Race to the Sun
Trans Elands MTB Marathon
The 160km “Extreme” MTB marathon with 3000m of elevation gain is one of South Africa’s and certainly the Eastern Cape’s toughest one-day mountain biking events. The event is a true test of a rider’s physical and mental capability, but with adequate preparation it is an achievable challenge. To finish this “bucket list” event within the 12-hour time limit leaves one with a sense of reward and satisfaction which can only be described by a rider who has achieved this feat. The Trans Elands 160km is the ideal tester for regular MTB marathon riders, perhaps the reason why so many riders have been returning year after year to tackle this event. The 160km event caters for both solo entries and team entries (of two riders per team).
The 60km “Lite” MTB marathon race distance with 1000m of climbing was added in 2017 with great success, and acts as a stepping stone for those who in future years would like to tackle the 160km. The 5-hour time limit allows for riders of varying capability to take part in and complete this 60km event. Riders of the 60km event have adequate time to stop at the well stocked waterpoints and to take in the breath-taking scenery of the Gamtoos River Valley and Kleinrivier area. The 60km event caters for solo entries only.
The 30km “Mini” MTB marathon with less than 500m of elevation gain, gives the whole family the opportunity to explore the beauty of the the Gamtoos River Valley farmlands by MTB. The 30km event caters for solo entries only.
Around The Pot
The 17th edition of the Trans Baviaans 24-hour mountain bike Race and Repeat will take place on Saturday the 15th and Saturday the 22th of August 2020 respectively. The event entries will once again be capped at 1 250 riders per event and riders will be able to take part in teams of 2, 3 or 4. Entries to the iconic events will open on the 2nd, for the Race, and the 3th, for the Repeat, of December 2019.
Entrants are encouraged to book accommodation in Willowmore as soon as possible as the village can only accommodate a limited number of visitors and the closest locations to the start line, at the church hall, fill up fast. For more information please visit www.transbaviaans.co.za.
|Event:||2020 Trans Baviaans Repeat|
|Date:||Saturday, 22 August 2020|
|Entries Open:||Tuesday, 3 December 2019|
|Type:||Single stage MTB race|
|Event:||2020 Trans Baviaans Race|
|Date:||Saturday, 15 August 2020|
|Entries Open:||Monday, 2 December 2019|
|Type:||Single stage MTB race|
2020 Karoo to Coast
The 2020 date is set for South Africa’s favourite single day mountain bike event: 20 September. Heading into the 22nd edition the Karoo to Coast promises to be as challenging, rewarding and fun as ever – when 4 500 riders take on the route from Uniondale to Knysna.
The 96 kilometre long course, which crosses the old wagon trail out of Uniondale before joining the famous Prince Alfred’s Pass through the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna, features 1 560 meters of climbing – but more importantly 2 300 meters of descending from the Karoo to the coast. The route snakes through four distinct biomes and offers stunning mountain vistas of a region seldom traversed by anyone but locals and adventure motorcyclists.
Entries to the 2020 race are open. For more information on the Karoo to Coast please visit www.karootocoast.com.
|Fast Facts: 2020 Karoo to Coast|
|Dates:||20 September 2020|
|Start:||Uniondale Sports Grounds|
|Finish:||Knysna High School Sport Fields|
|Elevation:||1 560m of climbing|
|Facebook:||Karoo to Coast|