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2012 Mantshwabisi 1000 takes shape
In 1975 The Four Wheel Drive Club of Southern Africa – Gauteng Branch (FWDCSA) held the first Trans-Kalahari Road race in the Vryburg area, then in 1980 the race moved to Botswana and the Toyota Desert Race was born. The first bikes competed in the event in 1986, with quads joining a few years later and for most of the time bikes and quads have been an integral part of the annual Toyota 1000 Desert Race (TDR), which is part of the ABSA Off-Road Car Racing Championship.
The FWDCSA is pleased to announce that The Mantshwabisi 1000 event is once again an addition to the Southern Africa Off-Road Bike and Quad Championship calendar.
This marathon race, now in its second year as a stand-alone event, is named after the village which the race used for many years as an overnight stop, and brings with it all the history and the legacy of the past but in a new format for bikes and quads which will soon rival similar events such as the Roof of Africa and the Baja.
Taking place on 21 and 22 June 2012 (before the Toyota Desert Race) the competitors will use two loops of 250 kilometers as their route, beginning and ending at Race Headquarters / DSP located in the village of Kumakwane. The DSP is a fully-fenced, secure 85 000 square meter “Dakar Style” encampment north of Kumakwane, a small village 25km west of Gaborone, with dedicated pit areas, wash bays, full bar and catering, all amenities, medical facilities, camping area and spectator grandstands.
Documentation takes place from 14h00 on 20 June and the competitors will race one or two laps of the 250km route, challenging the skills, tenacity and endurance of both rider and machine. Then, as if that is not tough enough, riders will complete the event by doing another one or two laps of a different 250 km route the next day!
Bronze 1 loop ridden either on Day 1 or Day 2 (250 km)
Silver 1 loop ridden on each day (500km)
Gold 2 loops ridden on Day 1 and 1 loop on Day 2
Platinum 2 loops ridden on each day (1000km)
Across the 500km of route there are many spectator points and the support of the local population in Botswana is legendary.
The event will not be a part of any South African National or Regional championship.
Classes are in based simply on engine size as well as the applicable MSA and FIM technical requirements:
The minimum age for entry is 16 as at 01 June 2012, but only riders over the age of 18 at the same date will be allowed to ride the full 500km each day; younger riders will only do one lap of the 250km route each day (Bronze or Silver).
In order to compete, riders will have to comply with the following:
Over the years, the challenge of riding and surviving the 1000km through the Botswana bush has drawn many riders and those who have had the skill, spirit, courage and determination proudly display their finisher’s medals and trophies. Stories abound of the race amongst those who have risen to this challenge and completed the race.
Prize money will be dependent on the final number of entries plus trophies and medals await those riders who have the 'right stuff' to tackle this event. Entries open on 15 April 2012. Numbers will be restricted to 200 entrants in total and the entry fee will start from R650.
The race is being organised by the team from the FWDCSA with all its more than 30 years’ experience of managing the TDR and promises to be a world class event. The competitors will be supported by a race structure second to none – 50 government officials, 450 policemen and -women, 30 marshals, 12 paramedics, 2 off-road ambulances and 2 road ambulances, a medical helicopter, all of which are managed via full coverage of the route via two radio networks.
Fuel will be transported by the race organisers to the refuel points which will be manned by teams from the ATV Club in Pretoria who have fulfilled this role for many years.
Nearby camping and a host of other accommodation options in Gaborone are available to entrants and the organisers have agreements in place to smooth the crossing of the border at designated border posts.
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