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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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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!


Finishing individually on Sunday morning at the Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Repeat weekend was Clyde Scott finishing in 23.16.50 with Kenneth Williams 23.16.51 ... See MoreSee Less


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Well done guys .

We did 22:17 on our first attempt. It was by far the toughest of the 3 I rode. Respect guys. And please come back!

Well done chaps

Well done true determination 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

Well done to the two of you.. WOW... No training... Think what you could do with half a years training from now... you could cut off ten hours at least.. awesome..

Well done

Incredible grit & determination!!! Well done guys that’s true Trans Baviaans spirit 👊🏻

Well done!

Well done julle.


Thats a long time in the saddle.. well done guys

Reghardt van Vuuren

4 more medals to go. The 1st one is the most difficult one because you don't know what to expect. Julle is Ysters!!!

Welldone 👏🏻

Julle is ysters.... Well done

In that time it take a massive amount of willpower.

true winners of the race!! Legends

Wel gedaan julle! Wel gedaan!

Legendary stuff !

Karl Beaton Mark Swart Parker Gerrit Delport 💪🏼🚵🏻‍♀️

Lekker ChadNicolene Lahana!

Respek mnre.

Louise Swart kom jy kan dit doen..

Martin Van Den Heever Willem Jacobus Ungerer Carl Nienaber Next year boois

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Finishing individually on Sunday morning at the Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB Repeat weekend was Clyde Scott finishing in 23.16.50 with Kenneth Williams 23.16.51 ... See MoreSee Less


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Huge Kudos to them for persevering until the end!!💪🏻👍🏻

Wow, well done vir uithouvermoë !!!

Darling Brew a great supporter of the Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB ... See MoreSee Less


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Great brew. Pity it wasn't on sale to any of the supporters (or spectators) at the finish.

Missed the beer at the end for the supporters!

Darling Brew a great supporter of the Trans Baviaans 24HR MTB ... See MoreSee Less

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