Over the last 5 years the event has built a solid reputation for a ‘bucket list’ event; a tough one-day endurance mountain biking challenge that tests both physical and mental fitness.
To pedal 247 km off-road within 17 hours is not an easy task in anyone’s books, and the popularity of the race is increased by the fact that entries are limited to 500 due to the sensitive eco-systems that the race traverses.
The event alternates annually between an ‘UP’ ride (Ceres to Sutherland) and a ‘DOWN’ ride (Sutherland to Ceres).
In 2017, Deon de Lange wrote his name in the MTB history books when he won the 2017 Trans-Karoo ‘down’ ride in 10:12.36 in his first attempt at the event. Helena Bester was the first individual female across the finish line in 13:59.05, while Dominique Provoyeur and Rozanne Schreiber won the team section in 12:04.11 with a top-10 finish to boot.
The previous ‘up’ ride in 2016 was won by Chris Wolhuter in 09h50, with the last rider reaching the finish line only 30 minutes before the 17-hour cut-off.