Swazi National - ???

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So looking at the entry on Race Control for the Swazi national in 7 days time we notice a grand total of 4 Riders entered (Yes it will grow this week but by how many). What is happening, Swazi used to attract a huge field, Perhaps it because zero advertising has been done and no one knows about it or is it just the way thing are. Sad really. :icon_cry: Hope the entries flood in as it hardly worthwhile having a national for 50 bikes.
 

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First time I hear its even on.

Plenty races or groups suffer from this. Little to no advertising.
 

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Is it not in 14 days?
yes 14 days.

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Hello all, Entries have only recently opened, so its expected to be slow in the beginning.

I have ridden the routes, time trail and bikes routes and its not going to disappoint.
KTM and Husqvarna have booked their spots at the race HQ Hotel already. BULL and some yamaha folks too...
MSA have posted about the race, http://www.motorsport.co.za/News/DisplayNewsItem.aspx?niid=59612 and http://www.motorsport.co.za/news/displaynewsitem.aspx?niid=59678.

"Returning to Piggs Peak for the first time since 2007, the event will take place in the forest plantations surrounding the Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino complex from 20-21 July.


The event presents riders with a challenging twisty, flowing route through the Peak Timbers plantations and the over towards the old mining village of Bulembu and the majestic Makhonjwa mountainous.


Route director Danny Heenan and his team from Swaziland Off-Road Extreme Club (SORE) have promised to deliver a route that lives up to all the expectations on a race that was first held in 1987.


“We’ve tried to put together a route that will be challenging but also with a truly Swazi flavour with sweeping, mountainous forestry roads interspersed with some truly magnificent single tracks. Peak Timbers have kindly availed the use of their extensive forestry plantations to run the event through. The competitors are going to relish the challenges it offers,” said Heenan.


The Piggs Peak Hotel and Casino which will act as race headquarters, registration and main service point (DSP) during the event."


Please check the Facebook page SORE swaziland or email: swazilandoffroadextreme@gmail.com for more information.

The organizers have been hard at work doing the route to make it one to remember.
 

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So its up to 50 entries, seem old Swaziland has lost its appeal , there is no way on earth that the organizers will break even with 50 riders, they are going to take a huge bath, its a shame but if the event is not punted what can you expect. What a shame. Our national events are in huge trouble.
 

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So its up to 50 entries, seem old Swaziland has lost its appeal , there is no way on earth that the organizers will break even with 50 riders, they are going to take a huge bath, its a shame but if the event is not punted what can you expect. What a shame. Our national events are in huge trouble.
I wonder if its the distance to the events thats hurting the entries? There are also so many events on nowadays to choose from though.

Perhaps they should look at bringing it a bit closer to Gauteng again? In 2013, all of the races were pretty close. The furthest 2 were th ebell 400 and TDR1000, which were not too bad to travel to. There were 8 races through the year if memory served and they allowed you to drop a race (even if you did not enter).
 

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To add to that, I tend to agree. The races are not punted and hyped enough anymore. The regulations come out very close to the time etc. I suppose in 2013 and those years the nationals also formed part of the GOC's which hosted the sprint events and that helped a lot as it was very well organised and advertised on many platforms. I reckon the TV time week end riders got back then also helped plenty in making us all feel like "real racers"
 

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Border post is also a breeze...


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What's the cost to do an event such as this Swazi race ? Entry fee, Travelling fuel, accommodation, cost of time off work for 2 days(Travel Thursday, time trial Friday, so a day off work for a 20 min time trial). Besides the obvious cost of bike prep and tires etc.
TDR1000 was from what I heard R5000 entry fee alone and camping costs were also ludicrous for what they actually are.

Is it not a simple thing that money is getting tighter and tough times ?

I have seen pics of the route and must say it looks like really lekker ride, but sadly works out at a rather expensive weekend.
 
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