You will navigate your way along our unmarked route using GPS tracks. We will send a Newsletter containing a link to download the GPS files to all riders about one week before Swazi Frontier.
It is, therefore, important that each team:
We welcome EasyBike as our GPS information and support team (www.easybike.co.za). It will be available at Registration on Day 0 to answer any queries. It will also have limited stock of GPS units as well as spares. Since we request that you download the track before arriving at Registration, EasyBike can also assist with any questions beforehand if you contact email@example.com.
We recommend that you get your GPS device soon and practise using it!
Check online (forums and websites) that your GPS unit model can upload GPX files to follow tracks. Simply type your model’s name and the word “GPX” to find out.
We are not endorsing any particular unit. These are some suitable GPS units suggested by EasyBike:
Rider 330 E
Rider 530 E
Whilst some apps on your mobile phone link to GPS direct without requiring network signal, this is not optimal because there are sections of the route without data connection for mobile phones. Unless connected to a network, the GPS on a mobile phone is not accurate which means you will get lost or lose signal if you use your mobile phone.
Other reasons a mobile phone is unsuitable as your main GPS device:
So rather use your mobile phone as a backup but do not rely on it. 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.
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.
You should have more than enough for each day and in some cases even more. Every manufacturer is different but look for a device that has the longest battery life. Most modern units have very good battery life.
Mostly, you will be able to charge your GPS unit in your room. There will be additional charging stations for those staying in the backpackers and tents on Day 0.
No. One GPS unit per team will be okay.
You will need to follow your partner and other riders. Our safety marshals will ensure all riders get back safely. This is also another reason why you and your partner both need a GPS.
We will be having checkpoints to ensure all riders are on track. This will also ensure we know if anyone is lost.
No, you cannot ride our route outside our event. Most of our route is through private land and you will be trespassing. It would also jeopardise any future events.
EasyBike has 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 ie training, heart rate, power etc.
We will have full GPS support from EasyBike who know their stuff at registration. Your manufacturers will have websites devoted to helping you too, visit their sites and ask loads of questions.
Load a GPS trail from where you train and see how the system you use works and what works for you. Go out and ride, get the feel of following the GPS. This will go a long way when you face a choice of 3 different tracks all going a similar direction on Swazi Frontier.