RIDER INFO

YOUR KAROO JOURNEY

FOOD & BEVERAGES

Hospitality at Ride the Karoo truly shows in the food. Expect Karoo lamb tjops, succulent Karan Beef steaks, freshly baked farm bread, condensedmilk coffee at breakfast to potatoes and koeksisters at the water points. Not to mention beer on tap for the weekend!

*Friday Lunch can be purchased during the course of the afternoon
Friday: Dinner
Saturday: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch
*Sunday dinner meal tickets can be booked additionally online along with your entry
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 doesn’t just offer your regular waterpoints!
Water points at Ride the Karoo is a place where you won’t want to leave as there are crispy, sweet koeksisters, boerewors, potatoes, mini roosterkoekies and ‘n lekker vibe! On top of that you will be surprised by complimentary moerkoffie in the middle of the Karoo veld!

Condensedmilk coffee and tea with rusks available at breakfast. Coffee & tea available to purchase throughout the day from Karoo Brew. Water, Craft Beer, Craft Gin, Wine and soft drinks will be on sale from the bar at the Main Building as well as at our new “Karoo Craft Chill Zone”.

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.

ACCOMMODATION

Complimentary tented accommodation is included in your entry (riders only, supporters can share with riders or book additional accommodation) but should you wish to upgrade, there are limited luxury tents as well as guest farm accommodation available. *All accommodation options are only available from the day of the event.

Complimentary tented accommodation for 3 nights. Each rider receives a tent and single mattress erected in advance. Additional mattresses 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

R2800 (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:
3 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.
R2200 (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.
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.
R2200 (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. 

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 available after each stage of the tour brought to you by the hard working crew from Q-Bike.

Feathertec Service packages are available to book with your online entry at R450 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 Q Bike.

You will also have first 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 at R550 which includes 2 x 30min massages. Limited packages available and are 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 you can be sure to expect an interesting prize giving. And yes, we are serious (sometimes). The following categories can expect prizes like Hope on Hopkins Gin, Deetlefs Wine, Cycles United, Norco Bikes, Audi hampers and a weekend getaway for two from Celtis Country Lodge ;-). For the more serious riders we will also have very 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 @R1400 pp for adults and R500 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.

R300 per child for the weekend! The fees will go to Middelburg High School. You have to pre-book this with your entry!

Additional tents and mattresses can be booked online for family and supporters at R650 which includes a tent and mattress for the weekend (Friday, Saturday & Sunday night). Supporters are also welcome to share any luxury tents and guest farm accommodation with their runners. You’re welcome to arrive from Friday 13:00 onwards. No accommodation is available at the venue the day prior to the event.

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: Dinner
Saturday: Free coffee & rusks before breakfast, Breakfast, Lunch, Afternoon snacks, Dinner
Sunday: Breakfast, Lunch
*Sunday dinner meal tickets can be booked additionally online at R130pp
Cash bar available on premises that has a selection of cold drinks, alcohol and snacks.

A very unique and spectacular opening ceremony
Horse and pony riding (Adult guided rides)
Live entertainment