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3 ultra-endurance Mission events | 2 Jammie support events | 2 Light Duty events
An epic adventure that will take you to the boundaries of physical and mental toughness while enjoying the wonders of nature and being human.
DARE. EXPLORE. CONQUER.
Mountain bikers and trail runners have between 24 - 26 hrs to complete the single stage ultra endurance MTB and trail running Mission events:
MTB M ission: 220 km | 4000 m | 24 hrs
Trail Mission: 100 km | 3000 m | 25 hrs
Dual Mission: 180 km | 4000 m | 26 hrs
Jammie mountain bikers and trail runners will complete 66% and 50% of the Recce Mission routes, of which a section might be at night:
MTB Jammie: 150 km | 2600 m | 18 hrs
Trail Jammie: 52 km | 2000 m | 18 hrs
Light Duty mountain bikers and trail runners will complete ~30% of the Recce Mission routes and all participants must finish during day time:
MTB Light Duty: 60 km | 1200 m | 7 hrs
Trail Light Duty: 28 km | 1000 m | 8 hrs
ABOUT RECCE MISSION
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The Recce Mission takes place in the Highlands area of Mpumalanga in South Africa, a very hostile region with hardly a flat section. All events start at Highland Gate on the edge of the Eastern escarpment and finish at Fort Mission in Dullstroom.
This Special Forces themed event is fully endorsed, supported and co-hosted by the South African Special Forces Association (SASFA), known as the Recces.
Expect a military themed race village, the ominous thudder of military chopper blades, ex-Recce operators acting as marshals and earn a well-deserved dogtag medal.
River crossings, darkness and tiredness on energy sapping ascents and treacherous descents, as well as ‘hostile’ activities or ‘no-go’ zones along the routes will add to the adventure but may compromise or delay progress to the target zone, and back to the Recce Base.
Final route options will depend on:
The Recce Mission is an epic adventure that will take you to the boundaries of physical and mental toughness while enjoying the wonders of nature and life.
The mission has a strong Recce flavour. It is presented and supported by the legendary Recces during an ambush moon – mountain bikers and trail runners will experience a full moon making it ideal for a surprise ambush.
The Recce Mission passes through iconic and unique landscapes, including the Eastern Escarpment, Helvetia forests, Verloren Vallei wetlands – an international RAMSAR site, the Steenkampsberg and De Berg – which is the highest point in the northern part of the country, natural forests and plantations, idyllic and remote valleys, gorges, waterfalls and more.
Start: 25°26'33.13"S | 30°12'30.45"E
Finish: 25°25'5.82"S | 30° 6'27.56"E
The Recce Mission consists of the MTB, Trail and Dual Mission ultra endurance events. The ‘Jammie’ and ‘Light Duty’ are support events on the Recce Mission routes. ‘Jammie’ is the terminology used for Special Forces support personnel that are not directly involved in a mission, but critical to the outcome and success of any mission.