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De Villiers at one of the feed stations on the enormously challenging 2022 Trans Baviaans. (Photo: Llewellyn Lloyd/Reblex Photography)
De Villiers at one of the feed stations on the enormously challenging 2022 Trans Baviaans. (Photo: Llewellyn Lloyd/Reblex Photography)

Having dominated the dramatic Attakwas earlier this year, where race temperatures peaked at nearly 50°C, Yolande de Villiers recently proved that she can perform in all weather types. Including riding in sub-zero temperatures.

De Villiers endured a torrid Trans Baviaans event. Defined by ice, rain, and wind, the Klein Karoo local was forced far outside her comfort zone and yet still rode in a class of her own.

"It was freezing"

One of the most recognised and regarded mountain bike competitions in South Africa is the Trans Baviaans. Riders have 24 hours to complete the 230km route from Willowmore to Jeffreys Bay (more than double the distance of a conventional mountain bike race stage).

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