Big 5 Full & Lite logo

So as mentioned in my post Is a Knysna Big 5 Challenge Lite on the cards for 2014?, 2014 sees the introduction of a Knysna Big 5 Challenge Lite.

Where: Knysna
When: 05 – 12 July 2014 |
Twitter: @oysterfestival | @Magnetic_South | @magneticsouth1

Whilst the changes are not quite what I expected or hoped for, they are definitely positive, and represent the popularity and growth of this great sporting challenge. Here are the options for the Big 5 Challenge and the Big 5 Lite:


Big 5 Challenge

Big 5 Lite

1 Saturday, 05 JulyWeekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – 80km MTB race
(Male 02:57:00; Female 03:24:03)
Weekend Argus Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour – 50km MTB race
2 Sunday, 06 July
3 Tuesday, 08 JulySalomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU – Coelacanth – 14km
(Male 00:54:35; Female 01:05:29)
Salomon Featherbed Trail Run presented by GU – Seahorse – 11km
4 Thursday, 10 JulyTotalsports XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT – Full distance
(Male 01:38:07; Female 02:03:51)
Totalsports XTERRA presented by REHIDRAT – Lite
5 Saturday, 12 July Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Half Marathon
(Male 01:03:11; Female 01:14:19)

I still believe the options still favour the cyclists: you can pedal on Saturday and Sunday, pedal on Thursday — it is still my opinion that the XTERRA course favours MTBers heavily, everyone runs Tuesday, and then cruise through a little half marathon on Saturday. I had hoped that to even things out a little they would have either offered the 50km MTB as an option (in line with the half marathon being an option alongside the full marathon) or man-up totally and make the full marathon compulsory and remove the half option.

Additionally, a 100km road cycle does not equal a 20km paddle and certainly not a 1-mile swim.

Obviously, the Lite makes the Challenge accessible to many more athletes and this is very good.

For many keen multi-sporters, one of the most important developments is the inclusion of another water event, and we hope that by next year a water leg will be compulsory. Only then will the Big 5 Challenge be able to claim to be the multi-sport event of the year.

Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour logoSalomon logoTotalsports XTERRA logoMomentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon logo
Big 5 Full & Lite logo

By David

Outdoor adventure enthusiast living on the Garden Route.

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