The Dirty South gravel bike race

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Rural gravel roads. As far away from a mall, as possible (Photo: Dirty South)
Rural gravel roads. As far away from a mall, as possible (Photo: Dirty South)
  • Want to go explore some new gravel roads in the Overberg?
  • This is the event that promises to do, just that
  • Three days of gravel bike racing and riding, through one of South Africa's most inspiring rural areas 

Between road and mountain bikes, there is gravel, and it’s the thing in cycling. Right now.

Globally gravel riding, or all-terrain cycling, phenomenon has become dramatically popular.

As people wish to ride longer, and escape the altered reality of lockdown, they inevitably want to branch off traditional riding routes. Onto gravel.

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If you love riding drop bars, off-road, this is the event for you (Photo: Dirty South)

From the Kuru - to way down South

Anyone who has travelled even a little bit beyond their own abode, will know that South Africa has the best gravel roads in the world.

To celebrate that, the people behind that epic Tankwa Kuru gravel bike event, are hosting South Africa’s first three-day gravel bike stage race.

It’s called The Dirty South and will route for 250km through (and over) some of the best Garden Route and Overberg terrain. All rural. Lots of gravel. From Stilbaai to Stanford. 

Scheduled for 1-3 October, The Dirty South will be limited to only 100 riders. Included in the R7500 price is proper accommodation (no tents) and all meals. And yes, there will be lavishly stocked waterpoints along the route, too.

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Mud is all part of the fun, at The Dirty South (Photo: Dirty South)

Taking riders to those gravel gems

Race director Adriaan Theron, is keen to introduce Dirty South riders to some choice Overberg and Strandveld gravel roads “You get to explore places you wouldn’t usually see on a road bike or have the pleasure of enjoying if you were navigating a tricky singletrack on your mountain bike.”

“With gravel biking you get the best of both worlds which is why we thought why not launch a stage race that allowed riders to cover even more territory, taking in the unique beauty of a region while testing their own strength and endurance.”

As one would expect from any decent local stage race, there will be medical staff and an optional Rotary Car shuttle service, from the start in Stilbaai, to Arniston.

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It is a race, but the gravel riding spirit rings true - like helping other riders with issues(Photo: Dirty South)
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