New Rate

3-Day Experience

2500

2200

3-Day Lite

2300

1950

2-Day Weekend Experience

1950

1550

2-Day Lite

1750

1350

Sunday Mini 65km

650

600

 

Announcement 2: The Bridgestone Route 66 Lite is here to stay
This is really exciting – in 2019, we hosted The Bridgestone Route 66 Lite. Designed for you if you thought the challenges of a gruelling and tough 85km stage seem a bit daunting and you love riding stage races. We introduced Route 66 Lite - a 3-day stage race taking place at the same time. But remember, it’s still not a walk in the park.
Day 1 and 2 are shorter, and Day 3 will still be the “Fast and Furious” 60km route.

The Bridgestone Route 66 Lite offers the following distances:
Day 1 - 55km
Day 2 - 60km
Day 3 - 60km

Announcement 3: Introducing a Special Saturday 45km Route 66 1-Day Experience
Many riders are not up to a full 3-day of riding or some of the more daunting distances. As a result, we have introduced a moderate to slightly challenging 45km ride for riders of all abilities.

Announcement 4: Introducing The Bridgestone Route 66 All Stars
We are now 10 years old. As a result, we have agreed with Bridgestone to invite some of our previous winners from various age and gender categories to be part of an elite “ALL STARS” group who will be invited to come and ride as our special All Stars VIP Guest.

Announcement 5: Chauffeur Drive Service
In 2019 we introduced a limited special “Chauffeur Drive” service. It’s back for 2020. We will offer a limited service where we will have professional drivers take your car to the finish line on Day 1 and Day 3 on your behalf. If you have a hectic schedule, this will save you a lot of time. Numbers are limited, so early booking is essential. Bookings will open 17 February 2020 and will only be open to those who have already entered.

Announcement 6: You can earn Vitality Points by riding Route 66
That’s right. Vitality points are up for grabs when you enter any of the Route 66 events. Check out their website - www.discovery.co.za, and search for the Vitality Race Calendar 2020 to find out how many points you can earn.

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Route 66: Race Overview

Option 1 Option 2 Option 3 Option 4 Option 5 Option 6
Event The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Experience – 3-Day The Bridgestone Route 66 MTB Lite – 3-Day The Bridgestone Route 66 Weekend Experience – 2-Day The Bridgestone Route 66 Weekend Lite – 2-Day The Bridgestone Route 66 Saturday Mini – 45km The Bridgestone Route 66 Sunday Mini – 65km
Dates Fri 28 Feb – Sun 1 March Fri 28 Feb – Sun 1 March Sat 29 Feb – Sun 1 March Sat 29 Feb – Sun 1 March Sat 29 February Sunday 1 March
Distances 84km, 73km & 60km 55km, 60km & 60km 73km & 60km 60km & 60km 45km 60km
Costs R2 200 R1 950 R1 550 R1 350 R310 R600

 

Got your interest? Good! So what’s included and what’s not.
What’s in:

  1. Absolutely unbelievable riding – great single track, good, tough technical challenges and stunning scenery. Be Warned! Day 1 and 2 are tough and challenging for the Route 66 riders. The Lite riders will have a “slightly” easier ride.
    1. Route 66 is a must if you are planning to do Epic, Joburg2C, Sani or our very own Leverage Corporation event called The Great Kei Trek taking place in the Eastern Cape at the end of April 2020.
    2. Route 66 Lite is a must if you love the joy of stage races and are looking to train for the Great Kei Trek.
  2. A professionally planned and managed route.
  3. Goodie Bag including race shirt (Race Cap for the full Bridgestone Route 66 3-day MTB Experience).
  4. Free tog bag Transport by Luxliner Coaches from the Start to Finish on Day 1 and Day 3.
  5. Free Shuttle service for you by Luxliner Coaches from the finish back to the start – Day 1 and Day 3.
  6. Complimentary lunch at Kloofzicht on Sunday 1st of March – there will be food vendors at Happy Acres for Friday and Saturday, as well as Craft beer on tap and more.
  7. Showers at the finish on each day.
  8. Good TLC all along the way.
  9. The Legendary Bridgestone Bike Wash.
  10. Secure overnight storage for your bike.
  11. Technical support on the way.
  12. Sunday lunch - a special lunch courtesy of Kloofzicht Lodge.
  13. Lucky draw prizes and race medal.
  14. One of the best and most enjoyable warm ups you're going to get – tick 225km off that training schedule.

What’s out:

  • Lunch for Day 3 at Kloofzicht is included in your entry fee. Lunches on the Friday and Saturday will be for your account. 
  • Accommodation and personal tech support – you need to look after the logistics here and make your own arrangements. There will be camping on offer at Happy Acres for Friday and Saturday nights. Bookings will open on the 17th of February.
  • Massage Services: These will be available on each day, and you will need to book. It will be for your account. Details will be made available closer to race day.

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GENERAL RACE INFORMATION
Entries
Entries close on Sunday the 16th of February at 23h00.

Late Entries: You will be able to enter late, but only at Rider Registration and Race Number pickup, and you will pay a Late Entry Penalty Fee of R350 for the 3-Day experience. All other events will carry a late entry fee of R100 only.

Race Number Pickup will take place on Wednesday the 26th of February 2020 from 12:30 to 17:00.

Venue is Adega Restaurant, 3 Achter Road, Rivonia

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