THE TOUGHEST
SINGLE STAGE RACE IN THE WORLD

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"The Race" - 11 August 2018 "The Repeat" - 18 August 2018

ENTRIES OPEN 1 DECEMBER 2017 08:00AM
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The Trans Baviaans is a 24hr mountain bike marathon single stage race of 230km from Willowmore in the heart of the Eastern Cape Karoo through the world heritage site and remote Baviaans Kloof and finishes in Jeffreys Bay the surfing capital of South Africa.

Simply put, it is the original and toughest single stage race in the world!

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About

As one of South Africa’s premier mountain biking events, this mountain bike marathon 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. Since its start in 2004 it has been growing annually, deserving its place on many mountain bikers’ wish list.

This initiative started on a family holiday in the Baviaanskloof. Being a family of mountain bikers, and wanting to share the Baviaanskloof experience, they decided that what better way than having a mountain bike race. It took them seven years to finalise the concept of how to go about such an event – one that captures not only the essence of the Baviaanskloof, but also to be a true test of endurance and a unique challenge.

This event had the title as the ‘longest single stage team MTB event’ in the world for six years, and emphasized that the focus lay on whether the route is rideable, unique, enjoyable and most of all achievable. Because this is a team event, consisting of 2, 3 or 4 cyclists per team, the concept is very different to 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. This ensures teamwork amongst everyone and brings out a camaraderie, making it an unforgettable experience. Teams have to check in and out at the checkpoints strategically placed on route, so their whereabouts can be traced. The late start (10:00) forces all the riders (even the frontrunners) to use lights for night time riding, for some this will be a much larger portion of their ride than for others – truly a test of character and endurance.

With a great race, comes great rewards! Due to the night time finish the first 10 teams home are greeted with the firing of a rocket. Every team that finishes receives a commemorative medal which completes a puzzle that fits into a shield after the completion of five events – motivating riders to complete the Trans Baviaans at least five times. The distance of 230 km from Willowmore to Jeffrey’s Bay must be completed in 24 hours to qualify for a medal.

So you think you have what it takes to conquer the Trans Baviaans? This is an event not to be taken lightly. However, with a well-planned approach, a fully charged night-light, good orientation skills, and loads of energy, it’s a very achievable challenge that will definitely transform you into the ultimate mountain biker!

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Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race

This bike....😍😍🚴🚵VIPA Trail One - R59,995 incl VAT and this one did duty at the 2017 Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race ... Race it or Trail it! #vipa #momsenbikes ... See MoreSee Less

This bike....😍😍🚴🚵

 

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Ek weet van ene wat net so nice is... 🙂

Specialized epic frame 😜

And the winner is!! Johan Britz, walking away with the Momsen Bikes Vipa Race One 2018 edition! What a lucky guy! Johan followed all the steps and ticked all the boxes of criteria from our panel of judges! So well done to you , sir!

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I did my first Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race the very first year it was held, armed with inadequate lights and inadequate legs. Since finishing it that first year, I have raced the "Baviaans" a further 8 times making me a proud owner of a Baviaans 5 Shield a few years ago. Every single one of those 2030 kilos over 9 years have been on a hardtail bike.

This year I WILL receive my 2nd Baviaans 5 Shield, my 10th Trans Baviaans, and it will be a proud moment for me as well as my parents who have been my support crew every single year.

Training for this year's race had its ups and downs with cold and flu, but knowing you have a super strong teammate forces you to be the best you.

Next year, 2018, as I start my dream of heading towards 15 Trans's, it would be such a blessing being able to line up for the race on a dual suspension Vipa with the proven pedigree that has become synonymous with Momsen Bikes. Especially a bike that, back in 2011, first came to fruition riding the same trails I started biking on many years ago, the Baakens Valley. A proven legend.

Read about how the Vipa was born, here : momsenbikes.com/…/its-seems-like-just-yesterday-the…/

#TransBaviaans2017
#Vipa
#ForgedInTheUntamed
#WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning
... See MoreSee Less

And the winner is!! Johan Britz, walking away with the Momsen Bikes Vipa Race One 2018 edition! What a lucky guy! Johan followed all the steps and ticked all the boxes of criteria from our panel of judges! So well done to you , sir! 

***
I did my first Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race the very first year it was held, armed with inadequate lights and inadequate legs. Since finishing it that first year, I have raced the Baviaans a further 8 times making me a proud owner of a Baviaans 5 Shield a few years ago. Every single one of those 2030 kilos over 9 years have been on a hardtail bike.

This year I WILL receive my 2nd Baviaans 5 Shield, my 10th Trans Baviaans, and it will be a proud moment for me as well as my parents who have been my support crew every single year.

Training for this years race had its ups and downs with cold and flu, but knowing you have a super strong teammate forces you to be the best you.

Next year, 2018, as I start my dream of heading towards 15 Transs, it would be such a blessing being able to line up for the race on a dual suspension Vipa with the proven pedigree that has become synonymous with Momsen Bikes. Especially a bike that, back in 2011, first came to fruition riding the same trails I started biking on many years ago, the Baakens Valley. A proven legend.

Read about how the Vipa was born, here : http://momsenbikes.com/…/its-seems-like-just-yesterday-the…/

#TransBaviaans2017
#Vipa
#ForgedInTheUntamed
#WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning

 

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Baie baie baie dankie Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race en Momsen Bikes!!! The bike is an absolute beaut!!! I was actually speechless speaking to Victor Momsen about how much thought went even into something so small as the bottle cage locations. You can have two bottles, or if you only use one bottle you can move the cage to a lower location to improve your centre of gravity. Who thinks of these things?!? If that much thought went into bottle cage locations... just imagine what went into designing the suspension! A brilliantly though out thoroughbred racing machine through and through! I doubt you'll find a bike more suited to SA racing conditions as the Momsen Bikes VIPA.

Congratulations Johan. Great story and you are an inspiration to push for 10 Trans's Keep the pedals turning and enjoy the bike bruh

Baie geluk, Johan. Mag jy vele suksesvolle kilometers op jou Momsen aflê.

Lekker Johan dink regtig jy verdien daai fiets veral nadat jy so ''n rowwe tyd gehad het op die fiets met jou 10de Trans Baviaans.

Way to go Johan, know you will ride it like it should be ridden.

How lucky can you be!!! Enjoy that macine

You deserve that bike Johan

Sooo mooi fiets ek ry dan nog maar my hardtail... geluk!

Totally deserving 😃

Well, well done ! Truly deserved.

Congrats Johan

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