Leg 2 of the King & Queen of Paarl Mountain 2021 Challenge
The Ares Challenge
Take on Paarl Adventure Trails’ toughest northern climb, Ares.
The Ares segment, named after the Greek god of war – or more precisely – the spirit of battle, is about as popular as the deity was. Known to be brutal and bloodthirsty, Ares was not celebrated widely, but those that conquered him, were.
The Ares segment is a steep 10% average grade climb. It is rocky and rutted and to add insult to injury, you need to climb to get there – some 650 meters over 20 kilometers. However, the reward will be worth it with 10 kilometers of sublime downhill taking you back over the Superbowl section to Rhebokskloof below.
Ares will try to break you, but those that conquer it will be legendary.
Conquering this challenge will bestow on the winning lady and gent, the Paarl Adventure Trails King (or Queen) of Paarl Mountain Leg 2 title. Complete the other two legs of the challenge as well and be crowned the 2021 King/Queen of Paarl Mountain.
Prizes include entries to the Hero Adventure Night Series, the Rock Race, the Paarl MTB Challenge, The Flatrock Festival as well as goodies from Uwe Koetter, Wilderer, CBC, Fairview, Spice Route and Rhebokskloof.
Challenge open to cycling and running disciplines.
How it Works
Quickest weighted time takes the prize!
(And bragging rights as the King or Queen of Paarl Mountain Leg 2 winner!).
Cyclists: Win two entries to the Paarl MTB Challenge (incorporating the SA National Champs) on 1 May 2021 as well as a Paarl Adventure Trails Memberships giving you access to nearly 500km of trails in MTB & Trail Run heaven!
Trail run winners take home a variety of prizes from our sponsors including gift vouchers and Paarl Adventure Trails Memberships giving you access to nearly 500km of trails in MTB & Trail Run heaven!
Both a ladies and gents categories apply.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If your results are not displayed, please check the following:
- Competition Registration Complete?
- Personal Details Complete?
- Strava Connected (and no permissions removed)?
If all these boxes have been ticked, please send us a mail at firstname.lastname@example.org to investigate.
Where weighted time displays ‘Update Details’, please enter your personal details for our calculations to work.
HOW TO ENTER
Step 1. Register for the Challenge -> https://mtbroutes.co.za/competition-registrations/
Step 2. Connect your Strava Account to MTBroutes.co.za (if you have not done so before).
Step 3. PREPARE :).
Step 4. Download the GPX file from MTBRoutes.co.za and make sure you understand where the segment starts and ends (a recce ride is advised).
Step 5. Head out to Rhebokskloof and the give it horns!
-> Strava Segment for the challenge: Paarl Adventure Trails – Ares.
-> Heart Rate Monitors are compulsory.
-> NO E-bikes.
-> Competition starts on 01/02/2021 and ends 14/03/2021.
-> You can complete the challenge/segment as many times as you wish.
-> Challenge open to runners and cyclists.
To ensure cyclists and runners from all walks of life have a fair chance of becoming the King or Queen of Paarl Mountain, we apply the formula below to calculate a weighted time.
We take into account your effort through our HR Factor, your height and weight through our BMI Factor (this number is usually unkind to stocky people, but is to your advantage here ;)) and your actual time.
In short, actual time (in seconds) X BMI Factor X HR Factor = Weighted Time.
Questions? Mail Webmaster@MTBRoutes.co.za.