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ROUTE FILES

The Recce Mission (including Jammie routes) follows an unmarked route along the Eastern escarpment, the Kwena Basin and the Highlands of Mpumalanga.

The surface of the MTB routes is mostly farm (including single, 2-spoor, cattle and Jeep track), plantation and secondary district roads that are not well maintained and that are isolated. The trail run routes are mostly mountain and river paths, while Trail Mission warriors will have to CONQUER up to 6 gorges on this route.  

The following Recce Mission information will be issued in electronic format one week before D-Day:

  • Route instructions
  • Route on 1:50 000 Topographic Maps with GPS coordinates of key points on the route
  • GPX files for the Mission and Jammie routes
  • Route sketches based on limited Local Pop Intel

RZ, TBs, CPs and OPs

  • Route instructions: Riders and trail runners must follow the route instructions for the Mission and Jammie events as these routes are unmarked and must be self-navigated. Most of the turn-offs for the Light Duty events are marked and these riders and trail runners must always follow the marked routes. Riders and trail runners must be self-sufficient between TBs and CPs as no support other than medical evacuation will be provided between these points.
  • NO-GO areas: Be forewarned, there are NO-GO areas along the routes due to hostile enemy activities. Riders or trail runners captured at these locations or areas will become POWs and will immediately been RTUed with no further participation in the Recce Mission.
  • Withdrawals: Riders or trail runners that want to abort the Recce Mission or Jammie events need to do so at a TB or Check Point and inform the TB or CP Captain of his / her decision. Transport will be provided back to Fort Mission Base for all riders and trail runners that abort the Rouleurs, Mission or a Jammie event. Due to the remoteness of WPs riders or Trail runners that abandon the Mission or a Jammie event will have to wait either until logistic support arrive or until the TB or CP is aborted by the Recce Race support crew.
  • Temporary Bases (TBs) located at Forts: Riders and trail runners will pass through a number of TBs or Forts where they will be able to obtain re-supplies.
  • Medical Check: Recce Rouleurs and Mission participants might have to undergo a compulsory medical check-up at Fort Mission. Any participants that have lost in excess of 10% of their starting body weight as a result of dehydration, or who are considered to have a hypothermia risk will the RTUed and they will not be able to proceed.  
  • Check Points: Participants will pass through various Check Points along the route; some of these CPs might coincide with TBs. At these points all participants' Race Numbers will be logged to proof that they have passed through the CP. All TBs on the Recce Mission and Jammie routes are also control points and all Recce Mission and Jammies must check-in and check-out at these points. This is required from a safety and medical perspective.
  • Observation Points: Riders or trail runners will also passed through unmanned Observation Points (OPs) along the routes. Participants will be responsible to record and log the OP reference on their race passport.

COMPULSORY GEAR

  • Helmet: No Helmet, No MTB Mission

  • GPS device: Navigational unit with spare batteries or battery pack to ensure participants can navigate the entire Mission and Jammie routes.

  • Mobile phone: Charged and preferably not to be used for Strava unless you have a back-up battery or charger

  • Race numbers & passport: Issued number plate attached to front of bicycle for MTB Mission and Dual Mission, issued bib number attached on front of shirt for Trail Mission and Dual Mission, as well as Recce Mission and Jammie race passports used at CPs and/or OPs

  • Lights: Spot lights on head / helmet or on MTB handlebar for all Recce Mission and Jammie events, and red tail light at back of MTB for all MTB Mission and Jammie events. Both the spot light and tail lights are to be used from sunset to sunrise, while these might also be required during day time due to heavy fog at the high altitudes about 2000 m ASL.

  • Water bottles: Each rider and trail runner should carry at least two water bottles – depending on your route decisions riders and trail runners might have to go for several hours without any water re-supply zones. Riders and trail runners should however not dehydrate along the route as virtually every creek and fountain is flowing along the entire route with some of the best, purest and cleanest water available in the country.

Compulsory gear includes the following items:

  • Weather protection: Light weight windproof jacket or a space blanket is required for the Recce Mission and Jammie events. Most areas are very remote with no GSM coverage, especially the night time sections. If riders or trail runners require medical attention or assistance it might take some time for medics to reach them. 

  • Other gear: All the necessary bicycle spares, money or Credit Card for purchasing spares at the Temporary Base mechanical support stations, warm or protective gear for night riding and trail running, extra spot light or headlight batteries, dry clothing and other stuff that you might need to survive the Recce Mission.

Riders and trail runners should not make a linear extrapolation of the expected time that it will take them to cover the Recce Mission or the Jammie routes based on the projected route distance. Expect to be out on the route most of the night and ensure you are adequately equipped to survive the Recce Mission!

DOWNLOADS

Compliance Files:

Route Instructions & Safety:

Event Schedule & Water Points:

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GPX files and rout info will be emailed individually to all Rouleurs, Mission and Jammie participants.

Mission Route Maps 2019 - gallery/recce_a2.pdf

Jammie & Light Duty Route Maps 2019  - gallery/recce_a2_short.pdf

Electronic Route Maps:

GPX Files:

Rouleurs, Mission and Jammie GPX files will be emailed individually to all participants