The 2019 date is set for South Africa’s favourite single day mountain bike event: 22 September. Heading into the 21st edition the BUCO Karoo to Coast promises to be as challenging, rewarding and fun as ever – when 4 500 riders take on the route from Uniondale to Knysna.
The 96 kilometre long course, which crosses the old wagon trail out of Uniondale before joining the famous Prince Alfred’s Pass through the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna, features 1 560 meters of climbing – but more importantly 2 300 meters of descending from the Karoo to the coast. The route snakes through four distinct biomes and offers stunning mountain vistas of a region seldom traversed by anyone but locals and adventure motorcyclists.
Entries to the 2019 race open on Sunday the 20th of January 2019, but will sell out fast so set a reminder now if you wish to take part. For more information on the BUCO Karoo to Coast please visit www.karootocoast.com.
Fast Facts: 2019 BUCO Karoo to Coast
22 September 2019
Uniondale Sports Grounds
Knysna High School Sport Fields
1 560m of climbing
20 January 2019
Karoo to Coast
The 2019 BUCO Karoo to Coast is set to take place on the 22nd of September. Photo by Oakpics.com.
The 96km long race starts in Uniondale, in the Karoo, and finishes in Knysna, on the Indian Ocean coast. Photo by Oakpics.com.
The sweeping bends of Prince Alfred’s Pass deliver a scenic, challenging and above all iconic route. Photo by Oakpics.com.
The family friendly finish line, at the Knysna High School Sport Fields, is one of the many highlights of the BUCO Karoo to Coast. Photo by Oakpics.com.
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 www.dehoopvleimtb.co.za.
Fast Facts: 2019 De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience
27-29 September 2019
De Hoop Nature Reserve, Western Cape
68km with 1 260m of climbing
62km with 710m of climbing
Stage 2 Option:
102km with 1 600m of climbing (De Hoop XCM)
52km with 710m of climbing
Solo: R4 500 | Team: R9 000 for 2 riders
Adults: R1 437 | Children: R718
Breakfast & Lunch Friday to Sunday. Dinner Friday & Saturday.
3 November 2018
De Hoop Vlei MTB
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 Oakpics.com.
The De Hoop Vlei MTB Experience offers varied riding across rocky singletrack, flowing jeep track and smooth gravel roads. Photo by Oakpics.com.
Input from local farmers ensures the event makes use of the best trails in and around De Hoop Nature Reserve. Photo by Oakpics.com.
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 Oakpics.com.
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 Oakpics.com.
Note that pre-entries close at 1700 hours on Wed 25th Sept 2019. Late entries will be accepted at race registration from 0630 hours on Sat 28th Sept 2019. Note that late entries will attract a late entry fee of R50 per entry in addition to the race entry fee.
Greyton Mountain Bikers are pleased to present the second running of the 76 and 30 km gravel grinder event in September 2019.
After the success of last year’s event and very positive feedback received from entrants, we are putting on the same event and attempting to set the standard even higher than before. The event caters for both pure gravel grinders and mountain bikers to cycle stunningly scenic gravel roads through the Overberg countryside in the late spring season. Wheat and barley fields, yellow flowering canola and blue cranes against the backdrop of the magnificent Riviersonderend mountain range will delight all participants. This is a supported race with three fully stocked refreshment points for the longer distance and one for the shorter ride. The voluntary stop in Riviersonderend for a “pie and coffee” at the Ou Meul is a must and will energize you for the return leg of the race.
For those persons returning to do the event for a second time, please note a change in start/finish venue which will now be at the newly opened Hub & Spoke MTB Café in DS Botha Street.
Greyton Village market has grown in stature since last year and will provide a great interlude for family and friends not taking part in the event, along with all the other attractions and entertainment offerings in the village.
Look out for accommodation specials in Greyton Village for Pie Run participants if you are planning to spend the weekend in Greyton.
Proceeds from the race are used for the local kids cycling development program which has been running for six years and provides cycling equipment, cycling outings and MTB training for youngsters from our local community.
Late entries will be accepted on race morning with a late entry fee of R50.
Race briefing will take place 15 minutes before the start of each batch.
More information: www.ggmtb.com/the-pie-run/