The first of two Trans Baviaans events is a 230km, 24-hour race taking place on August 13 and 14.
The weather forecast is looking good and there is a chance of a tail wind in the Baviaans Kloof, which is perfect for the race favourites to set a blistering time.
For the riders expecting to finish closer to the 24-hour cut-off time, though, getting the careful packing of checkpoint boxes will be essential.
The roads in the Baviaans Kloof are notoriously rugged and this year will be no different.
Riders can also expect a moderate amount of water on route, with the area having had steady recent rains.
This year the event will implement a few new features on the back of staging a second edition of the Trans Baviaans in 2015.
There will be a Trans Baviaans Expo at the registration in Willowmore on Friday.
The pre-race favourites include the pairing of Billy Sterling and Lourens Luus, while the women’s race is expected to be tightly contested by Hannele Steyn and Tina Brenzel, along with Theresa Ralph and Amy McDougall.
Yolandi de Villiers, Johan Labgaschagne and Neill Ungerer should be the mixed team to beat.