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Ry hom kwagga!

23 October 2022

About the Event

Ry Hom Kwagga is a new one day mountain bike challenge set in the Agterveld region, Montagu, Touwsriver area.  This is the Klein Karoo at it’s best, vast expanses, clean air, the sound and smells of the veld, stars so close you can almost touch it. Look further and expand your horizons, this allows you to breathe and dream again.

This event is just a fun mountain bike event featuring great trails.  The trails traverses 7 farms most of which is still practices full time farming with guest accommodation and expanding on mountain bike and hiking trails.

The trails are 80% good jeep track and the shorter distance is completely non technical.  The longer distance has a bit more tricky riding and suitable for those that can manage a blue graded trail.

This event has two distances to choose from, your longer distance will include some technical terrain while the shorter distances are just great riding, jeep track that is in good condition.

The trails we chose for this event runs through farms ranging from cattle to sheep but with an outlook of hospitality and bringing nature back into balance.  On one of the farms, Middelberg Guest Farm you might spot the Kwaggas and if you look closely you will see stripes disappearing from the back side like the original Quagga.

E Bikes are welcome!

Area

Over the last 20 years this area has gone from sheep farming to guest farms and the game has moved into our area by themselves: gemsbuck, eland, kudu, wildebeest and of course the Quagga/Kwagga has been here, also many of smaller game species

Long Stage: 86km with 856m ascent

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              55km with 507m ascent

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Timing done by Great-Time

Start for all distances: 8am

Where To Enter

Entries open 10 January 2022

Cost:  R450 & R500 with an option for a spitbraai meal ticket for those arriving the day before + an additional ride on Driekuilen. Watch short videos here.

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The reason for the name

We are passionate about keeping history alive and therefore the name Kwagga brings back memories and educates about the animals of the Klein Karoo. 

History

It has been historically suggested that the name Quagga is derived from the Khoikhoi word for zebra, thereby being an onomatopoeic word.  This means it resembs the Quagga’s call, variously transcribed as “kwa-ha-ha”, “kwahaah”, or “oug-ga”. The name is still used colloquially for the plains zebra. 

The Quagga was originally classified as a distinct species, Equus quagga, in 1778 by Dutch naturalist Pieter Boddaert. They were once found in great numbers in the Karoo of Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State in South Africa.   You probably have heard about the Quagga Project where they have successfully “bred them back”

Route Description

This 86km stage has technical, rocky climbs and descents. Both the short and the long stage starts with gravel road section to warm up the legs before turning off into jeep track, from here you climb a very gradual climb up to the highest point for the short route via a typical Karoo ridge.

The 54km stage is a non technical route with a very well maintained jeep track and truly this is one of those amazing rides.  Lots to see and nothing to worry about.

The veld is stunning on this cattle and horse farm and the track is truly just leka to ride.

Where the short and long route split, the long route goes into a sheep farm with mixed terrain, some rocky climbs that will test your fitness as well as skills and then also some jeep track in good condition.

The shorter option makes it way back to the start venue via the gravel road, for those that that feels inclined there is an alternative option home via Kopbeenskloof, (joining the long route again on the last 5km’s)  it will add another 5km’s to your distance.  The shorter route is specifically chosen for riders that doesn’t like technical riding, seeing that we had so many requests this is for you.

Extra:

Die Leeuloop is a single track section on Leeuwenboschfontein, that is available for those who loves to challenge themselves, red route grading.

See short video clip

Venue & Accommodation

Venue

We are using Leeuwenboschfontein as venue for the Start/Finish for this event.  You are however free to book on any guest farm in the vicinity as we are spoiled for choice in a radius of 12km’s from the Start/Finish area.

Observatory

for those interested there is an observatory on the guest farm should you want to book a sight.  

List of Accommodation

Please support the farms that are making this event possible first, without land access there will be no events.

Follow the link to Google Maps for Accommodation listing in the area