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Fun, challenging and affordable trailrunning and mountainbiking in the heart of the Vredefort Dome UNESCO Word Heritage Site! Only a stones-throw away from Gauteng, the Vaal Triangle, Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp, Rustenburg, Welkom & Kroonstad.

Thanks to every participant for a great weekend! See you 5-6 Sept 2020!

2019 CRATER RUN RESULTS

2019 CRATER CRUISE RESULTS

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15th Ride Crater Cruise

Saturday 7 September, 2019
Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue  (10km ouside Parys on the North-West side of the river)

NEW! - Available accommodation at venue - call Dylanya - 011 888 1590

  • 4km, 19km, 42km & 82km routes! All cycling events are on the Saturday, running events on Sunday - bring the whole family!>  Secure, wilderness venue on the banks of the Vaal!

  • Ride with your partner. Self-seeding for 42 & 82km routes; C-batch - plan to finish under 20km/h, B-batch 20-25km/h,  A-batch 25+km/h

  • Indoor finish with porcelain toilets & showers!

  • Enjoy Coke and treats (savory and sweet) at all water stations!

  • Unique medals to all finishers!

  • CSA Sanctioned

  • Prize money - to be finalized (R26 000 in 2018)

 

Seeding:

82, 42 & 19km mountainbike events will have a mass start.

SELF-SEEDING will apply for 42 & 82km

A) riders plan to complete 25+km/h average

B) riders plan to complete 20-25km/h average

C) riders plan to complete under 20km/h average

Results:

  • Results will be published on www.cratercruise.co.za

  • Official CSA categories will apply

  • In categories younger than Junior (U/18), younger riders will not be eligible for older categories’ prize monies and podium positions

  • Veteran, master, (elite & U/23) categories will be eligible for younger categories’ prize monies and podium positions

 

Routes, distances, age categories, technical Skill required etc:

 

4km DIRT FLIRT (A fun ride with strictly no riders younger than 7yrs allowed)

  • A not-too-hilly, open, farm trail designed for ultimate fun, safety and enjoyment

  • basic fitness and basic medium-level of skill required

  • only R65,00, pre- and online registration!

  • Medals to all finishers

  • we will only accept entries for the 4km Dirt Flirt on race day

19km CRATER CHALLENGE  (A full-blast mountainbike event with strictly no riders U/10 and younger allowed)

  • combination of 9 kms of open gravel road and 10 kms custom-built undulated wilderness trail (with climbs & downhills) - designed for ultimate fun and enjoyment

  • 3 water stations on route (Koedoeslaagte T-junction & Hartseerdraai)

  • medium-high level of fitness and medium level of skill required. Riders must be able to climb a 300m long uphill consistently to be able to enjoy this route. Climbs are not to steep ~ 5-6% gradient

  • R190/entry. No late entries on the Saturday. Late entries on Thursday and Friday @ R250

 

42km Ride CRATER CRUISE Half-marathon (strictly no riders U/14 and younger allowed)

  • a cruise through the remote Thabela Thabeng kloof! Finishing on the Koedoeslaagte 7km custom trail along the banks of the Vaal River

  • 4 water stations on route (Thabela Thabeng, Barakah, Koedoeslaagte T-junction & Hartseerdraai)

  • high level of fitness and medium level skill required

  • R290/entry. No late entries on the Saturday. Late entries on Thursday and Friday @ R350

 

82km Ride METEOR CRUISE Marathon (strictly no riders U/18 and younger allowed)

  • a 82km challenging route

  • cruise through Venterskroon, up Suikerbos Climb, through Grootkoppe Game Reserve, up the Espach Climb, through the remote Thabela Thabeng kloof and finishing on the Koedoeslaagte 7 km custom trail along the banks of the Vaal River

  • 6 water stations on route (Thabela Thabeng, Suikerbossie, Suikerbossie again, Barakah, Koedoeslaagte T-junction & Hartseerdraai)

  • high level of fitness and medium-high level skill required

  • R390/entry. No late entries on the Saturday. Late entries on Thursday and Friday @ R450

  • No late entries on the Saturday.

 

Number pick-up & late entries:

  • Thursday, 5 Sept, 09:00-17:00 at Anatomic Factory Outlet, Northcliff Johannesburg (find us on Googlemaps)

  • Friday, 6 Sept, 15:00-18:00 at Anatomic Factory Outlet in Parys (find us on Googlemaps)

  • Saturday, 7 Sept, 06:30-07:30 at Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue (find us on Googlemaps)

 

Event schedule:

  • Gates open at 06:00

  • 06:30 - Number pickup only for 42 km & 82 km events

  • 06:30 - Late entries and number pick up for 19 km Challenge & 4 km Dirt Flirt only

  • 07:30 - Start of 82 km Crater Cruise Marathon

  • 08:00 - Start of 42 km Crater Cruise Half-marathon

  • 08:30 - Start of 19 km Crater Challenge

  • 08:45 - Start of 4 km Dirt Flirt

  • 12:00 - Cut-off for 82km route at Thabela Thabeng entrance at 52km mark. Riders will be sweeped to start or short-routed

  • 13:00 - Prize giving

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Crater (trail) Run

Sunday 8 September, 2019

Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue  (10km ouside Parys on the North-West side of the river)

NEW! - Available accommodation at venue - call Dylanya - 011 888 1590

Route maps 

 

  • 4km, 8km and  new10km routes! - Secure, wilderness venue on the banks of the Vaal!

  • Indoor finish with porcelain toilets & showers!

  • Enjoy Coke and treats (savory and sweet) at water stations!

  • Unique medals to all finishers!

  • R3000 prize money!

Routes, distances, age categories, technical skill required etc:

 

4km Crater Fun (trail) Run (A fun run with strictly no runners/hikers younger than 6yrs allowed)

  • A not-too-hilly, open, farm trail designed for ultimate fun, safety and enjoyment

  • 2 water stations on route. No need to carry your own water (at bridge & Hartseerdraai)

  • basic fitness and basic level of trail skill required

  • only R50,00 per entry! Medals to all finishers!

  • We will accept late entries and entries on the day @ R60

 

8km Crater (trail) Run  (A proper trail run with strictly no runners younger than 10 allowed)

  • 1km easy, more open, start loop (supporters will be able to see their runners entering the 7 km custom-built trail)

  • The trail is an undulated wilderness trail - designed for ultimate fun and enjoyment

  • 2 water stations on route. No need to carry your own water (at bridge & Hartseerdraai)

  • medium-high level of fitness and medium level of skill required

  • R80,00 per entry. Medals to all finishers!

  • We will accept late entries and entries on the day @ R100

 

10km Meteor (trail) Run (A all out, full-blast trail run with strictly no runners younger than 10 allowed)

  • 1km easy, more open, start loop (supporters will be able to see their runners entering the 9 km custom-built trail)

  • The trail is an undulated wilderness trail - designed for ultimate fun and enjoyment

  • The 2km Killi trail will take runners to the upper slopes of Koedoesberg offering spectacular views of the Area

  • 2 water stations on route. No need to carry your own water (at bridge & Hartseerdraai)

  • medium-high level of fitness and medium level of skill required

  • R110,00 per entry. Medals to all finishers!

  • We will accept late entries and entries on the day @ R130

 

Number pick-up & late entries:

  • Friday, 6 Sept, 15:00-18:00 at Anatomic Factory Outlet in Parys

  • Sunday, 8 Sept, 06:30-07:30 at Koedoeslaagte Trail Park & Venue

 

Event schedule:

  • Gates open at 06:00

  • 06:30 - Registration

  • 07:30 - Start of 10 km Crater Run

  • 07:35 - Start of 8 km Crater Run

  • 07:50 - Start of 4 km Crater Run

  • 09:30 - Prize giving​