The Trans Drakensberg was conceptualised by Gerrie Steenkamp and Mark de Oliveira, who for many years trained in the remote surroundings of the “Little Drakensberg”, the Trans Drak Extreme Mountain Bike Race started in 2011 with 67 riders participating in the very first race.
The positive feedback received from experienced participants prompted the organisers, Tintwa Team, to make the race an annual event. Currently in its fifth year, the race has started to attract more and more riders. Rider participation increased steadily over the years to 211 in 2016.
The TransDrak has, since its inception, focused on giving back to the surrounding communities in a meaningful way. One of the main aims of this event is to engage in community development programmes, aimed at improving infrastructure at schools in this area. Beneficiaries since 2011 include:
- Mphophomo Intermediate School – Upgrade of the water supply facilities
- Eboyeni Primary School – Toilet facilities were built
- N3TC Khanyisile Community Trust – Financial contributions were made during 2013-2015 and a donation will be made towards the building of a kitchen at Remington Primary School for 2016