THE TOUGHEST
SINGLE STAGE RACE IN THE WORLD

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"The Race" - 10 August 2019 "The Repeat" - 17 August 2019

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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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Remember entries for #TransBaviaans2019 opens 3rd of December at 10:00AM for the #Race! And the 4th of December at 10:00AM for the #Repeat! 📆🗓️ ... See MoreSee Less

Remember entries for #TransBaviaans2019 opens 3rd of December at 10:00AM for the #Race! And the 4th of December at 10:00AM for the #Repeat! 📆🗓️

 

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Thank you for making entries date after Munga. Counting the days to enter my 4th Baviaans.

Wynand Louw - die tyd kom nader!

Dave David Sternberg

A serious must do event 👍

Hanray Kotze Bernhardt Coetzee PG Vorster

Riëtte Prinsloo

Stephen Terreblanche Stefan Pieterse Johan Pieterse Linda Pieterse Bianca Cherie Prinsloo Marlize Pieterse

Wouter Kruger Mariaan Kruger

James Bolland

Beverley Wood

Francois Viljoen,Pierre Viljoen

Andre Venter

Fred Lingenfelder Hano Otto

Dave Dougall

Johan Pieterse

Cornelia le Roux

Johan Prinsloo Rudi Strydom

David Welman

Marc Davidson

Rocky le Roux

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Last day of the 10 Reasons to enter the #TransBaviaans2019!!🚵‍♂️🚵‍♀️⛰️

Number 10: Cold beer at the finish! To welcome you home after a very long day/night nothing goes down better than an ice cold @DarlingBrew !!🍺🍻
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Last day of the 10 Reasons to enter the #TransBaviaans2019!!🚵‍♂️🚵‍♀️⛰️

Number 10: Cold beer at the finish! To welcome you home after a very long day/night nothing goes down better than an ice cold @DarlingBrew !!🍺🍻

 

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Donovan Marc Lottering

Stefan Pieterse Johan Pieterse Stephen Terreblanche

Counting down the 10 reasons why you need to enter the #TransBaviaans2019🚵‍♂️🚵‍♀️

Number9: Spending 230km on your bike, going through one of the most remote areas of SA. Get comfortable with your bike! The Momsen Bikes VIPA ULTRA was built specifically for just that! It's an endurance specific machine, check it out for yourself here momsenbikes.com/microsite/vipaultra/
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Counting down the 10 reasons why you need to enter the #TransBaviaans2019🚵‍♂️🚵‍♀️

Number9: Spending 230km on your bike, going through one of the most remote areas of SA. Get comfortable with your bike! The Momsen Bikes VIPA ULTRA was built specifically for just that!  Its an endurance specific machine, check it out for yourself here https://momsenbikes.com/microsite/vipaultra/

 

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Freddy Scott Gertjie Ironman Terblanche Ewald Bornman

We're still counting down the top 10 reasons to enter the #TransBaviaans2019🚵‍♀️🚵‍♂️⛰️

Number 8: You get to spend allot of quality time with your team mates, getting to know each other an a whole other level! We all know there are moments of weakness and some snappy back chatting especially going up #Neverender in the early hours, but good team mates make these memories a bit more enduring! 👫👬👭
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Were still counting down the top 10 reasons to enter the #TransBaviaans2019🚵‍♀️🚵‍♂️⛰️

Number 8: You get to spend allot of quality time with your team mates, getting to know each other an a whole other level! We all know there are moments of weakness and some snappy back chatting especially going up #Neverender in the early hours, but good team mates make these memories a bit more enduring! 👫👬👭

 

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Hahaha ons gaan weer trap 2019 om 3de medalje te kry👍

Hoe ver is dit nog🤔 😝 Braam van Straten 😂

Ons gaan trap vir my 5de een!! Reinier Van Greunen, Deon Visser

Retief Kleynhans!! 👍🏻👍🏻

Ralph Schminke, Tony Nelson, Etienne Schlechter

Vallie Adams Yacoob Jaffar 😜

Brett Bursey Angus Spence Alex Midlane Bradley Bieske

Barry Horvath

Marc Beyers

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