TransCape MTB – A singularly uniuque experience that combines hardcore endurance mountain bike stage racing with luxury, comfort and 5-star food. 

Race Concept

TransCapeMTB is a unique multistage endurance MTB race across the Western Cape in South Africa. It offers the discerning mountain biker an endurance event with a perfect balance between a very tough on-the-bike challenge and a very comfortable and premium off-the-bike experience.

Whilst our route philosophy is based on scenery, ride ability and enjoyment rather than pushing your bike over ancient unused trails, stages still range from 70-130km. And they are not flat. There will be calf-crunching climbs, white-knuckle descents and long days of facing off against the harshest of elements as you navigate some of the most scenic, but notoriously rugged and challenging mountain biking terrain South Africa has to offer. Now add the fact that it will be late summer with mid day temperatures topping 40°C. Therefore have no doubts, although this will be an incredible journey, it will certainly test your limits and flush out some inner demons. But there are rewards at the end of the day.

After very tough days in the saddle you will arrive at a ‘race village’ quite unlike the normal. Think ‘premium package’, only at the TransCape it comes standard. Given that this is a small field event we are able to base ourselves at a variety of lodges, guest houses and premium tented camps. Most nights we will have group dinner functions, but there will also be nights in guest houses where you will be able to kick back and find some quiet time to recoup for the next days challenge.

We also place a high premium on good food. Each night you will be able to refuel the tanks with the best local produce lovingly prepared by our hosts. And what is good food without good wine in this part of the country? The antioxidant of choice to many an experienced mountain biker of these parts will also be one of the luxuries to help get those pistons firing at full strength again. Not forgetting about your bike, we will have bike wash facilities available at all overnight venues as well as a dedicated bike mechanic team that will be offering special maintenance packages. So we invite you to come saddle it up in the emerald heart of the scenic Garden Route. Crank your way into the verdant indigenous forests bristling beyond Knysna’s rugged shoreline. Cross the towering Outeniqua as you duel with gravity en route to the stunning, semi arid Klein Karoo. Experience the best karoo lamb and warm hospitality of this special place, then saddle up and say goodbye to this unforgettable semi-desert. Pedal ever onwards as you navigate the remote gravel roads and secret single-tracks meandering via the hills and dales of the Overberg, a region resplendent with patchwork fields and lush grassland. Ahead lies the Cape’s picturesque Winelands, but first you must conquer the craggy ranges shaping a natural barrier between you and your destination. Champagne at the finish line await, as do memories which will last a lifetime

Race Conditions

You had better be wearing your big girl panties, because the TransCape is not flat or easy. We do not believe in suffering, but a fair deal of blood, sweat and tears are an integral part of what makes any MTB event memorable. Every one of our riders should be able to finish the event if they trained for it, but do not expect it to be a breeze.
Diverse terrain and the full brunt of the harsh African elements will be there to face off to every morning when you saddle up, with daily stages constituting anything from 70km to 130km, with distances depending on relevant technical and geographic challenges.

The Cape summer is not for sissies, and February just happens to coincide with red-hot temperatures and severe weather conditions. Extreme heat, thunderstorms, potentially freezing nights, gale force winds. All we can say is bring your A-Game! An adequate training programme – supplemented by a focused nutrition plan – will help to ensure that you are physically and mentally prepared for anything that Mother Nature and the TransCape MTB route throw at you. Although we will endeavour to make sure the route is well marked – with strategically placed water points and a few welcome surprises along the way – it is essential that all riders are self-sufficient en route, with ample hydration, food and bike spares to handle these extremes.

*Please note: The race takes place during daytime and all the teams are obliged to reach specific points before the specified cut-off time for such a point. If a team fails to reach these deadlines, they may still participate in the rest of the race, but in an unofficial capacity and they will no longer be timed. The same rules are applicable to solo riders.
Both team members must complete each stage together and within the stipulated timeframe if they wish to qualify for official positions. Team members must always ride together (within a timeframe of maximum 2 minutes apart) as some section of the route traverse inhospitable and remote terrain. The first team to complete all stages successfully will be declared the overall winner. In addition, winning teams will be declared for the respective individual categories as well. Solo’s are non-racing, unless we have more than 10 solo entries.

Excluded from race

  • Accommodation the night before the race starts (registration day) and accommodation after stage 7 in Franschhoek. Accommodation only included as per the 6 nights specified above.
  • Bike maintenance, repairs and spare parts
  • Massages: to be booked directly with our official physio team.
  • Any medical costs other than routine first aid. It is imperative that you have your own medical aid in order
  • Additional transfers: i.e. should you withdraw from the event for whatever reason and need to be transferred to the nearest airport or some other location *Our transfers partner ‘Tours4SA’ will be able to provide this service and any cost need to be settled directly with them.
  • Event pictures: there will be an option on the entry form to order a memory stick with event pictures additionally.
  • Additional mechanical services, repairs, spare parts, etc. will be charged by the bike service teams.
  • Full bike maintenance packages will be available to purchase prior the event from various service providers. Full details to follow later.