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The legend of the To Hell & Back

CS Lewis said that ‘the road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.’ In this case, the road to the Hell is a rocky dirt road with steep slopes, sharp switchbacks, ups and downs, dropping a hair raising 3000 feet down into a valley.

This race proudly is the first MTB stage race in South Africa. The views while riding on these historic roads are extraordinary, jaw dropping and nail biting all in one. It is known as the longest mountain pass in South Africa.

The overnight stop in The Hell means everybody stays together, which makes for a great atmosphere. The uniqueness of the race village is ‘captured’ within the shear remoteness of Gamkaskloof, no electricity, no cell reception, no TV, not even radio reception.

It was in 1995 that the first To Hell and Back took place. It came about from the love of riding and to popularise The Hell. Due to limited accommodation and facilities in The Hell, only 500 participants are allowed.

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Who doesn't love a great water crossing!? There are 3 permanent crossings going into the Hell, but it does depend on rain; there might be more . . .

Hell Fact: The 3 permanent crossings all have bridges made out of beautiful rocks.

#watercrossings #tohellandback #splishsplash
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Who doesnt love a great water crossing!? There are 3 permanent crossings going into the Hell, but it does depend on rain; there might be more . . . 

Hell Fact: The 3 permanent crossings all have bridges made out of beautiful rocks.

#watercrossings #tohellandback #splishsplash

Almost a 20km climb from the Start at De Hoek to the Top of Swartberg Pass on day one! But what an epic downhill on day two!

Fun Fact:The dry-stone retaining walls, supporting some of its picturesque hairpin bends, are still in place and almost 120 years old.

#Swartbergpass #thomasbain #since1881 #tohellandback
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Almost a 20km climb from the Start at De Hoek to the Top of Swartberg Pass on day one! But what an epic downhill on day two!

Fun Fact:The dry-stone retaining walls, supporting some of its picturesque hairpin bends, are still in place and almost 120 years old. 

#Swartbergpass #thomasbain #since1881 #tohellandback

 

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Jannie Steyn ry jy hom weer die jaar?

It sounds ridiculous, we know, BUT this will be the longest 60 km of your life, the road into the Hell is very deceiving!
#roadtohell #since1962 #tohellandback
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It sounds ridiculous, we know, BUT this will be the longest 60 km of your life, the road into the Hell is very deceiving! 
#roadtohell #since1962 #tohellandback

 

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Did this in 2016 and had an Awesome time. In the bag and trying to convince my mtb buddies to join me 2018 🎉😁

Belinda Knowles imagine being stupid enough to enter this one 😳

"Pain is my friend" but the downhills are the best!!!!!

Thato Madimabe bro we should do this one day...

Heartbreak hill springs to mind

Boggom!

Eina

5 weeks... Fanie Van Biljon. Mark van der Vyver. Riaan Odendaal Alex Hamilton Anthony Verwey Deon Kriel.

Nicky Bester Wouter Oosthuizen Jacques Germishuizen

Johann van Rensburg

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We'll just say that the entertainment down in the Kloof will make for some great laughs, some guys will do just about anything for a giveaway! #diegamkaskloof #tohellandback Darling Brew ... See MoreSee Less

Well just say that the entertainment down in the Kloof will make for some great laughs, some guys will do just about anything for a giveaway!  #diegamkaskloof #tohellandback Darling Brew

 

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hhm, That photo will haunt me foever

So much for "what happens in the kloof stays in the kloof" 😂😂😂

Yeah Mark van der Vyver something to look forward to.

Mark van der Vyver look at the stripers for your birthday party!

I cant wait.

Was an Awesome time. 😂🎉

Leon Erasmus

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