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The Tanqua Kuru Bicycle Race

May 23 - May 25 2025
Calvinia South Africa
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Distances: 2 days
Difficulty: Gently rolling terrain with one or two short hills

The Tanqua Kuru Bicycle Race is a two-day gravel race.

The race has been specifically designed to test a modern gravel bicycle, however, our aim is to bring all people who love bicycles together. We want to be as inclusionary as possible, so we welcome any type of bicycle to take part.


Day 1 – 110km – 450m ascent (more gravel)
Day 1 – 55km – 150m ascent (more chill)

Day 2 – 60 km – 250m ascent

This year, we will have two race categories:

First over the line
Points race. Points are accumulated for each of the segments. 3 points for first place, 2 points for second place and 1 point for third place.

The Tanqua Kuru Bicycle Race

Start Located At: Tankwa Karoo National Park, R355, Calvinia, 8190, South Africa
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Friday 27 May 2022

16:00, arrival at The Tankwa Tented Camp. Cruise around the artworks
19:00, dinner served in the boma
20:00, race briefing
20:00, campfire bicycle stories – see speaker list.

Saturday 28 May 2022

05:30, farm breakfast will be served in the Boma
07:00, race start
12:00, lunch
Afternoon at leisure, cool off and have a dip at Stoney Beach
15:00, for the sprinters, there will be a 400m drag race on the airstrip, winner takes all.
16:30, depart for gins on Sunset Hill
19:30, a wholesome dinner will be served in the Boma
21:00, the Bicycle Burn will be lit

Sunday 29 May 2022

06:30, a slightly later start, farm breakfast will be served in the Boma.
07:30, race start


2 X breakfasts
2 X lunches
2 X dinners
1 X hand made musette
Tented accommodation with bedding and lighting provided
2 X refreshment stops en route
Access to Tankwa Karoo National Park
2 X Tanqua Tonics
1 x beer at the end of each day’s ride
Sweep vehicle
Mobile medic
More than anything though, this race gives you access to find yourself, and lose yourself.
The first 30 entries will receive a free Tanqua Tee