Organisers Encourage E-bikes and Gravel Bikes at the Dr Evil Classic

Organisers of the Dr Evil Classic 3-day stage race, which takes place from 17-19 September in the Plettenberg Bay area, are encouraging entries for the e-bike category which will have it’s own prize awarded. Gravel bikes are now also allowed and will have their own category and prize.

Race Co-founder Leon Evans says: “There are many e-bikes being sold these days, and we feel it’s important to cater for this group of people who also want to experience stage racing. We permit any type of bike at the Dr Evil Classic, gravel bikes included. Personally I think the routes are more suited to MTB’s, but there are some folk out there who like to push their limits with gravel or single speed bikes.”

 

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All of the 3 stages of the Dr Evil Classic have different start venues, ensuring very different terrain each day

 

Ferdi Bravenboer was one of a small group of e-riders at the 2019 Dr Evil Classic and had this to say: “I bought my e-bike in 2018 because I just didn’t have enough time to train to keep up with my friends. I can’t think of any other race where an e-bike is more perfect than at the Dr Evil Classic. You are just so much more relaxed and it gives you time to actually appreciate your surroundings. The part I enjoyed the most was that all 3 days were set in totally different environments, so you never get bored or used to the views!”

 

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The Dr Evil Classic shows off some of the best of the Garden Route

 

“I think e-bikes open up a whole new world of possible races and events for riders not as fit as their fellow riders, just to join in the fun. And that is the whole point of mountain biking, having as much fun as possible,” Bravenboer said.

 

With a different start venue for each stage of the Dr Evil Classic (but all within 20kms of each other), riders experience a very different type of landscape each day. The first stage leaves from Plettenberg Game Reserve with wildlife on view from the bike, then heads out for a scenic 70km mountainous ride.

 

Day 2 starts at Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate and is mostly made up of indigenous and plantation forest covering a distance of around 45km. The estate continues to expand its network of singletrack and 2020 riders will reap the benefits. Day 3 is 50kms, starting at Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm with its renowned network of singletrack along a coastline which forms part of the Robberg Coastal Corridor.

 

Sign up for the Dr Evil Classic here or email zandile@drevilclassic.co.za for a manual entry. Enter Dr Evil at 2019 prices by the end of March and be in line to win an amazing accommodation package from Hunter’s Country House worth R 15 000, along with 2 entries to the Karoo to Coast.

 

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Day 3 of the Dr Evil Classic provides stunning single track with breathtaking coastal views

 

The Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge takes place the day after the Dr Evil Classic, on 20 September, and the combination of the two events over the Heritage Day long weekend, remains a strong drawcard for those looking for a feast of mountain biking.

 

The Lions Karoo to Coast is a 100 kilometre one-day marathon event, and sees up to 4500 riders cross the old wagon trail out of Uniondale before joining the Prince Alfred’s Pass through the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna. The event is now 22 years’ old and one of the most popular one-day events in the country.

 

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The spectacular Prince Alfred’s Pass is one of the highlights of the Lions Karoo to Coast

 

Enter here for the Lions Karoo to Coast or email zandile@karootocoast.co.za for a manual entry. Lions Karoo to Coast riders with a Dr Evil entry receive an automatic second batch seeding amongst seven batches, and the race is also a seeding event for the 2021 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

 

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The Lions Karoo to Coast is a challenging 100kms on the bike

 




8 Comments

MrJacques, Jan 29 2020 08:56

Wonder if the range of the average e-bike will be enough?

Headshot, Jan 29 2020 11:26

If gravel bikes are welcome does that mean its all gravel roads and no tech?

Zandile Meneses, Jan 29 2020 02:23

Wonder if the range of the average e-bike will be enough?

Hi Jacques - yes it will be enough - we have had a few riders enjoying the event in 2019 using regular E Bikes. Please inbox me at zandile@drevilclassic.com if you have any other queries or would like our option for a 3 month entry payment plan.

Zandile Meneses, Jan 29 2020 02:26

If gravel bikes are welcome does that mean its all gravel roads and no tech?

Hi Headshot Thank you for the question - as Leon has pointed out (aka Dr Evil) there are tech sections and it is not all gravel but some riders like to challenge themselves. The Karoo to Coast has a dedicated Gravel bike category this year (no E Bikes) and this route is predominantly gravel pass road. Please inbox me at zandile@drevilclassic.com should you require any further info Zandile

LeoKnight, Jan 29 2020 06:47

Actually nice to see an organiser being active on bikehub.  All the best with the event and may it be very successful 

Shebeen, Jan 30 2020 09:30

so either something changed since 2019, or you need to bring a second bike for the K2C

https://www.karootoc...race-info/faqs/

 

 

After discussion with the safety officer and medical team – a decision has been made NOT to allow Ebikes and Gravel Bikes to participate in this event. This is for safety reasons due to the size of the existing field and the technicality and speed of the downhills and route in general. Although these bikes may work for experienced riders – the concern lies with the fun / less experienced riders and the speed / descents / drop off’s on the route. The medical team is large and generally works very hard to take care of the riders – and we do not wish to add any more pressure or risk to the event dynamic

Wally Loftie-Eaton, Jan 30 2020 02:15

not all e-bikers are beginners-some of us can ride any terrain 

mecheng89, Jan 31 2020 08:40

so either something changed since 2019, or you need to bring a second bike for the K2C

https://www.karootoc...race-info/faqs/

 

 

After discussion with the safety officer and medical team – a decision has been made NOT to allow Ebikes and Gravel Bikes to participate in this event. This is for safety reasons due to the size of the existing field and the technicality and speed of the downhills and route in general. Although these bikes may work for experienced riders – the concern lies with the fun / less experienced riders and the speed / descents / drop off’s on the route. The medical team is large and generally works very hard to take care of the riders – and we do not wish to add any more pressure or risk to the event dynamic

As a keen gravel(er), I'm pretty disappointed with the tiny amount of events up here at altitude. SxSE that started last year was a smashing event, and it's a real pity I won't be able to attend the Midvaal 100 Miler, but other than that? RTTS seems to pretty much be the premier event, but from some stories I heard the corrugations were severe in some sections. 

 

Event organizers should stop dangling the carrot under our noses.