sani2c uses full GPS navigation, however important turns will still be marked ensuring everyone gets to the finish safely.
GPS navigation has been tried and tested in joBerg2c, sani2c and dusi2c over the last two years. It has proved to be the way forward from an environmental and sense of adventure point of view and it is very simple too!
Our GPS partners from EasyBike have been working flat out to get the final routes sorted for you after the recent joBerg2c riders tested out the routes for you. So now it is time to get downloading and uploading.
It is important that at least one rider in your team has a GPS.
We are now in our 6th year of using GPS navigation to navigate our unmarked route. It seems daunting to some but once the routes are on your unit, all you have to do is ride and follow the bread crumb trail.
If you don’t have a GPS yet or want to upgrade, EasyBike have some awesome "sani2c" specials lined up for all riders, offers available on Polar, Suunto, Garmin, Sigma, and Wahoo GPS units. You can buy now from EasyBike and collect at registration, pre-loaded and ready to use! Email Matt [email protected] or checkout their website www.easybike.co.za and quote “sani2c” when placing any orders.
EasyBike GPS gurus will be at Registration (and during the race) to assist you, if you have had some challenges when trying to download our GPS route files at home or have a problem with your GPS. Please, however, try to download the GPS route files at home before arriving at Registration. They will also have limited stock of GPS units, as well as spares & accessories at their New Mobile Technical Support Trailer.
If you have a different brand of GPS unit, or are unsure if it is supported or require any further help, please contact EasyBike Support [email protected].
What type of GPS do I need?
Any light GPS that can be mounted on a bike, upload tracks and allows you to follow these tracks.
What devices are recommended?
The list below is just a small selection of the suitable GPS navigation devices available. To find out if your GPS unit is suitable, you need to establish if it can upload GPX files to follow tracks. Go online to check, there are many forums and websites about the model you will be interested in. Simply type the name of your model and the word GPX and you will find all the info you need.
We are not endorsing any particular unit. You will also have to do some research to make sure you are happy. But when in doubt ask Matt our guru [email protected]
Our goal is to provide you with a wonderful GPS experience regardless of which device you use – we will have a generic approach to GPS so that we include all users. Our recommendation is to get your GPS device soon and practise – it is easy. If you have an issue please contact us.
Why do I need a special GPS unit and not my mobile phone?
Okay, this is a good question so follow carefully. You can theoretically use some apps on your mobile phone to link to GPS direct without requiring network signal, however, this is not optimal as there are many areas of the ride where data connection for mobile phones are non-existent.
Other reasons mobile phones are not appropriate as your main GPS device:
The idea is to use your mobile as a backup. Take it with you in case but do not rely on it. It is not a suitable substitute for a dedicated GPS device. Your GPS device is easy to see and follow, it will stay on at all times, it uses a fraction of the battery power, and it is designed for this purpose.
When will we receive the route files to upload to our GPS devices?
We will email the final daily routes to you. These files will also be available at registration at our GPS helpdesk – our gurus will be there to assist. Try not to wait until registration to upload as you want to be comfortable with this before.
How do we upload these files?
We will send you GPX files of the final route – each device has its own software or online offering, which you will need to be familiar with in order to upload from your computer. Your device will come with all that information, however we are available to provide help on all devices. If you are struggling we will have a dedicated person to guide you through it.
Do I need to upload maps on to my device?
NO and this is a big NO. Maps are not necessary – all you need to do if follow the route on your device. Maps are difficult to follow on a small device like a bike GPS and they chow battery. You are simply tracking a route each day and most devices have a warning to let you know you are off the route. Remember with GPS you could go wrong but you will never get lost!
How does GPS work?
You will have the route for each day uploaded in your device. You will select the day and off you go. You will follow what is called the “breadcrumb” track. If you go off the track most devices let you know that you are off, in addition you will see your arrow is off the track.
Will I have enough battery life?
You should have more than enough for each day and in some cases even more. Every manufacturer is different but try go for a device that has the longest battery life. Most modern units have very good battery life.
Will there be daily charging stations?
Yes there will be charging stations.
Do both riders in the team have to have GPS?
Yes, not only does this help you navigate quicker by checking each other but also safer when racing. In fact, this is especially important for the racing snakes. Having two units lets you plan ahead. One rider can have a big view of what’s coming and the other rider zooms in.
What happens if my GPS runs out of battery life or stops working and I am on route?
You will need to follow other riders and we will have our off-road rescue partners ensuring all riders get back safely.
What is stopping me from taking shorter routes?
We will be having checkpoints to ensure all riders are on track. This will also ensure we know if anyone is lost.
Can I ride the routes outside of the event? No, unfortunately not. Most of our route is through private land and farmers will treat any other riders on their land as trespassers. They have been instructed to shoot. This will jeopardise any future events.
Which make of GPS is better?
We have tried a few makes from entry-level through to top-end and they all work well. The main thing to consider is your budget, your needs and their support level. Questions you should ask: do I want more than a GPS i.e. training, heart rate, power etc.
Can we get a GPS device on special through the event?
EasyBike will have all makes of units for sale.
Will there be GPS support at the event?
We will have full GPS support from EasyBike who know their stuff during the event. Your manufacturers will have websites devoted to helping you too, visit their sites and ask loads of questions.
If you have any concerns, please email Matt.