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EARLY BIRD ENTRIES NOW OPEN

INTRODUCE THE RIDER YOU ARE TODAY TO THE ONE YOU’LL BE TOMORROW. THE GARMIN MTB CLASSIC MAKES ITS WAY TO NORTHERN FARM AND PRESENTS THE PERFECT SPRING OPENER TO THE SUMMER MTB SEASON.

20KM CHALLENGE

An action packed 20km mtb course, in reverse flow on parts of the farm you may never have cycled before. 

The course offers up a fair combination of completely manageable single trail and district road throughout. Expect this one to be fast, very fast. Suitable for novice to intermediate riders, this is a good opportunity to test your race grit.

Entry Fee : R220

WHAT YOU GET!

20km  |  110m ascent

Free bike wash

Free pass to Northern Farm for use on another date in September (early bird only)

Garmin race pack (early bird only)

Medals to all finishers

Garmin voucher

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35KM CHALLENGE

Time to dance on those pedals. The 35km route will be made up of 80% single trail, these will be in reverse flow to trails you would ordinarily ride at the farm.

Although this is not considered a technical ride, there are still one or two areas that you will need to keep your wits about you. The single trails are all well marked, well ridden in and very fast. Suitable for intermediate to advanced riders looking for a good challenge.

Entry Fee : R 270

WHAT YOU GET!

35km  |  210m ascent

Free bike wash

Free pass to Northern Farm for use on another date in September (early bird only)

Garmin race pack (early bird only)

Medals to all finishers

Garmin voucher

ENTER NOW

50KM CHALLENGE

Come out swinging this spring! This 50km is just long enough to make it hard and just short enough to make it achievable. Boasting 90% single trail along with flat and fast district roads between, it's a racing snakes dream.

The trail will flow in reverse to all trails within the farm, expect the unexpected as this course races like a true XCO course.

Entry Fee : R 295

WHAT YOU GET!

50km  |  300m ascent

Free bike wash

Free pass to Northern Farm for use on another date in September (early bird only)

Garmin race pack (early bird only)

Medals to all finishers

Garmin voucher

ENTER NOW

10KM KIDDIES RIDE

Head out on an adventurous 10km loop with the little ones.

This route is suited for children 6 - 10 years of age. Children can be escorted by one legal guardian on route. The 10km kiddies ride is led out and guided through a manageable, yet adventurous 10km loop. 

Entry Fee : R 120

WHAT YOU GET!

10km  |  40m ascent

Medals to all finishers

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EARLY BIRD ENTRIES OPEN 10 JUNE 2024

DON’T MISS OUT ON THIS AWESOME EARLY BIRD RACE MERCHANDISE. AVAILABLE TO THE 1ST 150 REGISTRANTS ONLY. EARLY BIRD MERCH INCLUDES A GARMIN RACE PACK AND ONE FREE RETURN ENTRY TO NORTHERN FARM FOR SEPTEMBER 2024.

AT THE RACE

It is time to #beatyesterday, Northern Farm is the playground for many riders across Gauteng and the safe and secure environment offers the perfect recipe for a great mtb race. The farm boasts over 110km of dedicated well maintained trail for you to race on. The entire route of this event is set within the boundaries of Northern Farm.

Riders taking part in this event can expect a festive atmosphere before and after the ride. There is ample secure parking at the venue, great food on offer, hydration for all athletes with plenty of chill space for after the event.

ABOUT THE RACE

Date : Saturday 24 August 2024

Venue : Northern Farm – Start & Finish at Northern Farm

Times : –

50km Start times from 07:00

35km Start times from 07:50

20km Start times from 08:30

Number collection : –

Number Collection will take place at Northern Farm from 06:00 on the day of the event.

ENTRIES CLOSE 21 August 2024

Event Seedings : –

We will be making use of SAS Seeding, please be sure to check your SAS seeding status ahead of time as we do not handle your seedings from other events. Seeding and race info will be sent to you around the close of business on Thursday the 14th of September 2023 via sms and email.

e-Bikes : –

We do welcome the use of e-Bikes in this event, but there is no officially recognized e-bike race and therefore no prize category. No e-bikes will be permitted into batch A-B on any of the race distances.

Event timing : –

Timing boards will be provided with live electronic chip timing. These can be collected on event day at Northern Farm.

New team prize categories : –

New to the 2024 event are teamed categories, it’s all fun and games until you pair up with a loved one, then it’s serious racing business. Here are the new team categories for the 50km ride :

– Father / daughter cat.

– Mother / son cat.

*Kindly note that the above categories are applicable to the 50km ride only and all registrants must be older than 16 on the day of the event to qualify.

PRIZE CATEGORIES

10KM 20KM 35KM 50KM
IT IS ALL FUN AND GAMES FOR THE LITTLE ONES.

THERE IS NO PRIZE MONEY FOR THIS CATEGORY, BUT THERE ARE WINNER MEDALS UP FOR GRABS FOR THE 1ST 3 RIDERS TO RACE ACROSS THE LINE.
WINNERS MEDALS & PRIZE HAMPERS FOR THE 1ST 3 RIDERS IN EACH GENDER.
WINNERS MEDALS & HAMPERS FOR THE 1ST 3 RIDERS PER GENDER.

*SPECIAL CATEGORY FOR THE 1ST FATHER DAUGHTER TEAM & MOTHER SON TEAM.
WINNERS MEDALS & HAMPERS FOR THE 1ST 3 RIDERS OF IN EACH GENDER.

POOL OF R8000 PRIZE MONEY UP FOR GRABS.

AT THE FARM

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

LET US HELP YOU WITH YOUR QUESTIONS

  • Are the routes marked or GPS?

    The 50km, 35km utilize GPS and marking. Whilst the 20km and 10km is just route marking.  We understand that signs can be moved, be it by livestock or accident. The best option is to have GPS as backup to our signage as GPS cannot be tampered with.  The routes are all clearly marked with red arrows on white boards.

  • When will we receive the GPX file?

    These are sent out 2 days prior to the event only. You will receive an email and sms. This will be sent out with your seeding. Please keep an eye out on the Thursday ahead of the race, the same content will be posted to the website where you will also be able to view seedings.

  • Can I ride my e-bike?

    You are welcome to ride your e-bike. * Please note though that we only have one official ebike category, all e-bikes will be seeded in batch C or lower and e-bikes must be declared when entering. If you arrive with an ebike that has not declared, you will be moved to the back of the race.

  • How old do I have to be?

    We advise 16 years or older for the 50km
    For the 35km 12 years plus
    For the 20km 10 years plus 

  • What if it rains?

    Generally, our grass grows greener. 

    In terms of the event, there is nothing the organisers can do about rain. It is the nature of outdoor events and we will do everything in our power to make sure the ride still goes ahead safely come rain or shine. It is mountain biking after all...

    For your further peace of mind, the team at Northern Farm have spent the last 10 months building extra drainage to make sure our trails do not flood.

  • Is this a CSA event?

    This event is not organised by CSA, we will not be working with CSA sanctioning on the event. All necessary JOC approvals, safety plans, PLI's, emergency management plans and licenses are in place.

  • When will I receive my race info?

    All race info is only sent out around Thursday afternoon ahead of the race. We first wait until all entries are in, then we need to wait for seeding to be completed and only then can we send you the info you require.

  • Can I swap batches

    Once batches have been selected you will not be able to change forward, you will only be able to drop back.  A 2 hour time penalty will be enforced on anybody found to be jumping forward. This will further effect any seedings you have negatively.

  • Can I substitute?

    Yes, you can substitute until 48 hours prior to the event, you will need to provide consent from the person being replaced. Kindly email your details with the consent to trails@northernfarm.org

    WE CANNOT SUBSTITUTE WITHIN 48 HOURS OF THE EVENT

  • What is our refund policy?

    I have to pull out for some reason. What is the refund policy? 

    Please see our refund tiers and periods below : -
    Outside of 45 days from the event. 50% refund 45 - 14 days from the event. 25% refund within 14 days of the event. No refund. You can however sell your entry to somebody wishing to substitute in. You will need to follow our online substitution process, this applies until 48 hours prior to the race, there after we cannot make changes as seeding is applied. 

  • I don't have a seeding, now what?

    You do not have to have a seeding to race. If you are not seeded, you will be placed into one of the later batches. Seeding is earned through taking part in various events, we will respect that right which has been earned by those who have shown their goods in other events.

  • Can the event be cancelled?

    If for any reason beyond our control the event is forced to cancel the race due to severe weather conditions, pandemic, act of God or insurrection or fires that puts riders’ safety at risk, the riders will not have any claim against the organisers or any of their sponsors of whatsoever nature in these circumstances. Northern Farm reserves the right to change the route for inter alia, safety and security reasons without notice. If the Jackal Dash is cancelled in total as a last resort due to events beyond our control (force majeure) – relating to, inter alia, political turmoil, natural disasters, strikes, protest action or any other major disturbance beyond our control, riders will have no claim whatsoever including but not limited to a refund against the organisers or any of their sponsors. This will include entry fees and or flights and other expenses. We will do everything in our power to reroute and to run the event in a safe and secure manner should any event of force majeure arise.

  • When will photos be ready?

    Our photographers take around a week to process and edit all the event images. When this is done, we will send you an sms and email with a link to images.

    Thank you for your patience in this regard.