Cycle for 5 days across 3 mountain ranges in the Garden Route of South Africa, the most beautiful area of South Africa on gravel roads and jeep tracks. Start at the coast in the small little town Great Brakriver in the Garden Route, cross the Langeberge to a small town Van Wyksdorp, cycle over the Rooiberge towards the Klein Karoo with the Swartberge in the background and the last day cross the Outeniqua Mountains going down the old historic Montagu pass to the coastline again towards Great Brakriver, via the Forest jeep tracks along the Outeniqua Mountains. This is a Tour, not a race, so you can go at your own pace. Great training for the for Epic or any other Endurance race. Take the Edge of racing and come and enjoy the Tour with us. Make new friends along the way.
The Garden Route (Afrikaans: Tuinroete) is a stretch of the south-eastern coast of South Africa which extends from Mossel Bay in the Western Cape to the Storms River in the Eastern Cape. The name comes from the verdant and ecologically diverse vegetation encountered here and the numerous lagoons and lakes dotted along the coast. It includes towns such as Knysna, Plettenberg Bay and Nature’s Valley; with George, the Garden Route’s largest city and main administrative centre.
It has an oceanic climate, with mild to warm summers, and mild to cool winters. It has the mildest climate in South Africa and the second mildest climate in the world, after Hawaii, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Temperatures rarely fall below 10°C in winter and rarely climb beyond 28°C in summer. Rain occurs year-round, with a slight peak in the spring months, brought by the humid sea-winds from the Indian Ocean rising and releasing their precipitation along the Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma Mountains just inland of the coast.
The Route is sandwiched between the aforementioned mountains and the Indian Ocean. The Outeniqua and Tsitsikamma indigenous forests are a unique mixture of Cape Fynbos and Temperate Forest and offer hiking trails and eco-tourism activities. Nearly 300 species of bird life are to be found in a variety of habitats ranging from fynbos to forest to wetlands.
Ten nature reserves embrace the varied ecosystems of the area as well as unique marine reserves, home to soft coral reefs, dolphins, seals and a host of other marine life. Various bays along the Garden Route are nurseries to the endangered Southern Right Whale which go there to calve in the winter and spring (July to December).
The Trans Outeniqua 5 Day MTB Tour – Spring Tour (only 10 riders allowed)
The Trans Outeniqua 5 day MTB tour, a Scenic Mountain bike tour in the beautiful Garden Route of South Africa, will start at Pine Creek River Resort in Great-Brak River and will take you over 3 mountain ranges, the Langeberg Mountains, the Rooi Berge and the Outeniqua Mountains. It is circular route of 5 days of exhilarating riding along and over the mountains. This is great long distance training for the Epic, but doable for the intermediate to fit Mountain biker. No technical riding. Stay at 3 to 4 star accommodation].
Dates: 26 to 30 October 2017
Venue:Great Brakriver to Herberstadale to Van Wyksdorp to Oudsthoorn, to Herold, to Great Brak River
Solo but sharing – only 10 riders!
Day 1: 65km
Day 2: 71km
Day 3: 79km
Day 4 : 64km
Day 5 : 59km
Trans Outeniqua MTB , included in the entry fee:
– 5 days of unforgettable riding over the Langeberg, Rooberge and Outeniqua Mountains
– Beautiful routes on private property
– Well marked and set out route
– Permission to use the private property
– Minimum of 2 water tables per day and a water table at the finish
– 4 nights’ sharing accommodation at guest houses along the way
– Breakfast included
– Light lunch at Guest houses on arrival each day
– Dinner included
– Goodie Bag
– Generosity and great atmosphere of various venues
– Meerkat Experience at DeZeekoe before start of Day 4
– Trisport support vehicle along the way and transport of Gear
R 9 500 per person
An optionally extra night accommodation Breakfast included) available on the evening before the Start of the Tour: R750 pp
The accommodation is 1st come 1st serve, the sooner you enter the better the accommodation option.
A shuttle can be organised from George Airport to Pine Creek River Resort and back to the airport after the Tour for R300 pp. We have also teamed up with Car Trip. See info below.
Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close 15 October 2017, no late entries will be allowed.
Compulsory Equipment (for your own safety):
As a precaution, we would like you to carry the following compulsory equipment with you during the race. It is for your own personal safety. Please adhere to the following:
- Cell phone
- zip lock bag to keep phone dry
- Emergency food
- Water bottles
- Sunscreen (factor 50)
- Outer shell jacket (waterproof)
- First aid kit
Please ensure that you have the compulsory equipment with you at all times during the race as conditions change quickly up in the mountains.
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Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 30 June 2017.
No refunds will be done from 1 July 2017.
Athletes cancelling may transfer their entry to another person, but that person will have to accept that changes to sizes etc. of clothing in the goody bag may not be able to be made if they are not available – when goody bags are applicable.
20% of Entry fee will be charged for any transfers for admin costs.
Entries may unfortunately not be transferred to 2018.
Contact Janine to finalise this: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accommodation the night prior to the race to be sourced by the athletes themselves or book an extra night at our preferred Guest house in Great Brakriver (accommodation only) via the entry form.
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