Race Rules


Riders/Runners may cancel their entry up until 2 weeks before the event, but will pay a 10% of the entry fee to cover our admin fees. Any cancellation thereafter will pay a 40% fee. No cancellations 1 month prior to the race.

Substitutions are allowed up until 2 weeks prior to the race date. Admin fee of R100 is applicable. Contact Katie.

In case of postponement of the race due to force majeure, or any other event outside of the control of the organisers, where the organisers publish a new race date, no refunds will be payable for cancellations between the announcement of the revised race date and the new race date. Riders will have no claim whatsoever including but not limited to a refund against the organisers or any of their sponsors. This will include entry fees and or flights and other expenses. Entries cannot be moved to next year should you not be able to ride. 


Normal CSA race rules apply for riders, please ensure you are have read them.

A rider not wearing a helmet at any stage of the race will be disqualified immediately. All helmets must comply with international “ANSI” standards. Appropriate running/riding attire, including a shirt, must be worn at all times. Eye protection is strongly recommended. It is recommended that fully enclosed footwear be worn. It is recommended that sun-block with a minimum SPF factor of 15 is used during the race. No earphones allowed. 


Mountain bikes must be in good working order to be allowed to start the race. Only one bike per rider is allowed. Bike Marking: Bikes must be marked with official Timing number board. It is the rider’s responsibility to ensure that his/her bike is appropriately marked. Bikes must be race-ready at the start of the race. Race ready means the following: The bike is correctly marked No modification to the number board. The number board is visible from the front. Maintenance of bicycles during the race is the responsibility of each rider. In all cases of maintenance and repair, riders are required to complete the full distance of the stage with their bikes and within the time allowed. Minimum age of participation for the event is 18 years. Riders must be in good health and well trained. Any riders on specific personal medications are responsible for supplying and carrying such medication.


E-Bikes are allowed. E-bikes will be in a separate category, will start 5-10 minutes after the main race and these riders will not be eligible for prize winnings.  

FIRE- any rider who is smoking MUST ensure their cigarette has been properly extinguished. The Highland 100 cannot be responsible for fires caused in the neighbouring farms. 


During the race, the Medical Officer reserves the right to withdraw a competitor who is not deemed physically capable of continuing the challenge. Any medical expenses incurred will be from the competitor’s account and will be claimed from his/her medical aid. All competitors need comprehensive medical aid which will cover any medical expense that may be incurred whilst participating in The Highland 100, which is conducted in the spirit of self-contained, self-reliant backcountry riding/running. It is strongly advised that each rider has MySoS on his/her phone.


Timing will start with the start gun at the announced time. The start line will remain open for 10 minutes after the start gun. Competitors who start later will not be credited with a late start. Any competitor who cannot make the start deadline must report to the organisers. The finish cut-off time will not be adjusted for competitor’s who are permitted a late start.


The finish line closes at 3:30pm. Individuals which are deemed by the Race Organisers to arrive at the finish line after the cut-off time will be swept off the route by the sweep vehicle. These teams may continue the race, but will not qualify as race finishers.


No spectators are allowed on the route. Rider will be D'Q if their supporters are found on the route.


Competitors retain the ultimate responsibility to carry enough water with them and to ensure they are hydrated along the route


Competitors may receive assistance from a fellow competitor along the route. Bike repairs may be performed on the route but without obstructing other riders. Watering and food will be supplied by the Race Organisation along the route.


Individuals that cannot continue the race, for whatever reason, must immediately inform the Race Office. This can be done at the Finish, or by calling 061 433 5786. 2. In the event of a search and rescue operation being initiated for a rider which has withdrawn, but has not informed the Race Office, the cost of the search and rescue operation will be transferred to the competitor.


Individuals may be disqualified at the discretion of Chief Commissaries / Race Office for any one or more of the following reasons including, but not limited to: Riding at any point on any stage without a helmet. Breaking of the Highland 100 Race Rules as described above, Bad Sportsmanship, Any littering. Abuse of Race Officials and Landowners, use of earphones.


Competitors must complete the entire distance of the race, and the responsibility for following the official route lies with the rider. A competitor is not permitted to take any shortcuts, or take other advantage of a similar nature against opponents. Competitors must act in a polite manner at all times, and permit any faster runner/rider to overtake without obstructing. Competitors must respect the countryside and follow the official route. Competitors must avoid polluting the area, and not leave any waste or litter. No glass containers of any kind are permitted on or near the course. Competitors must not use offensive or abusive language during the race, act in an unsporting manner, be disrespectful to the officials, landowners or ignore the race regulations. No littering or unnecessary damage to the environment will be tolerated. Litter, relating to sports nutrition or water bottles will be tolerated within the direct area of the water stations. Competitors need to obey normal road rules at all times - stay left, slow down at corners etc.


 A sweep will follow the back of the race at all times. Each competitor needs to ensure their bike is properly secured onto the trailer. Highland 100 will provide ropes etc but it is up to you to ensure it is secure to avoid bike damage. We will hold NO responsibility to any bikes being damaged.



It is important that competitors look out for one another and stay within the trail route at all times. Should he/she be in trouble, you should contact the necessary backup before leaving the individual.


Evacuation plans will be in place to evacuate competitors from remote areas should this be necessary.


It is strongly recommended that one does not drink the water from any of the dams or rivers which you will be crossing. Clean drinking water will be provided at the water tables along the route.


All competitors need to respect the fact that without the support of the landowners and local community, this event would not be possible. Please show your appreciation for this whenever possible.


If The Highland 100 is forced to cancel the event due to severe weather conditions or fires that puts riders’ safety at risk, the riders will not have any claim against the organisers or any of their sponsors of whatsoever nature in these circumstances.

Highland 100 reserves the right to change the route for inter alia, safety and security reasons without notice.

If The Highland 100 is cancelled in total as a last resort due to events beyond our control (force majeure) – relating to, inter alia, political turmoil, natural disasters, strikes, protest action or any other major disturbance beyond our control, riders will have no claim whatsoever including but not limited to a refund against the organisers or any of their sponsors. This will include entry fees and or flights and other expenses.

Highland 100 will do everything in our power to reroute and to run the event in a safe and secure manner should any event of force majeure arise.


The Highland 100 reserves it's rights to change the event rules and regulations at their discretion and without notice.