Jeffreys Bay will be the venue for the finish of the Trans Baviaans 24 hour Mountain Bike Marathon – regarded as the toughest event of its kind in the world.
The Trans Baviaans starts in Willowmore at 10 am on Saturday morning and ends 24 hours later at Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay.
The 230 km route creates the perfect combination of extremely challenging cycling amongst spectacular scenery through exquisite mountain ranges, right into the heart of the magnificent Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area – all in a team format.
Being a team event, consisting of 2, 3 or 4 cyclists per team, the concept is very different from that of an ordinary MTB race.
The event is also unique as the entire route is unmarked and tests the orientation skills of each rider.
Teams have to check in and out at the checkpoints strategically placed on route, so their whereabouts can be traced.
The late start at 10:00 forces all the riders to use lights for night time riding.
The Trans Baviaans starts in Willowmore and then follows a farm road through Poortjies to link up with the Baviaanskloof turn-off 4 km out of town.
The route then ascends over a distance of 26km to the top of the spectacular Nuwekloofpas.
For the next 80km the route drops down into the Baviaanskloof, passing through a number of farms such as Rietrivier and the Baviaanskloof Police Station at Studtis, after which it enters the Baviaanskloof wilderness area.
This long descent ends at Geelhoutbos, a distance of 110km from Willowmore.
From here the route becomes more strenuous, narrower and more difficult to negotiate, reaching a high point at Bergplaas, at 147km from Willowmore. From here it drops suddenly into the Cambria Valley past some citrus farms and the Komdomo Camp site in the banks of the Groot River at 175km mark.
From Komdomo the route follows the road to Patensie, but before reaching it, turns off to Humansdorp on an undulating gravel road to cross the Humansdorp-Patensie tar road at 210km mark.
The route then follows a farm road to Jeffreys Bay were it finishes at the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay, 230 km from Willowmore.
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