Trans Baviaans Photo Essay
GLOW IN THE DARK
The winding climb along Baboon’s Back and onto Grass Neck affords riders magnificent views across the indigenous montane valleys gracing the wilderness section of the Baviaanskloof. It was near here that Route Director Zane Schmahl saw a young leopard on one of the route recces a couple of years back.
PAIN FACE (right) Every Trans Baviaans hero fears The MAC, or so-called ‘Mother of All Climbs’ lurking along the tortuous ascent onto the Bergplaas plateau, and the suffering shows in the faces captured on the climb. This is seen as the make-orbreak section of the route; and if you can make it to the Rotary Soup Station before dark, you know you’ve done well. From here, lights become an essential part of the riders’ arsenal as they head into the dark zone.
OASIS (below) Riders light up the night as they cruise in and out of the half-dozen support stops en route through ‘The Kloof’. Every one of them has attained legendary status among competitors.