Cycle in the towering shadows or if you choose on top of the beautiful uKhahlamba-Drakensberg range where only a few have dared before on mountain bikes. Unlike a stage race, you get to decide on your own cycle route between official turn points. You may either go around or over hills, take the scenic route or brave a river crossing. The aim is to complete the course in the shortest possible time.
What makes this event unique, is that not only will cyclists test their riding skills against other mountain bikers, but also against trail runners and paragliders. The constantly changing dynamics of the mountains keep the race exciting. From weather conditions controlling whether paragliders fly or are forced to continue on foot, to navigational skills determining whether competitors get lost or overtake you. This is a mountain bike race for the most adventurous cyclists that love the wild outdoors. Perhaps even enough to sleep under the stars to get to the finish fastest!
This is Africa's most adventurous cycle challenge!
We will provide you with suggested routes (GPS & GPX files) and assist with your route planning. Contact us for details.
Only online entries. No entries on the day.
Extreme 4-day race 17 - 22 March 2021
Straight line distance from Turn Point to Turn Point = 137 km (this is as the crow flies)
If Mountain Biking you can expect to cover 350 km (this depends on your route finding)
Elevation gain 7,500 m Mountain Biking
17 March 2021 – Report for race & briefing
18, 19 & 20 March 2021 - Race days
22 March 2021 - Finish & prize giving dinner
23 March 2021 - Breakfast meetup
Mini 2-day race 19 - 22 March 2021
Straight line distance from Turn Point to Turn Point = 60 km (this is as the crow flies)
If Mountain Biking you can expect to cover about 190 km (this depends on your route finding)
Elevation gain 5,000 m Mountain Biking
19 March 2021 – Report for race & briefing
20 March 2021 - Race day
21 March 2021 - Finish & prize giving dinner
22 March 2021 - Breakfast meetup
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Enjoy a few minutes out the saddle to hike your bike onto the next stretch of wilderness single track through the Drakensberg's ever changing terrain. Mountain biker Clive Scholtz's strategy lead him to the finish fastest in the 2015 race, ahead of the trail runners and paragliders ? Linda Willemse