A Very Different Desert Singletrack MTB Marathon

22 - 24 February 2018

Timna Park, Southern Arava, ISRAEL

Samarathon 2018. The 4th edition of the desert singletrack race returns to the wilderness of the Negev and Southern Arava Desert, to the ancient camel trails, the singletracks of the Israel Bike Trail and the amazing riders village in Timna Park.

3 Full Race Stages that will thoroughly exhaust you but will leave just enough energy to enjoy and recharge like a good biking vacation with friends.

200 tough kilometers away from civilization, in wide horizons of primordial vistas, and close to 40% singletracks skillfully built to give the perfect flow.

Location // Accommodation // Prices

Timna

A Riders’ village that is an oasis, around the little lake of Timna Park, where you will get everything a marathon racer needs – and whatever is needed to for a desert vacation: shaded and cozy chillout zone, riders’ pub, food, beers, communal fire, live music on Friday night and a million stars above.

Get to Timna Park

Get to Yotvata – Stage 1 Start

Room for 2

includes a (separable) double bed, bathroom and kitchenette. the rooms are in Timna Park or in Kibbutz Elifaz (5 minutes drive from Timna). The number of rooms is limited.

Room for 4

The recommended option for those who don’t bring their own tent: we supply a mattress in a large shared Bedouin tent. You bring your sleeping bags, The tents are lit, heated and it's possible to draw partitions in them for small groups.

Samarathon Tent

The recommended option for those who don’t bring their own tent: we supply a mattress in a large shared Bedouin tent. You bring your sleeping bags, The tents are lit, heated and it's possible to draw partitions in them for small groups.

BYO Tent

The basic yet favorite accommodation option in Samarathon: We supply an area in a shaded and lit area and a mattress if needed. You bring your own tent and sleeping bag. Each team can bring 2 personal tents or one family tent.
Chillout Zone
Chillout Zone
Chillout Zone
Chillout Zone
Chillout Zone
Chillout Zone
Chillout Zone

Early Birds Registration

Registration will open on 27/11/2017. Prices of the accommodation packages will be published during the coming week.
Our Early Birds registration means a lower price for the first 40 teams (80 riders). Register as soon as we open and you may pay 400 ILS less on your entry. And that’s a lot of beer.

Courses

Stage 1 | 60 Km | 700 M

Stage 1 – Thursday 22 Feb 2018

60 km / 700 m total ascent / 40% singletracks

After a relatively flat and fast start from Yotvata due North, riders will connect to the Israel Bike Trail and climb the famous (or infamous, depends on whom you ask) Qetura Ascent. From there via Neot-Smadar to the unique singletrail crossing Kasuy sand dunes and along the cliff’s edge to the head of Shaharut ascent. It’s down all the way into the valley, followed by a 5km hand-built singletrack leading back to Yotvata. Riders will leave their bikes treated and ready for stage 2, and head on to Timna Park to recuperate.

Stage 2 | 80 Km | 1300 M

Stage 2 Friday 23 Feb 2018

80 km / 1300 m total ascent / 30% singletracks

Following a bus shuttle to Yotvata, a rolling start towards our dear friend from yesterday – Shaharut ascent, this time riding / hike-a-biking it up. From Shaharut the riders will connect again to the IBT and ride the Zugan creek and the wind-swept plateaus of Ovda Valley. on 4X4 roads into the dry streams of Milhan and Metek, to the IBT singletrail of Berech Mountain and the great descent into the Arava Valley. A varied day of built singletrails, loose gravel and sand roads, technical 4X4 descents and to top it all – a spin in the breathtakingly beautiful and ancient Timna Park

Stage 3 | 55 Km | 550 M

Stage 3 Saturday 24 Feb 2018

55 km / 550 m total ascent / 25% singltracks

Starting from the riders village in Timna Park, riders will follow a 4X4 road towards Ora Hill, around the Be’er-Ora village and back into Timna through Sasgon Valley on magically beautiful singletrails. It’s only a sprint finish around the Timna pond – and you’re at the finish line in the riders village.

Contact

Talk to us: info@samarathon.co.il
Sun-Thu 10:00-17:00 // Noa +972-52-6673151  (Whatsapp also works pretty well)