7 Passes MTB

9 September 2017

7 Passes MTB G2K - 79km | Leeuwenbosch K2K - 39km

The historic "Seven Passes" meandering route between George and Knysna passes through heavy, lush indigenous forest and used to be the Garden Route’s main highway connecting George with Knysna. The Seven Passes takes you past seven gorges cut deep by rivers flowing to the sea, offering some of the best non-technical MTB in the country.

The Start

The 2017 edition of the 7 Passes MTB race will start from the outskirts of the beautiful town of George at Glenwood High School. Riders staying over in Knysna and joining the Garden Route Events team for the supported social cruise back to George the following day can safely leave their cars at the start venue.

The 08H00 Glenwood House start will give riders bragging rights to actually doing 8 passes at this year’s event as the extra 4km from the edge of George includes the not so challenging Swartrivier Pass close to where one can see the Garden Route Dam wall.

A Step Back in time

7 passes mtb george to knysna

It was the legendary Thomas Bain who designed the George to Knysna road in 1883. He experienced many challenges in the dense forest surrounds and Thomas also bumped heads with his brother-in-law, Adam de Smidt with whom he shared the contract. On completion of the road the two never spoke again.

A Shorter Option for the younger and not so fit riders

7 Passes MTB also offers a shorter route for the younger and not so fit riders who still want to be part of the action at the Knysna Waterfront finish. The Leeuwenbosch Dairies sponsored 39km route starts at 10H30 on the Saturday morning from the humble little village of Karatara. The start time has for the last two years seen the shorter route leave approximately 10 minutes after the longer 79km leaders pass the second water point located at the Highlands Cash Store and service station, close to halfway between George and Knysna.

Riders will be challenged to crossing 10 rivers and 7 gorges between these two towns and pass through the quaint settlement of Rheenendal - home to the brief gold rush in the 1880’s. The final stretch into Knysna will lead riders along the N2 lagoon-side walkway to the finish at the Knysna Waterfront.


The supported social ride back to George the following day, is an ideal opportunity to spin the legs after the previous days racing, get to know each other and simply have a good time. Leaving the Knysna Waterfront at 08H30 you will find yourselves heading up Phantom Pass through Rheenendal and back along the route which was ridden the previous day. Riders will be followed by a sweep vehicle and two water points will be set out for the occasional ‘tea break’. Egg and bacon rolls will be on sale at water point one. Garden Route Events will have a vehicle available to shuttle rider kit bags for those spending the night in Knysna and return them to George the following day.
“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best.” - Ernest Hemingway

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