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.