January 21, 2017
Christoph Sauser racing to victory. 
Photo by Ewald Sadie.

SAUSER DELIVERS INCREDIBLE COMEBACK TO WIN ATTAKWAS

Swiss mountain bike racing legend, Christoph Sauser didn’t only mark his return from retirement at the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in South Africa on Saturday, he won the gruelling […]
January 21, 2017
Annika Langvad Queen of the Mountain. 
Photo by Ewald Sadie.

LANGVAD SMASHES ATTAKWAS RECORD ON DEBUT

Denmark’s multiple mountain bike world champion, Annika Langvad (Specialized) beat off a strong field to win the Fairview Attakwa Extreme MTB Challenge in a new women’s record time in South […]
January 19, 2017
The Attakwas Reserve, after which the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge was named, delivers rugged terrain and steep climbs and descents and is often the section where the winning moves are made.
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SAUSER, PLATT SET TO REVIVE FIERCE RIVALRY AT ATTAKWAS

After a short hiatus, two of global mountain biking’s most successful competitors will revive their rivalry at the Fairview Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge in South Africa on Saturday. Germany’s Karl […]

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 challenge will stage its 11th edition in 2017 – eleven 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 African’s 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 Fairview 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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