In its short 6 year existence the Tankwa Trek has quickly become one of the premier race events on the South African Mountain Bike landscape. Its position on the calendar and the terrain it covers makes it the perfect lead up event to the Cape Epic which comes only a month later. Consequently many teams test their form, partnership and equipment at the Tankwa Trek making for some of the hardest and fastest 3 days of racing all year.
However, if you think the Tankwa Trek is merely a training race or warm up event you will be sorely mistaken as the available UCI points and the all important bragging rights are well worth fighting for. Race organizers Dryland also ensure that every competitor’s experience at the race is one not soon to be forgotten with a spectacular race village at Kaleo guest farm and all the hospitality that has become synonymous with their events.
Yolandi teamed up with her Epic partner, Gus Klöhn, for the event as they put the finishing touches on their partnership. Day 1 was testing for them as a mechanical issue forced them to race well within their limits, but they bounced back strongly continually improving with each stage and even hitting the Mixed Category podium on the final day and finishing 4th overall after 3 days of hard racing in the Koue Bokkeveld.
I teamed up with the inimitable Jan Withaar who for the lac
k of a better description has been racing as a privateer for the last 3 years since moving on from his job as an engineer. We had a few badly timed mishaps which ended up costing us some energy, but we made the most of every situation racing consistently even if at our very limits and always focussed on teamwork. After 3 days we squeezed into the top 10 finishing in 8th place amongst some of the biggest names in the sport.
Next up for #TeamGarminMTB is the MTO White River Trail launch followed by our Garmin Outride in the lead up to the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Until then, happy trails!