One hundred percent of the cyclists who entered the 2020 version of the event, migrated their entries to the 2021 edition. Entries to the event opened on the 21st September 2020 and a record number of entries were recorded in 24 hours. Riders are encouraged to enter early to avoid disappointment as there are only 350 slots available. The Early Bird entry incentive competition is for any rider entering before the 30th October 2020 and it is valued at over R20 000 in prizes. The prize includes luxurious accommodation for three nights at the Hunters Country Estate in Plettenberg Bay during the Dr Evil Classic. The winner will also receive two CCPP Group Lions Karoo to Coast entries, a R1000 fuel voucher from Caltex Knysna Waterfront Drive and accommodation at the Brenton Haven Beachfront Resort for the K2C leg of the weekend.
The 2021 CCPP Group Dr Evil Classic is set to take place on the Heritage Day long weekend - from Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th of September. Riders will once again be treated to three days of exceptionally scenic Garden Route mountain biking with each stage starting and finishing in a unique location near Plettenberg Bay.
The opening stage and registration will once again be hosted by the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, where big game sightings are guaranteed in the early and final kilometres of the stage. Stage 1 is the longest and arguably the most challenging of the race at 71 kilometres in length with 1 400 meters of climbing – but the views over the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains more than make up for any difficulties.
Stage 2 starts and finishes on the manicured fields of the Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate. The second day’s route is a manageable 45 kilometres in length and includes 980 meters of climbing though plantations and indigenous forests. In 2019, ten kilometres of new singletrack was added to the final section of the day’s route and 2021 riders can expect that number to increase as Kurland continues to add to their trail network.
The final stage of the race is hosted by the Cairnbrogie Farm and boasts the area’s best singletracks. Coastal and forest trails make up the bulk of the 51-kilometre route which takes in 800 meters of climbing through the Harkerville Forest section of the Garden Route National Park.
Entries to the 2021 CCPP Group Dr Evil Classic are open and the entry packages include dinner at registration on Wednesday the 22nd of September, as well as lunches on all three race days. Supporter meal tickets can be purchased for non-riding guests too, which helps make the Dr Evil Classic a family friendly event.
- Dates: 23rd to 25th September 2021 – it is a long weekend
- CCPP Group Lions Karoo to Coast takes place on the 26th Sept 2021
- Location: Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
- Stage 1: Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, 71km with 1 400m of climbing
- Stage 2: Kurland Hotel, 45km with 980m of climbing
- Stage 3: Cairnbrogie Farm, 51km with 800m of climbing
- Entry Fees: Solo R4 350 | Teams R8 700 – no increase in price
- Meals: Dinner on Wednesday. Lunch Thursday to Saturday.
- Website: www.drevilclassic.com
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