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3 ultra-endurance Mission events | 2 Jammie support events | 2 Light Duty events

An epic adventure that will take you to the boundaries of physical and mental toughness while enjoying the wonders of nature and being human.


Mountain bikers and trail runners have between 24  - 26 hrs to complete the single stage ultra endurance MTB and trail running Mission events:

  • MTB Mission: 220 km | 4000 m | 24 hrs

  • Trail Mission: 100 km | 3000 m | 25 hrs

  • Dual Mission: 180 km | 4000 m | 26 hrs

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Jammie mountain bikers and trail runners will complete 66% and 50% of the Recce Mission routes, of which a section might be at night:

  • MTB Jammie: 150 km | 2600 m | 18 hrs

  • Trail Jammie: 52 km | 2000 m | 18 hrs

Light Duty mountain bikers and trail runners will complete ~30% of the Recce Mission routes and all participants must finish during day time:

  • MTB Light Duty: 60 km | 1200 m | 7 hrs

  • Trail Light Duty: 28 km | 1000 m | 8 hrs


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The Recce Mission takes place in the Highlands area of Mpumalanga in South Africa, a very hostile region with hardly a flat section. All events start at Highland Gate on the edge of the Eastern escarpment and finish at Fort Mission in Dullstroom.

This Special Forces themed event is fully endorsed, supported and co-hosted by the South African Special Forces Association (SASFA), known as the Recces. 

Expect a military themed race village, the ominous thudder of military chopper blades, ex-Recce operators acting as marshals and earn a well-deserved dogtag medal.

River crossings, darkness and tiredness on energy sapping ascents and treacherous descents, as well as ‘hostile’ activities or ‘no-go’ zones along the routes will add to the adventure but may compromise or delay progress to the target zone, and back to the Recce Base.

Final route options will depend on:

  • Enemy and hostile activities in the area
  • Collaboration and support from Local Population
  • Accessibility and escape routes
  • Water and food replenishment.

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The Recce Mission is an epic adventure that will take you to the boundaries of physical and mental toughness while enjoying the wonders of nature and life.

The mission has a strong Recce flavour. It is presented and supported by the legendary Recces during an ambush moon – mountain bikers and trail runners will experience a full moon making it ideal for a surprise ambush.

The Recce Mission passes through iconic and unique landscapes, including the Eastern Escarpment, Helvetia forests, Verloren Vallei wetlands – an international RAMSAR site, the Steenkampsberg and De Berg – which is the highest point in the northern part of the country, natural forests and plantations, idyllic and remote valleys, gorges, waterfalls and more.

Start:     25°26'33.13"S  |  30°12'30.45"E  

Finish:   25°25'5.82"S  |  30° 6'27.56"E

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Recce Mission entry fees - 2019

Entries include:

  • Recce Mission race T-shirt and branded tin coffee mug at Registration
  • GPX files, electronic maps and route instructions
  • Note: Only the MTB Light Duty 60 and the Trail Light Duty 28 routes are marked
  • Hydration and nutritional support before, during and after the event sponsored by PVM Nutritional Sciences
  • Hydration and food supplies at five resupply zones, referred to as Temporary Bases or ‘Forts
  • Technical support at certain resupply zones
  • Three supporter visiting points at Tree Fern Lodge (Fort Tower), at Verlorenkloof Estate (Fort Kloof) and at Highland Gate (Fort Gate)
  • Crate delivery to Fort Gate on the Mission and Jammie routes; crates returned to the Fort Mission Race Village on Sunday morning at 08h00
  • Hamburger and soup at the Finish for all participants
  • Recce Mission cap only handed out to the finishers of the MTB Mission 220, the Trail Mission 100 and the Dual Mission 180 at Prize Giving Ceremony


  • Only complete entries will be accepted. This includes a once-off payment per entry.
  • Everybody that enters a Recce Mission event needs to submit a completed Medical Questionnaire prior to or during Registration.


  • There is a R250 rider substitution fee payable before the entry will be transferred to another person – refer to Recce Mission Terms & Conditions.
  • Substitution requests and payments must be made in writing via email and be received prior to the scheduled substitution cut-off date
  • Substitution cut-off date: 10 May 2019



The Recce Mission consists of the MTB, Trail and Dual Mission ultra endurance events. The ‘Jammie’ and ‘Light Duty’ are support events on the Recce Mission routes. ‘Jammie’ is the terminology used for Special Forces support personnel that are not directly involved in a mission, but critical to the outcome and success of any mission.