Dr Evil Classic – the new style of MTB stage race

There’s a reason Plettenberg Bay is called the Riviera of South Africa. It’s where the well-heeled choose to head to when there’s break in their busy schedules; or where they go to relax during the annual summer holiday. ‘Plett’ has some of the country’s finest beaches, indigenous forests, and a picturesque coastline. It has also developed a growing food and wine culture for the discerning. Oh, and more recently, it’s become a great place to ride a mountain bike.

Yes, just a short hop away is Knysna, a town that’s well known for its historic role in the early days of mountain biking. But in terms of modern mountain bike trail progression, Plett is a shining example of what’s possible when you want to develop trails that are fun to ride and which take in the full spectrum of terrain and points of interest in the area.


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The Plett Wine and Bubbly Route is growing in popularity among tourists. Participants and supporters at the BUCO Dr Evil Classic will be able to experience this under-rated attraction.


Introducing the new-style of mountain bike stage race – an event that’s designed to complement and fully explore its location and deliver participants an unforgettable experience both on and off the bike.


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The BUCO Dr Evil Classic will have three different start/finish venues – one for each day – in order to make the most of the variety of scenic riding in the area, including a foray into the nearby Knysna forest.


The BUCO Dr Evil Classic, which takes place on the long weekend of 21–23 September, is a race, of course, but it’s not all about finishing positions. It’s also about times. Fast times and good times. The former for the speedy and competitive types and the latter for, well, pretty much everyone.


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There’s a growing social dining culture in Plett, which has resulted in the establishment of a number of high quality restaurants in interesting locations, giving BUCO Dr Evil Classic participants a range of eating venue options.


There are three different start/finish venues – one for each stage. Yes, it’s logistically more challenging for the organisers, but it’s allowed the route designer, the legendary Dr Evil (Leon Evans), to avoid repetition of trail use and keep riders stimulated for the entire duration of the event. It’s another Dr Evil Classic innovation aimed at eliminating the encroaching ‘Groundhog Day’ effect at the start and finish of most three-day stage races.


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A portion of the entry fees for the BUCO Dr Evil Classic goes to local social upliftment causes.


It’s widely known that South Africa is the mountain bike stage race capital of the world. But with this high number of stage races (there are at least 70 a year), especially the three-day duration events, there’s a risk of stagnation. With the Dr Evil Classic, we have purposefully changed our format to ensure our participants feel, hear, see, taste or smell something new every day. Zandile Meneses, Event Director


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The routes for the BUCO Dr Evil Classic have been designed to offer participants the best possible experience of the Plett region, including forest, farmland and coastal sections.


“Because the 2017 Dr Evil Classic finishes the day before the popular Karoo to Coast, which is on Sunday 24 September; and because Monday 25 September is a public holiday, we are expecting a growth in entrant numbers this year. It’s an exciting time for our event and for the Plett area, which really is becoming a new mountain biking hot spot,” added Meneses.


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The coastal town of Plett forms a significant part of the world famous Garden Route and is proudly the host town of the Buco Dr Evil Classic, a new style three-day mountain bike stage race.


What are the distances? Day 1 – 73km, Day 2 – 40km, Day 3 – 50km all over moderately challenging, incredibly varied and scenic terrain.







Pure Savage, May 16 2017 01:07

Looking forward to this event! First MTB stage race for one of the roadies.

Patchelicious, May 16 2017 01:10

Looking forward to this event! First MTB stage race for one of the roadies.

This was the very first cycling event I did when started out. Was told by my old man that I must buy a bike and go ride this "race".

Didn't even know what a 29er was, never mind a stage race. That year the second day was a 90km from Plett UP the pass that K2C comes down, to this day the longest day I had on a bike, 9hours...... came dead last on an alu frame HT. (Edit: Beside DD and a 24h spin.)

Was nice and fat too :)

koukie, May 16 2017 01:15

Looking forward to this event! First MTB stage race for one of the roadies.

Its a nice event, I did it three years ago when all three days started at Wittedrift. 

DJuice, May 22 2017 07:53

Great event.

It is a good first stage race.


The race had a good following from a few locals from Upington, see one above in the picture.


Did two editions from Wittedrif, not nearly fit enough for our "racing" aspirations, burned the whole match box in the first half and cruise the downhill back to Wittedrift.

Shebeen, May 22 2017 08:12

Don't really get what the innovation is here, basically just a self drive 3 day race based in a single town.

For net the combination with K2C is the big selling point

Headshot, May 22 2017 01:03

Looks lekker, but then so do many other events. There are simply too many of the things these days and they are a rip off in many cases.


I am very cost conscious so my money goes to events like the Ezelfontein 3 day event where there is no profit motive whatsoever - all proceeds to local charities - relaxed vibe and free camping. What MTB used to be like.

Pure Savage, May 22 2017 01:29

Having got an entry for the event we thought it was time we got the roadie of the team ready for some off road, so on the weekend we went and rode Kirtsenbosch and green belt!


Also, if you have entered the Dr Evil Classic and like Pure Savage and Dr Evil's facebook pages you can win a set of Ciovita 2017 Pure Savage race kit! (In your size :P )

We have not ironed out the T&C's yet, but you get the drift :)

tunariaan, May 24 2017 03:48

The write up is all about the town.
Is all the same.
People try and sell it as natural forest riding but that you can do all over in garden route.
Give kudos to event organisers adding single track riding to their routes and not only a to b riding

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Pure Savage, Sep 21 2017 03:51

Yoh that was tough for a roadie!

DJuice, Sep 21 2017 03:57

Do tell more!


7th not to bad for roadie.

Pure Savage, Sep 21 2017 04:24

Blog is done! There is a little bit of truth in there mixed with a lot of exaggerations. :D





Now to fill up on some cold ones and get ready for tomorrow!

Pure Savage, Sep 26 2017 12:30

Had a blast over the three days and put in a rather good block of training. Was fun doing my first MTB stage race with a veteran like Kevin. 


Here is the final stage report! 




Well done again the winner of the Savage kit!  :D


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'Dale, Sep 26 2017 01:33

Well done, Pure Savage.

What a milestone.