Gear up for the Merrell Transkei Tuff adventure race on the Wild Coast

Posted by Ilhaam Hoosain on 23 June 2022

The Merrell Transkei Tuff adventure race kicks off on 30 July for an epic competition on the Wild Coast.

Teams from all over South Africa will take on the 100km adventure race in pursuit of winning an entry into the Finale of the 2022 ARWS (Adventure Race World Series) – Africa Circuit. The winner of the Final will receive a free entry into the Adventure Racing World Championship, which will take place in Kouga 2023.

Gear up for the Merrell Transkei Tuff adventure race on the Wild Coast

READ: South Africa to host 2023 Adventure Racing World Championships

Teams will be self-navigating the race with a compass and map, taking in the sights like Mthatha Mouth, Mdumbi River and Hole-in-the-Wall.

This is the sixth edition of the annual event that combines several disciplines for the ultimate adventure.

Each discipline is broken down into various stages throughout the race: mountain biking for 61km, trail running and trekking for 27km and kayaking for 12km. Other disciplines include abseiling (into a cave), kloofing (canyoning), coasteering and orienteering.

‘A driving force for creating this race is to offer a platform that shows off this special region to the world. What better way to experience the culture, landmarks, people, and sheer beauty of the Wild Coast than through an adventure like this?’ says co-founder Bruce Viaene.

Gear up for the Merrell Transkei Tuff adventure race on the Wild Coast

Covid-19 has taken its toll on the communities that needs tourism to thrive. This is a race of community inclusion and involve local entrepreneurs, guides, artists and restaurants along the way.

‘It’s a big opportunity for our business. Since Covid came, we still have many challenges facing us,’ says owner of Mdumbi Kayaks, Notshana Rwandiso.

To join an existing team or create a new team, contact [email protected] .

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Pictures: Supplied


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