Recommended Goods

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    A Mobile Phone

    A fully charged mobile phone loaded with all emergency numbers supplied at race registration. Keep the phone switched off to preserve battery life.

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    Sun Block

    With a minimum SPF factor of 20.

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    First Aid Kit

    Consisting: 1 stretch bandage, 2 dressings, adhesive plasters, foil survival blanket.

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    Hydration

    A minimum of 2.0l of fluid to be carried by each rider.

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    Bike Repair Tools

    Tools comprising of Spare tubes, a multi tool, replacement derailleur hanger, inflation device (Pump etc).

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    Sunglasses

    A pair of sunglasses.

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    Clothing

    3 x sets of cycling clothing (ensure you invest in some good quality cycling shorts).

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    Supplements

    Energy bars and food.

What you will need at the Race Village

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    Credit card or cash

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    Sleeping bag and cover sheet

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    Casual clothing

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    Slip slops

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    Hat or cap

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    Torch/Headlamp

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    Toiletries

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    Towel

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    Locks for your bag and tent

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    Personal medication

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    Laundry bag

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    Chamois cream

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    Mosquito repellent

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    Washing detergent

Nutrition

Race Village

Riders will be supplied with a scrumptious lunch and dinner every day. The lunch will be served informally. Dinner is more formal, accompanied by the day’s prize giving and race briefing.

En-route

There will be 2 or 3 water points at each stage. These points will supply energy drink, cold water and coke and will have a snacks and food own to the area. Please refer to the route section for the exact distances between the water points.

Beverages

Alcoholic and soft drinks will be on sale from the bar in the rider area as well as complimentary drinks in the chill zone.

Water

The race organizers will supply single source water for the water points and consumption during each stage. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks will be sold at the venue.

Race Rules

Bike Service

It is essential that riders start the race with a well serviced and prepared bicycle – take it to your local bike shop and explain what you are planning for the next 3 days – they will do the necessary. It is advisable that you carry brake pads, tubes, a master link and a replaceable dropout (remember it is unique to every bike) with you.

The race village

Cycle Tech Zone will supply a complete bicycle repair service at the race village. They also supply a maintenance plan for the duration of the event – It is highly recommended that you look at this option. Please see the website.

Bike wash

This is a complimentary service provided by the event and note that a bike has to be cleaned before any servicing is done.

Security

The race village will offer a secure bike storage facility. Riders will have to sign in to deliver their bikes, as well as sign it out. Bikes have to be personally delivered and picked up from this location – no exceptions. Although there are no real safety concerns within the race village, riders must at all times, when their bikes are not in the secure storage facility, be alert and keep their equipment safe.

Bike Maintenance

It is vital that you start the race with a well-serviced bike. If needs be, take it to your local bike shop and explain what you are planning – they will do the necessary. We also advise that you carry brake pads, tubes, a master link and a replaceable dropout (remember it is unique to every bike).

For 2017 the Glacier Cradle Traverse’s maintenance operation will be handled by an official bike tech support manager, JP van Zyl from Cycle Tech Zone. All service providers will be on standby within the race village and surrounding areas. Official bookings will be taken by JP and his team.

The service runs just before stage 3 – in other words, it is good for 2 service events, after stage 1 and 2. If you prefer to do your own basic maintenance, the workshop will gladly take care of major technical issues. It will stock SRAM and Shimano components, from X-9 and XT upwards respectively.

The service process: You will be exhausted at the end of each day, longing for a hot shower and a meal. However, nothing is more frustrating than a misbehaving bike, so bike care needs to be worked into your daily routine. Our service partners will service your bike as quickly as possible, but keep in mind that a proper job takes time.

The benefit of the maintenance plan is that you can simply bring us your bike after the stage and collect it again later, serviced and cleaned. All your details will be captured, so there won’t be any hassle or fuss. We will check your bike thoroughly and if we find a problem, you will be notified via mobile phone with a quote.

If you will be handling your own maintenance, you can still bring your bike to the service admin desk and let us know what you want fixed. The race organization is offering a complimentary bike wash service, so before you bring it to the workshop, please make sure it is clean.

We will inspect the problem and provide you with a cost estimate which you will have to sign before any work is started. All maintenance work can be paid for by credit card (Visa/MasterCard) or cash before the bike is released.

Please book here.

Health, Personal & Kids

Medical

The Glacier Cradle Traverse will supply a full medical service at the race village and en-route. Trained medical personnel, including a race doctor and medics will also be on the route on quad bikes or 4×4 vehicles to handle any emergencies that may occur. More serious cases will be transferred to any of the local hospitals, where a more comprehensive service is available.

Basic medical services are for free, but recurring injuries or treatment of pre existing chronic conditions will be charged for. Please remember to carry the details of your medical insurance with, in case of hospitalization.

Personal

Please ensure that you bring your personal medication as prescribed by your physician. We are riding through areas with a high population of honey bees, so come prepared in this regard. Also ensure that you are carrying a sun block with at least a 20 SPF factor.

Laundry service

We want you to enjoy your stay without the added worries of having to do the washing. Therefore, we are offering a laundry package at a very reasonable rate and will guarantee that you will have clean and dry clothing for tomorrow’s stage.  Please enquire at the race office.

Kiddies

Not many things provide greater peace of mind when you know your children are well looked after when you partake in this fabulous event, therefore a service is provided to children of riders taking part in the race. This will entail adult supervision with meals and entertainment at the race venue, during the morning of each stage, and also during dinner.

The entertainment will include both educational games as well as some physical exercise, make sure you pack their bikes and sports shoes!

This service is at a cost of R1800 per child for the weekend (children under 15 years old).

The hours of supervision are from 17:00 – 20:00, 08:00 – 14:00 and again from 18:00 – 20:00 and from 08:00 – 13:00 on the final day.

Pre-booking of this service is essential, so please book here!

Sports Massage Service

The Glacier Cradle Traverse will provide a complete sport massage service coordinated by EPT Recovery.

The massage service will be available on Friday and Saturday at the Avianto race village.

“It is essential to pre-book and pre-pay your massage with Allow us to be your partner for your ultimate recovery experience. EPT the ultimate recovery experience, a multi-disciplinary team, are privileged to provide you with a hands-on sports massage service on behalf of Dryland Event Management.

Their massage therapy is administered with up to date treatment techniques, and effective treatment products, executed by highly qualified therapists. They also offer a variety of massage therapy products that enables the client to do self-treatment to ensure overall health of the body. Their professional services include recovery massage therapy, myofascial release, ice baths, strapping, taping and stretching. They also provide general advice on optimal recovery during and after the event.

EPT is now working with COMPEX SA to provide you with another tool to aid in your post event recover. COMPEX, is an electrical muscle stimulation device developed over the past 30 years and houses up to date patented technology, or MI, scans YOUR muscle physiology and automatically adjust the parameters within the program to YOUR body/muscle state. COMPEX recovery programs are based on scientific evidence and results in a 300% increase in blood flow and 25% decrease in lactic acid.

We offer the following:

Pre-event Massage and Stretching,

Recovery Massage and Stretching,

Pre-event Strapping and Taping (Kinesio taping and EAB strapping),

Strapping and Taping (Kinesio taping and EAB strapping),

Foam rolling station (foam rollers and myofascial ball provided).