Knysna Extreme is an extreme triathlon covering 240km (4km swim, 170km cycle, 50km run) with an altitude gain of over 3,300m. The route is scenic yet challenging taking athletes along the Garden Route. The Knysna Extreme is the first such event in South Africa and on the African continent and has attracted interest both locally and internationally. It is a small field of only 200 athletes making it a very unique and family feel event.
Athletes have from 05h00 until midnight (00:00) to complete the 224 km route. The event starts at 05h00 on Thesen Island with athletes swimming a 4km circular route. Transition (Swim to Cycle) will take place on Thesen Island at the SAN Parks Jetty. Athletes will then cycle the 170 km from Knysna, along the N2 through Sedgefield, Wilderness and into George. They then climb over Outeniqua Pass and cycle to the transition point at Avontuur / Uniondale (Cycle to Run). Athletes are then required to run 50km to the Finish Line at Diepwalle Forest Station.
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