Event Cost: TBC
Location: Hilton to Hillcrest
Distance: Sat: 100km & 15km; Mon: 100km, 15km, 2km45km
New look for Hill 2 Hill 2017
THE Compendium Hill 2 Hill has never been afraid to innovate and change if we believe it is for the good of the riders, and for the 2017 races we have made some massive changes which we feel will make Hill 2 Hill a much better event for all participants.
Hill 2 Hill was one of the founding partners for ROAG, which transformed mountain biking and other sports; our revolutionary seeding system was the basis for the popular ROAG Seeding system which has made most races much more pleasant; and we were probably the first mountain bike race in the country to have a separate racing batch for women only, something which even the Cape Epic has now adopted.
Now, for 2017, the Compendium Hill 2 Hill is making another massive change: For next year’s race we are changing the date away from its traditional spot on the calendar – it will be held from April 15-17 – and we are swopping the race order.
The 100km and 15km races will take place on Saturday, April 15th, with the 45km taking place after the 100km this year on Monday, April 17th. This means race registration for the 100km will be on Friday and there will be a day between the two traditional Hill 2 Hill races. Easter Sunday will be a family day off for the racers (but we are contemplating a fun “Easter Egg Hunt” ride on the Sunday).
Yes, as race organisers we know this is a massive change – not only to the time of year when the Compendium Hill 2 Hill traditionally takes place, but also the new-look to the weekend format – but we feel it is for the good of the race and once people get their heads around the alterations they will be as excited about things as much as we are. We know not everybody is going to agree with the decision but it has not been taken lightly.
So, why have we done this? Firstly, we are hoping to dodge the bad weather (and yes, we know, it also rains in April) which has become something of an unwelcome feature of the event. Secondly, we think the long weekend will give out-of-province riders a chance to come to KZN and enjoy some of the great riding and racing on offer; we also hope the change in format for the weekend will give more riders an incentive to do both the 100km and the 45km and earn the Back 2 Back medal (think of it as a mini stage race); and finally the date earlier in the year means there is less pressure on riders who struggle to find the daylight hours in winter to train for what is without doubt one of the toughest one-day races in the country.
We also have a few other changes and ideas up our sleeve, along with a new-look website which is being developed and will be launched shortly, so follow our Facebook page or visit the website and get updates as and when they are announced.