Its not about the destination, its about the journey…
The Free State province is rarely explored by mountain bikers from outside the province, as it mainly serves as a stop and go or a quick visit to family when passing through to the mountains on the other side. We decided to tackle the Xhariep region as this is where most of the unexplored routes are found. The desire to ride from Dam to Dam has always been an exciting yet daunting thought, until we decided to man up and just do it. We created the Trans Xhariep experience as it will prove to be one of the toughest races in the Free State Province, as well as one of the most rewarding accomplishments you will ever try to achieve.
Starting in the town of Gariep dam, cyclist will be treated to a great atmosphere and race village, with a great variety of accommodation options available to pick and choose from. Gariep dam being very central for most, proved to be the key factor when trying to accommodate riders from all over the country. With the official race briefing and race registration the night before the start, riders can look forward to a great time and a good rest before setting off on a journey of a lifetime.
Taking on the full Ultra distance will not be an easy task. Racing in teams of two will keep it interesting yet safe when one or both riders hits the proverbial wall. With 165km lying between riders and the “half way” mark in Vanderkloof Dam, Riders will have to pace themselves very carefully not to run out of steam too early. With the first half being predominantly down hill as the river flows riders can expect a tough race back to Gariep dam to complete the 310km route.
145km lies between riders and their final destination. Starting in Vanderkloof Dam participants can look forward to a fantastic journey back to Gariep dam while trying to stay ahead of the teams racing in the Ultra. Riding in a solo category we would expect large groups of riders taking on the lite just to test the water before taking on the big daddy Ultra in coming years.
Visit the stunning website for all the details, route, program, entry process, etc… www.transxhariep.co.za or follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TransXhariep/