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Athletes will battle tidal currents in the Knysna Estuary, then cycle along the N2 coastal road, passing through Sedgefield, Wilderness and George before tackling the Outeniqua Pass. Temperatures will rise once athletes descend into the Klein Karoo, as scenery changes dramatically from lush green coastal vegetation to semi-desert. The run leg along Prince Alfred's Pass pushes athletes to their limits before the finish at Diepwalle Forest Station. Faced with nearly 3,800m of ascent, athletes will pushed to their physical and mental limits. 


Athletes will start on the jetty outside The Knysna Experience at 05H00 and follow an anti- clockwise direction heading towards the Knysna Yacht Club and the first turn point in front of Laguna Grove.  The outgoing high tide  will has just started to turn which will assist the athletes as they make their way towards the second turn point near  Leisure Isle. The swim last stretch is back  will be into  the current towards the  finish at the SA National Parks Board slipway.

High Tide - 04H01 | Low Tide - 09H44 
Cut-off time for the Swim is 07H30

*swim route may vary depending on current and tide on the day*

CYCLE COURSE - 174KM (2,759m elevation)

Athletes will cycle through the Garden Route along the N2 passing through Sedgefield and to the first checkpoint in Wilderness. A steep but short climb will take athletes to the windy and stunning 7 Passes Road and into George itself.  Once   through George, athletes will climb up and over the Outeniqua Pass (800m high) and into the dry and semi arid Klein Karoo for the long stretch to T2 at Avontuur.  A variation of humid conditions and dry heat will challenge athletes as they battle up long ascents, fast declines, mountain passes and perfectly straight Karoo roads and   with a total   distance of 174km and  elevation gain of just under 2,800m, the cycle section of the race  will push your limits.  

Cut-off time for the Cycle is 17H00

RUN COURSE - 50KM (1,024m elevation)

The run course is entirely on Prince Alfred's pass. Completed in 1867, Prince Alfred's pass, this is the last daunting stage on the Knysna Extreme. With just under 1,000 m altitude gain, the run leg is the toughest and most challenging part of the triathlon. After an initial climb, athletes are faced with a 720 m descent over 17 km along gravel windy and narrow roads before two more intense climbs leading to the finish line at Diepwalle Forest Station.  

Cut-Off time for the Run is 24H00

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