Amageza Rally - 2016
is the local Southern African (Xhosa) word for crazy
– a vital ingredient you’ll need to brave this
gruelling rally challenge and win through for a
coveted Finisher’s Medal.
long marathon stages, competitors traverse
“liaison”& “special” race sections, in the rally
adventure style similar to the Dakar Rally.
The Amageza Rally is a multi-stage/day race
traveling from town to town over vast distances. All
navigation is done by Rally Roadbook Lexicons and
compass. The race is open to any road-legal
motorcycle and licensed rider. Stages consist's of
Liason and Selective sections. All racing is done on
Selective Sections. All timing and route validation
is done using the rider GPS.
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Rhodes Run, South Africa's iconic breath taking
trail run, is staged in the tranquil beauty of the
southern Drakensberg mountains surrounding the
Victorian-era hamlet of Rhodes.
The idea of the race came during a discussion
between Rhodes property owners over a couple of
drinks one night in 1986. The intention was to put
Rhodes back on the map before it followed the same
fate as other small platteland villages which faded
into obscurity. This vision led to the birth of a
unique event on the South African sports calendar.
The first event was staged in July 1989, and almost
did not happen thanks to very heavy snow falls the
night before. The start of the 2001 event was
delayed while officials checked conditions to
establish if seconding vehicles would be able to
safely reach the runners after snow fell early on
race morning. In 2002 exceptionally heavy snowfalls
in the week leading up to the race forced a route
change as the feeding station helpers were not able
to reach the plateau and runners could not make
their way through the deep snow in the Kloppershoek/Mavis
2009, the 21st birthday edition, again saw heavy
snow cause route changes. Vehicles were not able to
move along the Lesotho border road due to very deep
snow drifts and the 'top' check point was moved to
the Carlislehoek/Lesotho border road T-junction. The
'King' and 'Queen' of the Kloof positions were
adjudged at Lesotho View. The deep snow also meant
that runners were diverted off the Hooggenoeg Ridge
section in 2009. In 2012 runners ran through falling
snow, and due to conditions 'up top' the route was
again diverted with Mavis Bank and Hooggenoeg Ridge
not forming part of the challenge.