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#HellOfTheSouth

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

18 January 2025

The Race

If you’re looking for the most extreme test of your skills and endurance, then the toughest one-day MTB race in South Africa is the perfect opportunity for you to push yourself to the limit.
The rewards are endless – from personal satisfaction to lifelong memories and bragging rights among your fellow riders.

#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 19th edition in 2025 – eighteen 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!

Relive the 2024
#HellOfTheSouth

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, that an astonishing 4250 ox-wagons paid their toll fees here in a single year.

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 surviving oak trees in the Cape today, marks the entrance to the original homestead.

DRYLAND REWARDS

Riding more will cost you less

Visit www.drylandrewards.co.za

Enter #AttakwasExtreme through the App to qualify for your tier level discount.
By completing this race you will earn 10 points towards your loyalty level.

Reviews

 

  • positive review  Good vibes, good food, amazing views and terrible climbs. Back next year?

    Tertius Vivier Avatar Tertius Vivier
    4th February 2019
  • positive review  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!!

    Philip La Grange Avatar Philip La Grange
    22nd January 2019
  • positive review  Brilliant riding, very mixed terrain. well sign posted Well stocked water points Lots of paramedics, sweepers etc

    Craig Aron Avatar Craig Aron
    22nd January 2019
  • positive review  Wonderful race, very challenging, well organised, a real endurance test, has it all, technical, long routes, long climbs etc! Would definitely be back!!

    Michael Van Rooyen Avatar Michael Van Rooyen
    22nd January 2019
  • positive review  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!!!

    Jacques Tmsa Avatar Jacques Tmsa
    22nd January 2019
  • positive review  Die hele Attakwas span agter die skerms wat ook met die ryers “gewerk” het was amazing. Baie geluk en dankie vir n lieflike dag.

    Deidre Cloete Avatar Deidre Cloete
    22nd January 2019
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