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MTB Challenge

The Orange River offers incredible mountain biking terrain with stunning scenery, rolling hills and river bush all set against the contrast of the daunting bo karoo. With the regulations regarding Covid-19 putting a stop to most races, a new racing concept was born.


We know each race claims to be unique, we also have game, climbs, great support teams, basically all the bells and whistles you would expect from a luxury lodge hosting a cycling event on a 10 000ha private game farm, but this one is truly different, shaped by the unique requirements posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The challenge will stretch from March to September. Only teams of two cyclists will be allowed to enter. 11 Separate races of 6 teams each is planned, the 6 teams with the fastest times will qualify for the final race on 24-26 September. You and your cycling friends choose an available date in March/April/August or September that suits you, stay away from the crowds, but still have a great and challenging race!

Available slots: March 11-14, 18-21, 25-28                     April 15-18, 22-25, 29-2                   

                           August 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 26-29            September 2-5     

                           Final: 23-26 September

STAGE 1 (Saaidam)
Distance: 56 km

Vertical ascent: 655m

Water points: 14km   29km   42km

This stage is a combination of the Gkhui Gkhui black route and our 15km cross country route. From the lodge it’s an easy and familiar start up and away from the river, it does not take long to get into some hills with a couple of technical climbs and a bit of single-track fun. There is numerous game species around and the route takes you through their varying habitat. Once you get close to the river again, the route takes you over several hills with some fun downhills. The last 15km is more technical and all single track on our great cross-country route. Once you are in the tree canopy of the river, the finish is only 800m away!     

STAGE 2 (Renekespan)
Distance: 58 km

Vertical ascent: 355m

Water points: 16km   31km    43km   

Don’t be fooled by the lack of ascent, this one is a long scorcher a true endurance day.  The route starts with a gravel road, through the game farm Saaidam towards the R369 with a constant climb as you move away from the river. Once you enter Renekespan, you enter the home turf of our national antelope, the Springbuck. Expect long flat sections, with circle routes around two salt pans, and then the gradual decent back towards the river via Elandsdraai.

STAGE 3 (Elandsdraai)
Distance: 44km

Vertical ascent: 605m

Water points: 12km    25km    35km

Elandsdraai was named after the Cape Eland that to this day inhabits the hills of the on the property. From Gkhui Gkhui River Lodge the route follows the jeep tracks into the heart of the habitat of the biggest antelope found in Africa. Expect plenty of hills, speedy flat sections through bo karoo vegetation before turning back towards the Orange River. Enjoy the view from the famous red cliffs and then tackle the final stretch through river bush, a technical section and then the final decent down to the lodge.  



Gkhui Gkhui River Lodge is renowned for its high end karoo cuisine, for the race we will adapt our menus for the special energy requirements of cyclists, but with the same great taste and quality. If you have vegetarian or halaal requirements, please let us know in advance to enable us to prepare appropriately.

Meal times are as follows:

Day 1:                                    

Dinner            18:30-20:00  

Day 2:

Breakfast         5:30-6:30       Lunch             12:30-14:30      Dinner            18:30-20:00

Day 3:

Breakfast         5:30-6:30       Lunch             12:30-14:30      Dinner            18:30-20:00

Day 4:

Breakfast         5:30-6:30       Lunch             12:30-14:30

On Route

There are several water points on route (check the details of each stage for distance between these points) where several energy drinks, water energy bars and snacks will be available.

Water and Beverages

There is a water dispenser in the main lounge area with purified water that you can utilize for free, all other beverages are available from the bar or your mini bar on an honesty bar system.


It is essential that cyclists compete with a well serviced bicycle, it is advised that you visit your local cycle shop to assist with the necessary service. It is further advised that you carry, brake pads, a master link, tubes and a replaceable dropout.

Bike and Suspension Services

 A mobile service station with technical staff will be at the lodge. The cost for these services will be available soon.

Bike Wash

A bike rinse down service is available at the lodge, please note this is only a rinse down service. A daily cost of R 50 per rinse applies.


Package 1

R 6 200 pps (3 nights)


·         Accommodation           ·         9x meals

·         Race entry                    ·         All drinks and food at water points and water from water point in lodge

·         Race hamper                ·         First Accent official jacket


·         Travel to venue                                ·         Snacks       

·         Soft drinks and bottled water           ·         Bike service and cleaning

·         Gratuities                                         ·         Personal expenses

·         Alcoholic beverages

Package 2

R 7 500 pp (4 nights)


·         Accommodation                ·         12x meals

·         Race entry                         ·         All drinks and food at water points and water from water point in lodge

·         Race hamper                     ·         First Accent official jacket


·         Travel to venue                                ·         Snacks       

·         Soft drinks and bottled water           ·         Bike service and cleaning

·         Gratuities                                         ·         Personal expenses

·         Alcoholic beverages


• Cell phone with all the emergency numbers handed our on race registration;
• Spare tubes;
• Replacement derailleur hanger;
• Brake pads;
• Replaceable dropout;
• Inflation device;
• Multitool;
• Personal race food and drinks


We know that a race can take your body to the limits. The massage team of Mind Mood Day Spa will be ready to assist with a half hour or 1-hour sports massage package.

Half-hour: R 300        1-Hour: R 450

There will be a bio kinetic available for all your strapping requirements.   

Details coming soon.