Trans Augrabies MTB Stage Race. 3-Day Stage Race will take riders through the majestic Green Kalahari region of South Africa, following the unique landscapes that make up the Augrabies Falls National Park, the legendary community of Riemvasmaak, and the wild landscapes of Khamkirri – covering more than 227 Kilometers over several types of terrain and expected weather conditions.
Riders and companions will get to discover a region of our country recently rated among the Top Ten Adventure destinations by Rough Guides. A vast and desolate land contrasted by the green and vibrant valley of the mighty Gariep (Orange) River.
It is by no means an easy race, but riders will be rewarded with breathtaking scenery and an authentic regional experience.
Stage 1: Riemvasmaak. Day one of the Trans Augrabies MTB Stage Race starts in the Augrabies Park tourist Camp where you will experience temperatures of ±5°C in the morning.
Follow the tourist route for 15km on an open gravel road with rolling hills and three cold slippery water streams (don’t fall here). In this part, you will be amazed by the rock collar formations. You will probably spot some Giraffes and might even note a leopard. The surface of the road is good but sticky! At the end of the 15km is a water point, you can skip it but you will stop there when you come back at 65.5km.
Stage 2: Augrabies Falls. Day two of the Trans Augrabies MTB Stage Race focuses on the Augrabies Falls National Park, offering a challenging route with amazing wildlife along the way. With a total elevation gain of 927 meters, covering just over 88 km, this route can be broken down into 5.9 km of 4 x 4 track, 53 km of gravel roads and the rest consisting of jeep tracks in between.
Stage 3: Khamkirri. Day three of the Trans Augrabies MTB Stage Race takes riders across the mighty Orange River towards Khamkirri, “the place where leopards roam”. With a total elevation gain of just under 600 meters, covering 57 km of breath-taking scenery, this route can be broken down into 6 km of 4 x 4 track, 7 km of gravel roads, 2 km of tar and the Lion’s ‘Leopard’s’ Share consisting of some amazing Single Track.