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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TransBaviaans 1 2016 Race Report

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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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CLIMB OF THE DAY

Mini MAC

Distance: 0.73km
Gradient: 7%
Ascent: 50m

There is nothing Mini about this 'little' climb! Homestretch is where you will find this beauty waiting for you! We are sure this climb has heard a few swear words in it's time.

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #MiniMac #climboftheday
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CLIMB OF THE DAY

Mini MAC

Distance: 0.73km
Gradient: 7%
Ascent:    50m

There is nothing Mini about this little climb! Homestretch is where you will find this beauty waiting for you! We are sure this climb has heard a few swear words in its time.

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #MiniMac #climboftheday

 

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Known to our local mtb'ers in J'bay as 'mooidraai'.

Walks about the same as mac , just shorter

When the legs are feeling tired you meet this beauty

We at A1 kynaston have a few rooms open www.a1kynaston.co.za

Dis n stinker na 200k

Ruaan Ras, it really feels more like 5kms 😂

Jc Kruger

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CLIMB OF THE DAY

Neverender

Distance: 11.9km
Gradient: 2%
Ascent: 253m

This climb definitely lives up to it's name, with tired legs, mind and teammates, the Neverender will test team spirit to the max! Never ending!!

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #TheNeverender #climboftheday
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CLIMB OF THE DAY

Neverender

Distance: 11.9km
Gradient: 2%
Ascent:    253m

This climb definitely lives up to its name, with tired legs, mind and teammates, the Neverender will test team spirit to the max! Never ending!! 

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #TheNeverender #climboftheday

 

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The key to Neverender is to watch the distance on your computer and not keep hoping the end is around the corner. That way you can break it down into realistic targets instead of feeling discouraged because you're still climbing.

Gradient : 2% Mental Gradient : 200%

My nemesis. This year will be different

Dis die ergste deel van die hele race vir my!!! Ek haat die Never Ender!! Of wat se jy Gert Nagel?

We will kill that hill this year again

Nader aan 20km...

That 11.9kms felt closer to 20kms last year with not being able to see much and just a long drag up.

O look one of my favourites...Not!! Seamus Tucker Jan Du Plessis Donovan Wolf

Deon Brenner Carel Naude

Gertjie IronmanTerblanche Bushy Jansen van Vuuren

Wouter Stoltz

Jc Kruger

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DOWNHILL OF THE DAY

The Big Dipper

Distance: 6.36km
Gradient: -6%
Descent: 379m

Coming off the back of the MAC, you are sure in for a treat! Like the constellation, this truly is a BIG dipper taking you into the Gamtoos valley.

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #TheBigDipper #Downhilloftheday
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DOWNHILL OF THE DAY

The Big Dipper

Distance: 6.36km
Gradient: -6%
Descent:  379m

Coming off the back of the MAC, you are sure in for a treat! Like the constellation, this truly  is a BIG dipper taking you into the Gamtoos valley.

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #TheBigDipper #Downhilloftheday

 

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Down hill all the way

Sam Marx hier het Drikus Kotze darem weer bietjie voorsprong!😂

Sal dit graag wil doen sonder my fiets liggie.......

Hardus Kotze vir elke oppie is n affie

Love that decent!! Can't wait to do it again this year!!

#enduro

Rikki Fietze

Christoff Jacobs

Wouter Stoltz

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CLIMB OF THE DAY

MAC: Mother of all Climbs

Distance: 8.50km
Gradient: 5%
Ascent: 434m

This is surely the climb that most will see during nightfall, long and winding. A true test for the team spirit. She is really the mother of all climbs, and she's a b*tch!

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #MAC #MotherOfAllClimbs #climboftheday
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CLIMB OF THE DAY

MAC: Mother of all Climbs

Distance: 8.50km
Gradient: 5%
Ascent:    434m

This is surely the climb that most will see during nightfall, long and winding. A true test for the team spirit. She is really the mother of all climbs, and shes a b*tch! 

#TransBaviaans2018 #WhereTeamSpiritGetsAWholeNewMeaning #MAC #MotherOfAllClimbs #climboftheday

 

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Cant wait to see you again my old friend... #EarnYourDecent

Sani pass 8km and ascent 1,4km

🙈🙈🙈what have i done😱!!

Dont let the 5% description fool you ... think they used the descent as well to get to that value .. well, thats according to my legs when I go up there ... long sections is way more than 5%...

Michelle Van Emmenis Longtom Pass was the proper prep for the MAC 7.2km 5.5% & 399m hitting it after racing for 100km with 2500m climbing in the legs. This year we must have a sundowner together at Bergplaas

good luck to u & David with the last few weeks of training, VASBYT!

Chas Andrew Jamie Duncan Andrew Frank Flowers ₩¥£€%@#$ 🛴🛴🛴🛴

Neil Harper Michael Flood

Gertjie IronmanTerblanche Bushy Jansen van Vuuren

Emile Lamprecht

Bertus Coetzee

Seamus Tucker Donovan Wolf Jan Du Plessis

Mark Ruffer, Gareth Leybourne🤤

Jc Kruger

Christo Kroon Bino Etsebeth Rudolph Van Schalkwyk Wim Barnard

Hennie ter Stege Greg Salzwedel

Tish Jones

Christoff Jacobs

John Behn Dawie du Plessis Diderik Nel

Fritz Van Loggerenberg

Attie Jansen Van Vuuren

Patrick Robinson Charl van Zyl

Hanno van der Walt

Charl Chibo Avenant

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