MiWay Midlands ULTRA – SA’s Most Iconic Triathlon

Just as you are not a “runner” until you have run Comrades or a “cyclist” until you have done Argus, so goes the saying. you are not a “triathlete” until you have done the MiWay Midlands Ultra.

From humble beginnings, Damian Bradley along with his B-Active crew have grown this event into one of those bucket-list items that every triathlete must do. A locally born and bred Triatlon Series, the Ultra Tri Series is now national with another 3 events (Durban/Sun City/Cape Town) on the yearly tri calendar. Its the Midlands Ultra however which is the pinnacle of the series.

Known for its tough course and the hot conditions that can be experienced at the Midmar Dam Resort in the KZN Midlands, the Midlands Ultra is truly a test of ones fitness and character. The saying goes “if you can finish this event, you can finish any event”.

MiWayLife have put a lot of time and money into growing this series along with Damian and his team and competitors are always in for an experience way beyond you will find at most other events you might happen to enter. Good Value and a great race experience is guaranteed.

This years Midlands Ultra takes place in just over 2 weeks time and the cream of the crop will be heading to Midmar Dam on the 26th November for this years edition of the MiWay Midlands Ultra Tri

Entries are open with some late entry spots still up for grabs

 

GPS CO-ORDINATES

30d11™37.85³E 29d2927.86³S

 

REGISTRATION TIMES

Saturday 10:00am 4:00pm / Sunday 5:00am 6:30am

 

REGISTRATION VENUE

Conference room by main Slipway

 

START TIMESULTRA:

Men Ind ULTRA: 7:30am (Or as soon as the last swimmer is out the water)
Ladies Ind ULTRA: 7:32am
ULTRA Teams: 7:34am

 

 

DISTANCES

ULTRA 1.9km Swim / 90Km Cycle / 21km Run

 

 

How a TEAM entry (relay) works:

You may participate as a TEAM for the Ultra distances (minimum age for Ultra is 18yrs).

You may enter as a Corporate, school or family TEAM

A team consists of 2 or 3 members. Each team member competes in one discipline i.e. 1st team member = Swim, 2nd team member = Cycle, 3rd team member = Run. The Team event works like a relay. The team gets given a timing chip which will act like a batten and will get passed onto each team member in the transition area. Along with the timing chip, the Team also get 2 x race numbers which are worn by the cyclist and by the runner. The swimmer will get an official swim cap.

 

RACE BRIEFING

6:45am for all competitors (Compulsory)

 

WET SUITS

A decision on wetsuits will be taken at 6am on race day, as per TSA rule

TRI BARS

Are allowed for both events

BIKES

Mountain Bikes and TT bikes are allowed.

DRAFTING

NO Drafting will be allowed in the Ultra event.Strict rules apply.

TIMING

Timing Chips will be provided at Bike Check in on race day.Race numbers MUST be worn and will be given to athletes at Registration.

CUT-OFF TIMES

NEW ULTRA RACE Cut Off Time: 8hrs 5min (7:25am  3:30pm)Swim: 1hr05min (8:30am) Cycle: 4hrs (12:30pm) Run: 3hrs (3:30pm) Ultra Teams will get 8hrs time limit (3:30pm) Athletes must take note, that prize giving will commence at 3pm and competitors still out on the course will be allowed to finish and receive a medal up until 3:30pm.

SWIM CAPS

Competitors will be given OFFICIAL RACE Yellow swimming caps at registration.

TRANSITON AREA

The Transition Area will open at 5:15am by the TSA Officials. Your bike, helmet and swim cap will be checked when you enter the transition area. You will not be allowed to exit the Transition Area with your bike until after the last competitor has finished you bike leg. The Transition Area will close and everyone must exit at 6:50am for race briefing

KIT BAGS & EQUIPMENT

Competitors must remove all kit bags from the Transition area before 6:55am. There will be a kit bag area provided at your own risk. The Officials and Organisers will in no way be responsible for lost or stolen items.

WHAT TO PACK

What to pack for your Triathlon   view here

Outside Assistance

:No athlete will be allowed any Special Needs assistance by the EO or the Officials during the Sprint or Ultra race.

CARS & SUPPORTERS

NO support or spectator cars will be allowed on the R103 / Midmar Road due to the Athletes safety. Anyone found driving on the route will result in their athlete being disqualified. The Ultra Route is spectator friendly and family and friends are encouraged to watch the competitors from the entrance gates of Midmar Dam (5min walk from the start). There will be a water point here, where competitors will be allowed to hand over special requirements and bottles.

RUN LAPS

Ultra Race 3 Laps (21 km). All on tar roads.

WATER TABLE

There will be 4 Water tables o n the 7km Run route and 4 Water Tables on the 5km Run route.

NUTRITION AT RUN WATER TABLES

Water Sachets, 32Gi Endure, 32Gi Gels & 32Gi Bars, Coke and Bananas will be available at Run Water tables. If the weather is very hot, Sponges will be available at all run water tables. *Rubbish must be thrown away within 100m after each water table.

If caught throwing away after this, your will be disqualified.

BIKE WATER TABLE

There will be 1 water table at 29km, 58km and 87km distances for the Ultra Competitors. 32GI Race Bottles will be provided + Water Sachets*Rubbish must be thrown away within 100m after each water table. If caught throwing away after this, your will be disqualified.

TSA DAY LICENCE

If you dont have your TSA Licence with you on the day, it is compulsory to pay for a day Licence Ultra = R100.00

DRUG FREE SPORT

 

Athlete Medication Athletes must apply for Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) if they are using a prohibited substance for legitimate, medically justified reasons to avoid any embarrassment for the athlete or TSA. Any athlete with a documented, legitimate medical condition may apply for TUE. Drug Free Sport will be conducting tests on a regular basis at TSA events. All information is available on www.drugfreesport.org.za

 

TSA REGISTERED ATHLETES

All TSA Registered Athletes can check their Registration Number at the following link. Select your Province to view provincial names. Click here to Register

GATE ENTRY FEE

Unfortunately due to control measures by the KZN Wildlife auditors, Gate entry fees cannot be paid for by the race organisers prior to athletes entering the venue. Each entrant will therefore be responsible for paying for their own gate entry fee of R40 per adult and R20 per child under 12yrs. Athletes will get comp entry on Race day with their wrist band if registered on Saturday.

STRICT REFUNDS & TRANSFER POLICY

No Race refunds are done for any event. Athletes can transfer their pre-entry to another athlete due to a medical condition only. This will be at no extra cost. Written permission as well as a signed doctors note is required. Athlete Transfers need to be done and completed 72hrs prior to pre-entries closing. Please email: events@ultratri.co.za to apply for a athlete transfer.

Transfer Policy

Once entered your entry is FINAL.

EVENT PROTECT

This event is covered by Event Protect: What this means is that if the event is cancelled for reasons outside B-Actives control and covered under the Event Protect policy, participants will be refunded their entry fees directly. But to make this even better, it wont cost our participants a cent says B-Active Director and Ultra Series owner, Damian Bradley.Our Triathlon events are expensive to stage and for participants to enter, so we have a large financial liability to protect. The Event Protect trademark should give our participants entering our events confidence that in the case of an event cancellation, their entry fees are protected.

FINAL INSTRUCTION

Final instructions will be emailed out the week of the event.

PRIZE MONEY

 

The Overall Race prize purse totals R160 000. This includes Prize money and Prizes.

PRIZE GIVING

Ultra prize giving  3:00 pmALL Winners will need to be present at prize giving.

View Here All lucky draw winners will need to be present to collect their prize on the day

Transition Bag

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