No Sugar Coating | No Hand Holding | No Fanfare

Brutal in its purest form

The Knysna Extreme Triathlon is a challenging Point-To-Point, self-supported race that takes place along South Africa’s scenic Garden Route. The course starts with a 5 km swim in the Knysna Estuary, followed by a 174 km cycle through coastal, mountain and semi-desert scenery. This is then followed by a 50 km run through plantations and the Knysna forest. It is a grueling, yet scenic route that takes triathletes back to the purest form of the sport. The route will test your fitness levels and pure mental strength and determination.

Each athlete is required to have a supporter to follow them throughout the race, providing all mechanical, nutritional and mental support. An altitude gain of nearly 3,600m over a total distance of 229 km, makes it an extreme triathlon that offers an exciting personal challenge for athletes.

Individual Entry - R4,500 | Team Entry - R6,300

Entries are limited to 100 individuals

Entries Close on the 31st October 2019


The Race Manual contains everything you need to know about the race. The detailed 'Athlete's Guide' is available to download and a physical copy will be included in your athlete bag.

It is essential that all Athletes and their Supporters understand and are familiar with the content in the Knysna Extreme Athletes Guide.

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What an amazing race! Knysna Extreme is the hardest triathlon I have ever done. 

Athlete #39 - Natasha Gorrie


It is true triathlon. In its purest old school form. No noise, no glam, no fanfare. Just totally brutal in how hard it is. The passion and personality of the organizer and his crew shone through the event from start to finish. 

Athlete #46 - Mike Moriaty 

It was the greatest experience in ultra-triathlon I have ever experienced. Sean setup the ideal no frills back to basics limit pushing event. It has been a long time since I could see and feel the vibe from people who live this lifestyle.

Athlete #48 - Andrew Pettersen 

Probably the best racing experience of my life just being a part of this event. 

Team 2 Athlete -  Lauren Dance

I thoroughly enjoyed myself, even in the depths of pain climbing those hills haha. Great challenge.

Athlete # 36 - Thandisizwe Mpungose

Read Report by Athlete #32 - Rudolf Schröder

Read Report by Athlete #43 - Wynand Dreyer

Read Article in SBR Triathlon Magazine


Each Sponsor is involved in the Knysna Extreme Triathlon in a unique way, from sponsoring products or offering exciting discounts for athletes and supporters, to assisting with key race logistics. Our Knysna Extreme Triathlon Partners think you are completely nuts but are happy to support and help make this event possible, incredible and hopefully memorable.


Click on their logo for specials and to see how they have gotten involved in this event.

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