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The Recce Mission (including Jammie routes) follows an unmarked route along the Eastern escarpment, the Kwena Basin and the Highlands of Mpumalanga.
The surface of the MTB routes is mostly farm (including single, 2-spoor, cattle and Jeep track), plantation and secondary district roads that are not well maintained and that are isolated. The trail run routes are mostly mountain and river paths, while Trail Mission warriors will have to CONQUER up to 6 gorges on this route.
The following Recce Mission information will be issued in electronic format one week before D-Day:
RZ, TBs, CPs and OPs
Helmet: No Helmet, No MTB Mission
GPS device: Navigational unit with spare batteries or battery pack to ensure participants can navigate the entire Mission and Jammie routes.
Mobile phone: Charged and preferably not to be used for Strava unless you have a back-up battery or charger
Race numbers & passport: Issued number plate attached to front of bicycle for MTB Mission and Dual Mission, issued bib number attached on front of shirt for Trail Mission and Dual Mission, as well as Recce Mission and Jammie race passports used at CPs and/or OPs
Lights: Spot lights on head / helmet or on MTB handlebar for all Recce Mission and Jammie events, and red tail light at back of MTB for all MTB Mission and Jammie events. Both the spot light and tail lights are to be used from sunset to sunrise, while these might also be required during day time due to heavy fog at the high altitudes about 2000 m ASL.
Water bottles: Each rider and trail runner should carry at least two water bottles – depending on your route decisions riders and trail runners might have to go for several hours without any water re-supply zones. Riders and trail runners should however not dehydrate along the route as virtually every creek and fountain is flowing along the entire route with some of the best, purest and cleanest water available in the country.
Compulsory gear includes the following items:
Weather protection: Light weight windproof jacket or a space blanket is required for the Recce Mission and Jammie events. Most areas are very remote with no GSM coverage, especially the night time sections. If riders or trail runners require medical attention or assistance it might take some time for medics to reach them.
Other gear: All the necessary bicycle spares, money or Credit Card for purchasing spares at the Temporary Base mechanical support stations, warm or protective gear for night riding and trail running, extra spot light or headlight batteries, dry clothing and other stuff that you might need to survive the Recce Mission.
Riders and trail runners should not make a linear extrapolation of the expected time that it will take them to cover the Recce Mission or the Jammie routes based on the projected route distance. Expect to be out on the route most of the night and ensure you are adequately equipped to survive the Recce Mission!
Route Instructions & Safety:
Forts / Water Points & Check Points:
GPX files and rout info will be emailed individually to all Rouleurs, Mission and Jammie participants.
Mission Route Maps 2019 - gallery/recce_a2.pdf
Jammie & Light Duty Route Maps 2019 - gallery/recce_a2_short.pdf
Electronic Route Maps:
Rouleurs, Mission and Jammie GPX files will be emailed individually to all participants