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Gravel roads and snowy peaks. The Cederberg delivered - and then some (Photo: Broderick Studio)
Gravel roads and snowy peaks. The Cederberg delivered - and then some (Photo: Broderick Studio)

The Ceder is a self-supported single-day gravel bike race starting and finishing at the Cederberg Oasis. 

Its circular route is 245km long and sees riders climb 3700m on gravel bikes, making it one of the toughest events of its kind.

During the last weekend of August, the inaugural event was made even more challenging by large amounts of untimely snowfall. 

Ceder organiser, Raoul Goetze, has a long association with the area. "The Cederberg has always been a very special place to me. Growing up, I spent time there camping and from hiking, running and cycling in more recent years, I have grown even closer to the Cederberg. I have a nostalgia attached to it."

The pandemic has forced riders and event organisers to reconsider traditional formats, creating new demand for more 'touring style' events.

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