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Heartland Gravenduro

October 05 - October 11 2024
Gariepdam, South Africa
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Distances: 5 days
Difficulty: Moderate terrain with rolling short steep hills or moderate, sustained climbs

The locals of this area of South Africa call it - "The Karoo Heartland"
 The daylight hours will be an immersive experience across barren wastelands, mountain passes and river valleys interspersed with racing segments of different disciplines. The terrain is undoubtedly the domain of the gravel bike - drop bars, stiff frame, big chainring. Mountain bikes are welcome if you feel a plush ride is more important. e-bikes are also welcome to come along on the adventure. The evenings are a social affair, great food and excellent accommodation.

Heartland Gravenduro

Start Located At: 2 aasvoel str, Gariepdam, 9922, South Africa
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6 nights of top notch accommodation, 2 nights in De Stijl Gariep Hotel, 2 nights in The Drostdy Graaff Reinet, 1 night in Die Tuishuise and Victoria Manor in Cradock, and one night of "Glamping" on the shores of the Fish River.

6 dinner and breakfasts, 5 lunches

5 days of supported riding over approximately 480km through the Eastern Great Karoo on long forgotten, classic routes.

14 km of adrenalin filled river rafting on the 2nd day, the Orange-Fish River irrigation tunnel empties out a few Km's above, so there is always a torrent of water to enjoy. (it's optional if you don't like water)

Bus with bike transfers between certain sections.

Sweep vehicle with experienced ER24 medic always in attendance

Fully stocked water-points along the way.

Experienced Ride captain to assist with mechanicals and rider safety.