Saturday, 2 October 2010

A Baviaanskloof Biathlon anyone?

Fancy a 40 km run on the Saturday and 100 km cycle the next day through some of South Africa’s most amazing scenery?

Baviaanskloof Trail Run will be held on the Saturday 17th September 2011. The race is for seriously adventurous trail runners, starting and finishing at Geelhoutbos in the Baviaanskloof. The route covers extremely harsh, rugged and unforgiving terrain through areas inhabited by wildlife such as buffalo, rhino, baboons and cobras. Runners are expected to be able to look after themselves i.e. no sexy girls in shorts at watering points along the way. The run reaches 1122m asl with a cumulative climb of over 1400m. For more info visit

In some ways this makes the cycle race look easy!

The Karoo to Coast or K2K is a 100km mountain bike challenge from Uniondale in the Klein Karoo, through the picturesque Prince Alfred’s Pass to Knysna – the later being rated as one of the top 100 destinations in the world by tripadvisor. Although the total ascent is 1800m, the majority of the race is downhill.

And its all for a good cause – entrance fees and sponsorship from the 2500 riders of the 2010 event went to the Sightfirst Project (1450 people have had their sight restored from proceeds of this event) through Lions International. For more info visit

We’d like to point out that Blue Hill Escape is ideally positioned to take in both of these events – but you’ll have to book early as accommodation is at a premium, especially for the K2K.

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