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X Lakes (Summer) – 17 December 2012

For such a long time paddlers were neglected in the Garden Route that they started doing other sports like MTB riding, kite surfing and went as far to start surfing! We have created an event to get the paddlers back into boats, but will start with a slow weaning process, by combining it with MTB riding and also the opportunity to do it in a team format. The birth of X Lakes (Summer).

The race will take part on the 17th of December 2012 (Public Holiday on the Monday).  Please check out the website for more information and the route description in detail.

Here is the ROUTE Map:

Registration:
Sunday, 16th December 2012: 2PM – 7PM (Tapas – Knysna)
Monday, 17th December 2012: 5AM – 6:15AM (Saasveld – George)

Start:
Monday, 17th December 2012: 7AM – NMMU (Saasveld) George
Lat: 33°57’29.80″ S / Long: 22°31’54.02″ E

Finish:
Monday, 17th December 2012: 6PM – Tappas Thesen Island Knysna
Lat: 34°2’58.42″ S / Long: 23°2’52.69″ E

The event will finish at the holiday destination Thesen Island at Tapas and Mitchells Brewery and since it will be in the holiday it promises to be a festival atmosphere.

****Race Review Post: Link ******

Link to Race Route pdf. Link

Link to maps of Transitions and Routes for Back-up Crew: Link

Link to small maps Paddling directions: Link

Please post any questions and comments you have.

Regards

Chain Gang Events team

Tapas

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28 comments on “X Lakes (Summer) – 17 December 2012

  1. chaingangevents
    October 24, 2012

    Q: Will there also be a duo option where both team members can do the whole race together and paddle in a k2 ?
    A: It will also be an option. If both members start a MTB leg, they must also check in together at the transition point to be allowed to proceed with the paddling.

  2. chaingangevents
    November 7, 2012

    V: Kan jy vir my meer inligting gee oor inskruiwing kostes vir solo en spanne asook wat spanne behels bv. Is dit ‘n moet dat ‘n span in ‘n twee sitplek kayak moet deelneem? Is daar ‘n afsny datum of ‘n limit van inskrywings en kan ons daardie oggend inskryf?
    A: Inskrywingskoste vir n span is R500 en vir Solo R400. Ons wil graag spanne motiveer om in te skryf.
    Die reels ivm spanne is dat n span kan self besluit hoe hulle die X Lakes wil aanpak. Hulle kan dit bv soos n aflos benader (fietsryer oorhandig aan die roeier ens) of in n duo formaat (altwee ry fiets – tandem of apart – en altwee roei saam – 2-sitplek kayak).
    Ons mag slegs 150 bote toelaat met ons Sanparks ooreenkoms, so inskrywings sal sluit sodra daardie bote getal bereik word. Daar is n R100 laat inskrywing fooi by die inskrywingsfooi na die 10de Desember. Die rede daarvoor is dat dit baie moeilik is met logistieke beplanning vir so n wedren as getalle nie vooraf bekend is nie.

  3. chaingangevents
    November 7, 2012

    Q: If the two of us, enter individually with one backup vehicle, would we be penalized for staying together throughout the race and participating together?

    A: No, you will not be penalized for utilizing a combined logistical vehicle.

    Q: If we enter as a team, do I understand correctly that only one team member gets to cycle all the legs and the other has to paddle all the paddling legs? We can’t swop so that both team members gets to paddle and cycle?

    A: The team format is not restricted to a pure “relay” format. The team is allowed to do all the legs together, or one partner can do only certain legs (i.e. one partner just cycling), or a combination of legs (i.e. the one partner doing the first three legs and the other partner the rest or any other combination).

  4. chaingangevents
    November 7, 2012

    Q: Can you please advise on the costs of the event on the 17th December?

    A: The team entry is R500 and the solo entry is R400 (we are encouraging the team entries). A late entry fee of R100 applies to both after the 10th of December. We are only allowed a 150 craft on the water and will therefore close entries once we reach that total.

  5. chaingangevents
    November 7, 2012

    Q: Will there be markers all the way on the route?

    A: Yes, we will mark the route, as well as marshals will be present.

    Q: Do I have to register on the website to enter?

    A: Only if you enter online, if you are using the flyer with the manual entry form, no need for registering.

    • chaingangevents
      December 13, 2012

      I have added links to maps and layouts of the routes for the back-up crews at the top of the page.

  6. chaingangevents
    November 7, 2012

    Q: I am planning on doing your new event in a relay team. The event is a super good idea and I hope it is a big success.
    I just want to know if there are going to be prizes and how are the categories going to work.
    There are also people that want to know if you will have category winner for women, men and mixed relay teams.

    A: The categories are as follow:

    Teams: Male , Female and Mixed

    Solo: Male and Female

    There are lots of prizes and medals to all finishers. No cash prizes though. We do not have a sponsor as such, so all cash at this stage goes to event expenses. Hopefully we can attract a good sponsor in the future for cash, as well as more category prizes.

  7. chaingangevents
    November 7, 2012

    Q: Re the craft choice… would a surfski be suitable for all the water paddles? I.e. any heavy rocky or rapid sections on any of the paddles?

    And then re: “You are not allowed to substitute water craft so if you have chosen to use a K1…” Does this apply to a per paddle or for the whole event?
    Eg. first paddle use a K1, second leg use a surfski.. or is it only one or the other for the whole event?

    A: Surfski would definitely be suitable – no rocky areas. One craft choice for whole event, the boat you paddle the 2nd leg with must be the same one for the 4th and 6th leg.

    My advise, if you are not an experienced K1 paddler, rather use a surfski. The water on Swartvlei and Knysna lagoon can be very choppy if the wind is wrong.

    • chaingangevents
      December 13, 2012

      Update as per post: In light with the expected rain over the coming weekend and the possibility that the Touw River mouth might be opened, we have decided to allow a boat switch (non-fixed to fixed rudder) after the first paddle leg. If the Touw River mouth is opened it does mean that surf ski skegs may catch on reeds in some places. We are providing only one boat label and number for each team/solo boat, so it is important to make sure that the number is on the boat that will be used on Swartvlei (the second paddle leg) and the last paddle leg to Thesen Island (Tapas), as you will not be an official finisher without one.

  8. Juan
    November 13, 2012

    Q1 – Will all transition points be accessible with a normal vehicle?

    Q2 – will parking at all of the transitions be close to the actual transition point?

    Q3 – “You are not allowed to substitute water craft” -does this mean we are not allowed to substitute during a paddle leg, or not at all? Can we not do one entire leg in a K1, and then another entire leg in a surfski?

    Q4 – Is a surfski (Fenn Swordfish) with a fixed under-stern rudder suitable for all the paddle legs?

    A1 – Yes, all transition points are easily accessible with a normal vehicle.

    A2 – Parking is very close to the actual transition points, but in the case for example Transition point 4, the parking will become further if the participant is not in the first bunch, i.e. the closest parking will be taken by the front groups’ logistical vehicles. I am planning to produce a detail route map with pointers etc for all support teams

    A3 – At this stage we do not allow switching of craft at all (only one set of numbers and label for craft will be provided). I am monitoring the level of the Touw river daily. The mouth has been opened for the heavy rains we had and currently a decent level of water. If the water level falls drastically a few sandbanks might appear on the first paddle section, but it should be easy to cope with. If the need for a K1 or non-fixed rudder is needed I will inform all participant at least a week prior to the event.

    A4 – When we did the course ourselves, the only section we did with a K1 was the first leg. I recommend doing the race with a surfski, because the wind and swell on Swartvlei and specifically the last section from the Knysna bridge to Thesen Island can be rough and not realy suited for a K1.

    • chaingangevents
      December 13, 2012

      Update as per post: In light with the expected rain over the coming weekend and the possibility that the Touw River mouth might be opened, we have decided to allow a boat switch (non-fixed to fixed rudder) after the first paddle leg. If the Touw River mouth is opened it does mean that surf ski skegs may catch on reeds in some places. We are providing only one boat label and number for each team/solo boat, so it is important to make sure that the number is on the boat that will be used on Swartvlei (the second paddle leg) and the last paddle leg to Thesen Island (Tapas), as you will not be an official finisher without one.

  9. chaingangevents
    November 17, 2012

    Q: I want to enter online, how do I do that?

    A: Visit our website http://www.chaingangevents.co.za and “Register” (Top right on Home Page). You will receive a password by email and with that login at the “Member Zone”. From there you will have the option to select the event.

  10. Philip
    November 19, 2012

    Q1: What is the biking sections like in terms of ups and downs?
    Q2: Is the MTB sections quite technical or will paddlers who are not biking regularly be able to cope with it?

    A1: The biking sections are on normal gravel roads and in certain sections on tarmac. It is on the Seven Passes Road, so quite a few ups and downs and the last section includes the Homtini Pass which, if you are not used to hill climbing, will be a challenge.

    Here are the links to the profiles of the different biking sections:
    Leg 1: Profile
    Leg 3: Profile
    Leg 5: Profile

    A2: The bike sections are not technical at all, the hills will be the only challenge and they can walk those sections.

  11. chaingangevents
    November 26, 2012

    Q. I do not want to bring my own canoe, where can I hire a stable canoe for the race?

    A. Sean Evans (lives in George) has very stable (but still fast) canoes for hire. He can be contacted at the following numbers: 044 8740313 or 0826983204.

  12. arno meiring
    November 29, 2012

    would a under stern boat be suitable of this race? Or not really?

    A: Yes, an under stern (like a surfski) would acrually be more suitable than a canoe, as the wind and waves can be difficult on the 2nd and last paddle legs. The first paddle leg might be shallow if the Touw River mouth stays open and a few sand banks can cause problems for a under stern craft, but I will still reccomend a surfski for the padlle legs.

    • chaingangevents
      December 13, 2012

      As per latest update: In light with the expected rain over the coming weekend and the possibility that the Touw River mouth might be opened, we have decided to allow a boat switch (non-fixed to fixed rudder) after the first paddle leg. If the Touw River mouth is opened it does mean that surf ski skegs may catch on reeds in some places. We are providing only one boat label and number for each team/solo boat, so it is important to make sure that the number is on the boat that will be used on Swartvlei (the second paddle leg) and the last paddle leg to Thesen Island (Tapas), as you will not be an official finisher without one.

  13. Robin Pretorius
    December 1, 2012

    Will there be watering points or will the watering points be at the transitions.

    A: There will be water containers at the transition points and we have no restriction on how many times your logistical team fill your bike bottles / hydration systems, as long as that support happens at the transitional points. No support allowed between transitions, except with an emergency (medical).

    • chaingangevents
      December 13, 2012

      Also want to mention that we have received products from Hammer Nutrition and will make that available as well.

  14. Robin Pretorius
    December 1, 2012

    We are entering as a team using a K2 and obviously we have to paddle together….but…..can the stronger cyclist go ahead and rest whilst waiting for the second cyclist or do we have to arrive at the transitions at the same time?

    A: Your team will not be penalized if one cyclist is ahead of the other. “Check in” occurs when both are present.

  15. Hans van der veen
    December 16, 2012

    How many entries have you received for the event?

    • chaingangevents
      December 16, 2012

      Hi Hans at this stage there are 32 Teams and 22 Solos, i.e. 86 individuals that will be the pioneers on the first X Lakes Summer.

  16. Arno meiring
    December 18, 2012

    Waar kan ons die uitslae kry van die race

    • chaingangevents
      December 18, 2012

      Hi Arno, here is the link for the results. I will do an event summary later when I have the pictures etc and will post that later. Thank you for taking part in the event. Regards. Juan

      Results : Link

  17. Christoph
    December 18, 2012

    Hi Juan, ek kan nie die link oopmaak op my ipad, het ek gewen? C booysen nom 60

    • chaingangevents
      December 18, 2012

      Hi Christoph, jy was die 13de Solo man en volgens my definitief n “wenner” deur deel te neem. Baie dankie dat jy deel was van die eerste X Lakes.

  18. Christoph
    December 18, 2012

    Dankie,

  19. William van der Poll
    January 9, 2013

    Will you also consider for the next event a 3 person team entry. This will allow each member to do one cycle and a paddle leg. This is to allow the not so serious sports enthusiast to take part in this awesome event. The emphasis being on participation and nature and not on winning the event? The logistical arrangement will also be far simpler.

    • chaingangevents
      January 9, 2013

      Hi William, we will definitely consider that option, as it will ease the logistical requirements for the relay teams and save time. Thank you for the input.

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