The 245km KAROOBAIX loop will take us from the start in Middelpos north along the Leliekrans and Rooiwal roads to Calvinia in the heart of the Hantam Karoo. Approximately 22km south of Calvinia the route drops down the Bloukrans Pass to the northern end of the Tankwa Karoo.  From there the route will turn directly north, and we will gain about 500m of elevation as we climb up the 7km Gannaga Pass. Continuing north, we will arrive back in the tiny outpost of Middelpos. We can expect a total elevation gain of about 1700m.