RIDER INFO

YOUR KAROO JOURNEY

EVENT DAY

Welcome to the Karoo, grab a beer or something to drink and collect your goody bag. During registration, you will receive your event package with your number, timing band and some other goodies. Riders must please remember to present some sort of photo identification document (driver’s license, passport or ID book) as proof of identity. If a rider has not registered, they will not be allowed to start.

While en route to Dwarsvlei Farm venue, make a pitstop or two.
When coming from Cape Town, stop at Maria’s Coffee Roastery or Hello You and when coming from Middelburg stop at PLAASlik padstal in town or Piccadili’s.

Registration will take place at Dwarsvlei Farm: 13:00-19:00
Date: 3 March 2023
Please see directions HERE>>

Start to your Karoo experience: 4 March 2023
06:30 – 100 Miler
07:30 – 50 Miler

ACCOMMODATION

Complimentary tented accommodation is included in your entry but should you wish to upgrade, there are limited luxury tents as well as guest farm accommodation available. *All accommodation options are available from Friday.

Complimentary tented accommodation for 2 nights. Each rider receives a tent and single mattress erected in advance.Riders in teams will be able to share as we have upgraded our standard tour tent. Additional tents and mattresses can be booked online for supporters. There are toilet and piping hot shower facilities at the venue. *Please note: bring your own towel, pillow and sleeping bag.

The Luxury Glamping Tents include the following:

Two nights accommodation
Two comfy wooden base beds
Quality white linen
Chairs
Bedside tables
Floor rugs
Solar lights

R2750 (Accommodation for 2)
Luxury Glamping tent options must be booked online along with your entry.
*This will replace your standard tented accommodation.

We have canvas tents as an upgraded accommodation option to the standard Tour tents.

The comfy canvas tents include the following:
2 Nights accommodation
2 Luxury stretcher beds
Karoo chairs
1 Lantern
Canvas tent options must be booked online along with your entry.

Please Note:
*Bring own pillow, bedding and towel.
*You will share in the communal ablution.
*This will replace your standard tented accommodation.
R1950 (Accommodation for 2)

Together with Dwarsvlei Farm we have converted the old horse stables to comfortable rooms. These rooms are kept as original as possible to preserve the authenticity of the farm history. Please don’t expect a fancy guest room but rather a weekend in rustic Karoo history.

The Stable Rooms will include the following:
2 Nights accommodation
2 single beds and mattresses.
Lights
The Stable Room option must be booked online along with your entry.
Please Note:
*Bring own pillow, bedding and towel.
*You will share in the communal ablution.
*This will replace your standard tented accommodation.
R1950 (Accommodation for 2)

Alternative accommodation options close to Dwarsvlei Farm venue:

Erin Farmhouse & Cottages – Approximately 5km from Dwarsvlei Farm https://www.karooexperience.com/
Celtis Country Lodge– 15km from Dwarsvlei in Middelburg town https://www.celtiscountrylodge.co.za
Nguni Country Lodge – 15km from Dwarsvlei in Middelburg town http://www.ngunicountrylodge.com
Karoo Country Inn – 15km from Dwarsvlei in Middelburg town https://www.karoocountryinn.co.za
Middelburg, Eastern Cape also have multiple accommodation options available and are situated 15km form Dwarsvlei Farm. 

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Karoo’s hospitality shows in the food. Expect Karoo lamb braai, freshly baked farm bread, condensed milk coffee at breakfast, potatoes and koeksisters at the water points, and fully stocked fridges with ice-cold craft beer for the weekend!

Friday: Karoo braai dinner
Saturday: Farmhouse breakfast, lekker vetkoek and mince for lunch and a celebratory Karoo pot with veggies and couscous for dinner. There will also be delicious dessert for those with a sweet tooth each night.
Sunday: Breakfast – Breaky buns for sale
*Cash bar available on premises that has a selection of cold drinks, alcohol and snacks.

*Special dietary requirements: Our food is sourced and made by the local community and thus it’s difficult to cater for individual requirements but send us an email to info@urbangoat.co.za and we can look into how we can assist.

You can look forward to five 100 miler and two 50 miler well-stocked water points along the route that will supply you with energy drinks, cold water, fruit, mini potatoes, roosterkoekies, and KOEKSISTERS. There will also be self-help water stations situated between the water points. The biggest water point will be situated in the village of Nieu Bethesda featuring ginger beer, roosterkoek and more. Please check the route section for the exact location of the water points.

Condensed milk coffee and tea are available at breakfast. Beverages will be on sale from the Bar inside the Nourse shed.

Water is supplied for the water points and consumption during each stage. All tap water in our tour village is perfectly safe for drinking, and it is recommended that riders utilise our supply of drinking water.

SUPPORT AND SERVICES

It is essential that riders start the event with a well serviced and prepared bicycle. We have backup support en route should you not be able to ride any further as well as medical staff to assist incase you sustain an injury.

It is advisable that you carry tubes, a master link and a replaceable dropout (remember it is unique to every bike) with you. There’s backup support should you not be able to ride any further.

Trained medical personnel will be on the route to handle any emergencies as well as at the finish. More serious cases will be transferred to a local hospital, where a more comprehensive service is available. Please remember to carry the details of your medical insurance with, in case of hospitalisation.

Relax & recover in the soothing Karoo air. Massage packages can be pre-booked online @ R400, which includes 1x30min Session. Limited massage packages are available. This is booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Prize giving

At Ride The Karoo you can be sure to expect an interesting prize giving. The following categories can expect prizes like Hope Gin, Deetlefs Wine, Sox footwear and Kakiebos prizes ;-). For the more serious riders we will also have very unique Karoo trophies and prizes.

  • Love birds (For the first mixed team of the day. If they’re still “partners” after 160km…)
  • Most unique Instagram pic (Share the Karoo beauty with your friends)
  • Gin Made Me Do It
  • Berg Skilpad (Last rider in)
  • Keg Gobbler (Beer drinker of the day)
  • Most original team name
  • Jackal of the Karoo (Winner of the day)

SUPPORTERS AND KIDDIES ZONE

We encourage family and friends to come and support their riders and to share the experience. We have loads of interesting activities for them to enjoy! The 80km category is very popular amongst family and friends interested in doing a shorter distance. Supporter meal tickets can be pre booked online @R1300 pp for adults and R450 pp for kids 3-12 years (kids u/3 no charge) which includes all event meals.

*Please note we only have 30 supporter tickets available so make sure to book your supporters well in advance.

Additional tents and mattresses can be booked online for family and supporters. Supporters are also welcome to share any luxury tents and guest farm accommodation with their riders.

Supporters are welcome to follow the map to the designated water points en route and cheer family and friends passing by. Maps are available at registration.

Friday: Karoo braai dinner
Saturday: Farmhouse breakfast, lekker vetkoek and mince for lunch and a celebratory Karoo pot with veggies and couscous for dinner. There will also be delicious dessert for those with a sweet tooth each night.
Sunday: Breakfast – Breaky buns for sale
Cash bar available on premises that has a selection of cold drinks, alcohol and snacks.

Live entertainment

Farm style swimming pool

Leisure walks on the farm with spectacular views

Kitted out chill zones with fun oversized games for everyone to enjoy