From the Promoter:
KAROOBAIX is a new two-day 404km stage race for modern gravel / cyclocross style bicycles through the South African Karoo on 9 / 10 October 2017. The route is almost exclusively gravel, and range from super smooth hard-packed dirt to soft sand, sharp rocks and corrugations. The race will be semi-supported, and there will be two rest stops with good food, coffee and fresh water along each of the two stages.
The name KAROOBAIX (pronounced ka-roo-bay) pays homage the Paris-Roubaix race, the murderous European Classic that earned itself the nickname Hell of the North, and our unique, spectacular and sometimes inhospitable semi-desert region of the Karoo.
While the race will be a two-day event, racers will be shuttled to Calvinia on the edge of the Northern Cape on Sunday, 15 October, and treated to a hearty Hantam dinner in the evening. The race officially sets off from Calvinia on Monday morning, following the gravel routes to Middelpos, and then down into the Tankwa Karoo before climbing up and out to Sutherland.
We spend the night in Sutherland, enjoying their stellar hospitality. The next morning after breakfast the race heads south into the Moordenaars Karoo, and passes Laingsburg before ending in historic Matjiesfontein. We spend Tuesday night in the beautiful old Lord Milner Hotel celebrating our victory in true Karoo style. On Wednesday morning, after a traditional breakfast, a shuttle will return everyone to Cape Town.
Race outline (subject to change)…
- Sunday / 8 October 2017 – 11:00 Shuttle from Cape Town to Calvinia / 19:00 Dinner / 20:00 Stage 1 briefing
- Monday / 9 October 2017 / Stage 1 / Calvinia to Sutherland – 04:15 Breakfast / 05:00 Start / 19:00 Dinner / 20:00 Stage 2 briefing
- Tuesday / 10 October 2017 / Stage 2 / Sutherland to Matjiesfontein – 05:15 Breakfast / 06:00 Start / 19:30 Dinner and celebration
- Wednesday / 11 October 2017 – 09:00 Breakfast / 11:00 Shuttle from Matjiesfontein to Cape Town