Trans Baviaans 24hr MTB Marathon – RACE WEEK


It is now time to relax, be happy with what you have done in preparation and let the nerves settle for the ride of a life time…

Herewith some info, last minute need to knows and some tips for the Race and the Repeat weekends coming up!

Willowmore, J-bay and the whole Kouga Region has a major water crisis, please be conscious of this when you are coming to the event. They are soon approaching day Zero and are experiencing water shedding at the moment. Keep the showers short, wash your bike at home and try to do your bit for the area please.
The finish venue at the Fountains Mall in J-Bay won’t have any showers or bike wash facilities.

We are now all out of the office with logistics and won’t be answering to emails and queries. This can now only be resolved at registration on the Friday’s of the respective weekends.

Indemnity Forms
Please go to our website under the Download tab for the Indemnity forms to be downloaded, printed and filled out for easier flow at registration. (Link Below)

All subs, changes or entry related admin has now closed and can only be done at registration on the Friday’s

Race Numbers
Your team race numbers will be sent by Wednesday in a separate email.


Road Conditions
The first section of the Baviaanskloof road from Willowmore to Vero’s (CP1) is in great condition with very little corrugations, but from Vero’s to the Eastern Cape Parks Gate will require gum guards. (Rumour has it that a big yellow machine has been transported to the Baviaanskloof?)
The wilderness area will be very much the same as previous years, but with less water. The river crossings are fairly low at the moment, but please be aware of the holes in the concrete bridges!
The M.A.C has those concrete strips and will test your balance and focus to ride up them. The Never Ender has never been in this great shape as now!
The rain predicted might add to the fun railway single track at the end.

It looks like we need to prepare for a wet Race weekend. The area desperately needs water so we cannot complain about these conditions and rather celebrate the fact that we are bringing water to this region! The wind at the moment is predicted to be West / North West which is exactly what we want for that tailwind!
(We will give an update on weather conditions for the Repeat next week)

Rider Tips

We are fortunate to have a great community of riders that take part in the Trans Baviaans every year, going through loads of effort with their planning and setting up for the race. On the link below you will find a thorough and complete guide to achieve goals of riding Sub 12, 11 or 10 hours, Trans Baviaans 24hr Marathon. Even though this might seem way too fast for some of our riders it is still a very usefull piece of info to look at for your preperation.
Credit: Jack Black from Gravel & Tour


The Trans Baviaans is widely regarded as the toughest single stage
Mountain Bike Race in the world. Every year hundreds of brave riders
line up to prove their mettle in this one of a kind event.
Whether you’re one of the brave or just want to upgrade your cold
weather kit game, we’ve put together four looks to help you overcome the toughest conditions.

Make Sure to book those Massages!


Win a POLAR GRIT-X with Trans Baviaans this year! Your race entry will automatically give you an entry into the draw. A race finish will then give yet another entry into the lucky draw. If you follow the link below and fill out the form you will get a third entry into the draw!

T&Cs apply.


Zane Schmahl and Angus Teeton, gave an endurance ride in the Elands River and Baviaanskloof area a bash. Checkout the little video on their ride story to get you in the mood for this weekend! Zane’s comment: My ass still feels those corrugations!