The perfect location
Bela-Bela, and in particular Sondela…
Bela-Bela, and in particular Sondela, is a well suited host city and venue for the event for the following reasons:
- Warm temperatures still characterise the area while the winter chill sets in elsewhere in Gauteng
- Bela-Bela is only a 90km from Pretoria on the N1 North highway, which makes it an easy commute for riders from the biggest MTB catchment area in the country
- Sondela is right next to the freeway and is signed from the off-ramp.
- There are no other stage races in the country over this time of the year, making the Waterberg Encounter a valuable “keep fit” option through winter.
The Waterberg Encounter affords our passionate partcipants an unequalled on and off road experience. The host city, Bela Bela is within easy travel distance, along the N1 North highway, from the main metropolitan areas of Gauteng. It’s a MTB Encounter where riders are treated as VIP’s and where they will have access to wonderful hospitality. Spouses can also book all meals with their riding counterparts, which creates a very unique and family orientated environment at meals and presentations.
Participate in Teams of Two or Solo
Riders may enter as a two-rider team or solo. Riders register in one of three different categories that include Men, Ladies and Mixed. The minimum age of participation is 18 on race day. The riders in a team must remain together at all times during the race.
The entry package includes an event t-shirt and jacket. The basic entry package (R8 800 per team/ R4 400 solo) includes breakfast and lunch, while the complete accommodation package (R12 100 per team/ R6050 solo) includes dinner and accommodation in luxury tents at Elements Private Golf Reserve on Friday and Saturday evenings. The full accommodation package is limited to 60 teams. Please note that solo riders will share a room unless otherwise arranged.
Sufficient accommodation is available at Sondela and Elements. Riders can book at either Sondela or Elements and a shuttle service will be available between the two venues from the finish of stage 1. Entries are limited to 150 teams for 2019.