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: 13:00-17:30
Date: 23 September 2022
Please see directions HERE>>

Start to your Karoo experience: 23 September 2022 @18:15

ACCOMMODATION

Complimentary tented accommodation is included in your entry. This is for riders only. Supporters can share with riders but will need to book additional upgraded accommodation. Limited upgraded options are available.*All accommodation options are only available from the day of the event.

Complimentary tented accommodation includes three nights stay. Each rider receives a tent and single mattress pre-assembled in advance. Additional upgraded accommodation can be booked online for supporters should you like to share a tent. There are permanent shower and toilet facilities at the venue. *Please note: bring your own pillow and sleeping bag.

The Luxury Glamping Tents include the following:

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

R3200 (Accommodation for 2)
Luxury Glamping tent options must be booked online along with your entry.
*This will replace your complimentary tour tented accommodation.

We have canvas tents as an upgraded accommodation option to the complimentary tour tents.

The comfy canvas tents include the following:
3 Nights accommodation
2 Beds
2 Karoo chairs
1 Solar light
Canvas tent options must be booked online along with your entry.

Please Note:
*Bring your own pillow, bedding and towel.
*You will share in the communal ablution.
*This will replace your complimentary tour tented accommodation.
R2400 (Accommodation for 2)

We have canvas tents as an upgraded accommodation option to the complimentary tour tents.

The standard canvas tents include the following:
3 Nights accommodation
2 Mattresses
Spacious
Canvas tent options must be booked online along with your entry.

Please Note:
*Bring your own pillow, bedding and towel.
*You will share in the communal ablution.
*This will replace your complimentary tour tented accommodation.
R800 (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:

3 Nights accommodation
2 Single beds and mattresses.
2 x Fitted sheets
Lights
The Stable Room option needs to be pre-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 complimentary tour tented accommodation.
R2400 (Accommodation for 2)

Alternative accommodation options close or on Dwarsvlei Farm venue:

Dwarsvlei Farmhouse – Located at Dwarsvlei Farm dwarsvlei.karoo@gmail.com | 0662202218

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 has multiple accommodation options available and is situated 15km from Dwarsvlei Farm. 

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Hospitality at Ride the Karoo genuinely shows in the food. Expect Karoo lamb chops, succulent Karan Beef steaks, freshly baked farm bread, condensed milk coffee at breakfast, with koeksisters & salty treats at the water points. To top it all of nicely, we’ll have ice-cold craft beer ready when you cross the finish line.

Friday Lunch: Lunch is available for purchase throughout the afternoon.
Friday Dinner: Karoo inspired braai.
Saturday Breakfast: Big hearty farm breakfast. (fruits and cereals will also be available)
Saturday Lunch: Freshly made Roosterkoek with ample fillings and salads.
Saturday Dinner: Delicious Karan beef steak braai with Janine’s famous salads.
Sunday Breakfast: Karoo breakfast. (fruits and cereals will also be available)
Sunday Lunch: Mouthwatering Vetkoek with mince.
*Sunday Night Pass tickets need to be pre-booked online @R250. It includes live music and dinner on Sunday, and coffee with rusks Monday morning.
*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.

Ride the Karoo is known for offering unique water points!
Water points at Ride the Karoo are carefully selected places you won’t want to leave as there are crispy sweet koeksisters, boerewors, potatoes, mini roosterkoekies, and ‘n lekker vibe!

Condensed milk coffee & tea with rusks are available at breakfast. Coffee & tea are available to purchase throughout the day from Atlantic Coffee Company. Water, Craft Beer, Craft Gin, Wine, and soft drinks will be on sale from the bar at the Main Building.

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 each day should you not be able to ride any further and medical staff on the route as well as at the finish 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.

Free bike wash is available after each day of the tour brought to you by our hard-working local crew.

Feathertec Service packages are available to book with your online entry at R500 per package for the Saturday after your ride.

What is included?
“Health Check”
All labour to get your bike back to “Race Ready” condition after the stage. Cleaning and lubrication of drive train.
Inflating of tyres and suspension to specified pressures.
Independent quality check

The following is NOT included:
Bike spare parts & components replaced.
Consumables such as tyre sealants and fork/suspension oils.
Daily washing of bikes which is performed by hardworking local staff.

You will also have priority when it comes to getting any problems on your bike fixed.

Relax & recover in the soothing Karoo air. Massage packages can be pre-booked online @ R580, which includes 2 x 30min massages. Limited massage packages are available. This is booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Medical service at each stage. Trained medical personnel will also be en route to handle any emergencies. 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.

Prize giving

At Ride the Karoo, one can expect a riveting prize giving! And yes, we are serious (sometimes). The more relaxed categories can expect prizes like Hope Distillery Gin, Deetlefs Wine, and Kakiebos goodies. For the competitive riders, we will have unique Karoo trophies and some great prizes.

  • Love birds (For the first mixed team of the day. If they’re still “partners” after the stage…)
  • 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 night (1st rider in on the Night Ride)
  • Overall – Trophy to GC riders on last day

SUPPORTER 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! Supporter Tour Passes can be pre booked online @R1450 pp for adults and R550 for kids (3-12 years old)  which includes all Tour meals, complimentary coffee & rusks before breakfast, live entertainment, snacks during Saturday afternoon, use of ablution & charging facilities and more.

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

All Ride the Karoo riders will have the option to leave their kids (older than 3 – basically off nappies) while they ride! The kids will have various entertainment activities.

R350 per child for the weekend! The fees will go to Middelburg High School. You have to pre-book this with your entry!

Additional upgraded accommodation options and mattresses can be booked online for family and supporters for the weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday night). Supporters are also welcome to share any upgraded accommodation options with their riding partners. You’re welcome to arrive from Friday 13:00 onwards. None of the accommodation options will be available at the venue the day before the event.

Supporters are welcome to follow the map to the designated water points en route and cheer family and friends passing by, and enjoy a complimentary cappuccino from Atlantic Coffee Co at Dwarsvlei waterpoint on Day 3. Maps are available at registration.

Friday Lunch: Lunch is available for purchase throughout the afternoon.
Friday Dinner: Karoo inspired braai.
Saturday Breakfast: Big hearty farm breakfast. (fruits and cereals will also be available)
Saturday Lunch: Freshly made Roosterkoek with ample fillings and salads.
Saturday Dinner: Delicious Karan beef steak braai with Janine’s famous salads.
Sunday Breakfast: Karoo breakfast. (fruits and cereals will also be available)
Sunday Lunch: Mouthwatering Vetkoek with mince.
*Sunday Night Pass tickets need to be pre-booked online @R250. It includes live music and dinner on Sunday, and coffee with rusks Monday morning.
*Cash bar available on-premises that has a selection of cold drinks, alcohol, and snacks.

One-of-a-kind opening ceremony.
A chill zone with oversized giant Jenga.
Great live entertainment.
Rustic dam and swimming pool to swim in.
Beautiful viewing points, accessible by a short walk.
Fully stocked bar with snacks and friendly staff.