Cradock’s inaugural SWAERSHOEK MOUNTAIN BIKE CHALLENGE on 18 April 2015 takes you over one of the Eastern Cape’s most magnificent mountain passes!

(closing date for pre-race entries – Saturday 04 April at 24h00)

Entry form

The Swaershoek Pass, linking Cradock with Somerset East and Pearston over the Bankberg mountains, has long been a favourite of local mountain bikers.


Now these same mountain bikers have organised the inaugural Swaershoek MTB Challenge, planned for 18 April 2015.

The main race route starts in Cradock then heads up and over the magnificent and scenic Swaershoek Pass – a dirt road that demands stamina and strength.

The ascent is 1 045 metres over the first 21km, and the sometimes bumpy road has some sharp hairpin bends and switchbacks. In parts, the ascent is 1:9, but it averages 1:12.

Thereafter the route drops down to needle through Karoo veld and irrigation lands, then back over the pass to end in Cradock.

The organisers have decided to offer different distance options to cater for differing levels of fitness, including 85km, 45km, 16km and a short kiddies’ race.

Route Profile 85 km
Route Profile 85 km

Cradock people are famous for their hospitality, and the local mountain bikers are keen to turn this into an enjoyable occasion for friends and family.

The organisers are delighted with the interest and the number of entrants so far. This looks set to become one of the premier events on the Eastern Cape’s MTB calendar.

Any profits go to a different welfare institution every year in the town of Cradock.

For the inaugural race, the chosen charity is the Afrikaans Christelike Vroue Vereniging (ACVV), the oldest welfare organisation in South Africa. Now a national organisation, it was founded in Cradock in 1904.

For entry forms and deadlines, see the Swaershoek MTB Challenge Facebook Page.
For more information, contact Olivia Moolman on 082 827 3354 or email