-Trans Elands MTB Marathon –

“SA’s TOUGHEST 100 miler MTB marathon”

Race Date: 5 June 2021

Race Distances: 160km, 60km & 30km

Entry Fees: 160km @ R690 per Rider (solo) & R650 per Rider (teams of 2, 3 or 4), 60km @ R340 per Rider (solo only), 30km @ R180 per Rider (solo only)

Online-Entries CLOSE on 28 May 2021 @Midnight

160km limited to 160 riders ONLY,

60km limited to 240 riders (3 groups of 80) ONLY,

30km limited to 100 riders ONLY!

In an extraordinary 2020, which would have seen the 6th Trans Elands 160km “extreme”, we had to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown regulations, so we cancelled the 160km & 30km BUT successfully staged the 60km on a brand new and exciting route!

In 2021 all things should be back to normal, so it’s all systems go for the Trans Elands 160km, 60km and 30km on 5 June 2021.

The 160km “extreme” MTB marathon was founded by Lex Holmes, who sadly passed away on 31 December 2016. The great turnout of riders for the first five years of our event is evidence of firstly the influence that Lex has had over many years in mountain biking circles throughout the Eastern Cape and secondly the dedication and commitment of the new organising team to continue with and grow Lex’s legacy.

In 2019 we celebrated the 5th anniversary of the Trans Elands 160km “extreme”, with 6 riders awarded the “Lex’s Big 5” trophy and embroided shirt for having completed all 5 our Trans Elands “extreme” events to date. Who will get this honour in 2021?

The 160km “extreme” with 3000m elevation gain is one of SA’s toughest one day mountain biking events. The event is a true test of a rider’s physical and mental capability, but with adequate preparation it is an achievable challenge.  To finish this “bucket list” event within the 12 hour time limit leaves one with a sense of reward which can only be described by riders who have achieved this feat. The Trans Elands 160km is the ideal tester for regular MTB marathon riders, perhaps the reason why so many riders have been returning year after year to tackle this event. The 160km caters for solo riders and team entries (of 2, 3 or 4 riders per team).

The 60km MTB marathon race distance was added in 2017 with great success, and acts as a stepping stone for those who in future years would like to tackle the 160km. The 5-hour time limit allows for riders of varying capability to take part in and complete this 60km event.

With the new 2020 60km route riders will experience the breath-taking scenery of the Gamtoos River Valley, Mondplaas cattle farms and the Kabeljous River Estuary.  Riders who have ridden the pre-2020 route should be glad to hear that the new route has about 200m less elevation gain. The 60km event caters for solo entries only.

The 30km MTB Marathon with less than 500m of elevation gain gives the whole family the opportunity to explore the beauty of the Gamtoos River Valley farmlands by MTB. The 30km event caters for solo entries only.

Event features include, but are not limited to:

  • AWESOME goodie bags for pre-entrants ONLY
  • PRIZE MONEY for top finishers
  • Race medals to all finishers
  • 5 adequately stocked waterpoints on the 160km route plus 2 on the 60km and 1 on the 30km respectively
  • Professional Photographers along the route
  • Professional Medical support
  • Mechanical support points provided on the 160km route
  • A good vibe, food and refreshments along the route and at the venue
  • This is a CSA sanctioned event


The Trans Elands “extreme” is part of South Africa’s very own 100 Miler series, comprising 7 spectacular yet challenging events all over our beautiful country!

See http://www.100milerseries.co.za for more info.

Trans Elands is a supporter of CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation SA, a non-profit organisation which aims to provide the best possible support for children and teenagers with cancer and life-threatening blood disorders and their families.

See http://www.choc.org.za for more info.