Limpopo 400 round two pre-race notes

LIMPOPO 400 3rd Round of the National Off-road Championship for Bikes & 2nd for Quads 20-21 April 2007 -- Polokwane, Limpopo Province * Off-road bikers and quad competitors will participate for the first time on national level in the...

LIMPOPO 400
3rd Round of the National Off-road Championship for Bikes & 2nd for Quads
20-21 April 2007 -- Polokwane, Limpopo Province

* Off-road bikers and quad competitors will participate for the first time on national level in the Polokwane area.

* Limpopo 400 off-road race will level the playing field

* Exciting race awaits competitors

POLOKWANE AREA HOSTS FIRST NATIONAL OFF-ROAD RACE FOR BIKERS

The Limpopo 400 will be a brand new event on the national off-road championship calendar for motorcycles and quads and will take place in the Polokwane area on 20 and 21 April.

In 2006 this area played host to the first ever international off-road race in South Africa and two years ago, the organising club, Koepel Club, was awarded the Off-road Race of the Year award for the Ford Limpopo 400, a round of the Absa Off-road championship for production and special vehicles.

The Koepel Club has been organising off-road races for more than 23 years and with such a rich history and vast experience, bike and quad racers can look forward to an exceptional event.

The Limpopo 400 will level the playing field and will start with a time- trail on Friday, 20 April, that will start and finish at the Meropa Casino and Entertainment World, the Sun International casino five kilometres outside the capital of the Limpopo Province. On Saturday (21 April) off-road enthusiasts can gather again at the Meropa Casino to experience the action of the start of the Limpopo 400 at 8h00 while the race will later finish there. Competitors will also use this as a service point between the various loops.

With safety in mind, the organisers have structured the Limpopo 400 in such a way that the bike and quad competitors will not share the same race route at the same time. Quad riders will have to complete a 100 kilometre time- trail on Friday while the bikers will take on a separate route consisting of 135 kilometres. The time-trail will determine the starting order and positions for the main race. There will be a serviceable refuel point at the Ysterberg Resort on the longer southern loop.

On Saturday, competitors will start the main race on the same section they completed their time-trail. They will have to complete this racing section twice before switching to the opposite loop. National riders will have to complete each loop twice before finishing the race at the Meropa Casino.

According to the organisers, competitors will come across typical bushveld vegetation. The route will consist of cattle tracks and sweeping tracks while competitors will come across thick sand, a long riverbed section and some river crossings. The organisers and route designers went to great lengths to minimize road-crossings to maintain high safety standards.

The Limpopo 400 will guarantee top level racing action in both the bike and quad categories while spectators will be able to view the tough guys - and girls - from all over South Africa manoeuvring their two and four wheelers in the bush.

-credit: et.komm

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