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Trans Bavi­aans Photo Es­say

Bicycling (South Africa) - - News - WORDS & PIC­TURES: JAC­QUES MARAIS


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.

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