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af­ter­wards how beau­ti­ful this race re­ally was,” says Leask. “It was tough!” There are no trails on this 24-hour moun­tain bik­ing marathon – ideal for test­ing the ori­en­ta­tion of each rider, but the big dirt roads are bet­ter suited for when rid­ing at night (cy­clists need to en­sure that they have proper bike light­ing for this event). Teams es­sen­tially need to check in and out of strate­gi­cally placed check­points so that their where­abouts can be tracked (not only to en­sure ac­cu­rate race re­sults, but for safety rea­sons as well). It’s the per­fect com­bi­na­tion of chal­leng­ing cycling and spec­tac­u­lar scenery in to the mag­nif­i­cent Bavi­aan­skloof Wilder­ness Area. Plus, you get brag­ging rights for pulling this tough event off. The race takes place mid-Au­gust and the race en­tries fill up quickly as teams are limited to 450 – so make sure you get your en­tries in early.

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