4-5 April 2020 @ Koedoeslaagte

It is with great sadness that we have to cancel our 24-hours Southern Skies in April 2020 due to the State of Emergency requirements announced by the president on 15 March. We value your interest and support and promise to be back in 2021. We decided to refund all participants. A small percentage of this fee will however not be refunded to cover some admin, marketing and banking charges. People who have paid for accommodation will be refunded too.


Stay healthy and use all the extra time to do you secret training. Cycling greetings, The Southern Skies Team.

LIMITED entries - 50 teams and 70 solos

Venue: Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue

Special venue features:

  • Hosted on the banks the Vaal River with a 30 m x 20 m recreational area and a roofed relay zone

  • Bike wash!

  • Ablutions with hot showers!

  • Electricity available only for charging inside the Koedoesaal

  • Boiling water 24/7

  • Braai facilities and Koedoekraal Lapa

  • Anatomic Factory Shop clothing sale

  • Quality, affordable local cuisine food stall and tuck shop by Najaarsrus


Time: Sat 4 April 2020 - Sun 5 April 2020
Start: 12:00 on Saturday (Le Mans-style start with 100m run) The first lap is intended for the better rider in the team with a 9km (2km longer than the standard day lap) including a challenging mountain section that is reserved for the first lap only. The first lap will be a race and the winner will be awarded R1000 prize money for the first male and R1000 for the first female rider!
Number pick-up:

  • Fri 3 April at venue - 16:00-19:00 - Koedoeslaagte

  • Sat 4 April - 07:00-11:00 - Koedoeslaagte


Sanctioning: According to UCI MTB XCO rules unless otherwise specified

Format: Cross country/lap racing (±5km night lap & ±7 km day lap). Most laps/shortest time within the allotted 24 hours

Route: Along the banks of the Vaal River and into the mountain area, surrounded by wilderness and the unspoiled night sky

  • a purpose-built mountainbike track with fun and safety in mind

  • the route is ideal for wet or dry conditions alike

  • the route is fairly challenging and medium level of fitness and skill is required

  • the route is fair with ample opportunity to pass

  • the route and venue is secure; fenced in on private land

Route opens for training: Sat 4 April 09:00-11:15
Team managers briefing: Sat 4 April at 11:00
Prize giving: Sun 5 April @ 12:15


Categories: Age is determined by the age you will become/have become in
2020 - age at 31 December 2019



  • strictly no team riders younger than 10

  • no more than four riders 14 years and younger per team

  • R 2 800/ team entry (calculates to only R 400/rider for a team of 3 to 7 riders - includes camping, facilities, parking etc. R 3 300 for late entry.

  1. Open Team: 3-7 riders per team, any mix of age and gender (if a team
    consists of 3 or more women, they will automatically qualify as a mixed team)

  2. Mixed Team: 3-7 riders per team, minimum of 3 women/team. The women 
    should complete a minimum of 12 laps in total between them. Mixed teams qualify for the overall prize category

  3. Women's Team: 3-7 women per team. Women teams qualify for the overall
    prize category

  4. Biltong Team: 3-7 riders per team, any mix of age and gender, average age
    of 40 (using rider's ages at 31 December 2019). A Biltong Team with 3
    women riders will automatically qualify as a Mixed Team. Biltong teams
    qualify for the overall prize category

  5. High School team:

    • A full compliment of 7 riders per team is required

      any mix of gender

    • 6 riders all from the same high school and 1 adult

    • The adult to be team manager

    • High School teams will not qualify for the Overall or Mixed prize categories, but for the High School category only


  • A solo rider, male or female: strictly age 19 or older, R 450 per entry, R 600 per late entry



Overall Teams:

1st - R 3 000 & free entry for 2021!

2nd - R 2 000

3rd - R 1 000

4th - R 500

Mixed Teams

1st - R 2 000

2nd - R 1 000

3rd - R 500


Biltong Teams

1st - R 1 000

2nd - R 500


High School Team

1st - R 2 000

2nd - R 1 000

3rd - R 500


Solo Male and Female

1st - R 2 500/ R 2 500

2nd - R 1 000 / R 1 000

3rd - R 500 / R 500

Additional prizes:

  • First after first lap male - R 1 000

  • First after first lap female - R 1 000

  • Random lucky draw prizes throughout the event - if you have a rider on course at the right moment, you are eligible for all kinds of lucky draw prizes!



Accommodation, tents & chalets: Dylanya, reception@cycling-sa.co.za 011 888 1590

Organiser:  Attie Koekemoer, attie.koekies@gmail.com  082 335 3358

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