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RACE REVIEW | The Dirty South West

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South Africa’s gravel riding scene is strong. As it should be, considering the quality of terrain. (Photo: Dirty SW)
South Africa’s gravel riding scene is strong. As it should be, considering the quality of terrain. (Photo: Dirty SW)

New to the gravel event calendar was this three-day race held recently in the Riebeek Kasteel/Piketberg region of the Western Cape.

If the name sounds a little familiar, it is a sibling event to The Dirty South Gravel Race. Whereas that rain-drenched event between Stillbaai and Stanford certainly lived up to its name, this Swartland version was altogether drier. But no less tough.

And like the Dirty South OG, this was also a fully inclusive and fully supported event. Your luggage was transported for you, with luxury tented accommodation and all meals provided. Basically, all you needed was beer money.

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