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The Race To Rhodes (RTR) is an unforgettable adventure by bike from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes (EC). 

RTR is a physically and mentally demanding undertaking – to complete this challenge, riders need to be adequately trained, equipped and prepared. Apart from the fitness, riders also need to be proficient at hiking with bike, navigation and bike maintenance.

Since the route is not marked, riders need to navigate by means of maps, compass and narrative directions – the use of GPS devices during the race is not allowed and will lead to disqualification.


  • Summer RTR start days on 18 - 22 October 2022    (in conjunction with RASA)


  • Non-stop event, riders are not required to stop every day/night as in other stage races

  • There are 5 Support stations where riders must check-in. Food and basic accommodation is provided at support stations. Bedding and towels provided

  • Riders can pre-pack 5 x 2litre ice-cream tubs with supplies such as maps, trail food, personal medications, spares etc. These are distributed to the 5 Support stations

  • In addition to the 5 support stations, there are also 4 interim stops where food and accommodation is provided

  • Solo event and all riders are required to be self-sufficient and carry all their own personal belongings with them

  • No individual seconding is permitted during the event – this means that no friends, family or other supporters may meet you along the route and offer assistance during the ride

  • Cut-off: Riders are allowed a maximum of 7 days to complete the ride

  • Rider vehicles can be transferred from PMB to Rhodes at additional cost (2022 = R2000 plus VAT)


  • Summer RTR Normal Entry :  R12,000 incl VAT     (Deadlines: 16 August 2022  |  Late Entry 16 September 2022 - no race garment)


  • All meals and accommodation at support stations and interim stops whilst in competition (max 7 Days)

  • Pre-RTR dinner and accommodation at the pre-race briefing in Pietermaritzburg

  • Dinner and accommodation in Rhodes on the day/night you finish

  • Small spares at Squirt Tech Zone Station (Masakala) including Tubes, CO2, Lube, Sealent, Tyres, anti-chaffe cream

  • Access to the downloadable set of 1:50 000 topographical maps and narrative descriptions of the race route (Pre-printed Maps cost R575 incl. VAT and delivery)

  • Transport of one small bag per rider (clothes etc) to be collected at the finish (bike bags also transported by request)

  • Shipping of 2 litre race support boxes from Race Office (Cape Town) to support stations along the route (max 5 tubs per rider)

  • Official race garment (not guaranteed for late entries)

  • Traditional beaded whip (to all official finishers)


  • Deadline for all entry fee payments is as per entry deadline above

  • Start batch place is only booked once entry at least 30% paid

  • You may pay in instalments of your choosing, please use same invoice number on all instalments

  • Withdrawals before 16 Sep will receive 95% refund of total entry fee (Summer RTR)

  • Withdrawals before the first batch start date will receive 70% refund of total entry fee

  • Withdrawals after the first batch start date are non-refundable

  • Map payments are non-refundable

  • If event does not take place due to Force Majeure, pandemic or political unrest then you may chose between rollover to postponed date or following year at no extra cost or refund as per above withdrawals

  • By entering this event you agree to abide by race rules and sign the event indemnity form



The route follows the Freedom Trail from Pietermaritzburg to Rhodes along a wide variety of off-road terrain – dirt roads, farm roads and tracks, footpaths and animal tracks.  follows the route taken by Trappist monks as they headed into the area previously known as No-man's Land and East Griqualand and then across the Maloti Drakensberg Mountains to the village of Rhodes. Many of the trails retrace old historic wagon routes which are no longer in regular use. Apart from the riding, there are numerous portage sections where riders will have to hike, push and even carry their bikes.