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We know there was a problem that arose at the turn point of the 90km route for which we apologise for the impact that it had on a number of people.
In a bid to ensure that all participants were on the road as early as possible to be able to avoid the main heat of the day etc, we miscalculated the start times a bit in that as it turns out, the first 90km group was started too soon after the last 106km group.
In hindsight, we should have started the 90km groups at least 15 x minutes later than we did, because what resulted, is the quicker 90km riders caught the slower 106km riders and the groups mixed, so the fences at the 90km turn point were not able to be put in place as the 106’s still needed to go through which meant everyone at that time were sent through to the 106km turn point at the Desainagar Circle resulting in the increased mileage.
By the time the slower 90km riders came through, things had been rectified and they made the turn at Umdloti as per the route layouts, but the first batches were impacted.
It shouldn’t have happened, but it did unfortunately, and there should have been more signage and marshals in place at the turn point to give everyone more of a heads up at that point.
We assumed that the fences would be up by the time the 90km riders would get to the point, and this is why more resources were not in place there, but not all elements on an event always go according to plan and again, we do apologise for this turn of events.
It is important that as event organisers we listen to and take all valid and constructive criticism on board, and the signage point is well made, and will be taken into consideration going forward. We thank everyone for being part of the event.