The Recce Race 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 Recce Race takes place in the Highlands area of Mpumalanga. Most events start and finish at Fort Mission in the friendly town of Dullstroom on the edge of the Eastern escarpment of South Africa.
The 11 single-stage events cater to all levels of participants.
Five (x5) MTB events to choose from:
Civvy: An easy, non-technical 25 km
Light Duty: Moderate, marathon style 55 km
Jammie: Difficult, ultra-distance 100 km endurance adventure
Mission: Very difficult, 220 km expedition-style 24-hr ride for experts or hardcore riders
Raid: Virtually undoable 420 km | 10 000 m vertical; 3-in-1 race with (i) Recce Raid 54-hour cut-off (standard rules apply), (ii) HRC Journey 36-hour cut-off (High Rouleurs Society rules apply), and (iii) HRC Limit 54-hour cut-off (High Rouleurs Society rules apply)
Six (x6) Trail Running events to choose from:
Mini-Recce: 5 km of fun, only fun!
Civvy: An easy, non-technical 12 km
Light Duty: Moderate, yet challenging 30 km
Jammie: Difficult, ultra-trail 60 km endurance adventure
Mission: Very difficult 100 km, for extreme trail runners
Raid: 100-Miler or 160 km | 5 000 m escarpment traverse with a 48-hour time- cut-off
The Recce Race has a strong Special Forces 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 Race is fully endorsed and supported 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 Recce Race dogtag medal.
The Recce Race passes through iconic and unique landscapes, including the Eastern Escarpment and Highlands, and other plantations and natural forests, Verloren Valley wetlands, and De Berg – which is the highest point in the northern part of the country, the Kwena Basin, the upper Crocodile and Lunsklip rivers with countless waterfalls, idyllic and remote valleys and, gorges, the Komati rivers with Noord Kaap and Suid Kaap tributaries, and more.
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 Fort Mission 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.
More information: www.reccerace.co.za/