The 2021 Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen is set to take place on Saturday, 16 January next year. Entries to the of The Hell of the South open at midday tomorrow and early bird entrants, until midnight on the 31st of March, will receive 15% in value back to celebrate the 15th edition.
For many, the event needs no introduction. It is a mainstay of the South African mountain biking calendar and the traditional season opener. For riders interested in taking on the Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen for the first time in 2021, however, the race is a 121-kilometre UCI categorised ultra-marathon. It forms part of the UCI Marathon World Series and crosses four distinct biomes on its route from the Klein Karoo to the coast. Starting among the ostriches and giraffe in Chandelier Game Reserve the route traverses arid Karoo terrain for nearly 50 kilometres before entering the high mountains of the Attakwaskloof. Once out of the kloof and into the southern foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains pine plantations provide shelter from the sun. The final 40 kilometres follow rolling roads, which descend to near sea level for river crossings, before climbing again to the fertile plateau which stretches from the coast to the mountains.
To enter the 2021 Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen, or to find out more about the famous race, visit www.atta.co.za. Entries for next year’s race open at 12:00, South African time, on Wednesday 27 February.
It is remarkable to reflect that the inaugural Momentum Medical Scheme Attakwas Extreme presented by Biogen had less than 200 riders on the start line. 15 years on 1 200 riders are expected to enter. Photo by ZC Marketing Consulting.