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Recce Mission (‘the Recce Mission’)
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Check Points (CPs)
– Specific points that riders and trail runners must pass through and sign in (or out) to validate that they have completed the entire route; failure to pass through a Check Point will result in disqualification
– The LOC is located at Fort Mission (Recce bases are referred to as a “Fort”), the Recce Mission Base and all race
control take plan at the LOC, including riders and trail runners register, as well as the finish of the Recce
Mission and Jammie events
– Individuals that qualified as South African Special Forces operators were called the ‘Recces’, a term derived
from the Reconnaissance Commando that was established in 1972
– Fort Highland is located at Highland Gate Trout & Golf Estate, approximately 15 km from Dullstroom in
– Fort Mission is located on the outskirts of Dullstroom, Mpumalanga
Recce MissionTented Camp
– The Recce Mission Tented Camp is located at Fort Mission and offers military style tented accommodation to a
limited number of riders and trail runners
Targets – Riders and trail runners must pass through or by strategic points along the route that are classified as
Temporary Base (orTB)
– Fort Falls TB and Fort Berg TB are re-supply zones that provide participants in the Recce Mission and Jammie
events with equipment, water and food supplies, as well as technical support
Time cut-offs – Riders and trail runners must complete all the legs and/or the overall route of a Recce Mission events within the allowable time to qualify for a Recce Mission dogtag
Recce Mission – A 3-in-1 non-stop ultra MTB, Trail Run and MTB-Trail Run combination adventure that takes place
simultaneously in the Highlands region of Mpumalanga where solo riders and trail runners, or teams, must
complete the entire route within the allowable time, including any time cut-offs that might apply during an
Recce Mission dogtag
– A uniquely numbered Special Forces style Recce Mission dogtag for official finishers of the MTB Mission, the
Trail Mission and the Dual Mission
MTB Mission – A non-stop single stage MTB adventure over approximately 220 km within 22 hours that forms part of the Recce Mission for solo riders and teams of 2, 3 or 4
Trail Mission – A non-stop single stage Trail Run adventure over approximately 100 km within 24 hours that forms part of the Recce Mission for solo trail runners and teams of 2
Dual Mission – A non-stop dual stage Trail Run and MTB adventure over approximately 200 km within 24 hours that forms part of the Recce Mission for solo trail runners and riders or teams of 2
Heavy – A solo rider or trail runners attempting to complete a Recce Mission event
Small Team – A team consisting of 2 riders or trail runners attempting to complete a Recce Mission event
Assault Team – A team consisting of 3 or 4 riders or trail runners attempting to complete a Recce Mission event
Jammie event – ‘Jammies’ (or Jam Stealers, the terminology used for military personnel who supported Recce operators while
on a mission) will only complete a section of the Recce Mission routes
Jammie dogtag – A Special Forces style Jammie dogtag for finishers of any of the Jammie events
MTB Jammie Relay – A non-stop 3-person MTB relay event over approximately 220 km of the MTB Mission within 22 hours with
each member of the team completing at least one leg of the route
Dual Jammie Relay – A non-stop 2-person Trail Run and MTB relay event over approximately 200 km within 24 hours with one
member of the team completing an off-road trail marathon on the Trail Mission route and the other member
completing approximately 160 km of the Recce MTB Mission route
Moon Jammie – Jammies attempting approximately 2/3 of a Recce Mission event of which a portion will be during night and
completed before midnight
Noon Jammie – Jammies attempting approximately 1/3 of a Recce Mission event which should be completed before dark
Terms & Conditions
1. The Recce Mission makes use of provincial, district, farm, forest, plantation, Jeep, single and other tracks that might not be
maintained and which might be challenging or difficult to navigate and use by foot or MTB due to natural and other
obstacles along the way.
2. The Recce Mission routes is marked according to CSA and Trail Running guidelines and regulations.
3. The Recce Mission final route options will depend on enemy and hostile activities in the area, collaboration and support
from local population, accessibility and escape routes, as well as water and food replenishment.
4. All riders and trail runners must pass through the CPs and it is riders and trail runners’ responsibilities to check-in and/or
check-out at CPS; any rider or trail runner that miss any CP will be disqualified and classified as a Did-Not-Finish (“DNF”).
5. All Recce Mission riders and trail runners must pass the target on each of the legs of the Recce Mission and comply with the
mission instruction applicable to each of the specific targets.
6. Support and hydration stations are provided at certain CPs, including food and other refreshments; sufficient water should
also be available from mountain streams.
7. Medical support and emergency evacuation will be provided along the route and at the Finish.
8. Limited mechanical and other support will be provided at TB’s, while a ‘sweeper’ team will assist on-route mechanical,
mental and other breakdowns.
9. Solo riders or trail runners and teams will be timed individually; the slowest time of a team counts.
10. Teams are obliged to stay together and time penalties will apply if teams are split up; it is strongly advisable that teams with
female members adhere to this regulation to ensure safety, support and lasting friendships.
11. Riders and trail runners must deal with river crossings and other obstacles along the way; they might also find certain
‘hostile’ activities or ‘no-go’ zones along the route that can compromise their mission or delay their progress to the Targets,
and back to Fort Mission.
12. Riders and trail runners must deal with darkness along the route and make use of public and other roads; the necessary
head lights for everybody and (red) tail lights for MTBs only are required by all participants in the Recce Mission, the Moon
Jammies and the Jammie Relay.
13. The descents on the Recce Mission routes may result in riders and/or trail runners reaching speeds that are considered
dangerous and each participant should use caution to not exceed speeds where they cannot exercise control over their
mountain bikes or legs anymore.
14. Time cut-offs apply at specific points on the Recce Mission route and riders or trail runners that fail to make any of the time
cut-offs will be categorised as DNF and will be re-routed on a shortened route and/or Returned-to-Unit (“RTU”).
15. A rider or team who completes the MTB Mission route within the allowable time of 22 hours will qualify for the uniquely
numbered Recce MTB Mission dogtag.
16. A trail runner or team who completes the Trail Mission route within the allowable time of 24 hours will qualify for the
uniquely numbered Recce Trail Mission dogtag.
17. A rider / trail runner who completes the Dual Mission route within the allowable time of 24 hours will qualify for the
uniquely numbered Recce Dual Mission dogtag.
18. A rider or trail runner who completes any of the Jammie routes will qualify for a Recce ‘Jammie’ dogtag.
Recce Mission Rules
The Recce Mission has the following rules that will be applied throughout the event:
Rule #1: The Recce Mission route traverses spectacular mountains, valleys, natural forests and plantations along rivers and dams
– respect nature.
Rule #2: The Recce Mission is an environmental friendly endeavour and a strict no-littering policy applies along the routes; any
rider or trail runners found guilty of transgressing this rule will face immediate disqualification, and be prevented from entering
any future Recce Missions.
Rule #3: The Recce Mission makes use of private farm and forestry land, concessions and nature conservancies, as well as public
places, and riders are obliged to adhere to and to comply at all times with general traffic rules and all the terms and conditions
required in any permits issued by third parties and/or landowners for making use of such access routes.
Rule #4: Riders and trail runners can expect wild and farm animals, river crossings and or other obstacles that may require the
assistance of a buddy to cross, and each rider or trail runner is responsible to ensure that he or she is in a condition to cross such
obstacles in a safe manner.
Rule #5: Riders and/or trail runners need to respect each other along the route; in the event of a medical emergency it is
expected that co-participants assist the injured or incapacitated participant until such time that a medical team arrives.
Rule #6: Any person intending to participate in a Recce Mission event is obliged to submit the ‘Recce Mission – Medical
Questionnaire’ completed by a General Practitioner at registration prior to the start of the event; no Medical Questionnaire. no race number.
Rule #7: Any person intending to participate in a Recce Mission is obliged to complete the ‘Recce Mission – Limitation of Liability, Waiver of Claims and Indemnity Agreement’ at registration prior to the start of the event; no Indemnity no. race number.
Rule #8: No seeding applies for any of the Recce Mission events and participants start the MTB Mission, the Trail Mission, the
Dual Mission and the Jammie events in single blocks at the allocated start times.
Rule #9: Riders and trail runners must follow the route instructions for the Recce Mission and Jammie events. Most of the turnoffs
are marked and riders and trail runners must always follow the marked routes. Riders and trail runners must be selfsufficient
between TBs and/or CPs as no support other than medical evacuation will be provided between these points.
Rule #10: Time cut-offs apply at certain points along the routes that will ensure everybody completes the Recce Mission within
the allowable time, as well as to ensure everybody’s safety and compliance with the route requirements.
Rule #11: There are NO-GO areas along the routes due to hostile enemy activities. Riders or trail runners captured at these
locations or areas will become POWs and will immediately been RTU’ed with no further participation in the Recce Mission.
Rule #12: Participants that want to abort the Recce Mission or Jammie events need to do so at a TB or CP and inform the TB or CP Captain of his / her decision. Transport will be provided back to Fort Mission for all riders and trail runners that abort the Recce Mission or a Jammie event. Due to the remoteness of TBs and CPs riders or trail runners that abandon the Recce Mission or a Jammie event should wait either until logistic support arrive or until the Recce Mission support crew evacuates a TB or CP.
Rule #13: Once a team member has withdrawn at a CP or TB, or once the team member has been safely evacuated the remaining team members can continue after the LOC has cleared the team to proceed. Remaining team members that finish the Recce Mission will receive their uniquely numbered dog tags.
MTB events only:
A MTB tandem can enter as a Small Team or as part of an Assault Team for the MTB Mission. When entering as part of
an Assault Team a MTB tandem counts as two members of the Assault Team.
Riders can enter in any category with a single speed MTB. However, it is advisable to enter in the Solo category as
attempting and finishing the Recce MTB Mission on single speed will classify you as a ‘Heavy’ in Recce MTB terms.
Trail running events only:
Trail runners for the Trail Mission can only enter as Heavies (i.e. solo) or in Small Teams (i.e. teams of 2), while Trail
Jammies can only enter as solo trail runners.
Dual Mission events only:
Participants in the Dual Mission can only enter as Heavies (i.e. solo) or in Small Teams (i.e. teams of 2).