The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival is already known as one of South Africa’s premium sporting events, with athletes testing their abilities, skills and endurance at some of the most anticipated and varied events on the Western Cape sporting calendar.
Now, for the fifth year running, the Festival brings you the ultimate in sporting adventures – the Big5 Challenge. The festival-long challenge will have you cycling and running on both the road and breathtaking trails, as well as rowing or swimming on the Knysna estuary as you prove yourself worthy of the title athlete.
For the very first time in 2014 the Festival introduces the Big 5 Lite. The name might indicate a less strenuous challenge, but don’t be fooled – it is still BIG and still 5 Events in one week! The Big 5 Lite is targeted to Multi sport athletes that want to compete in all the big Festival Events, but are happy to do the shorter course.
Participants of both events will have their own registration process, so no need of queuing or registering with each individual event. All athletes will receive a custom Big 5 Buff as well as a Finisher Shirt and a medal.
In the evening of each race day Big 5 participants will be invited to attend the Big 5 Yellow Jersey Ceremony in which the Yellow Jersey will be handed over to the leading athletes. After the last of the 5 events, on Saturday July 13, the Big 5 and Big 5 Lite events will culminate in an award Ceremony not to be missed – podium Finishers and all other finishers will be honored and receive their deserved Race Medals. Time to celebrate and pop the corks.
Big 5 Events
To enter the Big5 Challenge or Big 5 Lite you need to enter 5 of the following 7 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival events. Past winning times are listed in brackets next to the event name which can help you with your choice of events.
All 5 races of your choice will be electronically timed.
Big 5 Scoring System
In order to rank all Big 5 and all Big 5 Lite athletes against each other- independent of the choice of event – the scores will be calculated as follows:
Each Big Five event is scored on a points system where a maximum of 1000 points are allocated for each event of the Big Five. Points are calculated for each of the Big Five Events by taking the overall event winner’s time (male & female respectively) for that particular course and dividing that by the individual Big Five competitor’s time and then multiplying that by 1000 to give a point value.
For example: the winner of the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Rotary Cycle Tour race does a time of 03:02:15 and the Big Five Competitor finishes the race in 03:42:11. The Points calculation for that competitor for that event is 03:02:15/03:43:15 (0.820269) x 1000 = 820
Note that points will be rounded off to the nearest whole number.
By this system the scoring of a Big Five participant’s performance in each race is relative to the best competitor in the field for that race making it possible to compare the results in different event. Participants in the Big Five are able to make strategic decisions based on their competencies in the different sports relative to the best athletes in the field.
This one-of- a- kind challenge will not only challenge you beyond your comfort zone, but also brings with it plenty of other benefits. All participants will receive discount vouchers for certain restaurants, activities and shops in town for the duration of the festival.
Don’t know how to get your bicycle to Knysna?
Tim Ellerbeck from Velocity Sports Lab has put together a training program to achieve the best possible result in this week long challenge, so don’t wait longer sign up today!
contact Tim Ellerbeck;
Cel: 071 1727911
Training Plan Info click here
Take on the challenge and enter the Big5 or Big 5 Lite to experience adventure in one of the top 100 destinations in the world.
For more information and other queries, please contact Keagon or Christine on firstname.lastname@example.org.