The challenge starts near the Centenary Centre, 500m after the start the track turns right onto a 600m section of tar before taking another right turn onto a management track. This management track continues until the Nyalzi road crossing at the 8km mark. This road goes from a very gentle to straight track into a gentle downhill along the Eastern fence of Imfolozi. The section reaches the lowest point of the route, 127 metres above sea level (masl), while cycling over a small dry crossing of the Nyalazi riverbed.
After crossing the river there is a management-road-wide reverse dropoff to climb. This reverse dropoff signals the start of the real uphill battles of the route! Cyclists will cross the road over the R618 into the Hluwhluwe section of the route and start climbing. There are 3km of gradual climbing. The climb is very steep for about 1.5km after which it becomes a more gradual climb for 2.3km. At the top of this peak is the first water point, where riders can enjoy a refreshment before heading into a gradual 3.5km downhill. There is a 700m section of tar, before crossing onto the other side of the road.
The next hill is a 3.4km of uphill cycling which can be broken into two sections; the first 1.2km is a more gradual slope followed by a steep 2.2km ascent, in total this hill will climb 42m vertically.
From this point, there will be 3.3km of climbing on dirt roads, after which there will be 1.8km of smoother climbing on the R618 tar road. The tar road turns right onto a 1.8km dirt ascent to the highest point on the route at 406 masl. At this point, cyclists have made a vertical climb of 280m from the Nyalazi river.
From here the general direction is downwards. A 1km downhill leads into a 3.3km section of flattish/hilly terrain. This then leads into a 5.7km descent. At the bottom of the hill, at the 44km mark, is the second waterpoint of the route. From the second waterpoint, there is a 1.5km climb followed by two km of dirt roads. The dirt road changes into a 5km tar section going towards the Centenary Centre. The last stretch is a gentle 1.2km of dirt road through the Game Capture area to the start/finish line, coming from the opposite direction that the race left.