Namaqua Quest |  3 Day Mountain Bike Stage Race

Event Information

INDULGE IN NATURE’S MOST MAGICAL DISPLAY OF COLOUR AND BEAUTY

EVENT INFORMATION

The Namaqua Quest 3 day Trail Run and Mountain Bike events takes place in the famous Namaqualand, Northern Cape, South Africa. Namaqualand is known for flower covered valleys, rugged mountains, ancient canyons carved by the hands of time and plains with grazing Gemsbok, Zebra and Springbok. Experience natures’ magical show of colour and beauty during the world’s largest and most spectacular natural flower show in beginning September in Namaqualand, Northern Cape.

You will cycle or run in 3 different areas over the 3 days, over private property, game reserves and communal farms. Day 1 will be amongst the Copper mountains, covered with flowers and along the copper trail outside the small town of Okiep, a town rich in history on the copper mines. The next day you will cycle or run inside Goegap Nature Reserve where you will be able to see some Gemsbok, Springbok, Eland, Ostriches and other smaller antelopes. The last day you will cycle or run over a private farm just outside Springbok and experience the famous granite koppies (small hills) of Namaqualand with patches of various colour of flowers in between the koppies as if different colour of paints were dropped from the heavens.

The Race village is at the Springbok Inn Country hotel where we will have all our meals each evening with a slide show of the beauty and fun on the day’s run and bike. The vibe, food and hospitality of the Namaqua Quest trail run and MTB events are amazing as the whole town gets involved with the event in some way. Each day’s lunch will be included wherever you finish the event.

There are 2 distances to choose from at the Namaqua Quest events to make sure that everybody in the family can have FUN. The unique thing about the Namaqua Quest is that the Trail Run and the MTB events takes place over the same weekend, so if 1 person in the family don’t run, but cycle, both can have FUN over the same weekend, enjoy the race village and companionship of other riders and runners.

MAIN INFORMATION

When: 2-4 September 2022

Where: Springbok, Namaqualand

Race Village: Springbok Inn Country Hotel, Voortrekker Road, Springbok

What: South Africa’s most colourful 3 day MTB stage race

Format: Solo

EVENT LIMITED TO 300 ENTRIES ONLY – ENTRIES CLOSE 20 AUGUST 2022

Namaqua Quest MTB

ENTRY OPTIONS & COSTS

Early Bird Special for the first 50 entries! 

3 Day Stage Race – R4,050.00
Single Day Race: (Sunday) – R400.00

NORMAL ENTRY FEES :
3 Day Stage Race – R4,455.00
Single Day Race : (Sunday) – R440.00

Payment Plan – Pay one third when entering online and the rest anytime before 1 July 2022. No refund of the deposit will be done.  

Same cancellation rules apply as stated above.

Substitutions will be allowed until 15 August 2022.

 

INCLUDED IN YOUR ENTRY

  • Light lunch and beer each day at finish venue.
  • Prize Giving Lunch
  • Event Attire
  • Goodie bag
  • Free coffee on race mornings


Early Bird Special for the first 50 entries!
3 Day Stage Race – R4,050.00
Single Day Race: (Sunday) – R400.00

NORMAL ENTRY FEES :
3 Day Stage Race – R4,455.00
Single Day Race : (Sunday) – R440.00

Payment Plan – Pay 30% when entering online and the rest anytime before 1 July 2022. No refund of the deposit will be done.  

Same cancellation rules apply as stated above.

 

  

Additional (optional) packages and merchandise

  • Meals Package (8 meals) – R1,000  per person (the meal package can also be booked for family and supporters)
  • Extra prize giving lunch for family and friends – R120 per person
  • Hotel Accommodation at race village (twin or double) – R5,700.00 per room for 3 nights – 2 people max.

REGISTRATIONS, RACE BRIEFING AND START TIMES

  • Registration will be from 16h00 to 20h00 on Thursday, 1 September 2022.
  • No registrations on race morning.
  • Race and stage briefing at 19h00 every evening at dinner as well as on the morning before the stage start.
  • Compulsory gear check will be 15 minutes before the start of each stage.

BIKE SERVICE AND SUPPORT – Manic Cycles

With all package options we will wait for you & your bike in the Tech Support zone (within the race village) and we will return it to the bike park once serviced & tested, ready for the next stage. Which ever package you select, we will charge for parts & stock at our standard shop rates.
Labour charges are elevated to help cover the costs of travel and setting up mobile shop.

We have two options:
1. Std package.   R 1 000,00 per rider
– Minor service after Stage 1 & Stage 2.
(Wash bike, set gears and brakes plus lube after each stage.)
= Full bolt torque check, overview of all main bearings (bb, hubs, pivots)
= Sealant levels, brake pad wear, drive train and drop out checked after each stage.
(Labour for any of above that needs work will be extra)
– All other labour additional
– Spares at standard shop rates

2. Full package.    R 1 500,00 per rider
– Full service after each stage (1 & 2)
= Any labour that might be required will be inclusive in this package.
– No additional labour charges (unless outsourced to suppliers)
– Spares at standard shop rates
– Finish excluded (Optional extra, must be pre-arranged)

TRANSPORT AVAILABLE FROM CAPE TOWN

Transfer for rider plus their bike:             R2000

  • This includes the following:
  • Collection of rider & bike at Cape Town International Airport
  • Assembly of upon arrival in Springbok
  • Packing of bike back into bike bag/box after the finish of event
  • Return trip from Springbok to Cape Town international airport.

Transfer for just a bike:                                R750

(We transport the bikes in a secure enclosed trailer, no need to disassemble of box your bike)

  • Collection of bike from Cape Town
  • Transport to event
  • Return delivery to Cape Town

Group discounts are available.

PRE-BOOK : Francois

Manic Cycles

RACE CATEGORIES

Open Men, Open Women, 40+ Men, 40+ Women, 50+ Men, 50+ Women

eBikes are welcome, but will compete in different category. No prizes for this category but official results will be given.

 

GOODIE BAG

Each stage race participant will receive an event specific goodie bag including an even t-shirt

SJUP TOURS

Experience the world differently!

SPORT MASSAGES

Studies show that massages increases recovery and improves performance in multi-stage events (and it feels great!) so you will be in good, experienced hands for your daily “fix”.

Motion Me is a bespoke Physiotherapy practice in Springbok in the Northern Cape, passionate about patient care and are excited to assist with the Namaqua Quest. They will be supplying sports massages, strapping and ice & heat packs in order for participants to reach their maximum performance.

Cost : R210 for 30min

Bookings can be done as follows :

Email  :  motionmephysiotherapy@gmail.com

Call     :  0847908167

Motion Me

 

SAFETY / MEDICAL

  • Comprehensive EMS will be present at the event
  • A full medical team will be present at the start of each day to ensure every athlete is fit enough to take part.
  • The same medical staff will also be present at the finish of each stage to ensure assistance for any athletes in need.
  • Safety and route briefings will be held before the start of each stage.

STAGE INFORMATION

Two distances to choose from : MTB Full and Lite.

DAY 1 COPPER MOUNTAIN (Okiep Country Hotel) 08h00

Full : 67km – 696m elevation gain

Sport : 35km – 231m elevation gain

 

DAY 2 GOEGAP NATURE RESERVE (Goegap) 08h00

Full : 55km – 1101m elevation gain

Sport : 25km – 363m elevation gain

DAY 3 LAMMERHOEK ROUTE (Springbok Inn Hotel) 08h00

Full : 53km – 929m elevation gain

Sport : 30km – 429m elevation gain

 

Please note :  At the discretion of Event Organiser and Route Director, routes can be changed at any time due to Covid Regulations or for safety reason.

 

ROUTE ELEVATION PROFILES

 

DAY 1 : COPPER MOUNTAIN ROUTE

Full 63km

 Sport 25km

 DAY 2 : GOEGAP ROUTE

Full 54km

Sport 24km

 DAY 3 : LAMMERHOEK ROUTE

Full 51km

 Sport 35km

 

MEALS

  • Breakfast included in Springbok Inn Hotel rooms.
  • Lunch and dinner will only be served to those who have chosen the meal package.
  • Extra meal packages and prize giving lunches (for family and friends) can be booked and paid for with your online entry.
  • Meals will be the typical, finger licking good, generous servings of food that Namaqualand is just as famous for as it’s flowers!

Meal Package will include :

Friday –  Lunch and Dinner
Saturday –  Lunch and Dinner
Sunday –  Lunch

 

ACCOMMODATION

Race Village at Springbok Inn Country Hotel, has the following available :

HOTEL ROOMS

R5,700.00. per room for duration of the event.

Rooms available :

Twin Rooms (two single beds)

Double Rooms (double bed)

Family Rooms (double bed and two single beds in one room)

CHALETS AND CAMPING

R2 300.00 per chalet for duration of the event.

 Max 2 people per chalet.

 R500.00 per campsite.

Namaqua Quest MTB

COMPULSORY GEAR

  • Waterproof jacket
  • “Wind proof” shell
  • Space blanket
  • Cell phone with the emergency number (082 579 7595) saved on it
  • 2 litres of water
  • Mini first aid kit – Strap, elastic bandage, anti-cramp tablets, anti-histamine, wound dressing, disinfectant.
  • Snacks
  • Whistle

You must carry a card with all your medical details on it such a Doctor’s telephone number, Medical insurance number, emergency telephone number and contact name, blood group, any allergies etc. This must be inside a sealed ziplock bag and on your person.

Rain/cold weather – You will NOT be allowed to go out onto the trails without any of this if the weather is foul. We will make that decision on the morning of the run – ensure you have it available!

“Water proof” rain jacket [Please note that a “wind proof” shell is NOT necessarily a “Rain proof” jacket, although a rain jacket is wind proof…] PLEASE make sure you understand the difference between the 2 garments – test it! We will have no hesitation turning you away if you have the incorrect foul weather gear.

Other useful items (not compulsory):

Sunblock, sun glasses, small camera, positive attitude and a sense of humour.

CANCELLATION / REFUND POLICY 

  • No substitutions will be accepted after 15 August 2021.  Substitution fee of R 300.00.
  • No refunds of  your deposit paid or entry fees unless we have to cancel the event due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case your entry will be transferable.
  • Please note that only fully paid entries received by 15 August 2021  will receive the complimentary event apparel.
  • Entries are not transferable.
  • NO EXCEPTIONS (INCLUDING MEDICAL).

This event will take place regardless of bad weather and will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for reasons of Safety, Act of Nature or by any reason out of our control. In this event, entry fees are NOT refundable, but will be transferable to a next event.

WATER POINTS

There will be a total of 3 water stations per day placed at strategic points along the route each day.