Trans Xhariep 2 March 2019
Experience the Free State like never before...

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1 Mei 2018

  • Krynauw Coomans
    The area is a hidden gem! Great to be part of the first race. Expecting this event to become a big part of the MTB calendar with huge numbers next time. #ridethestates
    Krynauw Coomans
    Lite participant
  • Ek het al baie ultra's gedoen. Trans Xhariep is beslis een wat vir jou n uitdaging gaan gee. Thanks AfriAdventures en span vir n baie goed georganiseerde race. Dankie Gerrie vir die geleentheid om dit saam te doen. Dankie vir my gesin vir jul ondersteuning en geloof in my. DANKIE VADER VIR GESONDHEID
  • Pieter Le Grange
    Wat a stunning race!!!Moes n paar keer stop net om die pragtige omgewing vas te vang! Jul sien my defnitief volgende jaar weer!
    Pieter Le Grange
    Lite participant
  • Glimlag op Die gesig na 315 km...of is dit pyn van seer boude? Ek het al n hele paar Ultras gedoen... ek dink die Trans Xhariep rate ek daar bo! Baie Mooi area, padoppervlaktes, min stof teenoor ander .... verseker n volgende jaar weer trug!
    Johan Smith
    Team SOZO

Its not about the destination, its about the journey...

The Why

The Free State province is rarely explored by mountain bikers from outside the province, as it mainly serves as a stop and go or a quick visit to family when passing through to the mountains on the other side. We decided to tackle the Xhariep region as this is where most of the unexplored routes are found. The desire to ride from Dam to Dam has always been an exciting yet daunting thought, until we decided to man up and just do it. We created the Trans Xhariep experience as it will prove to be one of the toughest races in the Free State Province, as well as one of the most rewarding accomplishments you will ever try to achieve.

The Where

Starting in the town of Gariep dam, cyclist will be treated to a great atmosphere and race village, with a great variety of accommodation options available to pick and choose from. Gariep dam being very central for most, proved to be the key factor when trying to accommodate riders from all over the country. With the official race briefing and race registration the night before the start, riders can look forward to a great time and a good rest before setting off on a journey of a lifetime.

The Ultra

Taking on the full Ultra distance will not be an easy task. Racing in teams of two will keep it interesting yet safe when one or both riders hits the proverbial wall. With 165km lying between riders and the "half way" mark in Vanderkloof Dam, Riders will have to pace themselves very carefully not to run out of steam too early. With the first half being predominantly down hill as the river flows riders can expect a tough race back to Gariep dam to complete the 310km route.

The Lite

145km lies between riders and their final destination. Starting in Vanderkloof Dam participants can look forward to a fantastic journey back to Gariep dam while trying to stay ahead of the teams racing in the Ultra. Riding in a solo category we would expect large groups of riders taking on the lite just to test the water before taking on the big daddy Ultra in coming years.

Enjoy the ride Collect memories, not things

Crank it up smile and wave...