The Inside Scoop on the New MiWaylife JOBURG ULTRA Race Route
Entries have been flowing in since the announcement that the ULTRA SERIES will now have a new race on the calendar in the form of the JOBURG ULTRA on the 2nd December at Cradle Moon.
Ideally situated in the heart of the Gauteng Triathlon Community at the Cradle, the JOBURG ULTRA has already garnered a massive following with competitors rushing to get their entries in before the cut-off dates. The new date is also a big lure as it comes right at the start of the December Holidays which for some, will be a blessing in disguise, especially if they have their eye on racing East London in January. A race of this distance (1.9km swim/90km cycle/21km run) before the holidays swing into action is just what the TRI Doctor ordered. The Ultra entries are expected to sell out long before the entries-close date such is the demand and enthusiasm from the locals that reside in Johannesburg and surrounds. For the 1st time in ages, they no longer have to travel to an event of this magnitude and can now literally drive to the start venue in under 30 minutes.
The Sprint TRI Event (600m swim/20km cycle/5km run) will not be a side-show either as the Newbies, juniors and your average weekend warrior take on the challenge of a short distance triathlon event that is all about fun and participation. Triathlon is a family orientated sport with dads, moms and kids all competing in the same event, whether that be over the Ultra, Sprint or Relay Event Distances.
What can the athletes expect from this new race course?
- Swim Conditions do not come much better than the Cradle Moon Dam. Clean Water in tranquil surrounds will ensure a swim that is second to none. At that time of the year, the water is generally warm so bring the wetsuits along but be prepared for a non-wetsuit swim as well
- Each Event Start will see the Men go off in 1 wave closely followed by the ladies in a 2nd This will ensure a healthy safe spread of swimmers as they take to the water to complete either their 600m or 1.9km swims.
- For those that frequent the Cradle on a weekly basis at the moment, this race course will feel like a home ground advantage one. Most of you will know almost ever metre of this road by now so that is a definite plus in your preparation heading into this event
- For those out-of-towners, the route profile is about 150m less climbing than the Midlands Ultra Course out at Midmar Dam. This will already tell you that the Cradle is by no means flat but with the climbs and hills spread out evenly over each loop, one can expect a fairly fast cycle time especially if you find your rhythm quickly. A well prepared athlete will be able to attack this bike course with the stronger cyclists definitely suited to this new exciting race venue.
- The entire SPRINT DISTANCE run will take place on smooth car free dirt roads whilst the ULTRA DISTANCE will include a big section of tar road as well. This run course is flatter than the old one at Midmar Dam which is good news for the weary runners who look for flat roads once they are off their bikes.
In a nutshell – the course is fast, exciting and awaits a PB on this specific race course from everyone that enters come RACE DAY.
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ACTUAL ROUTE DESCRIPTIONS
2018 Race route description:
SPRINT RACE ROUTES:
SWIM: The Sprint competitors will swim 1 x Lap of 600m in an anti-clockwise direction in the Cradle Moon Dam.
CYCLE: The Sprint competitors will cycle 1 x lap out and back (10km out and 10km back) The cycle route is out of the Cradle Moon venue and left onto the M5 / Beyers Naude Drive. At the first big traffic circle the competitors turn left onto the R540 for 3.7km until the entrance to “The Cradle” Here there will be a Bike water table and a turn point. The Sprint competitors turn around and head back to the big traffic circle, then right back along Beyers Naude Drive until Cradle Moon. They then turn right back into Cradle Moon resort and back to the Transition area.
RUN: The Sprint race run route is all inside the Cradle Moon resort and the 5km run route is all on open, clear dirt roads. There will be two water tables on the 5km route which loops out into the bush and back to the finish area.
ULTRA RACE ROUTES:
SWIM: The ULTRA Race competitors will swim 2 x Laps of 950m in an anti-clockwise direction in the Cradle Moon Dam.
CYCLE: The ULTRA Race competitors will cycle 2 x laps out and back. The cycle route is out of Cradle Moon and left onto the M5 / Beyers Naude Drive. Then at the first big traffic circle, left onto the R540. The competitors will cycle along the R540, past the Lion Park and Rhino and Lion reserve. The competitors then turn right onto the R563 towards the Sterkfontein Caves. The ULTRA competitors will turn around at the entrance to the Makiti Venue. Here there will be a water table and turn point. The Ultra competitors then head back to the Big traffic circle just past the sprint turn point. Here they turn around and head back out for their second bike lap. Only once they have done two laps from the big traffic Circle to Makiti, do they then turn right at the traffic Circle and back along Beyers Naude Drive until Cradle Moon. They then turn right back into Cradle Moon resort and back to the Transition area.
RUN: The ULTRA race run route is an out and back lap (10.5km out and 10.5km pack) The Competitors will start with 5km of open clear good dirt road, using the back entrance to the Cradle Moon resort. The Ultra competitors will make their way onto the Tar R374 / Satellite Road, just below Satellite hill. The runners will turn right and run on the right-hand side of the road all the way to the Nedbank Conference venue. Here they will turn at the water table and head back along the same route, back to the Finish next to the transition area. There will be 8 water tables on the 21km route.