2019 Momentum Health Tankwa Trek, Presented By Biogen
- 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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
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!