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Last modified: 26 Aug 2021
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KOUGA MUNICIPALITY ‘PEDDLES’ FOR TRANS BAVIAANS

26 August 2021
Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks (right), supports Kouga resident and avid mountain biker, Andrew Stokker, who will tackle the Trans Baviaans 24-hour Mountain Bike Marathon this weekend for the fifth time in aid of Cupcakes of Hope.

Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks (right), supports Kouga resident and avid mountain biker, Andrew Stokker, who will tackle the Trans Baviaans 24-hour Mountain Bike Marathon this weekend for the fifth time in aid of Cupcakes of Hope.

RIDERS from across South Africa is set to descent on Jeffreys Bay this weekend during the toughest single stage mountain bike event in the world – the Trans Baviaans 24-hour Mountain Bike Marathon.

The grueling marathon, comprising of a total accumulated climbs of 2 540m, will leave the starting blocks at Willomore on Saturday, August 28 and cross the finish line at Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay – several hours later.

This mountain bike marathon creates the perfect combination of extremely challenging cycling among spectacular scenery through exquisite mountain ranges, right into the heart of the magnificent Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, all in team format.

The event is also unique as the entire route is unmarked and tests the orientation skills of each rider.

Since its start in 2004 it has been growing annually, deserving its place on many mountain bikers’ wish list.

“We are thrilled to once again be home to the well-known Trans Baviaans 24-hour Mountain Bike Marathon – especially after the event could not take place in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown,” said Kouga Executive Mayor, Horatio Hendricks, who recently started riding bicycle – even though it is an e-bike.

“Through tourism – although limited by strict COVID-19 regulations – we can create millions in much-needed revenue injection into our local economy and provide impetus to our drive to create one job in every home in Kouga.

“Events such as the Trans Baviaans, will help grow our local businesses and create employment and sustainable opportunities.”

According to Hendricks, making the event even more special is the fact that Kouga resident and avid mountain biker, Andrew Stokker, and his brother-in-law, Russell Drury, will tackle the grueling event in aid of Cupcakes of Hope.

Cupcakes of Hope is an initiative aimed at providing direct support to children suffering from cancer – committed to assist them where they need it most. The organisation assists between 100 to 120 patients every month by paying for their medical and other day-to-day needs. For more information about Cupcakes for Hope, contact Janelle Stokker at 083 719 0598.

Hendricks urged all residents to support the brave riders, including Stokker and Drury, along the route where possible.

“Kouga Municipality employees will await those to first cross the finish line at Fountains Mall,” he said.

The route

The Trans Baviaans will peddle off at the Main Street in Willowmore (700km above sea level), from where contestants will follow a farm road through Poortjies to link up with the Baviaanskloof turn-off 4km out of town.

The route then ascends over a distance of 26km to the top of the Nuwekoofpas (1 000m above sea level). For the next 80km the route drops down into the Baviaanskloof passing through a number of farms, such as Rietrivier and the Baviaanskloof Police Station at Studtis, after which it enters the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area.

The long descent ends at Geelhoutbos, a distance of 110km from Willowmore.

From here the route becomes more strenuous, narrower, and more difficult to negotiate, reaching a high point at Bergplaas (147km from Willowmore). From here it drops into the Cambria Valley past citrus farms and the Komdomo Camp site in the banks of the Groot River at the 175km mark.

From Komdomo, riders will follow the road to Patensie – but before reaching it, they will turn off to Humansdorp on an undulating gravel road to cross the Humansdorp-Patensie tar road at the 210km mark.

Contestants will then follow a farm road to Jeffreys Bay – crossing the finish line at Fountains Mall (230km from Willowmore).

Mountain biking fanatics can follow the action, as it unfolds live, on the race’s social media handles and the event website at www.transbaviaans.co.za.

The second leg of the Trans Baviaans 24-hour Mountain Bike Marathon will take to the road on Saturday, September 4.