Additional Details about the Tankwa Trek’s Additional Stage

The Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, has added a 4th stage to the 2019 event which will provide the elite riders – like Centurion Vaude by Goldwurst Power’s Nicola Rohrbach & Daniel Geismayr (pictured) – with an additional opportunity to gain time on their rivals. Photo by www.zcmc.co.za.
Tankwa Trek adds an Additional Stage
June 7, 2018
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Additional Details about the Tankwa Trek’s Additional Stage

The Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, will for the first time in 2019 be able to explore the amazing Kaleo trails build by Ernst van Dyk and his team.
The Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, will for the first time in 2019 be able to explore the amazing Kaleo trails build by Ernst van Dyk and his team.

The Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, will for the first time in 2019 be able to explore the amazing Kaleo trails build by Ernst van Dyk and his team.

Dryland Event Management – the organisers of the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, the only UCI S1 category stage race in South Africa – are proud to announce the addition of a 4th stage to the 2019 Tankwa Trek. The new stage will take place on the afternoon of Thursday the 7th of February 2019, followed by Stages 2 through 4 on the 8th, 9th and 10th of February.

“We’re really excited to add a new opening stage to the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen,” Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management enthused. “Since the inception of the Tankwa Trek in 2013, there has been an explosion of trails around the race village at Kaleo Manor. But we’ve never really been able to use them in the race; which is a real shame as Ernst van Dyk and his team have done a superb job building the trails.”

The addition of a 4th stage ensures the race maintains it's UCI S1 status and continues to attract global stars.

The addition of a 4th stage ensures the race maintains it’s UCI S1 status and continues to attract global stars.

For 2019 the UCI have changed their rules regarding stage races slightly and to maintain the Tankwa Trek’s S1 status – which ensures international stars like Manuel Fumic, Henrique Avancini, Maxime Marotte, Helen Grobert, Alban Lakata, Kristian Hynek, Nicola Rohrbach, Daniel Geismayr and Urs Huber are motivated to take part – an extra stage had to be added.

Most importantly, the addition of the extra stage does not affect the event entry fee. The additional 32 kilometres of racing – and all that entails including full medical support, a typically well-stocked Dryland water point and media coverage is therefore essentially free.

Expect more amazing hospitality from Dryland and the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, sponsors.

Expect more amazing hospitality from Dryland and the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, sponsors.

“The opening stage will start at 15:00 on Thursday afternoon, with riders leaving in category batches. This allows the veteran, masters and mixed category competitors the chance to gauge the strength of their general classification rivals in the way that the elite men and women have been able to do with their separate start groups. The route will be 32 kilometres long, with a climb to thin out the groups before entering the brand new Kaleo singletracks, which have never been used for a race. The idea is to keep the route fun, as so far as that is possible, for the amateur riders – as we are aware of how challenge the Tankwa Trek is already. Being so short we do not expect it to shake up the general classification in the UCI categories too much, but it should make for exciting and tactical racing,” Rademeyer concluded.

The compact nature of the new Stage 1 route and the success of the 2018 live broadcast also has the Tankwa Trek’s media partners Bigshot Media exceptionally excited. “We are looking at the possibility of live streaming the short punchy stage as it would be a great teaser to showcase the strength of the world’s most prestigious four day UCI MTB stage race” said Mark le Roux, the owner of Bigshot Media.

The 32km route will be compact and spectator friendly, staying close to the race village at Kaleo.

The 32km route will be compact and spectator friendly, staying close to the race village at Kaleo.

2018 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, runner-up and current South African marathon champion, Robyn de Groot, is thrilled by the addition of an extra stage and the opportunities to hone her race form across four days the event now provides. “It will add a great dimension to the race” the Ascendis Health star said. “A stage in and around the Kaleo area will certainly add for some exciting spectatorship and a nice burn in both the legs and lungs for the pro’s. The rock formations and trail network will most certainly contribute to a spectacular backdrop. We need these UCI status races in South Africa, so special thanks to Dryland for adapting and ensuring their events meet these criteria! With such a short nippy distance, the time gaps are bound to be tight… but as we all know, one can lose a substantial amount of time if it doesn’t run smoothly. It’ll definitely add a nice new dimension to a fantastic race,” she concluded.

The Stage 1 Route Profile.

The Stage 1 Route Profile.

Team Bulls’ Swiss ace, Urs Huber, has been crowned champion of the race twice and has also won the solo men’s category, so he knows exactly what it takes to succeed at the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen. “I don’t think that a short opening stage will affect the general classification too much after four days,” Huber said. “The other three stages, we know from the past years, are still too selective and will make the classification, I believe. But for sure, the new opening stage will make the race more interesting in the beginning and more open. Maybe some more teams now have the opportunity to take the leaders’ jersey after day one,” he elaborated.

Riders will start Stage 1 in category groups.

Riders will start Stage 1 in category groups.

Sakkie Hanekom is not only one of the most influential men in the race, as the co-route designer alongside his brother Hannes for what will now become Stage 2 in the Witzenberg Valley, but also very skilled amateur rider in his own right. “The new Stage 1 will certainly give some extra substance to an already ‘full of flavour’ multi-stage mountain bike race, getting the rider focused before the real race starts! It’s a very welcome addition,” Sakkie Hanekom reflected.

The 2019 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, is set to take place between the 7th and the 10th of February next year. To accommodate riders traveling from further away Dryland Event Management will be offering the option of an additional night’s accommodation, dinner on Wednesday evening and breakfast on Thursday. These extras can be booked through the online entry portal.

The tented village will be set up by Wednesday already so if you are traveling from afar you can add an extra night's accommodation and catering to your Tankwa Trek entry. Please log-in to the online entry portal to do so.

The tented village will be set up by Wednesday already so if you are traveling from afar you can add an extra night’s accommodation and catering to your Tankwa Trek entry. Please log-in to the online entry portal to do so.

For more details on the route click here.

Riders will now have to complete 4 stages to earn those Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, medals.

Riders will now have to complete 4 stages to earn those Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, presented by Biogen, medals.

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