Standard Tented Accommodation Packages


3 Days of unbelievable mountain biking in the heart of Gauteng traversing the amazing tracks of the Cradle of Humankind.

3 Nights’ accommodation.

2 Man tent and mattress per person.

Access to exclusive areas including the renowned Avianto Lifestyle Estate.

9 Scrumptious meals, including dinner on Thursday evening pre-race and a prize giving lunch on the Sunday post-race.

Vegetarian options available.

Nutritional needs of the riders are kept in mind.

Race entertainment and daily prize giving function.

Official race apparel that includes a limited edition race jacket and t-shirt.

Water points daily.

Full race medical back-up.

Ablution facilities available.

Dryland Event Management’s world-famous hospitality.

Non-accommodation Packages


3 Days of unbelievable mountain biking in the heart of Gauteng traversing the amazing tracks of the Cradle of Humankind.

Accommodation not included.

Breakfast not included.

Race entertainment and daily prize giving function.

Official race apparel that includes a limited edition race jacket and t-shirt.

Water points daily.

Full race medical back-up.

Post-race shower facilities available.

Dryland Event Management’s world-famous hospitality.

Rider Schedule


Riders within a team must register together.

No late registrations will be allowed.

If a team has not registered, they will not be allowed to start.



Attendance is important, as vital information regarding the race, will be given.



Daily at 08:30



Every evening at 19:00

Avianto Lifestyle Estate



Before Registration Day – Review race documents, including the Participant Waiver.



A photo identification document (driver’s license, passport or ID book).

A valid UCI CSA license, if not, a day license can be purchased at registration, at R45 per day.

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To be announced with the new route launch 1 March 2016


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    Route Information


    Fast flowing tracks will get the blood pumping early on as riders traverse the rocky steep trails in the Avianto trail network. The tree lined Crocodile River provides the perfect reprieve, before riders head out towards Glen Burn Lodge along some open farm tracks. A steep rocky climb leads to one of the highest points in the Cradle, rewards riders with the amazing views of the area. After some fast descending, riders link onto the Cradle trail. After negotiating an amazing dry riverbed section, riders head onto one of the neighbouring game farms where they are once again treated to some amazing views of the Cradle area.

    Some tough climbing awaits, but the fast descents make it all worthwhile as riders drop back once again into the Avianto trails. Phambili provides some fun single tracks before riders are homeward bound and in sight of the Avianto clubhouse.

    Distance: 40 km
    Vertical ascent: 867 m
    Water point 1: 16 km
    Water point 2: 27 km

    Stage 2

    The longest stage of the Cradle Traverse, starts with a short stretch of tar road which leads riders onto the jeep tracks of the Avianto trails, after a short section through Syringa, riders will face the climb of the Driefontein waterworks. After a short tar transition riders are linked in with trails of the newly formed Cradle Moon. Some tough single track and jeep track sections with plenty of short power climbs will be the order of the day. The Cradle moon reserver will offer some fantastic scenery of Lake Heritage and some possible encounters with the game life that roam freely in the newly renovated conservancy.

    After exiting the Cradle Moon Conservancy, riders will head into the open farmlands of Lammamoor. Long dirt road drags and descents interspersed with some fun single track sections will give riders a chance to recoup after the harder start to the stage. Some single track climbing and descending  will still need to be conquered  before riders find themselves back into the Avianto trail network and the finish line.

    Distance: 54 km
    Vertical ascent: 985 m
    Water point 1: 18 km Cradle Moon Dam wall (double water point)
    Water point 2: 31 km Cradle Moon Dam wall (double water point) 
    Water point 3: 43 km Lanseria/N14

    Stage 3

    A neutral zone through the original town of Muldersdrift sets the stage for the final day. Fast dirt roads might allure to a fast short day in the saddle, however once riders cross under the N14 the race truly begins. The hidden gem of the Laurentia farm provides a spectacular back drop for an amazing day in the saddle. Riding up the first road into Krugersdorp built in the early 1900’s provides a serious challenge to riders of all levels. A mixture of cattle trail, walking paths and custom built single tracks await riders at the top as some fast descending allows for a short reprieve before riders negotiate the next climb.

    Once in the kloof the views are second to none as a natural spring waterfall and world heritage site that few get to visit are part the attractions that await the riders. A circular route brings riders back to the N14 crossing and with the toughest part of the stage well in the background, riders can enjoy some fast single track back towards Avianto and the finish of the inaugural Glacier Cradle Traverse.

    Distance: 41 km
    Vertical ascent: 681 m
    Water point 1: 19 km
    Water point 2: 28 km


    The race organizers will not allow vehicles to follow riders or tolerate any unlawful access to private land. Where a perpetrator can be linked to a rider or team, severe steps will be taken. Always park out of the way of riders and other traffic.

    The organizers reserve the right to change routes, actual profiles and the ascent totals on short notice due to circumstances beyond their control, and if so, updates hereof will be given at the official race briefing or the evening prior to the stage start.

    The data reflects actual GPS recordings. Distance measurements typically vary between 3-5% between devices, as well as the method of measurement (GPS or rolling measurement) Ascent gain may vary 10-15% between devices and may be up to 30% different.