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 Sirocco restaurant on Thesen at 05h30 and circular route before finishing the swim at the SA National Parks Board slipway. An outgoing low tide current will force athletes to dig deep as they swim in this very unique location.
Cut-off time for the Swim is 08H00
Allocated time for the swim: 2.5 hours
*swim route may vary depending on current and tide on the day*
2,310m altitude gain
Athletes will cycle through the Garden Route along the N2 and finish at Avontuur covering a distance of 174 km with an elevation gain of just under 2,400 m. 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.
Cut-off time for the Cycle is 17H00
Allocated time for the cycle: 9 hours
1,050m altitude gain
Completed in 1867, Prince Alfred's pass 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
Allocated time for the run: 7 hours