Eroica South Africa & NOVA Eroica

Saturday, 16 March 2019
Western CapeKWV Gallery, Kohler Street, Montagu, Western Cape
  • Distance
    45 km
    Date
    16 Mar 2019
    Our shortest route follows gravel farm roads along the pastoral Kingna river valley to the east, to a special ‘water’ stop at the Kingna Distillery. Then after a short stint on the R62 tar road, you get back onto farm roads all the way into town, and straight to the festival venue for some good food. This route is aimed at introducing newcomers to the ideology of Eroica, and therefore we allow non-vintage bikes to participate too. But of course we appreciate every effort that is made to comply with the vintage spirit of our event. So please bring friends and family to come and join us on this lovely jaunt around Montagu. Starting at 09:00 on 16 March 2019 from our Eroica Festival venue.
  • Distance
    90 km
    Date
    16 Mar 2019
    This option follows the 50km Kingna route until you get back into town, and head straight out again towards the north-west and into the Baden area. Here it gets beautiful, and a little tougher with some steep gravel climbs and downhills. But there is a great reward - after the downhill into the Pietersfontein there will be a food stop and the opportunity for a quick dip in a farm dam. From there you head back up and you start your return to town. Starting at 8:30 on 16 March 2019 from our Eroica Festival venue.
  • Distance
    135 km
    Date
    16 Mar 2019
    Our longest route takes us north-east and up the gruesome Ouberg Pass, after which we start heading west around the Langeberg-Wes mountains. This gravel route gets really isolated and wild before we meet the tarmac and start heading south again, first down the Rooihoogte Pass, followed by the Burgers Pass, and then a fast roll into town. Providing there’s no headwind of course! Please take care along this tar section back to Montagu. Starting at 7:30 on 16 March 2019 from our Eroica Festival venue.
  • Distance
    155 km
    Date
    16 Mar 2019
    This is our race route for the newly introduced enduro-style racing category called Nova Eroica. This category is open to modern gravel bikes, and follows the 140km Keisie route up the brutal Ouberg Pass, after which we start heading west around the Langeberg-Wes mountains. After meeting the tar racers drop down Rooihoogte Pass, followed by the Burgers Pass, and then head into the mountains for a last section that visits Pietersfontein and a route through Baden back into town. Along this route there a several Strava Segments which will be raced to determine the winner with the shortest time. Any part of the route outside of these segments are neutral, allowing racers to relax and take in the beautiful views. Starting at 08:00 on 16 March 2019 from our Eroica Festival venue.

Details

On the weekend of 16 March 2019, one week after the famed Cape Town Cycle Tour, we are celebrating our fourth Eroica South Africa in the beautiful village and surrounds of Montagu. Come celebrate vintage Italian road cycling culture with us - bring your classic racing bicycles and ride with us through the beautiful Karoo around the dirt roads north of Montagu in the Western Cape. For those of you who are into a more modern approach, come and race our enduro-style NOVA Eroica race on your gravel bikes!

 

Of course there will be great food and wine, and lots of old bicycles to lust over. With South Africa's rich cycling history, we’re proud to have this celebrated Italian event honoured on African soil.

 

For 2019 we are adding a vintage bicycle concourse, so prepare your most beautiful and rarest old bicycles for display and judging - it’s time to see what South Africans have hidden in their bike collections! Enter soon, and secure your accommodation and dinner bookings - it’s going to be a fantastic weekend.

 

See you there!

Venue

KWV Gallery, Kohler Street, Montagu, Western Cape, Western Cape
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DJR, Dec 03 2018 11:18

Team DJR will be there again and this time we'll bring Team Beattbox along as well. Really looking forward to this event that is now one of the highlights on our cycling calendar  :thumbup:

Stan Engelbrecht, Dec 04 2018 04:12

Team DJR will be there again and this time we'll bring Team Beattbox along as well. Really looking forward to this event that is now one of the highlights on our cycling calendar  :thumbup:

Happy to hear it! See you guys there.

lechatnoir, Dec 04 2018 04:29

This was a tough old pedal this year. Did the Nova and am trying to persuade my trusty steed that next year will be just as fun. But jeepers, I need more legs or a bigger cassette for the first climb.... probably both!!

MvdP, Dec 04 2018 04:33

weekend booked!

Stan Engelbrecht, Dec 05 2018 01:30

weekend booked!

Nice!

Stan Engelbrecht, Dec 05 2018 01:30

This was a tough old pedal this year. Did the Nova and am trying to persuade my trusty steed that next year will be just as fun. But jeepers, I need more legs or a bigger cassette for the first climb.... probably both!!

The second time will be a breeze!

DJR, Dec 05 2018 01:48

..........For 2019 we are adding a vintage bicycle concourse, ...........

Is it open for all participants to enter their bikes if they want? Cool idea. From what I have seen there in the past, there will be some amazing gems. May just spit & polish mine a bit! 

Stan Engelbrecht, Dec 05 2018 03:17

Is it open for all participants to enter their bikes if they want? Cool idea. From what I have seen there in the past, there will be some amazing gems. May just spit & polish mine a bit! 

 

Yes, anybody (even non-riders) can enter as many bikes as they like (within reason) into the concourse.

DJR, Dec 06 2018 09:12

Entered  :thumbup:

Karate Monkey, Jan 07 2019 02:25

Can't wait for this! Entered and accommodation booked.

 

Any news on the Saturday night festival?

Stan Engelbrecht, Jan 18 2019 03:12

Can't wait for this! Entered and accommodation booked.

 

Any news on the Saturday night festival?

Hi Karate Monkey. We 'll be sending out a newsletter with dinner booking information in the next few days. 

DJR, Jan 18 2019 03:23

Accommodation all booked. Bikes ready. This year the aim is to dress more authentically also. Couple of caquettes arrived from Italy after almost 4 months lost in the SA Post office dungeons. Newly made leather strip helmets came out really well. Two pairs of knitted gloves still missing in transit. Still short 1 cool retro jersey. 

Karate Monkey, Feb 05 2019 01:27

Hi Karate Monkey. We 'll be sending out a newsletter with dinner booking information in the next few days. 

Thanks Stan, we booked for the dinner too! :)

DJR, Feb 05 2019 02:03

Dinner booked! :thumbup:

Still looking for 2 more pairs of retro cycling shoes. Size 43 / UK 8 or thereabouts. In case anyone has some lying around the garage. 

RocknRolla, Feb 06 2019 07:54

Man, this is on my list of events, but I'm not gonna swing it this year. 

That Zeus of mine has not seen any action for a while now. Been focusing on MTB for an upcoming event.

DJR, Feb 06 2019 08:27

https://www.bikehub....-of-steel-r7698

 

Great article, fantastic pictures and do watch the short video at the end. It gives a beautiful summary of what this event is all about!

 

Ok, to be honest, just watch the video for the quick Team DJR cameo fixing punctures  ;)  :D

lechatnoir, Feb 06 2019 08:42

Last year's Eroica was absolutely *THE* best cycling event I have ever done. This is the type of riding I enjoy, but sadly won't be on the start line this year... Have fun out there!

MvdP, Feb 06 2019 04:39

okee dokee,

 

so nova eroica entry in, now to work out which bike to do it on!

 

NOVA Eroica is a cycling race open to all MODERN ROAD RACING, CYCLOCROSS AND GRAVEL BIKES with carbon, steel, titanium and aluminium frames. The bikes must have a drop handlebar. Exceptions will be made only for the shorter, non competitive routes if there are any in future. For 2018 the event has 1 route:

 

 

 

what exactly is a gravel bike is my next question,

a hardtail with drop handlebars?

 

this is the winning bike from munga 2016.

carbon hardtail, drop bars...does the suspension fork or too wide tyres disqualify it?

Heinrich-Visser-Munga-MTB-Tread-Magazine

 

(i'll email stan directly, but figured this is a FAQ type of frequently asked question, so others could benefit from the answer)

Stan Engelbrecht, Feb 07 2019 01:58

okee dokee,

 

so nova eroica entry in, now to work out which bike to do it on!

 

what exactly is a gravel bike is my next question,

a hardtail with drop handlebars?

 

this is the winning bike from munga 2016.

carbon hardtail, drop bars...does the suspension fork or too wide tyres disqualify it?

Heinrich-Visser-Munga-MTB-Tread-Magazine

 

(i'll email stan directly, but figured this is a FAQ type of frequently asked question, so others could benefit from the answer)

Hi Steve. Thanks for the question. MTBs with drop bars are not allowed, and neither is suspension (including Lauff forks). 

 

There is no limit on tyre width, but tyres can not be narrower that 28c. 

 

Let me know if you have any more questions.

 

See you in Montagu!

 

Stan.

Stan Engelbrecht, Feb 07 2019 01:59

Last year's Eroica was absolutely *THE* best cycling event I have ever done. This is the type of riding I enjoy, but sadly won't be on the start line this year... Have fun out there!

Oh no!

 

Glad you enjoyed last year so much though.

MvdP, Feb 07 2019 02:32

Hi Steve. Thanks for the question. MTBs with drop bars are not allowed, and neither is suspension (including Lauff forks). 

 

There is no limit on tyre width, but tyres can not be narrower that 28c. 

 

Let me know if you have any more questions.

 

See you in Montagu!

 

Stan.

shot.

 

when you open a vintage MTB section I will go and prise this out the garage from a friend. it needs some spit and polish, but it will look the part (even if it is a bit on the small side - minor issue)!

 

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Stan Engelbrecht, Mar 09 2019 05:27

Hi vintage steel riders! Eroica South Africa is a week away, and I hope you are all prepared for a great weekend. Entries will be closing this Wednesday 6 March 2019, so if there are still family and friends who you know want to join us, please get them to register as soon as possible. 

 
Here is some important information you need to know for the weekend of the event.

 

PROGRAM

 
  Friday 15 March 2019
 
Registration : You can pick up your riders numbers from the MMACC from 16:00 until 20:00.
 
Concourse : We will host a vintage bicycle concourse at 18:00. The best and rarest and most beautiful will be judged and awarded. Please get in touch with me at info@eroicasouthafrica.com if you are wanting to enter some bicycles for display and judging. You can enter as many as you like, and entry is free. 
 
Dinner (not our official dinner) : There are not many options for dinner in Montagu, so in addition to old favourites like Ye Olde Tavern (+2723 614 2398) and 22 Church Street Restaurant (+27236141200), we've arranged for Rambling Rose to be open for dinner too. You can book by chatting to Cay or Sergio on +27834014503 or at ramblingrosemontagu@gmail.com
 
  Saturday 16 March 2019
 
Late registration : For those of you who cannot collect your numbers etc. on Friday, you can do so between 06:30 and 07:30 on Saturday morning.
 
Start times : At 07:30 the 135km group will start, followed by the NOVA riders at 08:00. The 90km riders will set off at 08:30 and the 45km group at 09:00.
 
Routes : Each rider will receive a map, and the routes will be clearly marked. But remember, people do get lost. Don’t simply follow the riders in front of you - pay attention to the route markers. Please report to a marshal and get your map stamped at each of the rest stops so we can keep track of you all. Important - carry enough water with you, and some extra food if you eat a lot. Especially on the 135km and NOVA routes.
 
Massages : For those of you who would like to pre-book a massage from Susan Retief of Montagu, get in touch with her at completehealthandbody@gmail.com. Susan will be set up at the Festival venue, so you’ll be able to find her without straying too far. She’s really good!
 
Official dinner : Please book your tickets for the official dinner on Saturday at 19:00 as soon as possible. Remember that you cannot attend this dinner if you do not pre-book. Tickets for the 3-course Italian-style dinner are R200 each, and you can book here - https://eroicasouthafrica.com/about
 
   Sunday 17 March 2019
 
Unofficial breakfast ride : On Sunday morning we will meet at the old church at the top of Kerk street and have our official/unofficial jaunt around Montagu to take in a few sights, have the chance to check out each other’s bikes one last time, and divide ourselves amongst the 3 or 4 breakfasts spots to eat something and say out goodbyes. 
 
See you in Montagu!
 
Stan.

Mamil, Mar 13 2019 06:04

Checkpoint checked and on point, route in phone and offline maps loaded, saddlebag packed, nutrition planned, supper in montagu booked, have to head back to ct after the ride but nova eroica here comes Mamil.

Simon Kolin, Mar 13 2019 07:46

Hi Steve. Thanks for the question. MTBs with drop bars are not allowed, and neither is suspension (including Lauff forks). 

 

There is no limit on tyre width, but tyres can not be narrower that 28c. 

 

Let me know if you have any more questions.

 

See you in Montagu!

 

Stan.

Hi Stan

 

Not sure I understand. Why say "open to all moden road racing, cyclocross and gravel bikes..."but then ban a use of a road/gravel suspension fork. Surely a suspension fork is a component that makes (some) road/gravel bikes modern?

 

Look forward to your reply.

DJR, Mar 13 2019 08:33

Watch out for the camera wielding One Arm Bandit - that'll be me. With my recent accident, I've been demoted / promoted to grumpy team manager / photographer. But I still plan to have a great weekend even though it will not include riding myself. The Merckx will still get an outing courtesy of young D. See you all there.