The Toughest Single Stage Mountain Bike Race in the World
Do you think you have what it takes to be part of the Trans Baviaans? It is simply known as the toughest single stage race in the world. Still not interested?
The Trans Baviaans as been known as the longest single stage team MTB event in the world for six years. It is a team event, consisting of 2,3 or 4 cyclist per team. The entire route is unmarked to test the orientation skills of each rider and this is what makes this event unique.
In 24 hours and 230 km you cycle from a town called Willowmore, in the heart of the Eastern Cape, through the world heritage site Baviaans Kloof, you finish in Jeffreys Bay, the surfing capital of South Africa.
This amazing race started with a family, all being mountain bikers, that went to the Baviaans for a family outing 7 years ago. They decided that what better way than to have a bike event in this beautiful area.
The event kicks off at 22h00 ( 10 August 2019) which forces all riders to use lights for the night time riding. To ensure every riders whereabouts, check in and out points are strategically placed on route.
Because it is a night time finish the first 10 teams home are greeted with a firing of a rocket. To motivate teams to at least complete five times, every team that finishes receives a commemorative medal which completes a puzzle that fits into a shield which takes 5 pieces to complete.
Photo by Jacques Marais