Joburg Ultra Series
Location: Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge
Date: 1 December 2019
Distances: Sprint: Swim 600m / Cycle 20km / Run 5km
Ultra: Swim 1,9km / Cycle 90km / Run 21km
Athletes can enter as individuals or Relay Teams for each event
Race with Passion along the Cradle’s rolling hills and show your courage to claim gold. Join us for this awesome “MUST DO” Triathlon in South Africa’s, Cradle of Humankind!
This exciting Ultra and Sprint triathlon is staged at the beautiful and easily accessible Cradle Moon Resort. The newest addition to the National Ultra Tri-Series incorporates some of the safest training routes around Joburg and gives athletes one of the most scenic race routes of any triathlon in Africa.
So sign up and lets have some fun!
JOBURG ULTRA. Golden Race in the Golden City.
SA’s most popular ULTRA Triathlon, the JHB Ultra will take place for the 2nd year at the Cradle of Humankind on December 1st
After a very successful launch at the end of 2018, Jozi’s most popular triathlon event will once again have hundreds of triathletes taking on the challenge of a Sprint or Ultra distance triathlon.
The ULTRA SERIES is unique in that it allows the PRO’s, Top Age-groupers, Weekend Warriors, Youngsters and Novices to compete at one event – all starting together and racing on the same course at the same time. There is no exclusion in terms of prestige here as the ultra-brand signifies a truly South African race brand that is for one and all. Fun from start to finish and everyone gets to feel like a winner on the day with some exciting newly designed medals up for grabs to all finishers
CHANGES FOR 2019:
A new year for the event brings along some exciting new changes. The first being the traffic control into and out of the resort. This has been streamlined to make the entry point for race day-goers a lot faster and more efficient. Ample parking is available but as per usual, athletes are encouraged to get there early to avoid the last minute rush. Athletes can check in their bikes early and then relax on the lush lawns that surround the pristine dam at Cradle Moon, until their race starts beckons. It’s always far less stressful and allot more fun when you arrive early and do not have to rush on race day.
The start times have also been changed to accommodate the summer heat that can be prevalent in the Cradle at that time of year. Ultra-athletes will now start first (6:50am) followed by the sprint triathletes (8am). This will ensure that the Ultra athletes start earlier which will hopefully curtail some of the heat experienced towards the run part for the long distance guys and girls.
The bike route will be a little different for Ultra and Sprint triathletes on the day of the event. Ultra triathletes will essentially cycle on an “outer” loop while sprint triathletes will cycle out and back on an “inner” loop. The new race route will be released in early November and a full race briefing will explain the cycle course to athletes on race day. Although challenging in nature by virtue of the rolling hills in the vicinity, the bike course takes in the natural beauty of the area that most Gautenger’s frequent on a weekly basis. This will ensure we see some fast times over the 20km and 90km bike routes respectively.
With the Ultra athletes starting their race at 6:50am and the sprint triathletes only at 8am, we should see the top sprint and ultra-athletes more or less coming off the bike together which will make for some fascinating spectating.
The run course for both sprint and Ultra is part tar – part dirt – the run course will run separate directions for both events which will ensure that athletes are aware of whom they are racing against in their respective events and age divisions. Trail shoes can be used but the normal run every day run shoes are best advised for this course. Once again, there are some drags as well as some nice long downhill sections. The run will be quick and those best prepared should love the run challenge which once again, takes in the natural beauty of the vicinity. Do not be surprised if you spot some wildlife along the way.
The Ultra and Sprint Events both offer up a team relay event whereby athletes can join up and compete in teams of 2 or 3 athletes. This makes for a fantastic day of team building and friendly competition as the various clubs, families, schools and corporate companies compete against themselves and fellow athletes in a fun filled day of swim bike and run exercise. Get your team entered now and challenge one another to show up and compete with a smile on your face. Athletes can then gather after for a braai and exchange the usual friendly war story banter
SA Long Distance Triathlon Championships 2019
This year will see the event double as the SA LD Triathlon Championships meaning besides the cool medals and trophies on offer for the Ultra Series, there will also be TSA medals awarded in each of the age categories for your overall top 3, both male and female. This will significantly up the prestige of this event as the top contenders vie to become the SA Champions in their respective age categories
The JHB ULTRA is also the last of the 4 races that make up the ULTRA SERIES so for some, it could be the last of the 4 medal haul that they are hoping to garner and hang around their necks once they cross the red carpet at the finish line
Entries are capped and are already heading for a sell out so do not delay – enter now and get your race entry confirmed well in advance