February 28, 2017
The rugged terrain is part of the challenge at the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme, presented by Biogen.
Photo credit: Ewald Sadie

NEW SPONSORS GIVE ATTAKWAS A BOOST AND A FACELIFT

The Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge, South Africa’s most prestigious one-day mountain bike race, has received a significant boost with the announcement that Momentum Health and Biogen are the new title […]
January 24, 2017
Photo by Craig Kolesky.

I’m Selling My Bike Tomorrow…

Words & Photos by Craig Kolesky. These are the words we hear hanging out at the finish of what most say is the toughest 1 day race in SA… and […]
January 23, 2017
Christoph Sauser (1st) during the 2017 Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge.
Photo by Ewald Sadie.

2017 Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge as it Happened

The 2017 Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge was live Tweeted by Oliver Munnik and the Dryland Events Management media team, but before we could put together a compilation post of […]

An adventure through the desert and mountains of the Klein Karoo with a finish at the Garden Route Coast


South Africa’s premier one-day mountain bike race will stage its 12th edition in 2018 – twelve years since that inaugural event in 2007, with a start list then, shorter than the current crew list. Dryland took this task to hand with no idea where this would take them. South Africans and their appetite for tough endurance events projected the Attakwas into legendary and cult-like status over the next couple of years. This is the race to do if you want to test mind, body and machine!


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The History of the Area


Then there’s the Attakwaskloof, this 300-year-old rugged pass over the Outeniqua Mountains is steeped in tradition and has over the last few hundred years reached legendary status among the early pioneers, 4x4 enthusiasts, trail runners and mountain bikers. The kloof offers arguably the best scenery of all the Outeniqua mountain range’s many splendid and breathtakingly beautiful viewpoints. This legendary race will provide you with exclusive access to this declared national monument and take you past amongst other; block- and toll houses and an old English fort to name a few. The rich history of this area is embedded within this remote and unforgiving landscape – only to be rediscovered on a mountain bike!

 
 

The route taken by travellers and traders between Mossel Bay and Oudtshoorn passed through the property Ruyterbosch, and the original name was “a place of outspan be set aside” - where the commuters of olden-day times could outspan and rest both themselves and their weary oxen and steeds before crossing the then, somewhat daunting Outeniqua Mountains to Oudtshoorn.



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THE RACE


For the very brave we have the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge, 121km with a 2900m vertical ascent
and for the not-so-faint hearted we have the Spur Attakwas Mini, 52km with a 1100m vertical ascent.

 
 
 
 
 

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