Regulations / Conditions

  • Solo riders are not accepted. Riders under 16 years are not accepted
  • Teams must comprise 2 or 3 riders. Larger groups may ride together but teams must be split up in advance
  • Teams have to stay together and members ride within 1 minute of each other. Checkpoints will be enforced
  • Each team must have a second or driver. Please contact the Organising Committee if your team requires, and is willing to pay for, a service provider for seconding
  • The last person to cross the finish line in each team will determine the overall time of that team
  • To obtain an event placing, at least two members of that team must complete the whole event
  • All competitors and seconds/drivers must attend daily briefings
  • All competitors must follow the route on their GPS. No deviations allowed
  • The entry/indemnity form must be signed and handed in to the organisers upon registration
  • There will be no medical team following up. Please note that any medical costs, including evacuations, are for the competitors account and not the organisers
  • Helmets are compulsory
  • Competitors must carry extra water & snacks on the ride
  • All teams will conduct themselves in a sportsmanship like manner throughout the event
  • The organisers reserve the right at their discretion to disqualify, bar or refuse participation of any competitor
  • Compulsory Kit for all Riders

    The Event Director reserves the right to conduct spot checks and to disallow any rider from starting, or continuing, without the required essentials, which are:


  1. Mountain Bike in roadworthy condition
  2. No helmet no ride
  3. GPS (Garmin preferred) with the route loaded. There are NO markings along the route, a GPS is essential
  4. Spare batteries or power-bank for GPS to last the entire challenge as charging facilities are limited
  5. Cell phone, fully charged and with air time. Please note there is limited cell phone network coverage in the Matobo Hills.  Ask local people where the nearest signal is
  6. Repair Kit to include: tyre pump, tubes, puncture repair kit, chain break, quick links, spare hanger, multi-tool, tyre levers. Tubeless tyres are highly recommended
  7. Whistle
  8. Water, minimum of a litre per hour, subject to water points. Recommend camel-back or two 750ml bottles of energy drink or water
  9. Sufficient specialised food on the ride. There will be some food at the main water points
  10. ID card, Medical Aid card and some cash, US$10 (for emergency transport)
  11. First Aid Kit consisting of foil survival blanket, three (3) wound dressings, plasters, anti-inflammatory tablets, pain relief tablets, tweezers
  12. Towel and Bedding (e.g. pillow and sleeping bag). Tents and Mattresses will be provided
  13. Recommended extra kit: Sun block, mosquito repellent, folding chair
  14. Optional kit: Camera or helmet-cam