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


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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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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Marco Bezuidenhout

Highlights of #TransBaviaans2018, it will surely get you in the mood to hit the enter button on the 3rd and 4th of December! So get ready for #TransBaviaans2019

Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race
The 2018 Trans Baviaans Race might have featured some of South Africa's foremost ultra-endurance athletes, but there is far more to this great event than the elite riders aiming to beat the setting sun to Jeffreys Bay. Sit back, relax and watch as Bigshot Media attempt to capture the soul of the Trans Baviaans on the 230km crossing of the Baviaanskloof World Heritage Site.
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Wie is in? Franco Bornmann? Marieke Bourbon-Leftley Juanita Bourbon-Leftley hoor bietjie daar by Jacques en Winston.Hierdie is seker een van dié lekkerste ervarings. Kan 2/3/4 persoon span wees, inskrywing is per span.

Johan Pieterse Stephen Terreblanche Stefan Pieterse Andre Venter

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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.

Dave David Sternberg

Wynand Louw - die tyd kom nader!

Hanray Kotze Bernhardt Coetzee PG Vorster

Riëtte Prinsloo

Wouter Kruger Mariaan Kruger

James Bolland

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

Beverley Wood

Francois Viljoen,Pierre Viljoen

Andre Venter

Michelle Van Emmenis Leonie van der Merwe

Marc Davidson

Fred Lingenfelder Hano Otto

Dave Dougall

Johan Pieterse

Cornelia le Roux

Johan Prinsloo Rudi Strydom

David Welman

Rocky le Roux

A serious must do event 👍

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