Eroica South Africa & NOVA Eroica
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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!