2018 Rider Feedback:

“Trans Elands is defnitief een van die moeilikste wedrenne wat ek nog gery het. Ek het al 3 keer die vol 36ONE gedoen, eenkeer die halwe, 3 keer Trans Baviaans en ook hierdie jaar die Swartberg Gran Fundo, maar die Trans Elands is die moeilikste. Fantastiese roete en puik georganiseer. Miskien het die stormsterk wind dit ekstra moeilik gemaak.” – Erna

“Thank you for a great event and for continuing Lex’s legacy.  Both Steve and I thoroughly enjoyed the race and it certainly was a highlight for both of us in our racing calendars. My decision to enter the lite event was very last minute (20 mins before the race start!) but I’m super glad I did. The route was a nice combination of jeep track, district road and some tar, making it challenging in sections with short, loose, rocky climbs. Route markers were effective and water points super friendly. ” – Andrea

“Thank you once again for a great event loved every minute. ” – Tracey

“Trans Eland Extreme is exactly that. The overall elevation does not seem to bad but considering that 2000m is in the first 80km with a headwind is no joke at all. If you want to finish the race with a smile on your face, train and then train some more.This really is a bucket list race though with a great atmosphere, beautiful scenery when you remember to look up and look around. ” – Bradley

“This was one of the toughest rides I have ever done and I’ve done Trans Baviaans and some other long ones.  The headwind from The Meadows to the Cheese Farm nearly broke me, I was getting myself through 1km at a time in 5km batches.  There were many moments during those 30km where I had decided to give it up at the Cheese Farm.  For some reason, just before the Cheese Farm my mood shifted 180 degrees and I made an inner decision that I was going to try and finish; that the organizers would have to physically pull me off the road to stop me from finishing whether I was within the cut off times or not.  At the Mast the view was spectacular and so worth the pain, I knew there had to be some downhills and boy did I enjoy them especially with the wind behind.  At Patensie, I knew I could do it within the cut-off times and so even though it was not plain sailing and the legs were screaming there was motivation to keep going to the end.  In the mood of Jens Voight #shutuplegs.  Thank you for organizing the opportunity and I will certainly promote the race up in Gauteng. ” – Chandre

“Just wanted to touch base to say thanks for a truly exceptional event on Saturday. It all came together right at the end for me to take part and I am so pleased that I did. We are a dof bunch so I think most of us have by now forgotten how damn hard it was trying to get down the Elands Road. Hopefully now only the good bits lingering in our memories. Like getting to the top of the tower climb. That view of the rolling mountain tops from who knows where? Not to mention the last 4km of tar and the well stocked water points. A big thank you and will be back next year.” – Craig

“Our friend and founder of The Trans Elands mtb race, Lex Homes, would have been so proud of the Trans Elands race and organizers this year. We lined up on the start line on Sat 9 June on a chilly, but lovely morning in front of the Ferry hotel, very excited to start with our 60km short Trans Elands. The atmosphere was festive and everybody in a good mood and anxious to start. After a few kilometres on the tar road, we turned onto an undulating gravel road, beautiful among some farms, so refreshing after a bit of rain during the previous few days. At the watering points we were greeted with big smiles, enough nutrition and lots of encouragements. We had to endured a few challenging climbs, just to add to the fun!! Then after the 2nd water point, it was all the way back to the Ferry hotel with a bit of a cross wind to remind us that we are around the Windy City. Then the last few kilometres on the tar road took us back to the Ferry Hotel to the end. We were received with huge support of all the organizers and other supporters!! What a lovely race, atmosphere and turnout! I know that Lex Homes would have been so proud and happy!! We will certainly enter again next year! This is worth every cent we paid for this event, hope to see even more people next year!” – Salome

“Once again, this year’s race was as tough as it gets. I was so thankful for all the pre training  rides that were organised by the KID group. This year was my 3rd TTE extreme and I was surprised to have done so well, but I could not finish at my set target of the 8 hours or better. Unfortunately I had picked up a sinus infection prior to the race that compromised my performance. Well then I will have come back next year to have another attempt at the 8 Hour target.  Well done to all in keeping this event going, definitely going to become one of the year’s top MTB races. The best Trans Baviaans preparation rides around.” – Ian

“Me and Christo definitely will do the race next year again. We will be more prepeard though. It is definitely a race to be ridden and is testing every part of you throughout the route. I think with the wind and the climbing it makes the race unique and interesting. The waterpoints are fantastic and the people who are helping there is so friendly and kept us motivated. Its a race we will definitly promote for you on this side. Thank you for all the effort that you put into it.” – Tanya

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