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RECCE MISSION

3 ultra-endurance Mission events | 2 Jammie support events | 2 Light Duty events that cater for Friends & Family

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 Mission: 220 km | 4000 m | 24 hrs

  • Trail Mission: 100 km | 3000 m | 25 hrs

  • Dual Mission: 180 km | 4000 m | 26 hrs

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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

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Mountain Biking (MTB)

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Trail Running

Dual Mission

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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 is an epic adventure that will take you to the boundaries of physical and mental toughness while enjoying the wonders of nature and life.

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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 the friendly town of Dullstroom.

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.

The Recce Mission passes through iconic and unique landscapes, including the Eastern Escarpment, Helvetia forests, Verloren Vallei wetlands – an international RAMSAR site, the Eastern Escarpment, 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.

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:

  • Enemy and hostile activities in the area
  • Collaboration and support from Local Population
  • Accessibility and escape routes
  • Water and food replenishment.

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  • MTB Light Duty: 60 km | 1200 m | 7 hrs

  • MTB Jammie: 150 km | 2600 m | ~18 hrs

  • MTB Mission: 220 km | 4000 m | 24 hrs

  • Trail Light Duty: 28 km | 1000 m | 8 hrs

  • Trail Jammie: 52 km | 2000 m | ~18 hrs

  • Trail Mission: 100 km | 3000 m | 25 hrs

  • Dual Mission: 180 km | 4000 m | 26 hrs

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.

An amazing event experience is guaranteed for both the strong rider as well as the weekend warrior!

Both the strong runner as well as the weekend warrior can expect an amazing event experience with endless mountain, and river trails!

The Dual Mission comprises of a stage on the Trail Mission route and a stage on the MTB Mission route. The trail running section will cover an off-road marathon and the MTB section will cover ~140 km .

Participants should expect the best of both the MTB Mission and the Trail Mission...