Route Profiles

The Recce Mission follows a marked route along the Eastern escarpment, the Kwena Basin and the Highlands of Mpumalanga. The surface of the route is mostly farm (including single, 2-spoor, cattle and Jeep track), plantation and secondary district roads that are not well maintained and that are isolated.

The following Recce Mission information will be issued in electronic format one week before D-Day:

–               Route instructions

–               Route on 1:50 000 Topographic Maps with GPS coordinates of key points on the route

–               Route sketches based on limited Local Pop Intel.

MTB Mission Mountain bikers will cover more than 200 km on tar, district, railway service, forest and farm roads, as well as Jeep track and single track.

The MTB Mission route comprises three legs with more or less similar distances and elevation gain:

Leg 1: This leg descents into the Kwena Basin and is mostly on farm, Jeep track and single track. Riders need to complete this leg by 15h00 in order to make the cut-off.

Leg 2: The ascent out of the basin will be a brutal climb and this 500 m elevation gain is only the beginning of the assault on Die Berg…

Leg 3: Follow some much needed food and water supplies at the Fort Berg TB, some MTB riders will dread the final 500 m ascent to the OP at the summit of De Berg before taking on the challenging descent on district, farm and rail service roads that lead back in the direction of Fort Highland before joining the Trail Mission for the last 10-15 km to the Finish at Fort Mission and an ice cold Recce Craft Beer!

 

Trail Mission Trail runners will cover just below 100 km on mostly farm roads and Jeep, mountain and river single track, as well as cattle tracks.

The Recce Trail Mission route comprises four legs:

Leg 1: Mission Trail Runners will recce the eastern escarpment before descending on a local footpath to Fort Kloof TB for water and food supplies.

Leg 2: Trail Runners will follow and cross the Crocodile River a number of times before moving to the Lunsklip valley with its spectacular river and waterfall track – if they make their way back to Fort Kloof TB for resupplies.

Leg 3: They will scale the mountain again in the final leg back to Fort Highland before following challenging Jeep tracks and 2-spoor farm roads. Beware, the remaining ascents to the Finish and an ice cold Recce Craft Beer will be brutal on tired legs

 

Dual Mission The Dual Mission Trail Running section will cover an off-road marathon and a 145 km MTB section. The total elevation gain of the Dual Mission is almost 4,000 meters.

Stage 1: The Dual Mission Trail Running section follows the Crocodile river into the Donkerhoek valley and to Fort Falls TB on the 1st leg of the Trail Mission route. They will recce a local footpath on the Eastern Escarpment before descending to the MTB transition at Fort Falls TB.

Stage 2: The Dual Mission MTB section follows the final 145 km of the MTB Mission. MTB riders will join the MTB Mission route at Fort Kloof TB. The ascent out of the basin will be a brutal climb and this 500 m elevation gain is only the beginning of the assault on De Berg…

Follow some much needed food and water supplies at the Fort Berg TB, some MTB riders will dread the final 500 m ascent to the OP at the summit of De Berg before taking on the challenging descent on district, farm and rail service roads that lead back in the direction of Fort Highland before joining the Trail Mission for the last 10-15 km to the Finish at Fort Mission and an ice cold Recce Craft Beer!