2019 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, Presented By Biogen

Thursday, 7 February 2019 - Sunday, 10 February 2019
Western CapeKaleo Guest Farm
  • Distance
    32 km
    Date
    07 Feb 2019
    A brand new stage to showcase the tracks in and around Kaleo. Ernst van Dyk kept these beautiful cut singletracks under wraps for many years, letting it settle like a good red wine, and now is the time to reveal it all. To be exact, a punchy 32 km’s flowing through the orchards, riders finding their way past rocky outcrops and over dam walls with steep short climbs and magical descends. The tracks were meticulously built by Ernst himself, part of his “private reserve of trails” featuring the Northern and perhaps the most beautiful side of the Howbill farms, incorporating the homesteads of Parys and De Hoek. The stage is built around the spectators, so friends and family please join us in celebrating the latest in Tankwa initiatives, a brand new stage 1 - expect the faster guys to be in in just over 75 minutes with slower riders around 2 hours.
  • Distance
    83 km
    Date
    08 Feb 2019
    A recently cut track takes riders towards the Witzenberg valley where Hannes and Sakkie Hanekom, who needs no introduction as mountain bikers, are responsible for this amazing route. The track into the valley is via an old ox wagon trail recently opened and boasts a fast winding single and jeep track descend. A single track over rocky outcrops hugs the foothills of vast mountains towering over the valley. Eventually leading riders onto the climb of the day, a 12 km traverse through pine plantations that ends up overlooking Tulbagh on the right and the stunning Witzenberg valley on the left. A well-earned, but tricky descend bring riders back into the heart of the valley; a short tar road section leads to the exit via the ox wagon track. Another 15km’s and riders will be home after a great day of pure mountain biking. The second hardest day of this year’s race.
  • Distance
    87 km
    Date
    09 Feb 2019
    A start through the race village take riders away from Kaleo through the orchards of the Bokkeveld towards the Ceres valley via a brand new single track, aptly labelled the DUTOIT drop. A 3 km single track descend with a 10% decline! Once in the valley, riders will tackle a few more old trails cleaned up by local farmer Mauritz Walters and Tankwa Trek single track guru, Ernst van Dyk. They have planned a tough but very rewarding day out, the 4 water points and over 2000 meters of climbing probably made the penny drop! The approach to the climb of all climbs is through undulating farm roads until the water point marks the start of the solid-surfaced jeep track that takes you up and up towards the mast, also known as the Merino Monster. Taking into account the weather, its proximity into the race and the gradient this is probably the meanest ascend in SA mountain biking. The climb will be well rewarded by a mind blowing descend down to Kaleo. Definitely a tough day!
  • Distance
    89 km
    Date
    10 Feb 2019
    Single track here we come, Koue Bokkeveld style... The day starts with undulating roads where riders can share war stories of the days gone by, farm roads and a bit of jeep track will take everyone towards Morester, a farm owned by Charl van der Merwe. Mountain biking mad Charl spends loads of time cutting in new single track around the harsh and incredible rock formations that the area is so well known for, this is his passion. His apples are known to miss him when he leaves home for days on end only armed with his bike and shovel. Around 30km’s of sculptured single track will be unleashed on this day, riding never experienced before, tracks through rock formations, narrow water crossing bridges and a route flowing back towards the finish of a ride never to be forgotten – the Tankwa Trek is changing the face of mountain biking, be there. Pure bliss!

Details

Winding through the beautiful Bokkeveld and Witzenburg areas, this race features unique scenery, warm hospitality and tough yet exhilarating riding. This is the heart of deciduous fruit country.

A region known for its unforgiving summers and harsh winters, trails through rocky outcrops, climbs steeper than the imagination can fathom and descents with a wicked technical twist combined with views to cherish forever. Trails – some hand built and smoothly sculpted, others rough and loose – always reward the adventurous. Join us this summer and experience the ride of a lifetime!

Venue

Kaleo Guest Farm, Western Cape
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Dryland Event Management, Jun 07 2018 12:40

What do you guys think of the addition of a 4th stage to the Tankwa Trek for 2019? 

 

Here's the event details: Bike Hub calendar listing

& the News: Bike Hub News post

 

And of course the new Stage 1 route profile... 


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Uncleslow, Jun 08 2018 07:41

Can't believe no comments... I think this is awesome!  Nice warm-up.

 

Did the 2018 event and it is most definitely one of the best MTB rides in SA. Probably not ideal for 'beginners' but proper awesome riding, awesome track and nice setup. Definitely a step up on all the more manicured rides.

 

A must do. Who wouldn't like an extra mini day when you anyhow have traveled far?

splat, Jun 08 2018 07:59

I have entered for the 2019 event - keen to do something new after all the Sani's and W2W's etc. Adding an extra stage certainly makes for better value for money.

 

Really looking forward to this!

Meezo, Jun 08 2018 09:27

if i can score a cheapy entry in classifieds, then definitely keen to do this!

Dogs, Jun 08 2018 09:37

Excellent initiative and looking forward to next years race.

Nick, Jun 08 2018 09:46

Thoroughly enjoyed this race.

 

If you need more convincing, check out our daily race reports from this year's event: Day 1; Day 2; Day 3.

Dryland Event Management, Jun 12 2018 03:55

Thoroughly enjoyed this race.

 

If you need more convincing, check out our daily race reports from this year's event: Day 1; Day 2; Day 3.

The boss will have to ride it in 2019...

splat, Jan 15 2019 09:36

So, this event is around the corner and my excitement and nervousness is building.

 

I have read the race reports and watched a few videos, so am looking forward to good single tracks which hopefully makes the big climbs worth the effort. Definitely nervous of the vertical meters and hope that it doesn't get too hot.

 

Anyone else riding ?

Milkman, Jan 15 2019 09:55

Also entered .

Have done a few Sani's , W2W's and a Jhb2C , but for some reason I am more nervous about this one ?

 

I think I am dreading the sleeping in a tent in the heat more than anything else ??

I am really looking forward to the trails though . Only heard good things about the riding ( sans the climbing ) .

 

Knowing there was gonna be some serious climbing waiting for me was a huge motivation to train through the holidays . ( not that I think I did enough though - when will it ever be enough ? :wacko: )

 

Bos, Jan 15 2019 10:09

So, this event is around the corner and my excitement and nervousness is building.

 

I have read the race reports and watched a few videos, so am looking forward to good single tracks which hopefully makes the big climbs worth the effort. Definitely nervous of the vertical meters and hope that it doesn't get too hot.

 

Anyone else riding ?

 

Hey Splat, enjoy man! Its a great race. Got a bit of FOMO thinking back now.  Let us know how it went. All I can say is, the Merino Monster is...a monster. Don't go to hard before it. The second part after you go passed the waterpoint is steep! Hope your'e geared for the occasion. 

The last day is also awesome, If the route still goes through that Morester farm, Its amazing. 

arendoog, Jan 15 2019 12:18

It gets hot !! and the climbs are steep .90% of Merino can be walked if your gearing is wrong, but you can still end midfield .Enjoy !

mrcg, Jan 15 2019 01:13

It can definitely get hot....but weather can be unpredictable. Especially on top of the Merino.

Overall great race, and the addition of a prologue is awesome too. It is a technical event though, so prepare for that - if needed with skills course. Coming down Merino is steep and requires commitment in parts. Day four is mainly single track fun (after a a longish gravel road ride there).

Pick a tent which is well positioned for dawn and dusk and you will be fine, even if it is hot. Enough shade around. The chill area will have bean bags etc.

Maybe I'll see you all there!

Karel Lodewyk Keyser, Feb 05 2019 11:29

anyone have an entry up for grabs. Keen to race

splat, Feb 11 2019 01:12

Wow. What an event!

Dryland were great hosts and the Kaleo farm was a good venue.

 

That terrain is harsh! Beautiful green farms, but everything in between is rock and sand and dust. Climbs and descents are steep. Most of the singletrack is quite technical (except for yesterday) - you have to concentrate all the time. Descents were awesome. Loved those - especially down from the Merino Monster Mast. Rocks just want to throw you off or eat your tyres. Even the plants are too scared to grow above knee height.

 

I am very glad to say that I am a finisher (given the drop out rate) but am totally shattered today