THE TOUGHEST
SINGLE STAGE RACE IN THE WORLD

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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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One of the heroes of the Trans Baviaans Repeat was Stephen Drew. In recent years Drew has survived a brain tumour and then the amputation of his right leg following a motorcycle accident. Drew is an inspirationally positive character and there was never any doubt in his mind that he would be back on the bike following his accident. Equipped with a state of the art prosthetic, which was custom made in George, Drew completed the Trans Baviaans Repeat alongside partner Jeffrey Willcocks. ... See MoreSee Less

 

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Well done. And to Olga for being the valuable support to Stephen from the beginning.

Awesome Steve, your laugh is still as infectious as ever..! Greetings from across the planet

Stephen Drew you are my legend friend, Huge Respect 👍

Wow!! Fantastic Stephen and Jeffrey

Well done both of you. Stephen Drew it’s been a honor and a privilege to be part of this journey. Coaches Corner Spinning Studio salutes you.

RESPECT for Stephen Drew..

Steve - we need to speak 😀. Great job there. Well done !!!

So awesome 💪🏻💪🏻

Well done Steve what a fighting spirit you have.🍾😀

Steve- Stevie Wonder rides again! You guys rock xx

Just incredible! LEGENDS!

Well done

Well done to both! RESPECT!

Respect Stephen Jeff! Well done!!

FANTASTIES

Steve, you Legend. I knew you could do it!!! Xx

Well done Stephen and Jeff!!

HUGE respect Stephen!.

Awesome , well done

☝🏿Legend

Woohoo Steve and Jeff!! 💪🏼

Wow amazing!

Respect

Awsome

Respect!

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Who feels like abandoning their bicycles like this today? Fortunately it'll pass and you have 12 months to recover for the #transbaviaans2019. ... See MoreSee Less

Who feels like abandoning their bicycles like this today? Fortunately itll pass and you have 12 months to recover for the #transbaviaans2019.

 

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Enige bargains te koop na die Transbaviaans?? 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

Bazil Frewen is this you?

Barry Horvath

Reino

Jan Chris Els

Mike Gamble

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The final leg of the #TransBaviaans2018 #TheRepeat ... See MoreSee Less

 

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They were absolutely yum!

Daai is die lekkerste Jaffels wat ek nog geëet hwt na 200km!

Sherif Saidy

Maretha Bezuidenhout Zack Joe Bezuidenhout Stef en Tiaan hier op.... Soooo nice 👌

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