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  1. Record number of entries for the 2021 version of this iconic event. Download attachment: article image 2.jpg Click here to view the article
  2. The 2021 date is set for South Africa’s favourite single day mountain bike event: 26th September. Heading into the 22nd edition the Karoo to Coast promises to be as challenging, rewarding and fun as ever – when 4 500 riders take on the route from Uniondale to Knysna. Over 800 riders are already entered in to the 2021 version of the event as the Lions of Uniondale and Knysna offered 100 percent refunds or migration to the 2021 event and most riders migrated their entries. A record number of new entries flooded in on Monday 21st September 2020 when the entries opened. The early bird entry incent
  3. The 22nd CCPP Group Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge will not take place on 20 September 2020, as scheduled. Amidst uncertain times as to when cross-provincial travel will once again be allowed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as out of concern for the health and safety of the riders and other stakeholders, the Lions of Uniondale and Knysna have taken the decision to postpone this year’s event. Download attachment: 1.jpg Click here to view the article
  4. This decision has been made with input from our safety team as well as the relevant municipal officials and our title sponsor, the President of the Uniondale Lions, Ian du Plessis commented. September is just two months away and we unfortunately cannot wait any longer to make the call, he added. The event – which acts as a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour – is an icon on the South African racing calendar and one of the largest of its type in the country. According to The Lions, in the unlikely event that the current legislation changes by September 20 – the practicalities of protec
  5. Over the past 21 years that this iconic event has taken place, there have been many courageous characters who have participated and supported the Lions of Knysna and Uniondale, who own the event. One of them is visually impaired paralympic bronze medallist - Gavin Kilpatrick, along with his tandem mountain bike guide Francois Esterhuizen- who won the tandem category of the Lions Karoo to Coast in 2018. Kilpatrick was diagnosed with Stargardt disease as a child and his sight degenerated. He has only 20% vision but has never let this deter him from competitive sport. Kilpatrick won a bronze med
  6. Finally here ... our new FARR OUT CARBON Gravel Bike!!! We're keeping it simple - 1 Model in Carbon, 1 Spec Option! Limited first stock is available NOW --- see our website here for sizing. KEY SPEC FEATURES: Sram Force1 Gravel Drivetrain ( 1 x 11 ) Sram Force Hydraulic Disc Brakes Stan’s ZTR Grails S1 Pro Tubeless Ready Wheels Zipp Finishing Kit KEY FRAME FEATURES: Toray Carbon Modern Gravel Geometry with Taller Headtube for Comfort Internal Cable Routing Flatmount Disc Brake Mount and Floating Derailleur Hanger these bikes are supplied 99% assembled and require minor adjustment to ge
  7. The Dr Evil Classic starts at the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve The Dr Evil Classic is a three-day mountain bike stage race in the Plettenberg Bay area and surrounds. Each day has a different start/finish venue, Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, Kurland Polo Estate and Cairnbrogie Dairy Farm, all within 25kms of one another. With three completely different days of riding, through game reserve, mountainous indigenous and pine forest, and coastal single track, the event shows off the best of the Garden Route. This year’s event took place from 19-21 September. The Dr Evil Classic covers a wide range
  8. Sebastian Stark leads Waylon Woolcock up one of the many climbs with punctuate the Prince Alfred’s Pass road from Uniondale to Knysna. Photo by Oakpics.com. “Sometimes it was good, but sometimes it was really hard to see anything” puffed the muddy race winner upon crossing the finish line on the Knysna High School Sports Fields. “I attacked on the second climb” Stark explained, delving into how the 2019 BUCO Karoo to Coast unfolded. “Waylon [Woolcock] went with me, but of course he would not share the work as he had his teammates chasing. So, I decided to get clear of him and ride my own race.
  9. “I’ve done Karoo to Coast a few times now,” says 2018 winner Craig Boyes. “For me the heritage the event carries is really special, as is starting in the Karoo and finishing at the coast - the views from the from start to finish are just amazing,” he says. This year’s event – the 21st Buco Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge – will take place on 22 September 2019 over 96 kilometres from Uniondale to Knysna. Entries over the past few years have sold out in record time and organisers expect this year to be no different. “Also,” Boyes adds, “There is one route only - no shorter options
  10. Tapering. What’s that? Who needs a big rest ahead of a goal event when you can cruise three beautiful days and then – with all your muscles firing – blaze the goal. For this reason the Buco DR Evil Classic is the ideal ‘warm-up’ opportunity ahead of the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast. But that is just one small reason to enter now… Don’t take our word for it, Nicola Giliomee finished second on K2C in 2018, here’s what she has to say of the Dr Evil Classic “Everything about this event is just world class,” says Nicola Giliomee. “The routes are so well designed and marked by Leon (Evans) and his tea
  11. Celebrate the Heritage Day long weekend with all the best of what the Garden Route has to offer. Click here to view the article
  12. Perhaps best known for his Hakahana Enduro-style trail network in Gauteng, Johan and his team have built roughly 15kms of hand-built single-track at Kurland and by the middle of next year he expects to have completed a very special series of trails across the estate. “We are building a different kind of trail here. This is proper riding,” says Johan. “I would call this an aspirational trail - we will have all the elements for the gravity guys but a kid on a 20-inch bike will be able to ride the trail. You choose how you take it on.” Breathtaking views and awesome single track is in store for
  13. The Buco Dr Evil Classic 3 day stage race is a feast of natural beauty and challenging riding on the Garden Route. Riders are treated like royalty for 3 days with amazing services on the route, delicious meals and some of the best single track riding in the country. The Dr Evil Classic is used by many riders as a warm-up for the Buco Lions Karoo to Coast, the one day, 100km race from Uniondale to Knysna over the stunning Prince Alfred’s Pass. This event will take place on Sunday 22 September, so be sure to take Monday off and relax on the Garden Route for a couple of days after your mountain b
  14. The Prince Alfred’s Pass is without a doubt one of the most scenic mountain passes in South Africa and mountain biking fans are encouraged to visit the BUCO Karoo to Coast Facebook page to view all the photos from the 2018 event. Photo by Oakpics.com. Held in near perfect conditions; which saw the first section of gravel road known as the, ‘Ou Wapad’, smoother than it has been for years and in presently mild temperatures the 2018 BUCO Karoo to Coast was one for the history books. 4 600 riders made the twentieth edition the largest ever field and only a light head wind provided a hint of natura
  15. The BUCO Karoo to Coast takes riders from the arid Karoo, in Uniondale, over the Outeniqua Mountains to Knysna, on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Photo by Ewald Sadie. The 100 kilometre long route takes in the Ou Wapad out of Uniondale; Prince Alfred’s Pass, a still-gravel road pass which it has been argued is Thomas Bain's finest work; and Kom-se-Pad through the beautiful Gouna indigenous Forest. The weather for this year’s event looks set to be perfect, with mild temperatures and virtually wind still conditions predicted on the long-term forecast. The route follows Prince Alfred’s Pass, one
  16. Just a heads-up - a person who uses the name above is working a scam on K2C entries. Basically, no entries available, so she advises (on the K2C 2018 fb page) that she has an entry for sale. Money changes hands (electronically of course), and then no more. Simple, yet effective. Looking on the K2C page it has happened to at least 2 people so far. So, be alert. and.....if anyone really does have entries for sale, please advise - a friend is in need.
  17. Dr Evil Classic - 20th to the 22nd September – race villages and routes based around Plettenberg Bay. Lions Karoo to Coast – 23rd September – start in Uniondale and Finish in Knysna. 1. The finest forest riding in the country “Nowhere in the country can you ride indigenous forests as you can here,” says route designer for the Dr Evil - Leon Evans. This year sees two new venues included in the three-day stage race promising even more spectacular single track and forest riding. Registration and Day One are at the Plett Game Reserve. Day Two is at Kurland Hotel and Polo Estate. While Day Three
  18. It was the 19-year-old from Stellensbosch’s first attempt at the 95.95km event and he was ecstatic with the result. “Yes, very happy indeed!” He commented at the finish. “I came with good form and hopes of a win, but didn’t really know who would be here so wasn’t too sure what to expect,” he said. At the front end of the 4700 capacity field, the racing started in earnest right from the gun, as is the norm with this event. Conditions for the race, which has some 1521m ascent and 2244m descent were perfect, with overcast skies and cooler temperatures than initially forecast. More importantly, th
  19. The original idea was the 62-year-old De Kock’s. He wanted to do a mountain bike ride from Beitbridge (on the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe), to Cape Point via Sedgefield and Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa. After some persuasion, Fitzpatrick (69 – who has been managing the finish of the Lion’s Pennypinchers Karoo to Coast since 2005 – decided to join him. According to Fitzpatrick’s wife Sue – who is chairperson of Lions Knysna – he has seen the response and delight of someone that has had a cataract removed. “Also, he is so involved with the Lions and Karoo to Coast, tha
  20. Barry de Kock and George Fitzpatrick are just about halfway to their goal of cycling from Beitbridge to Knysna. The pair – who have been friends since they both worked for SAA many years ago – have undertaken the journey to raise funds for cataract operations, sponsoring a guide dog, and cornea transplants, through the Knysna Lion’s Club. Click here to view the article
  21. Entries for the iconic Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast are now sold out. However, there are a limited number of entries still available, reserved exclusively for those who will still enter the Pennypichers Dr Evil Classic. Click here to view the article
  22. “You can still secure an entry for the Lions Karoo to Coast if you enter the Dr Evil Classic before the 31st May 2016,” explains event co-owner Zandile Meneses. “Riders will also get a preferential start group in the Karoo to Coast if they ride both events,” she says. According to Meneses, proactive riders will also qualify for a R200 discount on their Dr Evil Classic entry, if they get in touch with her directly on zandile@drevilclassic.com. Now in its fifth year, the three-day Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic, will feature a number of new innovations, chief of which is having a diffe
  23. The 17th Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge will take place on 18 September 2016 over 96 kilometres from Uniondale to Knysna. Entries for the 2015 event sold out in record time and organisers expect this year to be no different. Click here to view the article
  24. “It is the ‘Argus’ of mountain biking,” commented 2015 winner Matt Beers (RED-E Cannondale). “Riders are always going to come back to improve their time,” he said. “It’s such an amazing route with such a vast contrast of scenery and terrain. Also, it sets a great challenge for any rider – its not too technical, so people who want to accomplish a goal of riding 100km on a MTB, can do so.” Matt Beers at Diepwalle Forest, Karoo to Coast 2015. © Desmond Scholtz Beers, who originally hails from Knysna, won’t be enjoying too much of the scenery up the sharp end of the race however, as he looks to
  25. Beers who recently signed with the RED-E Cannondale team crossed the line ahead of Adriaan Louw (Contego) and some 4300 other cyclists on the 16th edition of the iconic event. The event is owned by the Lions Clubs of Knysna and Uniondale. The major beneficiary of this event is the SightFirst Project for sight restoration operations in the Southern Cap and Karoo, for those who cannot afford them. The Lions Clubs also support the South African Guide Dog Association and many other positive projects. Matt Beers Karoo to Coast 2015. Beers went into the race as something of an underdog, just the wa
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