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RAMASGATE – Africa’s Hardest One Day Enduro
You have Erzberg, you have Romaniacs and you have Hells Gate, now you have a new hard enduro on your doorstep, RAMASGATE. The hardest one day enduro in Africa bought to you by the WFO Club.
RAMASGATE is setting its goal to be the best one day hard enduro race weekend in Africa. Focusing on giving riders unrivalled Lesotho and East Griqualand riding terrain and designed to harness the fellowship across all off road riding facets with a dash of East Griqualand hospitality we aim to create an off road riding weekend like no other.
This event is taking place on the 9th and 10th of November 2018 from Chertsey farm, 8km outside Matatiele, providing the perfect venue close to the Lesotho Border post, RAMASGATE.
Providing entrants with the perfect Hard Enduro GPS rider training in the Lesotho Mountains leading up to the Roof of Africa in December this event is going to be one that you don’t want to miss. After much discussion with our local and international riders we have put together an event that caters for all riders in one weekend, providing a true challenge designed to enhance fellowship amongst all off road and enduro riders and their families. Added to this, this event provides the ultimate platform for all motorcycle manufacturers and motorcycle industry related businesses to engage with their target market in the most unique way. Hosted by the WFO club, who together with the Matatiele community, are pulling out all the stops to make this weekend really special and value for money. WFO Club Event Organiser Trevor Kirk says “ ….We intend providing a world class event in the Lesotho mountains to challenge bronze, silver and gold enduro riders. We have also incorporated an adventure bike ride that will compliment this race to ensure that the entire adventure bike riding, off road riding and enduro community have a weekend together like no other. We look forward to hosting this event and making it a weekend to remember”.
Entries will open on the 3rd of September and will be limited to 300 riders so get your entries in for this value packed weekend. WFO have been able to keep costs down and give the riders a value for money weekend like no other at cost of R750 per rider including all logistics for the race, including supper on Friday and Saturday nights. For non riders Friday night braai with salad R100pp and on Saturday night sheep on the spit with salad R120pp. There will be camping facilities available at the Start and Finish which is the same for both days of racing with a tented village at R300 per tent, or bring your own tent no charge. Added to this there is plenty of accommodation available in and around Matatiele with Resthaven in Matatiele offering discounted prices for entrants.
The event will start with registration and the Prologue of 30km on Friday the 9th of November, between 12h00 and 16h30, from Chertsey farm just outside of Matatiele followed by a rider’s Braai while their bikes receive a complimentary bikewash before they are placed in the bike impound ready for the main race start on Saturday morning at 8h30.
The main race will start at Chertsey farm with a mass start for Pro, Expert and Hobby classes similar to Erzberg, with the first stage of the route making its way through too RAMASGATE border post where there will be a 15 minute decontrol while you stamp your passport and refuel ready for the Lesotho Mountains that lie ahead in stage 2. The 2nd stage will start with specific routes for the Expert Class and Pro Class GPS tracks set by experienced Pros to ensure that the route tests your ability and fitness as you ride some of the most scenic and insane riding terrain available in Africa. Stage 2 ends back at the RAMASGATE decontrol for a passport stamp and refuel ready for the final stage 3 back to the finish at Chertsey farm. The Hobby class will have a 3 hour decontrol between stage 1 and stage 3 whereby they are permitted to ride to the various spectator points to watch the Expert and Pro classes. Stage 3 will start when the first Gold rider comes through the decontrol when all the other classes will be able to start stage 3 ad race to the finish at Chertsey Farm.
Making this event unique is that there will be a GPS Adventure bike route that follows the main route which will be an amazing adventure for the adventure biking enthusiasts. Adventure biking in the Lesotho Mountains on an adventure route while you have prime spectator opportunities to watch the hard enduro riders, you could not ask for more. We believe that the adventure bikers will enjoy being part this event with their fellow off road riding enthusiasts making this event a great success.
After an enjoyable days riding for all riders we will celebrate in true Matatiele style on Saturday Night with a few Sheep on the spit at the Matatiele country club with some interesting biker entertainment and presentation of your RAMASGATE finishers “Rock”. Please support this event and bring your family with to enjoy a wonderful weekend. More information will be available at www.wforacing.co.za or contact Nadine on 073 990 3698 further details.
Route and Class Information
All routes have been completed and have been pre ridden to get input from the required level of riders. This valuable information helps us “tweak” the routes to make it even better for our Hobby, Expert, Pro and Adventure bike routes
This event is taking place on the 9th and 10th of November 2018 from Chertsey farm, 20km outside Matatiele, providing the perfect venue close to the Lesotho Border post, RAMASGATE. The whole spirit of this event is to provide a unique opportunity for all forms of dirt bikers to enjoy this weekend. Riders are able to camp at the venue in the tented village at a cost of R300.00 or bring your own tent.
Enjoy a Matat braai on Friday night followed by a spit braai on Saturday night, a Ramasgate signature Golf Shirt and awesome riding all included in the entry fee of R750. That’s what you call value for money, like no other. For non-riders the cost for the Matat braai is R100.00pp and Sheep on the Spit R120.00pp.
RAMASGATE is setting its goal to be the best one day hard enduro weekend in Africa while at the same time giving our hobby class riders and adventure bikers the ultimate riding experience, without the “racing” pressure, so that they can enjoy the experience. On Friday there will be a time trial for those serious riders who want a better start position for the Saturday ride. All the classes will start and finish at Chertsey farm with the Saturday route comprising of 3 stages with all classes doing the same stage 1 and Stage 3, apart from the Adventure class that have their specific adventure class route. Stage 1 starts in the form of a mass start in rows of riders determined from the previous days’ time trial and ends at the Ramasgate decontrol where all riders will do their passport checks. From there the Expert, Pro and Adventure bike classes will complete their specific class route as part of stage 2 which ends back at the Ramasgate. The Hobby class do not do stage 2 but have a 3 hour decontrol to joy ride and spectate in Lesotho. All classes will then start stage 3 which follows a nice flowing route back to the finish.
The Hobby class has been designed for your lower Bronze rider/fun rider who maybe has not got the fitness, as he most probably works for a living, but wants an enjoyable less stressful ride. The route will comprise of enjoyable flowing sections in stage 1 from the start to the Ramasgate refuel where they will have a 3 hour decontrol. The hobby class will have a 3 hour decontrol at the Ramasgate refuel where they will be able to ride at their leisure to various silver and gold spectator points to encourage the riders. The Hobby Class stage 3 will start when they join the expert and pro riders in the final racing stage home which is a nice flowing section down to the finish
The Expert Class has been designed to cater for riders that are at Silver Roof of Africa level and above average bronze rider. The expert loop will start at Ramasgate and be a different loop than the Pro class. Completely on GPS tracks testing a silver riders technical ability and fitness in order to complete stage 2 receiving there Ramasgate signature medal at the finish.
The Pro Class is going to be really tough and if you consider yourself to be a top 30 Roof of Africa rider then this class is for you. This route in the words of Martin of Romaniacs, is not for “pussies” so bring your A Game. Steep climbs and tricky downhills will provide you with some interesting riding challenges and may need the riders to overcome some of their personal weaknesses, like fear of heights, in order to complete this section. We intend to have 10 finishers who are deserving of the tailor made Ramasgate Rock as a reward for their achievements. In order for the organisers to be sure that riders entering the expert loop, have the technical ability, there will be a Pro signature climb in racing section 1 whereby you will earn your Gold Ticket to enter the Pro Route. If you don’t have a gold ticket you will have to do the expert loop.
The adventure bike routes have been designed for the ultimate adventure rider who would like a scenic ride in the beautiful Lesotho Mountains that is designed specifically for the adventure bikes. The Adventure bike route starts and finishes with the other classes and basically runs along/near to the Hobby, Expert and Pro routes enabling adventure riders to stop along the way at many spectator points. This route is going to be awesome from the comments and pictures we have received from the adventure bike route directors.
After an enjoyable days riding for all riders we will celebrate in true Matatiele style on Saturday Night with a few Sheep on the spit at the Matatiele country club with some interesting biker entertainment and presentation of your RAMASGATE finishers “Rock” or signature medals. Please support this event and bring your family with to enjoy a wonderful weekend.