Days
7
Total Distance
496KM
Total Ascent
10745M
CAPE_PIONEER_ROUTE_PROFILES

CAPE PIONEER 2018 ROUTE

The 2018 route is truly a culmination of the best trails and areas we have utilized over the years. The focus is on pure enjoyment, even during the travel stages, which are naturally slighter longer, the emphasis was shifted to more fun and scenic areas to ride through. The addition of many new single-track sections, which is still in the construction phase, will elevate the 2018 edition to something to cherish.

 

Even the iconic landmarks within the route will have that added twist to enhance overall rider enjoyment even though it will still remain a challenge of note. Above all, we have found that trail sweet spot that will stay with the riders forever. Enjoy.

SPECTATOR POINTS | TECHNICAL-AND FEEDING POINTS

PROLOGUE EXPLORE THIS ROUTE

SPECTATOR POINTS ARE AT VARIOUS POINTS ALONG THE ROUTE | DELPHINO’S RESTAURANT, THE POINT | TIDALS RESTAURANT, THE POINT | SANTOS EXPRESS, SANTOS BEACH | LE PERON RESTAURANT, HARBOUR AREA.


 STAGE 1 EXPLORE THIS ROUTE

SPECTATOR POINT 1 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 1 | AT WATER POINT 2 – GPS S34° 03.333′ E21° 55.957′

FROM MILKWOOD SCHOOL DRIVE TOWARDS CAPE TOWN VIA MARSH STREET AND LOUIS FOURIE RD (R102) TOWARDS THE N2 HIGHWAY. FROM THE ENGEN ON THE N2 (WHERE LOUIS FOURIE RD AND THE N2 MERGE) DRIVE FOR 2KM AND THEN TURN RIGHT ONTO THE HERBERTSDALE ROAD. PROCEED FOR 14.4 KM AND THEN TURN RIGHT TOWARDS GONDWANA PRIVATE GAME RESERVE. DRIVE FOR 7,3 KM AND TURN RIGHT ONTO THE GRAVEL ROAD TOWARDS GONDWANA AND AFTER 3,3KM THE SPECTATOR POINT WILL BE AT WATER POINT 2. PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY AND ON RETURN PLEASE FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE BACK.

SPECTATOR POINT 2 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 2 | AT WATER POINT 3 – GPS S34° 06.630′ E22° 03.289′

FROM SPECTATOR POINT 1 AND MILKWOOD SCHOOL TAKE THE N2 TOWARDS HARTENBOS AND THEN TOWARDS OUDTSHOORN. 3,8KM FROM HARTENBOS TURN LEFT ONTO THE GRAVEL ROAD AND SPECTATOR POINT 2 WILL BE 1,8KM UP THE ROAD. PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY AND ON RETURN PLEASE FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE BACK.


STAGE 2 EXPLORE THIS ROUTE

SPECTATOR POINT 1 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 1 | AT WATER POINT 1 – S33° 59.480′ E22° 05.950′

FROM MILKWOOD PRIMARY SCHOOL TAKE THE N2 TOWARDS GEORGE AND TURN OFF AT KLEIN BRAK RIVER – AT THE T-JUNCTION TURN RIGHT , FROM THERE DRIVE FOR 12.8 KM AND TURN RIGHT AT THE MARSHAL, FIND THE SPECTATOR POINT ON YOUR RIGHT. PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY AND ON RETURN PLEASE FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE BACK.

SPECTATOR POINT 2 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 2 | AT WATER POINT 3 – GPS S33° 55.603′ E22° 24.866′

FROM GREAT BRAK RIVER, TAKE THE N2 TOWARDS GEORGE AND THEN TAKE THE OFFRAMP TOWARDS OUDTSHOORN/GEORGE AIRPORT – CARRY ON TOWARDS OUDTSHOORN, TRAVEL THROUGH THE TOWN OF BLANCO ONTO THE OUTENIQUA MOUNTAIN PASS, FIND THE SPECTATOR POINT AT THE N2/R404 INTERSECTION. PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY AND ON RETURN PLEASE FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE BACK.


STAGE 3 TT EXPLORE THIS ROUTE

SPECTATOR POINT 1 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 1 | AT WATER POINT 1 – GPS S33° 57.459′ E22° 31.915′

FROM VAN KERVEL SCHOOL, TAKE THE N9 TOWARDS WILDERNESS, UPON LEAVING GEORGE TURN LEFT TOWARDS SAASVELD WHERE THE SPECTATOR POINT WILL BE SITUATED AT THE NMMU SAASVELD CAMPUS. PARK OUT OF THE WAY AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TOWARDS THE SPECTATOR POINT.


STAGE 4 EXPLORE THIS ROUTE

SPECTATOR POINT 1 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 1 | AT WATER POINT 1 – GPS S33° 45.958′ E22° 25.214′

FROM GEORGE TAKE THE N9 TOWARDS OUDTSHOORN, AT THE INTERSECTION OUDTSHOORN/UNIONDALE KEEP LEFT TOWARDS OUDTSHOORN AND TRAVEL FOR 6.5KM AND THEN TURN RIGHT ONTO THE GRAVEL ROAD TOWARDS HEIMERSRIVIER. PROCEED FOR 7.7 KM AND TURN LEFT AT THE INTERSECTION. THE SPECTATOR POINT IS ON YOUR RIGHT.  PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY AND ON RETURN PLEASE FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE BACK.

SPECTATOR POINT 2 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 2 | AT WATER POINT 3 – GPS – S33° 34.043′ E22° 22.023′

FROM SPECTATOR POINT 1 OR GEORGE TAKE THE N9 TOWARDS OUDTSHOORN AND TURN OFF TOWARDS OUDTSHOORN ONTO THE N12. TRAVEL UNTIL YOU REACH OUDTSHOORN AND TURN OFF TO THE RIGHT TOWARDS DE RUST AND DRIVE FOR 16KM FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS TO THE SPECTATOR POINT ON YOUR RIGHT. PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY.


STAGE 5 EXPLORE THIS ROUTE

TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 1 ONLY | AT WATER POINT 2 – GPS S33° 26.613′ E21° 57.985′

THIS IS ONLY A TECH ZONE AND NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR SPECTATORS. FROM OUDTSHOORN TAKE THE R328   TOWARDS THE CANGO CAVES AND TURN LEFT TOWARDS PRINCE ALBERT, PROCEED UNTIL YOU REACH THE MATJIESVLEI TURN OFF TO THE LEFT, PROCEED LEFT FOR 16.8 KM AND THEN TURN LEFT ONTO THE  LATEGANSVLEI ROAD AND 2.8KM DOWN THE ROAD THE TECH ZONE WILL BE ON THE LEFT. PLEASE RETURN  ALONG THE SAME ROUTE BACK TO THE NEXT POINT.

SPECTATOR POINT 1 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 2 | AT WATER POINT 3- GPS S33° 23.266′ E22° 06.381′

FROM OUDTSHOORN TAKE THE R328 TOWARDS THE CANGO CAVES AND TURN LEFT TOWARDS PRINCE ALBERT,  PROCEED UNTIL YOU REACH KOBUS SE GAT TO THE LEFT, PROCEED LEFT. THE SPECTATOR POINT IS ON YOUR    LEFT, PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY


STAGE 6 EXPLORE THIS ROUTE

SPECTATOR POINT 1 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 1 | AT WATER POINT 2 – GPS – S33° 39.775′ E22° 13.806′

THE SPECTATOR AND FEEDING /TECH POINT IS AT CHANDELIER GAME AND OSTRICH FARM. PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY.


PLEASE NOTE:

DIRECTIONS TO THE SPECTATOR POINTS WILL BE CLEARLY MARKED FROM OUTSIDE THE RESPECTIVE TOWNS TO THE POINT.

NO OUTSIDE ASSISTANCE OF ANY NATURE TO RIDERS OUTSIDE OF THE FEEDING/TECHNICAL ZONES.

THERE WIL BE NEUTRAL MECHANICAL ASSISTANCE AT 1 WATER POINT DAILY BUT RIDERS STILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THEY CARRY ADEQUATE SPARES ON THEM.

NO FOLLOWING VEHICLES WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE CAPE PIONEER TREK ROUTES, IF ANY VEHICLE TRANSGRESSING IN THIS REGARD CAN BE LINKED TO A SPECIFIC RIDER/TEAM, IMMEDIATE DISQUALIFICATION APPLIES – MARSHALS AND OFFICIALS HAVE STRICT ORDERS TO ENFORCE THIS.

WHERE VEHICLES AND BIKES SHARE THE ROAD, PLEASE ADHERE TO THE 15 KM/H MAXIMUM SPEED LIMIT.

ENJOY THE JOURNEY – SEE YOU AT THE FINISH!

Prologue: #PointPursuit

Stage 1: #GondwanaGlory

Stage 2: #OuteniquaOdyssey

Stage 3: #SaasveldSingletrack
4-Day Adventure starts here…

Stage 4: #MontaguMettle

Stage 5: #SwartbergShowdown

Stage 6: #ChandelierChampagne

"Have you ever thought about riding your mountain bike through the most beautiful terrain in the Southern Cape with a super backup team looking after your every possible need and being surrounded by like-minded people from all over the world? I think Dryland pioneered that thought into one of the best races in the country but preserved that all-important mountain biking spirit while doing it! A really big thumbs up from me!! I will definitely be back for many years to come."
Hannes Hanekom, South Africa
"I love the Cape Pioneer, because here I can feel the spirit of nature and racing. Even for a semi-pro it is always a new experience. One week at the Pioneer is a more effective recovery for your soul than two months of holiday, but perhaps not for your body! I have never made so many good friends."
Max Friedrich, Germany
"What strikes me most about the Cape Pioneer is the authentic atmosphere in the race village. The crew offered tonnes of support over the week and even when it rained I only saw smiling faces. As far as the race goes, the route is simply magnificent and my memories on and off the bike will stay with me forever. In total, I was so overwhelmed by the Cape Pioneer that I have never regretted more having to get back onto the plane home."
Robby De Bock, Belgium
"My friends were always talking about the Pioneer because of the amazing trails, stunning landscapes, great friendships and perfect organisation. Finally, this year, as a reporter for MTB Magazine and Bike Channel 1 in Italy, I entered the race. I can tell you that in the end, you forget the pain and suffering and only the best moments come to mind, especially the atmosphere. I felt totally at home. The route was amazing, different every day with magical landscapes. This is what made for an unforgettable mountain bike race"
Niccolò Violati, Italy
"For me, the defining features of the Cape Pioneer Trek are the people and the route. Very few races can boast such rich diversity with which to spoil its participants. Arid desert to lush forests, this is one event which never ceases to surprise and inspire. Yes it’s tough and yes, it’s a massive challenge but all efforts are rewarded with stunning scenery and the sheer joy of riding where few will ever have the opportunity. The people of the Karoo are the glue that binds the route together and their generosity and hospitality are hallmarks of the race which gives it a very gracious personality. I adore being part of this event and can highly recommend it to anyone with a taste for adventure and a lust for life."
BEN MELT SWANEPOEL, SOUTH AFRICA
"Cape Pioneer takes riders through places that not anyone gets to see unless they follow that adventurous soul within them.. and there is no better way to experience it than on a mountain bike alongside 500 other adventurous pioneers. Having the local communities involved at the event also adds to the hospitable atmosphere. Racing at the sharp end is fierce, but the spirit of the pioneer always brings out the good sportsmanship among top athletes. Definitely the ultimate race with soul!"
PHILIP BUYS, SOUTH AFRICA