2014 SA SS Champs

99 Revolutions – 16 August 2014, Mpumalanga

The hillSS are alive with the SSound of muSSic

Maria von Trapp, the Captain and some loony confused remnants of the SScrew present the 2014 SSouth African SSingle SSpeed Championships.  The serious business to be held on the unique trails of Tranquilitas, situated on very edge of the escarpment above the historical old railway town of Waterval Boven, Mpumalanga.  There may even be some bike riding involved to the earworm tunes “The hilSS are alive” and” Ride every mountain”

All bikes welcome, geared bikes will be taped butcussed. No flutes please, this aint band camp…  Just expect the unexpected!

 Entries Are Open, click here…

Some Details

  • Race date is 16th August 2014, however the weekend activities and carboloading activities (we’re sure you know what that means) start from the afternoon of Friday 15 August.
  • Entry packages
    • Full weekend packages with tents, food and race entry will be available.  Day entries available too.
    • Full weekend package registration will be available from Friday afternoon into the evening.
    • Line entries and day package registration from 8am to 9.30 am, Saturday morning.
    • Online entry closing date will be 31 July 2014, but some line entries will be available on the day.
  • As this is a non-commercial, unsponsored event, we won’t be pushing product down your throats, other than of course  that yummy amber life giving liquid.  That does obviously have a slight impact on entry fees, but you true single speeders already understand that vibe.  Be assured that the exchange rate will be good, meaning your entry Rands will be converted into many many units of fun. Not a word of a lie my bra.
  • Race details
    • Event theme is the ‘Sound of Music’ any music, no really, emotional moshing opera singers are SSingle SPEEDERS too. We won’t discriminate as long as you have fun with it, errr us on this one, no limits promise.  So start thinking of your rockin’ race clobber and party outfits…
    • Provide your own number boards and number in any form and format, paper, plastic, precious metals and even chicken or beef are all real options.  No pressure,  just a frame and fork for the best one.
    • Rider briefing at 9.45am, either Saturday or Sunday, depending on the bar tab.
    • Race start time 10am or whenever we decide
    • Race route will be almost exclusively mind bending orgasmic Mpumalanga single track.  Prepare yourself for around 30km give or take 30km which may or may not include beverage stations of some form or other.
    • Men’s, ladies and transgender winners will be crowned with something to be delivered by the mountain biking gods.  It will be melodic hic hic.
  • There will be a fully stocked bar as well as a DJ, so choon your mates.  Additional food will be available for purchase above and beyond the prebooked weekend and day package meals.
  • All Trails will be open for riding on Friday and Sunday too.
  • As it will still be wintertime, come prepared with warm woollies.  The days will be pleasant but the nights can get colder than an eskimo’s testicles.  Bring a chair too.  It will stop you from falling over.
  • Keep up to date with event details by liking the SSWC2012 FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/SSWC-2012-South-Africa/215345968549822?fref=t 

The Format

A testy fun 30km single track route cut by the master trail builder and Singlespeed record holder of the Freedom Challenge, Glenn Harrison. There are bail-out options for the not so fit, and of course there will be the ubiquitous and strange ‘non-water points’ that will entitle you to short cut.

It is a single speed event but we will tape gears up of normal bikes, so all bikes welcome.

The trails are fast and flowing and the climbs are smooth and follow the contours of the landscape, so normal gearing should be manageable.  This riding will put the muse back into your music, the jangle back into your jingle, the bells back in your balls.

How To Get There

Watervalboven is situated on the N4 approximately 260km/235km from Johannesburg and Pretoria respectively and only 100km from Nelspruit.

Directions to Tranquilitas Adventure Farm can be found here http://www.tranquilitas.com/contact.html

Entry Package Options and Where to Stay

All-inclusive race and accommodation packages (limited quantity available so enter quickly)  that includes the following:

  • Race entry & beer on course
  • Goody bag
  • A 2 person tent and single mattress for Friday and Saturday night
  • 2 x evening meals (Friday & Saturday)
  • 2 x breakfasts (Saturday & Sunday)
  • 1 x lunch on Saturday
  • Handbrake upgrade option to bring a non-riding partner / spouse.  For an additional add on fee an additional mattress will be supplied along with all weekend meals.  This will not include race entry or a goody bag.

Race Day Package (pre-entry)  that includes the following:

  • Race entry & beer on course
  • Goody bag
  • 1 x lunch on Saturday

Line entry on the day  (R375) that includes the following:

  • Race entry & beer on course
  • 1 x lunch on Saturday
  • NO goody bag, sadly.  Just enter online to avoid disappointment.

Tranquilitas Accommodation Upgrades:  For those taking the all-inclusive weekend packages, there are a limited number of Chalet & Permanent Tent upgrade options available at Tranquilitas.  These must be booked directly with Tranquilitas once you have proof of an online entry for an all-inclusive weekend package.  The upgrade charge (the difference between the tent option and the chalet / permatent) is payable directly to Tranquilitas.  Contact Ruth Behr on ruth@tranquilitas.com or call 0823880100.  These upgrades are not available to those taking the day entry option, and unfortunately due to capacity constraints, no accommodation will be available at Tranquilitas for day entrants.

Other accommodation options:  For those taking the day-only packages and wanting to lay their heads elsewhere, there are a number of B&B options in Waterval Boven and surrounds, these include:

Boven Villa Lodge 013 257 1070 bovenvilla@gmail.com www.bovenvilla.co.za
Shamrock Arms 013 257 0888 info@shamrockarms.co.za www.shamrockarms.co.za
Black Eagle Retreat 072 686 2741 info@blackeagleretreat.co.za  
Aloes Country Inn 013 257 7037 info@aloescountryinn.co.za www.aloescountryinn.co.za
Misty Valley Lodge 013 256 6000 bookings@mistyvalleylodge.co.za www.mistyvalleylodge.co.za/
Acra-Retreat  **Mountain View Lodge** 013 257 7088 acra.retreat@gmail.com http://www.acraretreat.com/index.html


Entries Are Open, click here… 


A spoonful of Daisy helps the singlespeed go round,

The singlespeed go round,

The singlespeed go round,

A spoonful of Daisy helps the singlespeed go round

In the most delightful way



3 thoughts on “2014 SA SS Champs

  1. Hy,
    we have a B&B in Waterval Boven (actually closest one to Tranquilitas) and all bikers are welcome.
    Just check our website at http://www.acraretreat.com

    Our Telephone Number is 013 257 7088 or 083 643 5305.

    We would be really grateful if you could also include us in the list of B&B’s in Waterval Boven.

    Kind regards,

    1. Thank you so much for your support !

      Unfortunately we are now fully booked !

      We would love to accommodate you at another date; alternatively we encourage you to send requests to other establishments in the area. (if you cant find anything give us a call and we will give you some more telephone numbers)

      Good luck to all & keep on rollin’

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