Du Toit Tankwa Trek

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Stage 1

Start/Finish: Kaleo Guest Farm

Distance: 83 km

Total vertical ascent: 1850 m

A recently cut track take riders towards the Witzenberg valley were Hannes and Sakkie Hanekom, who needs no introduction as mountain bikers, are responsible for this amazing track – the route into the valley is via an old ox wagon trail recently opened. The route hugs the vast mountain ranges lining the valley floor and eventually takes 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 decent bring riders back into the heart of the valley and exits them the same way they entered. Another 15km’s and they will be home after a great day of pure mountain biking.

Stage 1 Profile

Stage 2

Start/Finish: Kaleo Guest Farm

Distance: 89 km

Total vertical ascent: 2240 m

An easy start through the orchards of the Bokkeveld takes riders towards the Ceres valley via a brand new single track adjacent the Gydo pass. Fast and furious! Once in the Ceres valley riders will tackle a few more old trails cleaned up by local farmer Mauritz Walters – Mouti as he is fondly known, has a long list of MTB achievements and has enough passion for all of us -so trust that he has planned a tough but very rewarding day out – the 4 water points 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 – the climb will be well rewarded by a mind blowing descent down to Kaleo.

Stage 2 Profile

Stage 3

Start/Finish: Kaleo Guest Farm

Distance: 61 km + (26 km neutral zone)

Total vertical ascent: 925 m + {290 m neutral ascent}

Single track here we come, Koue Bokkeveld style… The day starts with a 26 km neutral zone where riders can share war stories of the days gone by Farm roads and a bit of jeep track will take riders towards Morester, a farm owned by Charl van der Merwe -mountain biking mad Charl  has recently spent too much time cutting in single track around the harsh and incredible rock formations that the area is so well known for. His apples are known to miss him when he leaves home for days on end only armed with his bike and shovel. The Tankwa Trek will be the first to unleash around 30km’s of virgin single track to riders.  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.

Stage 3 Profile