Race Info

Schedule of events

Wednesday, 15 May 2024

15h00 – 18h00: Registration
18h30: Riders Briefing

Click here for directions to registration

There is no accommodation included in the riders packages for the night of the 18th of May. If you would like to book accommodation for that evening please contact Kob Inn directly at info@kobinn.co.za . Let them know you are part of Transkei Trek and they will give you the special rate.

About the Ride

The route will be a combination of single and jeep track with some really cool beach traverses over all 3 days. Our intention is to showcase the Wild Coast and create great memories whilst also affording riders the opportunity to chill out on the beach. Daily distances will not exceed 50km. This is the Transkei and we ride in very rural, but safe areas. The climbing can be tough and steep but the views on top are oh-so-worth-it.

The local community is hard at work on the existing walking paths to make them MTB friendly. The local residents use these tracks to fetch water so expect great river crossings and downhill forest sections.

We have tailor-made packages that will suit everyone’s pocket with the pricing being dependent on the accommodation options you choose. All accommodation is twin-room sharing. The campsite is secure, with ablutions and a stone’s throw from the beach.

How to get there

Kob Inn Hotel is easily accessible and simple to get to.

Travel on the N2 towards Idutywa, and in Idutywa take the tar road to Willowvale. From Willowvale, you will pick up the signs for Kob Inn. It’s a 32 km gravel road all the way into Kob Inn Beach Resort. 

E-Bikes

The Transkei can be an unforgiving place with the road either being up or down, never flat. For this reason, we now allow for E-Bikes and Traditional bikes to pair up in the same team and compete in the E-Bike class. It’s not designed to be a race but we do have timing and trophies for those who can’t resist the urge to race.

Race Registration

Registration is at Kob Inn.

Riders within a Team must register together

No late registrations will be allowed unless through prior arrangement with organisers.

Race Briefing

Pre Race Briefing will be at Kob Inn, on Wednesday, 15 May, from 19:00 – 20:00.   Attendance is essential as vital information will be communicated

Each evening after dinner, we do a quick Prize Giving for the day and a Briefing for the next day’s ride.

Rider Info

What you need to do:
  • Before Registration Day – review race documents including Participant Waiver
  • ICE your phone – in case we need to get hold of your emergency contacts
What you need to bring:
  • A photo identification document (driver’s licence, passport or ID book)
  • A valid UCI or CSA licence.  If you don’t  have one, day licences can be purchased at registration for R35 per day (R105 for the whole event)
What to pack for the ride:
  • A mobile phone, fully charged and loaded with all the emergency numbers supplied  at registration – and your charger (charging stations will be available)
  • 3 sets of cycling clothing (ensure you invest in some good quality cycling shorts)
  • A minimum of 2litres fluid to be carried by each rider
  • A basic First Aid kit including Sunblock (min SPF20); Cramp block tablets; Electrolyte satchets
  • Bike Repair tools:  spare tubes; multi tool; replacement derailleur hanger; infation device (pump etc); 
  • Snacks – supplements, energy bars, etc.
  • Sunglasses

Nutrition

Race Village
  • Riders will be supplied with Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner every day.  Lunch is served informally, whilst Breakfast & Dinner are more formal
  • Breakfast  : 06:00   – 07:15
  • Lunch  :  12:00 – 15:00
  • Dinner : 18:00 – 19:00
  • If you have any specific dietary requirements (vegetarian, vegan, allergies etc) – please let us know, we’ll happily accommodate
En Route

There will be 1 or 2 Waterpoints each day.  These points will supply energy drinks, cold water, coke and snacks.  Please check the route section for exact distances between waterpoints.

Beverages

All alcoholic and soft drinks will be on sale from the Hotel Bar.

Organisers will also supply single source water for waterpoints and consumption during each stage.  All tap water in the race village is perfectly safe for drinking.

Health

Medical

East Cape Medical Response will be on hand to provide full medical service both en route and in the Race Village.  Basic medical services are free, but recurring injuries or treatment of pre-existing chronic conditions will incur a charge.  Please carry your Medical Aid / Insurance details in case of hospitalization.

Personal

Please ensure that your bring your personal medications as prescribed by your physician.  Also, remember to bring sunblock with a minimum SPF 20.

Race Rules

General Mountain Biking:

As much as the organisers try to position a race of this magnitude as fun and adventurous, there remains a need for rules. These rules are mainly created for your own safety and enjoyment.

The ride-of-way principle applies to single track and any challenging sections.

Ride-of-Way – this is a very simple concept that should apply to all fair mountain bikers all over the planet:

  • If you are walking on a section because it is too technical or you are too tired you must give way to those riding.
  • If you are behind a slower rider – ask nicely to pass but don’t make them panic and fall. We are all here for a good time. Keep it nice and chilled and nobody will get hurt.
  • If you are a man and she is a woman, try not to be too bitter about the fact that you are being beaten but pull off the side of the road and wish her well.
  • Give Way – if there is a faster rider behind you try to find a safe place to let him or her pass you.
  • If you are behind someone pushing simply ask for ride of way.

Cancellation

The Transkei Trek will take place regardless of weather, and will only be cancelled, re-routed or stopped for safety reasons.  In this event, entry fees are not refundable. A R2500pp non-refundable deposit is required to secure your entry with the balance due by 20 March 2024.

 Riders wanting to cancel will forfeit the following part of their entry fee:

– 15% of the total entry fee (less deposit) will be retained for admin costs and the balance refunded if written notice is received prior to 1 February 2023.

– 50% of the total entry (less deposit) fee will be refunded if written notice is received prior to 1 March 2023.

– 0% will be refunded if written notice is received after 1 April 2023.

No refunds available on extras booked. 

Substitution can be done without charge till one calendar month prior to the event, thereafter you’ll be charged R300 per person. Click here to begin the substitution process.

Covid policy. In the event that we have to reschedule to a future date, you will have the option of transferring your entry to the new event at no cost to you. Should you rather choose to cancel your entry then a 5% admin fee will be charged if you advise us within 2 weeks of being notified of the new dates for the event. If you cancel later than that, the normal cancellation policy will apply.

No clothing size changes are allowed after 20 April 2023. All entries after this date will not be eligible for merchandise.

Rooms in Hotel. Rooms are either Sea View Room, Garden View Rooms and No View Room. The team from Red Cherry Events reserves the right to place you in any room regardless of requests made by riders. We allocate rooms based on first come first served and cannot change on the day. 

Tc and Cs

Early Bird Special

– To qualify for the early bird deal, which includes an extra night of accommodation (meals excluded) on the 18th of May in the Hotel. Riders need to enter and pay deposits by the end of November 2023.

Please note that this extra is only for Riders and not for Spectators, any spectators wishing to stay over in the hotel an extra night will need to secure their booking with Kob Inn Directly, say you are part of Transkei Trek and they will give you the special rate.

Rooming

All room allocations are on a first-come-first-paid basis. If a rider enters after you, but pays ahead of you, they will be allocated their choice of rooms above yours.

 

Get In Touch

(041) 581 5335

Location

Cape Quarter,
27 Somerset Rd,
De Waterkant,
Cape Town

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