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Ry hom kwagga!

16 to 18 December 2022

About the Event

Ry Hom Kwagga is a mountain bike event with a twist. It is 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 distances are completely non technical.  The longer distance has a bit more “technical” riding and suitable for those that can manage a blue graded trail.  Every stage has two distances to choose from.

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

The event and how it works:

You can enter for both stages and get a free entry for another day’s riding or just enter for one stage.

Stage One:  77km with 1159m ascent

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                  53km with 644m ascent

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Stage Two:  76km with 1030m ascent (only gpx file not marked)

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                  57km with 669m ascent

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Start for all distances: 7am

Where To Enter

Entries open 1st July

Cost:  R1000

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 longer stages has technical, rocky climbs and descents. Both the short and the long stages 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 short stages are non technical with very well maintained jeep tracks and truly this is one of those amazing rides.  Lots to see and nothing to worry about.

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

Extra:

Die Leeuloop is an optional 4km 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