PRETORIA – This weekend, get to Pretoria East for Round 5 of South Africa’s biggest obstacle course race, the Jeep Warrior Series, which is taking place at the historic Hazeldean Valley Farm in Pretoria East from 20-21st August 2016.
This will be the first year that the historic Pretoria East Farm is hosting a Jeep Warrior OCR. Hazeldean Valley was once the home of South Africa’s biggest Ayrshire herd and today, the old farm buildings – dating back to the 1940s – provide the perfect farmyard atmosphere to host the spectator-friendly Jeep Warrior Race on the banks of the Pienaars River, East of Pretoria with bushveld scenery ideal for the gruelling challenge.
Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “Warriors taking part in Race 5 in Pretoria East this weekend will be able to enjoy the start of the summer season. The team has been working flat out over the last few weeks to build an exhilarating course, which will be unveiled to athletes on race day. Hazeldean Valley is an inspiring venue for spectators and athletes, offering a farmyard atmosphere on the doorstep of the city. There’s lots of bushveld and the historic venue is on the banks of the Pienaars River, offering a diverse obstacle course for competitors. Bring on the weekend!”
Participants can look forward to a day of climbing, crawling, hanging and jumping as they attempt to tackle some of the course favourites, designed to challenge the Black Ops athletes. Competition in the pro-level Black Ops Elite race is fierce heading into Race 5. Black Ops Elite presents the toughest of courses, set over 15 – 20 km with 30 obstacles, and matching world OCR standards.
Currently, Jeep Team’s Thomas van Tonder tops the men’s Black Ops Elite Leaderboard, with 14 873 points, after winning Race 1, placing 2nd in Race 2, finishing 5th in Race 3 and 1st in race 4. With 13 844 points, Michael Joubert is 2nd Male, followed by Greg Avierinos with 13 714 points.
Says Van Tonder, “Looking forward to a packed elite field this weekend with a whole lot of glory and the keys to the Renegade back up for grabs. I am looking to put in a strong showing on Sunday in order to keep my lead on the Warrior series standings, and build up the conference for OCR World Championship 9 weeks from now. I am expecting a flat and very high intensity race and an exciting new venue.”
In the Women’s Black Ops Elite standings, Trish Bahlmann heads the leaderboard with 13 651 points. Bahlmann won Race 1, finished 3rd in Race 2, placed 4th in Race 3 and 2nd in Race4. With 12 220 points, Dominique D’Oliveira is 2nd overall, followed by Hanneke Dannhauser in 3rd with 12 000 points. Jeep Team’s Carina Marx is in 4th with 9 958 points.
An alternative to the Black Ops course is Warrior Commando, covering 10 – 14km with 15 obstacles. This course is the ideal team-building experience for couples, friends and work colleagues.
Warrior Rookie is the perfect introduction to OCR, offering 15 fun obstacles over 5-8 km.
Not only will you be coming to the greatest, coolest race in Africa, but you will also be able to get up close and personal with the latest and greatest from the best vehicle brand on the planet, Jeep. Join the Jeep Team at the exhibition area to see, feel and experience Freedom.
Reebok, the official series’ partner, are international pioneers of professional OCR gear, having designed the world’s first OCR specific shoes – the All-Terrain Series.
The new official Jeep Warrior gear will be on sale at Hazeldean Valley, as well as online and in store.