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    Default From Cradle of Humankind to Cape Town - On a MTB !

    ----This is a developing thread---

    So in short, couple of friends planning a trip from Cradle of Humankind to Cape Town, on Mountain Bikes. We have a route in mind, but was hoping that we can get some recommendations from all of you and build a route according to those.

    Its being planned for December, current route is around 1800 km and looking to make Cape Town in 14 days.

    Anyone did something similar before ?
    Route recommendations ? (obviously dont want to be on the N1)
    Accommodation Options along the way ?
    Things to stop for along the way ?
    While doing it, might be a good idea to involve a charity. Any recommendations ?

    Anything else that would be constructive is welcome.

    Will post current route soon !

    Stay tuned for more info.
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    Default Re: From Cradle of Humankind to Cape Town - On a MTB !

    Andy from Massive Adventures 1000 miler event is in process as we speak, maybe contact him for some pointers?

    http://massiveadventures.co.za/the-1000-miler/

    Background - it started in Vanderbijlpark, and the checkpoints are as follows:


    • CP1 WINBURG GUEST HOUSE WINBURG CHECKPOINT CUT OFF 12H00 24th June JUNE 2018
    • CP2 PROTEA HOTEL WILLOW LAKE BLOEMFONTIEN 06h00 25th June 2018
    • CP3 WIMPEY COLESBURG CHECKPOINT CUT OFF 27th June 2018 06H00
    • CP4 DIE ROOI GRANAAT LOXTON CHECKPOINT CUT OFF 29th June 2018 06H00
    • CP5 SAPS STATION SUTHERLAND CHECKPOINT CUT OFF 30TH June 2018 06H00
    • CP6 BIZAANSGAT FARM-CHECKPOINT CUT OFF 1ST JULY 2018 12H00
    • CP7 THE SPA AT DIE DORP OP DIE BERG
    • FINISH EDEN ON THE BAY BLOUBERGSTRAND FINISH CUT OFF TH 2ND JULY 2018 12H00
    See https://www.facebook.com/pg/massivea...=page_internal for some pics.

    PS : The first rider arrived earlier today at the finish, 5d 7h 17m

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    Great time! Ours woukd be more if a trek than a race. Enjoy the country side, small town hospitality etc. Well - thats the plan.

    Will definatley have a look at the links provided thanks!
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    I can't edit my previous post, but to get an idea re the route you can also look at

    https://qhubeka.org/news/trans-afrik...n-for-qhubeka/

    http://transafrikabikerace.com/

    http://marejohann.wixsite.com/charity-cycling-club (OK I see now this is only for road bikes?)
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    Please keep us updated, very interested!

    (Maybe a bit jealous even... )

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    Default Re: From Cradle of Humankind to Cape Town - On a MTB !

    Why not do it november or beginning of february? The roads are just too dangerous DEC/JAN.

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    Most of the guys can only get leave during December. We are planning to also travel the roads less travelled as far as we can.


    Thanks Pieter, spoken to Andy but he is not keen on sharing which I guess is understandable. Will have a look at the links provided thanks!
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    I have done the trip with Johann Mare from sun city to cape town and might do it again next year. Very well orginised, you just have to do the training rides.

    I will be in for that trip but will be a different kettle of fish all-together. Doing 160km a day in a roadbike in a peleton is one thing. Offroad is something special. I would not chase time as not many will be able to finish. So a 25 ave you have to be quite fit to do 100km/ day. The cost will be quite high as you need your support vehicles and physio to help as injuries will be there. But it can be done.

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    I was part of the Xtreme for Kids Cycle Tour this year. Five cyclist(one on a mtb) cycled from Randfontein to Cape Town in 11 days with one rest day in Graaff-Reinet. We cycled for the Matla a Bana charity (http://matlaabana.co.za).

    Route(All tar roads)
    Randfontein to Parys 110km
    Parys to Welkom 158km
    Welkom to Bloemfontein 159km
    Bloemfontein to Gariep 261km (via Smithfield)
    Gariep to Graaff-Reinet 254km
    Graaff-Reinet to Uniondale 235km
    Uniondale to Mosselbay 164km
    Mosselbay to Swellendam 157km
    Swellendam to Wolseley 168km
    Wolseley to Durbanville 116km
    Cape Argus 108km
    Total distance 1890km Only about 20km were cycled on the N1

    This was the 6th tour(my first) and was a life changing experience. On everyday during the week we visited a school and a presentation of about a hour was done to the children. The charity Matla a Bana support children who were victims of crime and we were very fortunate to have a Police Motorcycle escort us the whole way, and getting a Police escort by the local Police through all major towns.

    If you can find a charity to ride from, I suggest that you try to get a contact person in every town you wish to stay at. Most of the accomodation that we stayed at, as well as most meals on the road were given free of charge by the people of the town. Every cyclist that took part had to have R16 000 in pledges made by people who wanted to donate to the charity. A total of R219 720-00 were received in donations. http://matlaabana.co.za/xtremepledge.php

    What made this year unique was that everyone of the 5 riders rode the whole distance. In the previous 5 years only 2 riders were able to ride the whole 1 890km.
    You will find a lot of info and pictures on https://www.facebook.com/XtremeforkidsCycleTour/

    Good luck with your preparations. It will change your life
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    Default Re: From Cradle of Humankind to Cape Town - On a MTB !

    Quote Originally Posted by NetEddy View Post
    ----This is a developing thread---

    So in short, couple of friends planning a trip from Cradle of Humankind to Cape Town, on Mountain Bikes. We have a route in mind, but was hoping that we can get some recommendations from all of you and build a route according to those.

    Its being planned for December, current route is around 1800 km and looking to make Cape Town in 14 days.
    And?

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