On May 2-3, the High Rising Downhill Xtreme will be run at the Houwteq complex, situated outside of Grabouw, South Afica. It is the first event of the year organizd by the South African Gravity Racing Association.
High Rising was first raced on back in 2004 up until 2006. Houwteq is like a budget hill, two roads on one hill! Both roads have been raced on in the past and while one road is raced on the other is used to ferry the riders back to the top, allowing for fast transport to the top of the hill for more runs.
Nestled between pine forests, fynbos and Martian like landscape, the Houwteq complex is situated 4km off the N2. The Houwteq complex was built back in the Apartheid times to design, manufacture and deploy bigass bombs so they can blow things up in far, far away places in case they needed too for the SADF. In 1994 it was all terminated and the complex stood still for many years. In 2004 the owners of Houwteq allowed SAGRA to run a race on a hill in the complex, the best thing about the hill was two roads leading to the top. One was raced on and the other was to transport riders back up. With such a system in place riders were carted to the top in record time adding to the pleasure of more runs.
The course is quick and fast, starting at the top riders push down a short straight into a tight right-hander. The hill banks to the left as you speed down the hill, about mid way riders will need to negotiate a hay bail chicane before the last drop which dips into a tight left-hander. The course is 1km long from top to bottom.
Street Luge, Classic Luge and Downhill Skateboard will be offered. Awards will be given to the top four finishers in each category.
All racing vehicles and safety equipment will be subject to a strict technical inspection before being allowed on the race course. Complete rules and regulations are available at www.gravity-sports.com
All riders must fill out a indemnity form before been allowed to race. Entrants under the age of 18 require a signature from parent or legal guardian.
R350 fee for first category.
R100 for second category and R60 for additional categories.
PLEASE GO TO WWW.SAGRA.CO.ZA TO DOWNLOAD THE INDEMNITY & ENTRY FORM!!!!
Registration will take place at 09h00 on the first and second mornings of the event, and will be payable in cash only.
There is affordable accommodation @ Oak Lane Cottages for 1 night stay overs. Click the link to see the rates - Oak Lane Cottages
From Cape Town take the N2 over Sir Lowry's Pass, keep on the N2 past Grabouw. Drive another 3km after the big KROMCO fruit packing sheds on the left, take the right turn signposted “High Rising” and follow the road all the way to the gate at the top (approx 4 km), where there will be entry for riders and spectators. If you have driven past the Houhoek Inn you have driven too far.
Spectators should bring their own shade and refreshments
Saturday, May 2:
9.00 registration and tech inspection
10.00 – 13.00 practice runs
13.00 – 14.00 lunch break
14.00 – 17.00 time trials
Sunday May 3:
9.00 – 13.00 practice runs
13.00 – 14.00 lunch break
14.00 – 17.00 racing
Justin + 27 82 968 8584
Anton +27 83 578 3821
Iona + 27 82 829 7232
For additional information go to www.sagra.co.za.