Frequently Asked Questions

Q: CAN I CAMP?

Q: CAN I CAMP?

Q: CAN I CAMP?

A: Yes, camping at Augrabies National Park is available with power points and clean ablutions.

Q. DO I NEED TO CARRY ALL MY FOOD AND WATER DURING THE RACE EACH DAY?

Q. DO I NEED TO CARRY ALL MY FOOD AND WATER DURING THE RACE EACH DAY?

Q. DO I NEED TO CARRY ALL MY FOOD AND WATER DURING THE RACE EACH DAY?

A: Water points and feeding zones will be provided. There will be stages where it is possible to buy food and drinks in the villages on route.

Q: I AM TRAVELLING TO/FROM UPINGTON BY PLANE AND WILL HAVE A BIKE BOX/BAG TO TRANSPORT MY BIKE. WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DURING THE RACE?

Q: I AM TRAVELLING TO/FROM UPINGTON BY PLANE AND WILL HAVE A BIKE BOX/BAG TO TRANSPORT MY BIKE. WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DURING THE RACE?

Q: I AM TRAVELLING TO/FROM UPINGTON BY PLANE AND WILL HAVE A BIKE BOX/BAG TO TRANSPORT MY BIKE. WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DURING THE RACE?

A: Keep safe at the organisers at Augrabies Falls, or alternatively lock it in your chalet at Augrabies Falls National Park.

Q: IN THE RACE REGULATIONS IT SAYS I MUST HAVE A MOBILE PHONE AND IT MUST ALWAYS BE SWITCHED ON, BUT I DON’T WANT TO USE ROAMING ALL WEEK.

Q:  IN THE RACE REGULATIONS IT SAYS I MUST HAVE A MOBILE PHONE AND IT MUST ALWAYS BE SWITCHED ON, BUT I DON’T WANT TO USE ROAMING ALL WEEK.

Q: IN THE RACE REGULATIONS IT SAYS I MUST HAVE A MOBILE PHONE AND IT MUST ALWAYS BE SWITCHED ON, BUT I DON’T WANT TO USE ROAMING ALL WEEK.

A: We ask riders to always have their phone switched on for security reasons. We will never call a participant unless we have an emergency. Many international racers opt to buy a South African SIM card for their phone during the race to avoid the cost of roaming.

Q: DO I NEED TO BOOK MY OWN HOTEL EACH NIGHT?

Q: DO I NEED TO BOOK MY OWN HOTEL EACH NIGHT?

Q: DO I NEED TO BOOK MY OWN HOTEL EACH NIGHT?

A: Yes, booking options are on our website. The best option is at Augrabies National Park, they have discounted prices for the weekend there.

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO DO ABOUT MY BREAKFAST/EVENING MEAL?

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO DO ABOUT MY BREAKFAST/EVENING MEAL?

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO DO ABOUT MY BREAKFAST/EVENING MEAL?

A: Booking of all meals on Race Application Form

Q: DO I HAVE TO CARRY ANY SPARE PARTS WITH ME?

Q: DO I HAVE TO CARRY ANY SPARE PARTS WITH ME?

Q: DO I HAVE TO CARRY ANY SPARE PARTS WITH ME?

A: We will try to make available, for eventual repairs, the widest variety of bike components. Nevertheless it will not be possible to ensure that we carry stock of every single part, considering the variety of bikes and different components present in the race. Having said that, we strongly advise participants to bring some of the more specific components for their own bikes such as: rear suspension repair kits; rear dropouts; seat post clamps and any “not-so-common” parts. We stock a large amount of brake pads, but it’s always a good idea to bring some of your own. Needless to say some of the most important bits should be carried with you during the stages (brake pads, dropouts, etc...), the rest you can leave in your bag.

Q: IS THERE ANY KIND OF MECHANICAL SUPPORT DURING THE RACE?

Q: IS THERE ANY KIND OF MECHANICAL SUPPORT DURING THE RACE?

Q: IS THERE ANY KIND OF MECHANICAL SUPPORT DURING THE RACE?

A: Yes. The organization of the Trans Augrabies will have a mechanical team at the end of each stage to give support to the bikes. Also during the course of every stage, among the athletes there will be a staff rider with mechanical skills and a 4x4 vehicle to assist if necessary. Please remember that if you request assistance to the organization during the stage you will suffer time penalties (check the rules carefully).

Q: DO I HAVE TO USE A GPS IN THE TRANSAUGRABIES?

Q: DO I HAVE TO USE A GPS IN THE TRANSAUGRABIES?

Q: DO I HAVE TO USE A GPS IN THE TRANSAUGRABIES?

A: No, the route is marked, but can be sent via Strava if requested.

Q: I AM ONLY INTERESTED IN RIDING ONE STAGE, WHICH ONE WOULD YOU RECOMMEND?

Q: I AM TRAVELLING TO/FROM UPINGTON BY PLANE AND WILL HAVE A BIKE BOX/BAG TO TRANSPORT MY BIKE. WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DURING THE RACE? (2)

Q: I AM TRAVELLING TO/FROM UPINGTON BY PLANE AND WILL HAVE A BIKE BOX/BAG TO TRANSPORT MY BIKE. WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DURING THE RACE? (2)

Q: I AM TRAVELLING TO/FROM UPINGTON BY PLANE AND WILL HAVE A BIKE BOX/BAG TO TRANSPORT MY BIKE. WHAT CAN I DO WITH THIS DURING THE RACE? (2)

A: Keep safe at the organisers at Augrabies Falls, or alternatively lock it in your chalet at Augrabies Falls National Park.

Q: WHAT KIND OF LUGGAGE SHOULD I BRING?

Q: WHAT KIND OF LUGGAGE SHOULD I BRING?

Q: WHAT KIND OF LUGGAGE SHOULD I BRING?

A: Race kit and casual wear.

Q: CAN I TRAVEL WITH MY CARAVAN?

Q:   CAN I TRAVEL WITH MY CARAVAN?

Q: CAN I TRAVEL WITH MY CARAVAN?

A: Yes, Augrabies National Park has a well- kept caravan park, please visit their website for more information.

Q: WHICH TIRES DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Q: WHICH TIRES DO YOU RECOMMEND?

Q: WHICH TIRES DO YOU RECOMMEND?

A: The Trans Augrabies Race course has a wide variety of terrain. From loose rocks paths alternating with fast rolling dirt roads, and some technical single-tracks, we have it all! An all terrain tire would be the best option although the choice must be made according to each rider’s riding technique and race objectives. Proper tubeless tires with a glycol base self-sealant liquid are a “must have” and are in fact a much better option to the tubeless ready tires with latex based self-sealant. The latter being a much lighter setup but is only recommended to light riders who have good riding skills.

Q: WHICH MEALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FEE?

Q: WHICH MEALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FEE?

Q: WHICH MEALS ARE INCLUDED IN THE FEE?

A: None, all meals are optional. Please see our website, the ‘meals’ option is on the entry form.

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO CARRY DURING EACH STAGE?

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO CARRY DURING EACH STAGE?

Q: WHAT DO I NEED TO CARRY DURING EACH STAGE?

A: Everything you will need during that stage. In the majority of the days the course does not pass through but tiny villages where you won’t normally find anything to suit your immediate needs, so you should have everything you need with you right from the Start.

Q: CAN I BUY REPLACEMENT PARTS DURING THE RACE?

Q: CAN I BUY REPLACEMENT PARTS DURING THE RACE?

Q: CAN I BUY REPLACEMENT PARTS DURING THE RACE?

A: Yes. We’ll have an official race shop every day at the end of each stage where you can buy some components/accessories as well as nutrition products. Here is a list of what can be bought locally:

  • Chain lube
  • Tubes
  • Tires
  • Patching kits
  • Pumps
  • CO2 cartridges
  • Tire sealant
  • Nutrition bars and gels
  • Recovery / isotonic drinks
  • Nappy cream
  • Etc

Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THAT SERVICE?

Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THAT SERVICE?

Q: WHAT IS THE COST OF THAT SERVICE?

A: Rider pays for all parts and service, as it is a private bike shop providing the service.

Q: WHAT IS THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE DURING THE RACE?

Q: WHAT  IS THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE DURING THE RACE?

Q: WHAT IS THE WEATHER GOING TO BE LIKE DURING THE RACE?

A: Cold in the morning for an hour or two, but normally heats up during the day, temperatures can climb to lower thirties.

Q: IS IT EASY TO FIND ATM MACHINES IN THE PLACES WE STAY DURING THE RACE?

Q: WHEN AND HOW CAN I REGISTER?

Q: WHEN AND HOW CAN I REGISTER?

Q: WHEN AND HOW CAN I REGISTER?

A: Registration is open until all race slots have been filled or the roster has been finalised. To register, simply use our online registration platform to log your details, order meals, make payment and manage your orders and race history.

Q: IS THERE A PERMANENT PARKING LOT WHERE I CAN LEAVE MY CAR DURING THE RACE?

Q:  IS THERE A PERMANENT PARKING LOT WHERE I CAN LEAVE MY CAR DURING THE RACE?

Q: IS THERE A PERMANENT PARKING LOT WHERE I CAN LEAVE MY CAR DURING THE RACE?

A: Yes, there is a car park at the Augrabies Falls Park.

Q: SHOULD I BRING SPARE PARTS FOR MY BIKE?

Q: SHOULD I BRING SPARE PARTS FOR MY BIKE?

Q: SHOULD I BRING SPARE PARTS FOR MY BIKE?

A: No and Yes. We will set up a repair facility close to the finish line each day. We will have most of the common spare parts for bikes like tires, tubes, cables, chains, chain rings, cassettes, wheels, spokes, brake pads, handlebars, headsets, grips, saddles, seat posts (common sizes), disc brake rotors (common sizes and bolt patterns), derailleurs, pedals, front suspension forks and several other minor things. We will not carry any specific spares for rear suspension bikes, like shock absorbers, bushes, bearings etc.

Q: I AM PLANNING ON TAKING MY LAPTOP WITH ME, WILL THERE BE AN INTERNET CONNECTION IN THE HOTELS WE ARE STAYING AT?

 Q: I AM PLANNING ON TAKING MY LAPTOP WITH ME, WILL THERE BE AN INTERNET CONNECTION IN THE HOTELS WE ARE STAYING AT?

Q: I AM PLANNING ON TAKING MY LAPTOP WITH ME, WILL THERE BE AN INTERNET CONNECTION IN THE HOTELS WE ARE STAYING AT?

A: Yes, in most of the accommodation facilities there is either free or paid wifi, or internet access booths in the lobby.

Q: ON WHAT DAY AND AT WHAT TIME WILL WE TRAVEL FROM AUGRABIES TO VERGELEGEN?

Q: ON WHAT DAY AND AT WHAT TIME WILL WE TRAVEL FROM AUGRABIES TO VERGELEGEN?

Q: ON WHAT DAY AND AT WHAT TIME WILL WE TRAVEL FROM AUGRABIES TO VERGELEGEN?

A: The Sunday morning. Time will be given on Saturday night during the race briefing.

Q: HOW CAN I GET FROM UPINGTON TO AUGRABIES PARK ?

Q: HOW CAN I GET FROM UPINGTON TO AUGRABIES PARK ?

Q: HOW CAN I GET FROM UPINGTON TO AUGRABIES PARK ?

Follow the N14 to Kakamas (81 km). Stay on N14 for 8km and take the R 359 (Right turn) towards

Augrabies  Falls  (29 km).

Alternatively visit :  www.distancefrom.com  This site is great for travel reference.

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