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Zini River Estates new Coastal dune track

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The 50km route of the Zini River Estates Big 5 MTB Buffalo race finishes along a brand new section of coastal forest single track along the Siyayi river banks.

This track will form part of the proposed new Siyaya Coastal trail which the 50km cyclists will be christening. The amazing natural topography, allowing for a flowing track through the beautiful virgin forest, with towering Milkwood trees hosting orchids and other interesting plant life and birds, continues all the way to the Mtunzini beach parking site before exiting through the Ezemvelo KZN wildlife reserve and on to the finish line at the Mtunzini Country club.

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Welcome to the 2015 Bell Big 5 Mountain Biking Series

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Dear Rider,

Welcome to the 2015 Bell Big 5 Mountain Biking Series held at five different venues over a five month period, in Zululand.

The areas we will be hosting these racing events are:

  • Mtunzini                   3rd May
  • Richards Bay            7th June
  • Kwambonambi         19th July
  • Monzi                         6th September
  • Hluhluwe                  20th September

Thank you again to our Series Sponsors, Bell Equipment Company, Zululand Observer, Zululand Cycles, Wetland Water, Hyperpharm, Netcare and Ola

Our 2015 Race Day Sponsors are Zini River Estate, Build It and Hluhluwe Superspar.

To all our sponsors, big and small, many who we cannot mention in our newsletter, thank you, without you we could not even begin to organise these races and we trust you receive all the support and recognition you deserve.

By now we hope all you riders have put in a few km's of training with the first race, the Zini River Estate Buffalo Charge on our doorstep in a few short weeks.

In this newsletter we'd like to bring you up to speed with some of the timing and registration procedures.

Challenge Rules

As always the sought after Challenge Medal is awarded to athletes who finish all five race. Four out of five races count towards a podium place and your slowest time of the series is dropped, so relax if you miss one race you're still in the competition. This year the races will be graded according to distance and difficulty so no matter the terrain, the times will be fair overall.

Timing and Batching

On line and pre registration is with ROAG and race timing and the on-the-day registration will again be with Casper Kriel and Multi Sports Management.

All times are forwarded to ROAG for their seeding system and we use their seeding to batch riders ONLY FOR PRE ENTRIES. If you want to be timed and seeded it is essential that you register online with ROAG. Times in the Bell Big 5 Series do count toward the seeding in all other ROAG timed race.

Please note that whilst we do accept on-the-day registrations and we are unable to place you in a seeded batch. If you decide to register on the day and you want to be timed there is a cut off time of one hour before the first race starts, but please remember that on the day registrations cannot be batched.
So race snakes if you want to be in the A batch ensure you register on-line with ROAG.
If you arrive late at registration we unfortunately cannot time you and you have to start in the last batch.

Number Boards

Number boards will be provided by Multi Sports Management and will require a R50 deposit. Boards will be issued to you for the race series at the Challenge Registration, or, if you are doing one race, at the race day registration up to one hour before the start of the first race.
Your deposit will be returned on handing in your race board at the end of the Series or at the end of each race.

Challenge registration

Registration for the Series Challenge will, this year, be held in Mtunzini on May 2nd at the Mtunzini Country Club, the start venue for the first race, starting at 11.00am and ending at 15.00pm
The first 300 who registered on line for the Challenge can collect their T-shirt plus their number board. If you haven't registered in time before the 300 cut off, we suggest you still collect your number board on the Saturday.

You can still register for all 5 races on-line with ROAG up until the 30th April and receive one race at no charge. We will not accept Challenge Entries on the Saturday at the Challenge Registration, these have to be done on-line through ROAG before the 30th April.

Race Day Goody Bags and T-shirt

For all the races Goody bags and T - shirts will be handed out to the first 500 50km and 25km riders through registration , so even if you have registered on line for all the races you have to get to registration early on if you want a goody bag and T- shirt.

10 km Challenge.

We will not be timing all the riders in the 10km race. This year we have the option of a timed race for u11's and U13's and for those who just want a casual ride, an un-timed fun ride.

The U11 and U13's timed race will leave first and will race on their own without assistance from eager relatives. The organisers will have a number of marshals and sweepers who are there to assist with any problems mechanical or otherwise. The un-timed fun ride will leave 5 minutes later.

All 10 km riders will receive a medal.

For all race updates, news and photos please visit our Face Book pages "Big 5 MTB " and “ BigFive Mountain bike” all results will be found on our website www.big5mtb.co.za

Any queries please mail us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to seeing you at the Bell Big 5 Series, until then keep those wheels turning.


Bell Big 5 Race Committee