Athletes will battle tidal currents in the Knysna Estuary, then cycle along the N2 coastal road, passing through Sedgefield and turning around in Wilderness before heading back to Knysna. Temperatures will be moderate and humid along the lush green coastal route. The run leg pushes athletes from the start with a steep climb up Old Cape Road to the Simola Golf Course and into the Knysna forest on Gounda road till the finish line at Diepwalle Forest Station. Faced with nearly 1,700m of ascent, athletes will be challenged on all sections of the route.
Water / Nutritional stops will be available for Knysna Extreme 0.5 athlete on the cycle and Run Route.
Athletes will start on the jetty outside Sirocco restaurant on Thesen at 05h15 and complete a circular route before finishing the swim at the SA National Parks Board slipway. An outgoing high tide current will force athletes to dig deep as they swim in is very unique location.
Cut-off time for the Swim is 06h45
Allocated time for the swim - 1h30
*swim route may vary depending on current and tide on the day*
880m altitude gain
Athletes will cycle along the Garden Route along the N2 and turnaround at the Wilderness Hotel then head back to transition in Knysna. The cycle covers a distance of 100 km with an elevation gain of just over 880 m.
Cut-off time for the Cycle is 11h45
Allocated time for the cycle - 5h00
807m altitude gain
The 30 km run route takes athletes through the stunning Knysna Forest along Gouna Road to the finish line. With just over 800 m altitude gain, the run leg is the toughest and most challenging part of the Knysna Extreme 0.5 triathlon. After a steep initial climb to Simola Golf Course, athletes then head through the forest along steep gravel windy and narrow roads before an intense climb leading to the finish line at Diepwalle Forest Station.
Cut-Off time for the Run is 16h15
Allocated time for the swim - 4h30