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Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure presented by Biogen

Committing to a seven-day stage race can be intimidating. With that in mind, we are proud to present the four-day Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek Adventure presented by Biogen. This event will provide nearly 60% of the ‘Race with Soul’ experience to riders who would otherwise feel they cannot complete the full distance.

Be warned – once you have ridden the Adventure you may just realise that the full Cape Pioneer Trek is within your reach!

General Info


Time:  TBC
Date:  Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Location: TBC

Pre-Race Briefing (Adventure)

Time: TBC
Date:  Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Location: TBC

Please note attendance is compulsory as vital information regarding the race will be communicated.

Daily Race Briefing

Time: 19:00 – 20:00

Daily race start (9 September 2020 until 12 September 2020)

Time: 08:00

Spectator Point, Technical & Feeding Zones

Spectator point, technical and feeding zones to be confirmed

Rider Info

Daily routine


Rise and shine


Bag check-in opens


Breakfast starts


Bike park opens


Start chute opens: Check-in


Breakfast finishes


Rider bag check-in closes


Start chute closes: Seeded riders


Secure bike park closes


Race starts (Stage 3 & 4 start at 08:00)


First riders arrive


Race medical facility opens


Rider bag check-out opens


Bike park opens


Bike wash opens


Showers open



Lunch starts


Race office opens


Sports massage opens


Rider bag check out closes


Race cut off – may vary daily at the discretion of the race commissaire



Dinner starts




Dinner finishes


Race medical facility close


Showers close


Sports massage closes


Lights out

Bike Delivery


Relax and entjoy the race! Let us take are of your bicycle!

Bicycle transport from Pretoria and Johannesburg to the Momentum Health Cape Pioneer Trek presented by Biogen. We have a unique “roll in roll out” system and it is not necessary to take apart your bike.

To book your bike, please visit:



Bike Service

JP van Zyl is well known in cycling circles. Cycling is in his blood, so if you want to talk tech, he is your go-to guy. As the official bike technical service provider, he offers a very affordable maintenance option for the duration of the race and all bookings and payment can be done directly with him.

JP van Zyl –
Please Note: Only Race approved Service Providers are allowed.

Car drive service

Car drive service by Langenhoven Gimnasium. Your car will be collected at the race start and driven through to the race finish in Oudtshoorn. The cost of this service is TBC and can be added on your rider profile. The school will be in contact after you purchased this package to discuss arrangements

For any questions or queries please contact:
Kalbas Nell
Cell: 076 934 2123


Sport massage

EPT Recovery is a professional team of highly qualified massage therapists that specializes in sports recovery. As your official partner in recovery at Momentum Health Cape Pioneer trek presented by Biogen, we encourage you to step up a gear for better performance and book your recovery massage TODAY. Together with EPT Recovery, you can take your ride to the next level where you will stand firm against the effects of fatigue.

We are excited to provide you with the following services to enhance your total experience at this world-class South African event;
Please Note, only Race approved Service Providers are allowed.

We offer the following:

Massage and Stretching

Pre-event Massage and Stretching

Recovery Massage and Stretching

Strapping and Taping

Pre-event Strapping and Taping (Kinesio taping and EAB strapping)

Strapping and Taping (Kinesio taping and EAB strapping)

Foam rolling station

Foam rolling station (foam rollers and myofascial ball provided)



Three scrumptious meals per day starting with lunch on Tuesday, 10 Sept. 2019 (DINNER). Hospitality comes courtesy of the local community with all meals prepared locally with home cooked goodness. 


The Cape Pioneer Trek offers full medical service at each stage location. Travelling medical personnel, including a race doctor and paramedics, will also be available en-route to handle emergencies. Serious cases will be transferred to any of the local hospitals that offer a more comprehensive service.

Basic medical services are free, but the treatment of recurring injuries or pre-existing chronic conditions will be for the rider’s account. Supplies for daily strapping will be available at a cost to the rider. Please remember to carry the details of your medical insurance in case of hospitalisation.


Please bring your personal medication as prescribed by your doctor. We are riding through areas with lots of honey bees, so come prepared! Also, carry sunblock with a sun protection factor of at least 20 SPF

Shuttle Services

The shuttles will cost TBC and riders will need to add this to their profile.

What to bring

At race registration all riders will receive a Cape Pioneer Trek race bag and this will be the only piece of luggage that will be transported between stage locations, so please ensure that all your belongings fit into this bag. The race organisers will supply each rider with a comfortable mattress, but riders must supply their own sleeping bag, pillow and cover sheet. Please leave all valuables at home, the race organisers, and their partners, accept no responsibility for any lost or stolen goods.

What to bring for the ride:

A mobile phone

Fully charged and programmed with all the emergency numbers (supplied at race registration). Ensure that both riders carry a phone. Mobile phone charging facilities will be available at the race office.

First aid kit

Consisting of 1 x stretch bandage, 2 x dressings, adhesive plasters, foil survival blanket and sunblock with a minimum SPF factor of 20.

Bike repair tools

UST tyre repair kit, multi-tool, replacement derailleur hanger, inflation device (pump, bombs etc).


A minimum of 2.5L of fluid to be carried by each rider.


Three sets of cycling clothing (ensure you invest in some good quality cycling shorts).


Biogen food bars, chews, energy drink and tablets will be provided. If you use any other supplement brand, remember to bring it with you!

Eye protection

A pair of sunglasses.

Phone charger

What you will need at the race village:

Cash or credit card

Sleeping bag and cover sheet

Casual clothing

Slip slops

Torch / headlamp



Locks for your bag and tent

Laundry bag

Chamois cream

Mosquito repellent

Washing detergent

Hat or cap for the unforgiving Karoo sun

Personal medication

Laundry service

Spectator point, Technical and Feeding zones

To be confirmed


2020 Route to be announced soon

Stage 3 #LusciousLouvain

Route Profiles - 2019_Stage 3-01

One of the shorter stages for 2019, taking riders in an easterly direction towards Louvain, our hosts for this fabulous stage. Loads of marvellous single-track riding traversing the Northern foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains.

Herold is adjacent some of the best kept secrets in mountain biking – tracks so lovingly built and kept by the passionate people at Louvain. You will be blown away by this short and rewarding day in the saddle.

START:  Van Kervel High School, George

FINISH: Louvain Guest Farm, Herold.

Distance 76 km

Vertical ascent 1790 meters

Stage 4 #KammanassieKanon

Route Profile - 2019_Stage4 Adventure-01

We have an absolute treat in store for you on stage 4 – Kammanassie is back! Don’t be fooled by the 101km’s of distance, you will need all your  ability to propel your bike over the nearly 2000 meters of climbing on this day. A very steep approach to this  infamous  mountain leads riders into arguably the most desolate and scenic section of this year’s race, the valley through the Kammanassie Mountains.

Awe-inspiring cliffs, white-knuckle descents and vertigo-inducing climbs are the order of the day as we follow a lush path cut through the mountains by the Dryland team. Reaching the top you will be rewarded with a view that stretches to the horizon – with the finish in sights. This Pioneering gateway to the Karoo, the Kammanassie lies nestled below, as riders descend towards De Rust and the exit of the valley

The change in climate and terrain is evident as we enter the arid desert like Karoo; riders approach Oudtshoorn from a different angle as we find our way towards Langenhoven Gymnasium, our hosts for the next couple of days.

START:  Louvain Guest Farm, Herold.

FINISH:  Langenhoven Gimnasium, Oudtshoorn

Distance 101 km

Vertical ascent 1950 meters

Stage 5 #SwartbergShowdown

Route Profiles - 2019_Stage 5-01

This stage will have to stay, even though rated as the 2nd hardest in 2018 it was also praised as the best one. The mighty Swartberg Mountain was not accommodating in 2018, only allowing a handful of riders to the top in the treacherous and extreme weather. The queen stage will again be challenging, but those views make up for the effort. It will elevate riders more than 2000 meters vertically finishing at close to 2000m above the sea.

This stage leaves Oudtshoorn in an Easterly direction negotiating the foothills of this great mountain as riders slowly find their way to the top. The final 8km is straight up to the best finish of any mountain bike race – the World Heritage site of Swartberg Mountain welcomes each and every one to its beauty and splendour.

The overall yellow and pink jersey wearers should be decided here, tomorrow is Champagne day!

START:  Langenhoven Gimnasium, Oudtshoorn

FINISH: Swartberg Mountain, Oudtshoorn

Distance 84km

Vertical ascent 2200 meters

Stage 6 #ChandelierChampagne

Route Profiles - 2019_Stage 6-01

After a well-rested night, the final day sees a start at Chandelier Game Reserve, home to another famous Dryland race, the Momentum Health Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen. This day will definitely start with some game viewing as giraffe or eland cross the valleys and plains of this exquisite reserve.

It is all about having fun and celebrating the achievements of the week gone by, 60 km of jeep-track up, single-track down! A fast race to the finish at the Queens Hotel caps a brilliant week in the saddle – until 2020.

START:  Langenhoven Gimnasium, Oudtshoorn

FINISH: Queens Hotel, Oudtshoorn

Distance 65 km

Vertical ascent 1150 meters


Adventure solo entry: TBC

Adventure Luxury tent upgrade for FOUR days: TBC (sleeps 2 people) / TBC (sleeps 1 person)

Adventure Supporter package: TBC


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