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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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We have no idea when this picture was taken, but it's old, very old! We're so glad the finish looks alot different than this! But one thing is true, the view still looks the same! #Elandspass glooming in the distance waiting for your wary legs! #throwbackthursday #ToHellandBack ... See MoreSee Less

We have no idea when this picture was taken, but its old, very old! Were so glad the finish looks alot different than this! But one thing is true, the view still looks the same! #Elandspass  glooming in the distance waiting for your wary legs! #throwbackthursday #ToHellandBack

It's #throwbackthursday and we're going back to the late 90's with a film cameras' double exposure of a #ToHellandBack finish! All we can say is, we're glad there is no more hot army tents and very short peetee pants!! ... See MoreSee Less

Its #throwbackthursday and were going back to the late 90s with a film cameras double exposure of  a #ToHellandBack finish! All we can say is, were glad there is no more hot army tents and very short peetee pants!!

 

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This is when men where still men

Die dae met 26er v-brakes gewone flat peddals en rigit furke..... Die klomp wat vandag begin fiets ry is spoiled.....😁

Kim Weidemann

Hannes Neethling dit jy daai?

Circa 1998 - We made a collage, back when collages were still cool to make. V-brakes were big and chunky, hardtails were the only thing around, shocks a distant thought (or for those who could afford it), and strap-ins were the only thing keeping your feet on the pedals. Imagine going down #Elandspass with strap-ins!? Must've been one Hell of a ride!

#ToHellandBack #MemorylaneMonday #since1995 #theoriginal
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Circa 1998 - We made a collage, back when collages were still cool to make. V-brakes were big and chunky, hardtails were the only thing around, shocks a distant thought (or for those who could afford it), and strap-ins were the only thing keeping your feet on the pedals. Imagine going down #Elandspass with strap-ins!? Mustve been one Hell of a ride!

#ToHellandBack #MemorylaneMonday #since1995 #theoriginal

 

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i fix lots of bike there six or seven years working at hell as bike machenic me and Loyiso Apollo Dyala

Yoh, so long ago I wasn't even an #Oom yet! I remember eating raw eggs down in #Die Hell before tackling the looming Elands Pass on Day 2!

Remember my first H&B on a hard tail with no front shock!! Awesome memories before Jacques became an uncle and Zane ran around barefoot....😂😂

Mis daai dae wat nog regverdig was, waar bene se sterkte tel en nie die fiets nie...💪

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