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Welcome to the 2014 Bell Big 5 Mountain Biking Series

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We're looking forward to an exciting season of mountain biking in the Bell Big5 Series 2014, please join us in thanking our new headline sponsor Bell Equipment and welcome them to the heart of Mountain Biking in Zululand.

Thank you again to our Series Sponsors, Zululand Observer, Nashua, Zululand Cycles, Wetland Water, and a welcome to new sponsors Hyperpharm and Netcare.

Our 2014 Race Day Sponsors are Zini River Estate, Pick n Pay Eshowe, Build It Kwambonambi, Anchor Capital 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 Classic, on our doorstep in a few short weeks. The preview ride was a great success and the track is ready and waiting.

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

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.

Timing and Batching

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

All times are forwarded to ROAG for their seeding system and we use their seeding to batch riders. 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 can time we are 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 just just 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.


Registration for the Series Challenge will, this year, be held in Mtunzini on May 3rd at the Country Club, the start venue for the first race, starting at 11.00am and ending at 17.00pm
The first 300 who registered on line for the Challenge can collect their Goody Bag and 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. We will inform you in a separate e-mail if you were, or weren't, in time for the Goody Bag and T shirt.

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.

At the Challenge Registration Zululand Cycles will have on display all the latest 2014 bikes from a number of manufacturers, if you're contemplating a new bike this is the ideal time for a test ride. We also have have a new cycle clothing manufacturer Consafe displaying a range of cycle clothing and the now very popular Umlatuze Boot Camp will be there to sign you up with special pricing and free vouchers.

Race Day Goody Bags and T-shirt

For all the races Goody bags and t shirts will be handed out to the first 50km and 25km riders through registration on race day, so even if you have registered on line for all the races you have to get to registration early on Race Day 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 riders and sweepers who will ride with the timed race and 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 page "BigFive Mountainbike" 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