The Monzi farmers are waiting to greet you at The Monzi Golf Club which is situated on 75 hectares in a farming area, half way between the town of Mtubatuba and the coastal resort of St Lucia. This area lies on the southern perimeter of the new World Heritage Site of the Greater St Lucia Wetland Park, the venue for the 4th race in the Bell Big 5 Series, the Monzi Hippo Challenge.
With much work having been done and input from you riders over the past two years, this race has sections that are certain to both challenge and reward riders of all skill levels. The track that will be a delight especially for the rider who hasn't quite developed those climbing skills and a perfect ride for the whole family through the country side. As there are no serious hills, there are also no series descents and therefore be prepared for those legs to work most of the time.
Being a comparatively fast track, for the race snakes and the riders chasing a position in the Bell Big 5 Series, the Monzi Hippo Challenge race provides the perfect opportunity to improve your overall time. Leave this one out and you may be saddened to see your rivals leaping ahead of you with an improved overall average time.
The story of Monzi is a romance spanning the lives of three generations that tamed the floodplains of the Umfolozi river and infused a once largely inaccessible piece of land with their enterprising and adventurous spirit. It is this spirit of adventure which has motivated the track design as it is set along side the Monzi flats through the sugar cane fields and partially bordering the Southern Perimeter of the World Heritage site of the St Lucia Wetland Park. Once again there will be some very rideable single track, as well as through the natural forest adjacent to the Futululu reserve towards the finish.
The 10km route is designed to be a fun race aimed at encouraging the next generation's 50km entrants to begin their riding careers. This allows smaller kids or the unfit parents to participate in the race and enjoy the golf course which winds through a series of coastal lowland forests, with some impressive examples of trees such as Flatcrown, Waterberry, Hard Pear and Natal Mahogany, amongst others. The tree-tops are home to troops of vervet monkeys and the rare Msimango monkey. Red Duiker, mongoose and the occasional Bush-buck might be seen creeping through the undergrowth.
The overall day promises to be a fun family day for all involved. Whether you are the cyclist in the family, or the family cheerleader, you are sure to find something at the Monzi Hippo Race that tickles your fancy. We are extremely proud of what we have achieved as a small community and invite you to visit and see for yourself what can be achieved with minimum expense and much community co-operation. We look forward to seeing you all there once again.
10KM FUN RIDE:
Please note that the 10km will not be timed by Elite Timing but will be timed separately by the event organizers. Furthermore, only the U/10s in the 10km will receive a time from the event organizers.
The 10km results will not be posted on the ROAG website.
PRIZES & PRIZE MONEY:
As per series!
Medals will be given to all riders who participate in the 10km race.
T-Shirts will be given out!
Plenty of entertainment for the kids will be available at the venue with activities including face painting, a jumping castle and supervised play area.
FOOD & BEVERAGES:
Food and drink stalls and licensed bar facilities will be at the venue.
BELL BIG 5 CHALLENGE RULES:
- Riders must complete a minimum of 4 out of the 5 races
- The four best times out of the 5 race series are used to calculate the positions for the BELL Big 5 Series Challenge
Results for the 25km and 50km races will count toward your ROAG Ranking.
GPS start co-ordinates: S28 25.900 E32 17.924