Rider's Brief | #4 Sondela 6 July 2024

Welcome to the Ford Trailseeker Series.

Where MTB riding is an addiction and seeking new trails is a passion. Here you will find all you need to know about your upcoming race!

event info

Thursday, 4 July

Lynnwood Cyclery from


Friday, 5 July

Sondela (Events area)

13:00 – 17:00


Sondela access and indemnity form.

Please complete the form and display the QR code at the main gate of Sondela. 

Emergency info

Batch info

There will be a top 5 call up for the Marathon & Half marathon A batches.

  • Pursuit data will be used to batch riders.
  • To be an Overall Podium Contender you must start in the A batch of your respective distance.
  • If you compete as an age category rider you can start in any batch. It means you can win your age category even if you begin in batch C.
  • There is no specific School XCM Series batch. School XCM Series riders will be seeded on merit alongside the regular Trailseeker riders.
  • To better accommodate the School XCM Series riders, the top 25 male and top 10 female School Series riders in both the Half Marathon Short and Half Marathon will be seeded in the respective A-Batches (A-Men and A-Ladies).
  • Have you downloaded the Pursuit Webb app yet? The Pursuit app was designed to track and measure your performance in outdoor mass-participation sports events in South Africa. The peer-to-peer performance index – The Pursuit Index – shows you how you rank against other athletes in your sporting discipline.
    Give it a shot by signing up today.

route info

Nutrition & Waterpoints

PVM is the Official Nutritional Partner providing PVM products at all the water points to ensure each participant performs at their best. #UnleashPerformance

What can you expect at our water points? A great vibe, yummy food, water, coke and much more.

finish vibe & Activations

All schools and clubs are required to set up their gazebos at the designated Clubs and Teams area either on Friday between 09:00 and 16:00 or on Saturday morning between 06:00 and 08:00.

Vida e cafe will be there for a fresh cup of coffee first thing in the morning to get you going.

When you cross the finish line, you can look forward to toast your ride with an icy Bavaria!

Delicious food and drink vendors will be on-site – so come hungry.

Shower facilities are available at the Event / Caravan Park grounds.

Spa massages are available – contact Iketla Spa at 014 736 8809

30-minute Leg massage @ R350

30-minute Back, neck & Shoulder Massage @ R400

Nicola McLeod will entertain you with some lekker music.

Prize Giving at 12:00

Have your bike washed with Mud Buster.

Foam, Wash Go R50 – Your bike will be treated with our advanced Mud Buster foam, which effortlessly lifts away dirt and grime, followed by a thorough rinse to leave it sparkling, streak free clean and ready for your next adventure.

Premium Wash R 75 – We start by spraying your drivetrain with our powerful Mud Buster degreaser, followed by a thick coating of Mud Buster foam to ensure a deep, streak free clean. After a thorough rinse, we finish by lubricating the drivetrain with Mud Buster LMO Endurance Lube for optimal performance on every ride.

Venue Layout

Entrance to gate

medals & apparel

The top 3 riders in each racing category will receive gold, silver and bronze medals and all other riders will receive a beautifully designed finishers medal.

Have a look at our trendy new Trailseeker merch range.

Order yours now OR visit our merch stall on venue. Online purchases can be collected at the merch stall on race day.

Race Results

Once you cross the finish line you will receive an SMS message with your race results. Finishtime is the official timing partner. Please send any results queries you may have directly to Finishtime at support@finishtime.co.za


With #4 Sondela being the third race in Gauteng, we cannot wait to witness the ensuing battles for the Series win! 🍿💥

Your three best results count towards your overall series standings.




Marathon Men

Ernie Roets


Marathon Ladies

Nicolette Griffioen



Half Marathon Men

Andre Van Rooyen


Half Marathon Ladies

Bianca Botha



Schools xcm series

School Cycling SA (SCSA) has joined hands with the Ford Trailseeker Series to introduce the School Cycling SA Introductory Cross Country Marathon (XCM) Series that  forms part of the King Price Trailseeker Series.

School learners proudly represent their respective schools and earn valuable points for their schools. At the end of the series, the top:

  • Boys Team
  • Girls Team
  • Mixed Team and
  • Overall School Team

for primary and high schools respectively will be announced.

We feel that this is an amazing platform to invest in our kids’ cycling abilities and boost the sport of cycling at school level. This is where our kids learn to race their bikes and handle themselves in sometimes unpredictable situations. We are proud of investing in  the future of SA cycling. 

Parents are, of course, welcome to join in but will not be allowed to interfere with the racing in any way.


Overall High School

Overall Primary School

Top 10 Boys (High School)

Top 10 Girls (High School)

Have a great ride out there!

And remember, if you’re breathing, you know you’re alive.

If you’re breathing hard, you know you are living!

The Ford Trailseeker Team