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#SurviveAttakwas

South Africa’s toughest extreme one-day
mountain bike race

18 JANUARY 2020

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 Atta Half, 52km with a 1100m vertical ascent.

#SurviveAttakwas

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 14th edition in 2020 – thirteen 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!

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, 4×4 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 Attakwaskloof Pass was used by elephants before the pass was built.

This became the main road to the north for 180 years from 1689–1869

The records showed that during the course of the toll house being in operation.

The ruins you see today are not the original toll house

Outeniqua Mountains – the mountains were named by the Khoi San

Today a magnificent oak tree +- 200 years old and one of the largest and oldest

Reviews

“Attakwas has some kind of mysterious pull. It left me broken twice and each time I said it would be my last. Somewhere deep down though I had an inkling of hope that it could even be enjoyable and this year – my 3rd one – was that bit of magic. It’s a mind game – ride within yourself, accept the fact that is it’s a long, tough but beautiful day out. Choose to take pleasure in the fact that it’s all yours for the taking.” – Jade de Hutton

  • Brilliant riding, very mixed terrain. well sign posted Well stocked water points Lots of paramedics, sweepers etc

    thumb Craig Aron
    1/22/2019

    The water points are the best I have ever had on a bike race.

    thumb Stephen G J Lloyd
    1/22/2019

    It’s my go to race that I love doing every year.

    thumb Scip Vernede
    1/22/2019

    Good vibes, good food, amazing views and terrible climbs. Back next year🤣

    thumb Tertius Vivier
    2/04/2019

    Great track and atmosphere, like any Dryland event. Amazing on route views on the plains and when crossing the Attakwas pass. Feed zones like none other, and tech support was the best. Not the services you want to use at a race, but it’s nice to have the peace of mind it’s there and to be able to continue your race when you think that’s not possible anymore. Thanks to the neutral tech zone I was able to finish and qualify for World Championships🤘🏻

    thumb Robbert de Nijs
    1/22/2019

    Best 1-day MTB Race in South Africa!! Challenging route and distance, Beautiful scenery, Friendly people everywhere, Amazing waterpoints... best feeling to reach that finish line!!!

    thumb Jacques Tmsa
    1/22/2019

    This is a tough event! But the feeling of achievement once completed is like no other. The support and energy at the water points will also keep you motivated. The best thing is that the coke and water is ice cold. This is extremely motivating and energizing on a hot day. I give this event the highest rating for organization, water points and support. You will even see the medics patrolling the route as you make your way to the hero’s welcome at the end.

    thumb Brian Maynard
    1/22/2019

    Look this is a very tough event and put lots of strain on you physically.You need to be prepared for this one.What stands out for me is the well stocked waterpoints and the clearly marked route.One thing is for sure:Dryland knows how to organize a spectacular MTB event!!

    thumb Philip La Grange
    1/22/2019
  • Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant! Water points were amazing! Not only well stocked but well stocked with good food! Route was awesome and clearly marked. Dont under estimate the mini. Its small but its hard. Grest fun! Big one next year!

    thumb Warren Lee Moult
    1/22/2019

    Wow, what an event! Route couldn't be marked more clearly, water points are top notch and the atmosphere is awesom😎🔥 will be there in 2020 again!

    thumb Hennie Roux
    1/22/2019

    The race organizers, Dryland Event Management always put on well-organized, top-notch events - with tons of MTB events to choose from each season, you can be sure theirs are best-in-class. The Attakwas Extreme is a tough event, to be sure, but with proper training and the encouragement of the amazing volunteers at the well-stocked water points along the route, you'll find yourself at Pine Creek Caravan Park with tired legs, a well-deserved finisher's medal and a big smile to go with your accomplishment! Highly recommended - I can't think of a better start to the MTB season!

    thumb Richard Sambolec
    1/22/2019

    One of the toughest 1 day races with the best water points you can imagine!! Thumbs up Dryland!!

    thumb Jaco von Molendorff
    1/22/2019

    Wonderful race, very challenging, well organised, a real endurance test, has it all, technical, long routes, long climbs etc! Would definitely be back!!

    thumb Michael Van Rooyen
    1/22/2019

    Die hele Attakwas span agter die skerms wat ook met die ryers “gewerk” het was amazing. Baie geluk en dankie vir n lieflike dag.

    thumb Deidre Cloete
    1/22/2019

    Great ride!!! Weather was perfect

    thumb Andre Avenant
    1/22/2019

    Look this is a very tough event and put lots of strain on you physically.You need to be prepared for this one.What stands out for me is the well stocked waterpoints and the clearly marked route.One thing is for sure:Dryland knows how to organize a spectacular MTB event!!

    thumb Philip La Grange
    1/22/2019
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