Event Dates

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


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!


TransBaviaans 1 2016 Race Report


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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!


1 week ago

Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race

Johan Britz received his brand new #VipaTrail today at the #MomsenBikes headquarters in the #BaakensValley! #Stoked is just one of many words to describe how he feels

Johan says:
“What an absolute honour to receive such a beaut from guys I have the utmost respect for, Victor Momsen from Momsen Bikes and Zane Schmahl and Wikus Van der Walt from EcoBound Mountain Events. Words cannot describe how grateful I am, wow! The bike is gorgeous, so much so it is the first bike you see as you walk into Bike&Brew and as you can see, rightfully so! I will do my best to live up to the capabilities of this beast, and do the Momsen brand proud. Afterwards I went back into the shop and bought a pimp Momsen race fit jersey. Bring on the next race!”

This bike is his prize after #TransBaviaans2017’s competition that Johan won with flying colours!
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Well done. I saw so many Momsen pass me on the Trans.

Wow what a beautiful this space now..baie geluk Johann.

#PlacesToVisit in the #Baviaanskloof. Here is a lekker #DIY option in the latest Full Sus #MTB by #TrailGuru Jacques Marais He shares n little hidden gem #Cedarfalls, where The Leopard Trail 4 day hiking trail starts! Go check it out! ... See MoreSee Less

#PlacesToVisit in the #Baviaanskloof. Here is a lekker #DIY option in the latest Full Sus #MTB by #TrailGuru Jacques Marais He shares n little  hidden gem #Cedarfalls, where The Leopard Trail 4 day hiking trail starts! Go check it out!


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Such a kiff spot, this. And great for #trailrunning, too.

I’m in, lekker weekend away and some classic trail running shoots👍

Lee-Roy Geldenhuys

1 month ago

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 😜

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