3 days, 3 incredible Race Villages
Leon Evans’ signature event – the Dr Evil Classic MTB Race – is changing direction for this year’s 3-stage race in September. In order to showcase even more of the gorgeous Garden Route, Dr Evil himself has shifted the route to include 3 separate race villages for each day of the hotly anticipated event. The race will start and end at the same village each day, making it easy for riders to park at each unique venue, ride the route and finish at that same venue.
The essence of the Dr Evil Classic, now in its fifth year, is to experience the pristine trails of the Garden Route, which are definitely some of the best in the country. September is the perfect time of year for a mountain bike race of this magnitude as the weather is generally crisp and clear. It’s time to peddle through the areas around Plettenberg Bay, challenge yourself to 3 days of tough and beautiful trails and take in the sights and sounds of one of South Africa’s most spectacular and untouched regions. The routes will be made up of a combination of single track, scenic district roads and forest trails.
Every year, Leon Evans aka Dr Evil works hard to develop a unique and varied route and will announce the final route maps and profiles in the coming months. But here is what we do know about the race villages and stages:
Stage One Race Village: Wittedrift High School
Day One will bring mainly indigenous forest/plantation riding with breathtaking scenery along the mountain side of the N2. A day well spent in the forest and a maximum of 75km.
Stage Two Race Village: Cairnbrogie Farm
Get ready for those ocean views! Day Two is a coastal route – a lot of single track – taking in the best tracks in Harkerville and a maximum of 55km.
Stage Three Race Village: Kay & Monty Vineyards
Now this will be something special – biking through the Plett Winelands! Day Three will be held at the award winning Kay and Monty Vineyards that boasts a new wine tasting and function venue, which has direct access to the Keurbooms pine plantations.
Also new to the event this year, is a corporate category. We’re looking to encourage some friendly competition amongst business owners, both locally and nationally. The Corporate option is for two riders only i.e. – a team entry and not a solo entry.
Entries are open for the Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic, which will take place from 15-17 September 2016. The event sold out in 2014 and 2015 and there will only be space for 350 riders in 2016.
The 2016 route maps, profiles and detailed information will be available at drevilclassic.com soon. The Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge is a separate event that takes place on Sunday 18th September 2016.
Riders who enter the Dr Evil Classic will receive a preferential start in the Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge. Riders who enter the Lions Karoo to Coast and wish to ride the Dr Evil Classic will receive a R200 discount on their Dr Evil entry.
Enter now and win: Enter before the 31st of March 2016 and you could stand a chance to win three nights for a max of 10 people at the fantastic luxury Rare Earth Country Estate located at the Kay and Monty Vineyards. This accommodation is valued at R34 000 and you will also receive a R2 500 voucher from Cape Union Mart – the event merchandise partner. There are also two solo or one team entry for Dr Evil up for grabs.