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

16 JANUARY 2021


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to qualify for your tier level discount.


Many of the Dryland loyal supporters take part in multiple Dryland events in a calendar year and often across different disciplines. Athletes stand the chance to qualify for between 5% and 60% value back on their event entries, with the higher tiers qualifying for even more benefits.



The level of value back offered is determined by the rider’s qualifying tier level. The opening tier levels are determined by the number of events the participant successfully completed during the last complete run of events.


As the events industry slowly emerges from this disruptive period, we at Dryland in conjunction with government, local authorities and the various sporting codes are working very hard behind the scenes to ensure that we comply with all the relevant regulations. We are making decisions in real-time and these are based on information and feedback we receive from the authorities and are always done by keeping everyone’s best interest at heart.

The primary objective is to ensure the safety of our athletes and staff, but at the same time, amidst these risk-mitigating measures, we also want to guarantee that everyone taking part in one of our events is still treated to that authentic professionalism, hospitality and unique Dryland experience.

The re-opening of the events calendar is slowly but surely unfolding and according to the current rules and regulations, the Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen 2021 will be able to take place.

We cannot wait to welcome you back on our trails.

We urge one and all to join us on this journey of events.

The Race

For the very brave we have the Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme MTB Challenge presented by Biogen, 121km with a 2900m
vertical ascent and for the not-so-faint hearted we have the Attakwas Half, 52km with a 1100m vertical ascent.


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 15th edition in 2021 – fourteen  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!


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.



  • 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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