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 consists of the MTB Mission, the Trail Mission and the Dual Mission ultra endurance events. Each event has a call-sign referring to the cut-off time and the route’s estimated distance and elevation gain.
The Recce ‘Jammie’ is MTB, Trail Running and Trail Running / MTB combo 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 Verlorenvallei wetlands – an international RAMSAR site, the Eastern Escarpment, the Kwena Basin, the Steenkampsberg Pass and Die 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.
The maximum number of participants in the Recce Mission is limited to the number of qualified Recce Operators in the history of the South African Special Forces.
Not everybody will conquer the Recce Mission. Those that do will become the proud owners of the uniquely numbered Special Forces style stainless steel Recce Mission dogtag. Those that don’t will be classified as ‘Jammies’; most of these will keep trying until they become the proud owners of the coveted Recce Mission dogtag!