In the heart of South Africa’s captivating Outeniqua Mountains lies the Finovo Jakkalberry Extreme Gravel/Mountain Bike Race—an exhilarating 108km journey that calls the adventurous spirit of avid cyclists. Beginning at the stunning Redberry Farm in George, the race winds through the challenging terrains of district gravel roads and Jeep tracks, offering participants a breathtaking blend of rugged landscapes. The route unfolds through Herbertsdale before ending at the finish line, nestled at the stunning Jakkalsvlei Wine Cellars.
For those seeking a slightly tamer challenge, the “HalfJakk” race covers an equally impressive 47km, commencing two hours later from Ruiterbosch Lodge near Hartenbos. Regardless of the chosen distance, each pedal stroke becomes a testament to the rider’s grit and determination as they navigate the demanding course.
Beyond the thrill of conquering the rugged trails, the Finovo Jakkalberry Extreme Gravel/MTB Race holds a deeper purpose. All proceeds from the event go to the George Vryburgers Food For Kidz project—a noble initiative supporting nutrition projects in local schools. This means that every participant is not only pushing their physical limits but also contributing directly to the health and well-being of children in need from schools in George.
Participation in the race is not without its rewards. Each rider receives a generous goodie bag, a token of appreciation that sets the Jakkalberry Extreme apart. Along the challenging course, well-supplied water points provide a welcomed relief, allowing riders to replenish their energy levels as they tackle the challenging terrain.
The race is not just about the physical challenge; it’s a celebration of community and nature. Cyclists are treated to delicious refreshments along the way, with the promise of mouthwatering pizzas and boutique beers or soft drinks awaiting them at the finish line at Jakkalsvlei Wine Cellars. It’s a culinary celebration that complements the achievement of conquering the trails.
The Jakkalberry Extreme has rightfully earned its reputation as one of the most challenging mountain bike races in the country. Its demanding course, coupled with the breathtaking scenery of the Outeniqua Mountains, attracts seasoned riders eager for a true test of their skills and endurance. As the event gains momentum year after year, it is fast becoming one of the most popular races in South Africa, drawing participants from across the country.
The Finovo Jakkalberry ExtremeGravel/MTB Race is more than just a race; it’s a journey. It’s an opportunity for cyclists to push their limits, embrace the natural beauty of the Outeniqua Mountains, and make a positive impact on the local community. For those in the cycling community seeking an unparalleled adventure that combines physical challenge, camaraderie, and the satisfaction of contributing to a worthy cause, the Jakkalberry Extreme Gravel/MTB Race awaits.
To join this unique experience, and be part of a legacy that transcends the boundaries of a race, visit the official website at www.jakkalberry.com or explore our Facebook page. Seize the opportunity to be part of a journey that empowers, connects, and celebrates the true spirit of cycling in South Africa.