191 KM 

+3,211 M

#11 BIG EXTREME

DATE:

  • 8 - 10 November 2019

DURATION:

  • 3 Days/2 Nights

PLACE:

  • Vrede, Free State

DIRECTIONS:

TIME:

  • 6:00 am

TYPE:

  • Self-Supported Bikepacking

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ITINERARY

DAY #1

VREDE TO FRAAIUITSIG - 45KM

 

  • Scenic backcountry roads exploring mountains, passing waterfalls then culminating in an evening of luxury with new friends.

  • We visit a historic cave and ride pass a waterfall through private owned farmlands whilst conquering a steep climb.

DAY #2

FRAAIUITSIG TO ADVENTURE FARM - 60KM

 

  • An early rise morning as we ride into daybreak towards forgotten trails. Saturday we wild camp, gas stoves cooking and stories told.

  • Get ready for a combination of "hike a bike" sections as we with stunning views and the accomplishment of reaching the Plato where three provinces meet.

DAY #3

ADVENTURE FARM TO VREDE - 90KM

 

  • After Sunday brunch, we ride back to the start/finish, an easy ride with memories that will you last a lifetime.

group of 10

  • Optimum group size is 10 people.

 

  • Smaller groups can be accommodated at an additional per person fee.

  • Corporate and custom adventures are priced on request.

  • Choose from various ticket options to suit your budget

ZAR 3,000 p/p

ACCOMMODATION

  • Friday night is "room" accommodation at a guest farm.

 

  • Saturday night's accommodation is wild camping at an adventure farm.

FOOD/DRINKS

  • Friday's breakfast and dinner are included in the adventure price.

 

  • Saturday breakfast is included in the adventure price. Dinner is self-supported wild camping.

 

  • Sunday brunch is included in the adventure price.

 

  • On the road snacks and drinks are self-supported.

 

SUPPORT

  • Group marshals will accompany the group and assist with pace and information about the area.

 

  •  Marshals will try and assist where they can but you will have to be self-reliant on bike repair, equipment, gear, and fitness.

 

ABOUT THE ROUTE

Ten adventurers met at the town of Vrede, a small town in the Vrystaat province of South Africa. Vrede is one of those towns where it is highly likely to spot cattle and a family of pigs roaming the streets.

 

"Vrede, 'the town of peace', lies between the North-Eastern Free State and the Mpumalanga border of Volksrust. It was named in 1863 after a dispute between its founders. Like most towns formed during and after the South African wars, Vrede has a very rich history seen through the historical buildings influenced by Dutch design. The population is mostly Afrikaans and Zulu speaking. - https://www.sahistory.org.za/place/vrede"

 

Spirits were high even weeks before the group ride and not even the prediction of a weekend filled with rain could dampen the group's excitement. For some, this would be their first encounter with bikepacking and they deserve burly points for attempting one of the more extreme bikepacking routes.

 

Pieter, Leana, Bertus, and Gerda have ridden with me before whilst Graham, Louisa, Ryan, Helmut, and Teigue were new to bikepacking but very strong riders nonetheless.

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