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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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Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Race

We are taking to the trail running scene in the heart of the Baviaanskloof! #LeopardRun #LeopardTrail #BaviaansKloof #TrailRunning

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EcoBound is exploring more and more into the world of trail running, our latest addition to our stable of events. The Leopard Run on the breathtaking Leopard Hiking Trail in the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve. Yes, the same place where our flagship event the Trans Baviaans 24hr MTB Marathon takes place! ⛰ 🏃‍♂ 🏃‍♀️ #TrailRunning #MountainRunning #FreeRunning #EcoTrail #HippyTrail #LeopardTrail #KougaMountains #Baviaanskloof #EcoBound
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Taking to the #trails of the #Baviaanskloof this weekend! #excitedGetting excited to explore the #Kloofs and #Peaks of the #KougaMountainRange this weekend in the #BaviaanskloofMegaReserve with the official #LeopardRunRecce taking place on the The Leopard Trail this weekend! It is going to be 👌⛰🙌
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Colyn van Zyl Patrick Choung - we just missed the snow

WOW! PRAGTIG!!! maar seker ysig koud. Amen to GOD be the glory.

Tish Jones glad we weren't riding

Bruce Gie we are lucky we didnt get weather like this for our race😱

Oh my word just imagine 😏

Dit interessant gewees het, as dit so gelyk het met TB.



Wow. So happy the race is done


Dankie tog ons net in tyd daar weg...

Dit lyk bitter koud.

That is insane!


Joost KesselsMoist Naomi Du Plessis

OMW, grateful for the weather we had then🙈 Roan Rossouw

Walter Ritson Shaun Long

John David Mosdell, Juriena Verwoerd, Mark Heymann, Louis Stroebel, Lindie Botha Stroebel

Robert Stephen Green, Brandon Michael Townsend, Mike Townsend 😅

Charl Harding, kyk hier 😱

Ian Steyn Christo Kroon Bino Etsebeth Anthony Kukard

Etienne Venter....

Hanno van der Walt Vicki Jones

Gawie Badenhorst

Trevor Gascoyne

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