Trans Drak Mini 2017 145kmThe route for the Mini race
The Trans Drak Mini also has a new route for 2017. Based on the feedback we received from last year’s entrants we have made the route a circular one with start and finish at Appin Guest Farm. Another notable change is some brand new single track that has been added to the route.
Previous riders will recognise some of the route but this time we will be doing it in the reverse direction. The route is a total of 145km with an ascent of 2316m.
Click the download button above to download a gpx file of the route.
The Mini event will start half an hour after the longer race at Appin Guest Farm near Swinburne and close to the N3 highway. The route head towards Swinburne and turns left before the railway road onto a district road towards Middledale Pass and Geluksburg. Support vehicles will be following the same route. Please note no support will be allowed on the route, only at designated Checkpoints and Waterstations.
Where the Lost Valley starts in the Tintwa mountain region, Checkpoint 2 will be settled under a 100 year old oak tree at 22km. Here, riders will experience real farmer’s hospitality before enjoying the fast Middledale Pass descent. Caution should be taken as speeds of up to 80km/h may be reached down Middledale Pass.
Riders will ride all the way past Geluksburg towards farm Kromelmboog which is owned by Hannes & Stefanie Bester, and Checkpoint 3 at 48km will be ticked off.
From here riders will follow a smooth district road (hopefully with the wind behind their backs) towards the “Biltong Padstal” next to the N3 highway. After crossing the Sand River steel bridge riders will turn right, under a river bridge, under the N3 towards Checkpoint 4, on Brett Pringle’s farm homestead at 77km. Here riders will link up for the first time with their support, preparing for the big climb of the day. This is a good place for the slower riders to gear up their night equipment at this point.
The big climb starts and links up to a railway service road with a left turn off towards Msonti Caves with a short steep climb of 1km will have riders ticking “I’ve conquered Msonti” off on their bucket list. At 96km there is a well-deserved Waterpoint 1 at Msonti Caves, with some hot beverages to refuel before the last part of the climb up De Beers Pass. From the caves a 4km farm jeep track takes riders to de Beers Pass with a steep 500m climb on tar road followed by a 3km tar flat section before heading back onto district farm road.
At 111km, Waterpoint 2, close to Oaklands Country Manor, will be where riders can once again meet up with their supporters.
From here riders will head towards Waterpoint 3 following district farm roads Riverview Country Inn which is at 142km, and the last chance to meet up with their supporters. Support vehicles will be allowed to escort cyclists to the finish if they wish to do so. Arriving at Appin Guest Farm the finish awaits riders with free hamburgers and coffee. Beer will be also be available at the FINISH. 147km.
Support vehicles are NOT allowed to support on the road during the event and can only support riders at the designated Checkpoints and Waterpoints. (On the road support, will result in riders being disqualified immediately). Supporters is not allowed to support at any other than, Checkpoint 4, Water point 2 and at Water point 3.
Click the download button above to see the GPS routes for support vehicles.
The same road will be used by the support vehicles for both the Trans Drak Main race and the Mini race.