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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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The best mtb race I ever did. Maybe 2020?

Sjoe.......baaaaie senuweeagtig!!!!

Wished I was there 🤓

Pieter Nortier Rudi Strydom Dirk Odendaal

Drikus Kotze

Leanne Jonathan Eduard

Francois Viljoen Pierre Viljoen

An #epic Race for sure

Kan nie wag nie

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Incorporate walking with your training ( your body is not used to walking in cycling shoes, and pushing a bike). Although it's not good for the ego! But you will be doing some pushing, so it's beter to come prepared. 👟 👟 👟

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Incorporate walking with your training ( your body is not used to walking in cycling shoes, and pushing a bike). Although its not good for the ego! But you will be doing some pushing, so its beter to come prepared. 👟 👟 👟 

#TransBaviaans2019 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #TransTip

 

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😂 versekee!

Pls dont show a specialized bike in a pic about pushing bikes. 🤣🤣🤣

Charl Kemp 😁😁

It's all downhill

Hardus Kotze they don’t say anything about lying down and sleeping training 😴

Chas Andrew en Retha Venter julle sien....😉

Paul Venter, pleister daai Hak. Hier kom baie loop🤭

Grant Schipper try some incline walking in your training 😅

Leonard Strydom

Ons stoot nie , dis nie 'n kruiwa nie . 😁

Who the hell pushes a bike on Baviaans?

Otto Remke; Justin Fortune 😂

Anré Swart Dirkie Kaufmann Moet nie dat ons wag nie😉

Herman Retief hahahahaha

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If you're not used to bunch riding, we would suggest you train for it. You can benefit from it, if you know what you're doing. Don't sit in a bunch that is not your speed, it can burn you out and leave you feeling drained. Bunch riding is perfect for the first 100km! ⛰️⛰️⛰️

#TransBaviaans2019 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #TransTip
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If youre not used to bunch riding, we would suggest you train for it. You can benefit from it, if you know what youre doing. Dont sit in a bunch that is not your speed, it can burn you out and leave you feeling drained. Bunch riding is perfect for the first 100km! ⛰️⛰️⛰️

#TransBaviaans2019 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #TransTip

 

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Andre Ellen Davi

Freek Van Loggerenberg

Evie Mclachlan 🙈

Andre Nortje Jy gaan nie weer in die bunch weg kruip nie ne 😉

#TransTip for today! Mental challenges! Most challenges you will face in the #TransBaviaans2019 are in your head. Get over your demons early on in the race and your overall experience will be so much more rewarding. It's about the journey not the destination. 😉 😉 😉
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#TransTip for today! Mental challenges! Most challenges you will face in the #TransBaviaans2019 are in your head. Get over your demons early on in the race and your overall experience will be so much more rewarding. Its about the journey not the destination. 😉 😉 😉 
#WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning

 

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Prepare properly ‘ and have a best day 🚲

The biggest mental challenge is the never ender!

Hierdie is my grootste demon. Ek het dit van die begin af vir my partner gesê.

The 230 km DEMON!!!!

Martin Taylor Theuns Koch Ken julle hierdie Girly?

Nee wat ons gaan hom kafdraf!

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