Momentum Health Tankwa Trek race information

The DUTOIT Tankwa Trek route for 2015 will be getting some intriguing tweaks to make it even more rewarding for the riders. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

Mountain bikers in action during the Tankwa Trek. Photo credit: Zoon Cronje/Nikon/Xtremedia

By now all the hard yards would have been done and pre-race planning should have started to “take on the ride like no other”, the Momentum Health Tankwa Trek presented by Biogen.

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!

What to bring for the race:

A mobile phone, fully charged and programmed with the emergency numbers supplied at race registration.
The race office is fitted with a charging facility. Please feel free to charge your phone at any time.

Bike repair tools:

  • Spare tubes
  • Multi tool
  • Replacement derailleur hanger
  • Inflation device (Pump etc)

A quick run down on the very unique 3 stages.

Tankwa Trek Stage 1 with the Hanekom Brothers:

Vertical Ascent: 1 900 metres

Distance: 83 kilometres


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 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.


Tankwa Trek Stage 2 with Mauritz Walters:

Vertical Ascent: 2 200 metres

Distance: 87 kilometres

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!


Tankwa Trek Stage 3 with Charl van der Merwe:

Vertical Ascent: 1 250 metres

Distance: 89 kilometres

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!

Prepare to take part in a Ride like no other!