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Recommended Goods

A Mobile Phone

A fully charged mobile phone loaded with all emergency numbers supplied at race registration. Keep the phone switched off to preserve battery life.

Sun Block

With a minimum SPF factor of 20.

First Aid Kit

Consisting: 1 stretch bandage, 2 dressings, adhesive plasters, foil survival blanket.


A minimum of 2L of fluid to be carried by each rider.

Bike Repair Tools

Tools comprising of spare tubes, a multi tool, replacement derailleur hanger, inflation device, pump etc.


A pair of sunglasses.


3 x sets of cycling clothing (ensure you invest in some good quality cycling shorts).


Energy bars and food.

What you will need at the Race Village

Credit card or cash

Sleeping bag and cover sheet

Casual clothing

Slip slops

Hat or cap




Locks for your bag and tent

Personal medication

Laundry bag

Mosquito repellent

Mosquito repellent

Washing detergent


Race Village

JP van Zyl is very-well known in cycling circles. Cycling is in his blood, so if you want to talk tech – he is your go-to guy. As the official bike technical service provider, he offers a very affordable maintenance option for the duration of the race and all bookings and payments can be done directly with him.

Please contact him for booking at JP van


There will be two or three water points at each stage. These points will supply energy drinks, cold water, coke and snacks. Please refer to the route section for the exact distances between the water points.


Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks will be on sale at the bar in the rider area. There will also be complimentary drinks in the chill zone.


The race organisers will supply single source water for the water points and consumption during each stage. Alcoholic beverages and soft drinks will be sold at the venue.

Race Rules

Bulk Service

It is essential that riders start the race with a well-serviced and prepared bicycle. Take it to your local bike shop and explain your plans for the next three days – they will do what is necessary. We also advise that you carry brake pads, tubes, a master link and a replaceable dropout (remember this is unique to every bike) with you.


Cycle Tech Zone will supply a complete bicycle repair service at the race village. They also supply a maintenance plan for the duration of the event. It is highly recommended that you look at this option. Please see the website.


This is a complimentary service provided by the event. Please note that a bike has to be cleaned before any servicing is done.


The race village will offer a secure bike storage facility. Riders will have to sign in to deliver their bikes, as well as sign it out. Bikes have to be personally delivered and picked up from this location – no exceptions. Although there are no real safety concerns within the race village, riders must at all times (when their bikes are not in the secure storage facility) be alert and keep their equipment safe.

JP Van Zyl Bicycle Transport

Relax and enjoy the race – let us take care of your bicycle! Bicycle transport from Cape Town to the Glacier Cradle Traverse is available. We have a unique “roll in roll out” system and it is not necessary to take your bicycle apart. To book your bike, please contact:

The Glacier Cradle Traverse’s maintenance operation will be handled by an official bike tech support manager, JP van Zyl from Cycle Tech Zone. All service providers will be on standby within the race village and surrounding areas. Official bookings will be taken by JP and his team.

The service runs just before stage three – in other words, it is good for 2 service events, after stage 1 and 2. If you prefer to do your own basic maintenance, the workshop will gladly take care of major technical issues. It will stock SRAM and Shimano components, from X-9 and XT upwards respectively.

The service process: You will be exhausted at the end of each day, and longing for a hot shower and a meal. In those moments, nothing is more frustrating than a bike that misbehaves so maintenance needs to be worked into your daily routine. Our service partners will service your bike as quickly as possible – just keep in mind that a proper job takes time.

The benefit of the maintenance plan is that you can simply bring us your bike after the stage and collect it again later – serviced and cleaned. All your details will be captured to avoid any hassle or fuss. We will check your bike thoroughly and if we find a problem, you will be notified via mobile phone with a quote.

If you will be handling your own maintenance, you can still bring your bike to the service admin desk and let us know what you want fixed. The race organisation offers a complimentary bike wash service, so before you bring it to the workshop please make sure it is clean.

We will inspect the problem and provide you with a cost estimate which you will have to sign before any work is started. All maintenance work can be paid for by credit card (Visa/MasterCard) or cash before the bike is released.

Please book here.

Supporter Package

Your family is welcome to join you during meals and prize giving. However, they will only be allowed to join you in the designated areas if you have booked a family pass that includes their meal tickets.


Supporter package (sharing tent) @ R 2 500-00

Supporter package (no accommodation, no breakfast) @ R 1 750-00

Health, Personal & Kids


The Glacier Cradle Traverse will supply a full medical service at the race village and on the route. Trained medical personnel, including a race doctor and medics will also be on the route on quad bikes or 4×4 vehicles to handle any emergencies that may occur. More serious cases will be transferred to any of the local hospitals, where a more comprehensive service is available.

Basic medical services are for free, but recurring injuries or treatment of pre existing chronic conditions will be charged for. Please remember to carry the details of your medical insurance with in case of hospitalisation.


Please ensure that you bring your personal medication as prescribed by your physician. We are riding through areas with a high population of honey bees, so come prepared in this regard. Also ensure that you are carrying sun block with at least a SPF 20.

Laundry Services

We want you to enjoy your stay without the added worries of having to do washing. We offer a laundry package at a very reasonable rate and will guarantee that you will have clean and dry clothing for each stage.  Please enquire at the race office.


Few things provide greater peace of mind than knowing your children are well looked after while you take part in this unforgettable event! A child-minding service will be available. This will entail adult supervision with meals and entertainment at the race venue during the morning of each stage and also during dinner.

The entertainment includes both educational games and physical exercise – make sure you pack their bikes and sports shoes!

This service is at a cost of R900 per child for the weekend. Children must from 4 to 10 years old.

The hours of supervision are from 17:00 – 20:00, 08:00 – 14:00 and again from 18:00 – 20:00. And then from 08:00 – 13:00 on the final day.

Pre-booking of this service is essential. TBC

Sport Massage Service

The Glacier Cradle Traverse will provide a complete sport massage service coordinated by EPT Recovery.

The massage service will be available on Friday and Saturday at the Avianto race village.

“It is essential to pre-book and pre-pay your massage. Allow us to help you with the ultimate recovery experience. EPT is a multi-disciplinary team, and is privileged to provide you with a hands-on sports massage service on behalf of Dryland Event Management.”

Their massage therapy is administered with up to date treatment techniques, and effective treatment products executed by highly qualified therapists. They also offer a variety of massage therapy products that enable the client to do self-treatment to ensure overall health of the body. Their professional services include recovery massage therapy, myofascial release, ice baths, strapping, taping and stretching. They also provide general advice on optimal recovery during and after the event.

EPT is now working with COMPEX SA to provide you with another tool to aid in your post- event recovery. COMPEX is an electrical muscle stimulation device developed over the past 30 years and houses up-to-date patented technology, or MI, that scans YOUR muscle physiology and automatically adjusts the parameters within the programme to YOUR body/muscle state. COMPEX recovery programmes are based on scientific evidence and results in a 300% increase in blood flow and 25% decrease in lactic acid.

We offer the following:

Pre-event massage and stretching,

Recovery Massage and Stretching,

Pre-event strapping and taping (Kinesio taping and EAB strapping),

Strapping and taping (Kinesio taping and EAB strapping),

Foam rolling station (foam rollers and myofascial ball provided).

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