Eroica South Africa & NOVA Eroica
- We have a new entry-level route! Our 35km option follows the tar road up the Koo valley towards the north, where it turns onto the dirt road to Baden. From there the route explores the beautiful pastoral farms around Baden and Gewelkrans, and at the furthest point you will find beautiful Groenland, where we have a special food and drinks stop where riders can relax and recuperate before heading back to town. A short dirt section south takes riders to the R318, and a quick roll back to the KWV venue. This route is aimed at introducing newcomers to the ideology of Eroica, and therefore we allow non-vintage bikes to participate too. But of course we appreciate every effort that is made to comply with the vintage spirit of our event. So please bring friends and family to come and join us on this lovely jaunt around Montagu.
- For those who want to ride the medium distance route, we have a new adventure planned though the Patatsfontein and Pietersfontein areas. While this route is shorter than our previous middle distance option, one could say it’s tougher. The route includes a spectacular isolated back-road that has a few short sections of portage and two small river crossings, and there are rougher road sections with loose stones and ruts. Don’t be put off by this - the beauty of this route, and the special snack stop at the furthest point, make this 60km route well worth it. This 60km option follows the 35km route up to the Groenland food stop, and takes a loop north from there through Patatsfontein and Pietersfontein and back to Groenland. This means that those riding the 60km can leave family or friends who ride the 35km at the Groenland stop, and meet them back there before heading back to town together. Remember - you have all day, so make the most of it!
- Our longest route stays unchanged. This is the route for the true heroes of the day! It takes you north-east and up the gruesome Ouberg Pass, after which you start heading west around the Langeberg-Wes mountains. As you head north the gravel route gets really isolated and wild. The beautiful vistas are punctuated by water and food stops along the way, but you get that real feeling of being ‘out there’. Once you meet the tarmac again your first descent is the Rooihoogte Pass, followed by the Burgers Pass, and then a fast roll into town. Providing there’s no headwind of course! Please take care along this tar section back to Montagu as this a public road frequently used by cars. This is the one route that all true Eroica enthusiasts should do at least once. Make this your year.
- This is our enduro-style race route for modern gravel bicycles, called Nova Eroica. This category is open to modern gravel bikes, and follows the 135km Keisie dirt-road route up the brutal Ouberg Pass, after which riders start heading west around the Langeberg-Wes mountains. Upon meeting the tar at the top of the Koo, racers drop down Rooihoogte Pass, followed by the Burgers Pass, and then head into the mountains for a last section that visits Groenland and a route through Baden back into town. Along this route there a several Strava Segments which will be raced to determine the winner with the shortest time. Any part of the route outside of these segments are neutral, allowing racers to relax and take in the beautiful views, and also enjoy fantastic food stops along the way.
On the weekend of 14 March 2020, one week after the famed Cape Town Cycle Tour, we are celebrating our fifth Eroica South Africa in the beautiful village and surrounds of Montagu. Come celebrate vintage Italian road cycling culture with us - bring your classic racing bicycles and ride with us through the beautiful Karoo around the dirt roads north of Montagu in the Western Cape. For those of you who are into a more modern approach, come and race our enduro-style NOVA Eroica race on your gravel bikes!
Of course there will be great food and wine, and lots of old bicycles to lust over. With South Africa's rich cycling history, we’re proud to have this celebrated Italian event honoured on African soil.
As before, we're hosting a vintage bicycle concourse, so prepare your most beautiful and rarest old bicycles for display and judging - it’s time to see what South Africans have hidden in their bike collections! Enter soon, and secure your accommodation and dinner bookings - it’s going to be a fantastic weekend.
See you there!