Wilro Lions Gravel Grinder 2020

Event Date: 19 April 2020 Entries Close: 12 April 2020 at 23:00
Venue: Tarlton International Raceway Province: Gauteng
Distance: 95km (R280), 55km (R180) Starting Time: from 06:30
Timed By: Racetec Board More Info:

 

 

Number Collection:
Cycle Lab Fourways Megastore
Friday 17 April 2020, from 09:00 – 17:00
or
Sportsmans Warehouse, Princess Crossing Shopping Centre
Saturday 18 April 2020, from 10:00 – 16:00
or
Tarlton International Raceway
Sunday 19 April 2020, from 05:30
Additional Information:
You will be required to produce your valid CSA license or proof of provincial affiliation at registration or you will be required to purchase an event license.
For all the new CSA Racing and Licensing Rules and Regulations please visit the CSA website, click here
.This event is timed using the RaceTec MTB Timing Board and not the orange RaceTec chip. You can buy your timing board with your online entry at R50 each. If you already have a Racetec timing board you can use that for the event.

Gravel biking
In the early days of road bike racing, most roads were not paved, so most races were held primarily on unpaved/dirt/gravel roads. Due to road infrastructure improving with time, road bike racing is now done almost entirely on paved roads. However, in the 21st century, riding and racing road bikes on gravel roads has gained popularity, at least in part due to improvements in technology.

Bicycle technology is seen as the largest contributor to the popularity of gravel biking because technology has allowed designers to integrate key characteristics of bikes across disciplines into one bike. For instance, the relaxed geometry of mountain bikes is the foundation of gravel bike frames but gravel bikes are lighter, faster and more responsive than a mountain bike. Gravel bikes also use characteristics of both cycle cross and road bikes for better comfort on long rides and the wheel clearance to accommodate rides done in torrential conditions.

The culture of gravel biking has also been another reason it has grown in popularity. Gravel races rarely call for a team of coaches and bicycle technicians because the courses susceptible to varying weather that is hard to train and prepare for. Gravel riders are generally focused on getting through a course rather than maintaining a pace during races. This give way to camaraderie on the trail and caters to a fun and relaxed atmosphere that is not always present in road and mountain bike races.

95km Route information, click here

55km Route information, click here

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