The Race to Rhodes takes place in June each year. It is a 500 km, non-stop, self-navigated mountain bike race starting in Pietermaritzburg, KZN and ending in Rhodes, Eastern Cape. Riders are allowed a maximum of 8 days to complete the ride.
It is a non-stop event, so riders are not required to stop every day/night as in other stage races. Riders are required to be self-sufficient and carry all their own personal belongings with them.
The route follows the first part of the Freedom Trail along a wide variety of off-road terrain, traversing dirt roads and tracks with extensive sections of single track and cattle track. Apart from the riding, there are numerous portage sections where riders will have to hike, push and even carry their bikes. It passes interesting countryside that is rich in history and culture.
Since the route is not marked, riders need to navigate by means of maps, compass and narrative directions – the use of GPS devices for navigation during the race is not allowed and will lead to disqualification.
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