2019 BUCO Dr Evil Classic @ Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Sep 19 @ 6:00 am – Sep 21 @ 7:00 am

The 2019 BUCO Dr Evil is set to take place from Thursday 19th to Saturday 21st of September. Riders will once again be treated to three days of exceptionally scenic Garden Route mountain biking with each stage starting and finishing in a unique location near Plettenberg Bay.

The opening stage and registration will once again be hosted by the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, where big game sightings are guaranteed in the early and final kilometres of the stage. Stage 1 is the longest and arguably the most challenging of the race at 72 kilometres in length with 1 350 meters of climbing – but the views over the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains more than make up for any difficulties.

Stage 2 starts and finishes on the manicured fields of the Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate. The second day’s route is a manageable 45 kilometres in length and includes 980 meters of climbing though plantations and indigenous forests. The final stage of the race is hosted by the Cairnbrogie Farm and boasts the area’s best singletracks. Coastal and forest trails make up the bulk of the 51 kilometre route which takes in 850 meters of climbing though the Harkerville Forest section of the Garden Route National Park.

Entries to the BUCO Dr Evil Classic are open and the entry packages include dinner at registration on Wednesday the 18th of September, as well as lunches on all three race days. Supporter meal tickets can be purchased for non-riding guests too, which helps make the Dr Evil Classic a family friendly event. In 2019 entries will be limited to 350 riders and the entry fees of R4 350 for solo entries and R8 700 for teams of two apply. To enter the 2019 BUCO Dr Evil Classic please visit; or email Zandile at, to avoid the online entry administration fee.


Fast Facts: 2019 BUCO Dr Evil Classic
Dates: 19 – 21 September 2019
Location: Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
Stage 1: Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, 72km with 1 350m of climbing
Stage 2: Kurland Hotel, 45km with 980m of climbing
Stage 3: Cairnbrogie Farm, 51km with 850m of climbing
Entry Fees: Solo R4 350 | Teams R8 700
Meals: Breakfast and Lunch Friday to Sunday. Dinner Friday and Saturday.
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Instagram: @drevilclassic
Twitter: @DrEvilClassic



2019 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience @ De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape
Sep 27 @ 6:00 am – Sep 29 @ 6:15 am

2019 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience

The 2019 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience is set to take place from the 27th to the 29th of September. Mountain bikers are encouraged to bring their families along for the adventure. The De Hoop Collection offers not only amazing food, luxury accommodation upgrades and activities throughout the weekend; but also provides the close encounter wildlife viewing for which the nature reserve has become famous. On the bike riders can gear up for days of 68, 62 and 50 kilometres in length with the terrain offering minimal meters of climbing – but the climbing there is, is not to be underestimated.


The 2019 event will also see the launch of an exciting new one day race: The De Hoop XCM. Entrants to the De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience will have the option to ride the ultra-marathon one day event, on Saturday the 28th of September, or the 62 kilometre long standard Stage 2. With the stage event focusing on rider experience and encouraging participants to slow down, take photos and enjoy the spectacular natural beauty of the area – the introduction of the one day race allows the competitive at heart to race for a day.


For more information on the 2019 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience please visit


Fast Facts: 2019 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience
Dates: 27-29 September 2019
Location: De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape
Stage 1: 68km with 1 260m of climbing
Stage 2: 62km with 710m of climbing
Stage 2 Option: 102km with 1 600m of climbing (De Hoop XCM)
Stage 3: 52km with 710m of climbing
Entry Fees: Solo: R4 500 | Team: R9 000 for 2 riders
Spectators: Adults: R1 437 | Children: R718
Meals: Breakfast & Lunch Friday to Sunday. Dinner Friday & Saturday.
Entries Open: 3 November 2018
Facebook: De Hoop Vlei MTB
Instagram: @dehoopvleimtb
The second edition of the De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience is set to take place from the 27th to the 29th of September 2019. Photo by
The De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience offers varied riding across rocky singletrack, flowing jeep track and smooth gravel roads. Photo by
Input from local farmers ensures the event makes use of the best trails in and around De Hoop Nature Reserve. Photo by
For 2019 the event will also introduce a single day marathon event, known as the De Hoop XCM, which will run concurrently with Stage 2 and offer a 100km long route. Photo by
The ethos of the De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience is to slow down and appreciate the beauty of the natural environment through which the route weaves. Photo by