This is a perfect event and routes for Cyclo Cross bikes and Mountain bikes. Cycle for 3 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, staying at the Rooiberg Lodge in the Rooberg Nature Reserve, cycle over the Rooiberge towards the Klein Karoo with the Swartberge in the background staying at De Zeekoe Guest Farm, 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 3 Day Gran Fondo
The Trans Outeniqua 3 day MTB and Cyclocross Bikes event, a Scenic 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 3 days of exhilarating riding along and over the mountains. This is a great route for Cyclocross bikes. This is great long distance training for the Epic, but doable for the intermediate to fit Mountain biker. No technical riding. Stay at 4 star accommodation and get spoiled with a 30 minute massage on the Friday and Saturday after your ride so that your legs are ready for the next day.
Please note: Only 50 riders allowed
Date: 16 – 18 February 2018
Venue: Great Brakriver, Herbertsdale, Van Wyksdorp, Oudsthoorn, Herold, Great Brakriver
Format: Pairs or Solo (but sharing) options available
3 Day: Day 1: 136km; Day 2: 80km and Day 3: 120km
- Trans Outeniqua Gran Fondo , included in the entry fee:
– A Circular route of 3 days of unforgettable riding in the Garden Route over the Langeberg, Rooiberge and Outeniqua Mountains
– 2 nights’ accommodation at 4 star guest houses
– Breakfast included for Saturday and Sunday
– Light lunch at Guest room on arrival each day
– Dinner included Friday, Saturday
– Massage each day for each team member
– Goodie Bag including a First Acsent Jacket (no jackets for entries after 30 January 2017)
– 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
– Medical and emergency services on standby
– Generosity and great atmosphere of various venues
-Professional photographer and videographer
Slide and video show each evening
Entry Fees: Due to the limited 4 star accommodation on the 1st night at Rooiberg Lodge, there are 2 Entry options to choose from. Standard or Luxury. The 2nd night will be 4 star for all people
Payment Plan available: Pay 50% deposit when entering online and the other 50% anytime before 30 December 2017. No refund of the deposit will be done.
Standard option: R5500 pp (sharing accommodation), or R7900 (single accommodation).
Sleeping in a room in a loft with a sharing bathroom on the 1st night at Rooiberg Lodge, BUT a standard room with own bathroom (4 star) at De Zeekoe Guest Farm or De Denne Guest Farm:
Luxury Option: R6500 pp sharing or R9000 single
Single accommodation sleeping in a chalets with your own room and bathroom at Rooiberg Lodge (4 star) and a Superior or Luxury Room (4 star) at De Zeekoe or De Denne:
Includes 2 nights accommodation, 3 meals a day, 20 minute massage each day, transport of all your gear and everything else below.
An optionally extra night accommodation Breakfast included) available on the Thursday evening: 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 CarTrip, please see info below.
Registration and late entries:
Pre-entries close 10 February, no late entries will be allowed. Registration for the 3 day event will be Friday 17 February 2017 at 06:30.
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.
For all information contact Janine on firstname.lastname@example.org
Entries open on 1 July 2017
Athletes wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:
20% of the entry fee will be retained for admin costs, the balance refunded if written notice is received before 20 November 2017.
50% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received before 20 December 2017.
25% of the entry fee will be refunded if written notice is received from 20 January to 30 January 2018.
0% will be refunded after 30 January 2018, if a goody bag is applicable it will still be available the athlete
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 2019.
Contact Janine to finalise this: email@example.com
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.
18:30 Dinner at Trans Karoo Restaurant, for your own account. Come and meet the Team and have a great meal at the famous Trans Karoo Restaurant in Great Brak River. Booking with us is essential, but you will pay your account at the Restaurant
06:30:Briefing and Registration at Pine Creek River Resort, Great Brak River
07:00: Start of the Trans Outeniqua MTB
13:00 onwards: Check in at Rooiberg Nature Reserve Lodge and Light Lunch available when you arrive.
19:00: Dinner and slideshow
21:00: Go to sleep tomorrow the fun continues
05:30 to 06:30: Breakfast
07:00: Start of day of the Trans Outeniqua MTB
13:00 onwards: Check in at De Zeekoe Guest Farm and lunch available
19:00: Dinner and slideshow
21:00: Go to sleep tomorrow is the last stretch
05:30 to 06:30: Breakfast
07:00: Tour start
14:00: Tour finish with Light Lunch and Prize Giving at Pine Creek River Resort, Great Brak River