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 13th edition in 2019 – 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, 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.
“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