Eroica South Africa - 7 days to go!

March 10, 2017

Hi riders! I’d like to thank you for registering for our second Eroica South Africa in Montagu on 18 March 2017. Let’s make it the second of many! We have a great day planned for all of us, and I hope your bikes are ready to take on the beautiful gravel roads around Montagu.

Here are some things you’ll need to know, PLEASE READ the following :


We’ve slightly updated our routes, so please have a look at the THE ROUTES on the site. We’ll have a map briefing in the morning before we set off, and the route will be properly marked, but note that there are fewer water stops on the 140km route this year. This means you must carry enough water, or be willing to knock on a farmhouse door if you run out of water. Please be prepared. We will of course still have our snack stops along all three routes - something special to look forward to!

Like last year the 90km route passes the remote Pietersfontein Dam - where you can have a sneaky swim - and includes a steep walk down some stairs to get to the bottom of the dam wall. While we do have medical support in case of an emergency, be aware that you do this all at your own risk, so please be careful. 


Montagu is a busy little town year round, and it gets especially mad in March. So please book somewhere for dinner if you’re planning to go to a restaurant on Friday evening. And if you haven’t booked accommodation yet, I suggest you do so immediately.


Everything happens at the KWV Gallery on the corner of Long and Kohler streets in the centre of Montagu. Registration will be open from 16:00 - 20:00 on Friday, and reopen between 06:00 - 07:30 on Saturday morning. The 140km riders set off first at 08:00, followed by the 90km riders at 08:30, and at 09:00 those doing the 50km route will be on their way.

The lovely folks from the local Rotary Club will assist us with registration, and there will be a few stalls open for drinks, snacks and coffees on Friday evening and Saturday morning. 


Our festival will start up during the morning, and pick up as riders come in through the morning and afternoon. We’ll have fantastic live music, food, wine and beer, and some rare old bicycles on display. 

On Saturday evening we’ll have a very special traditional 3-course spitbraai and ‘potjiekos’ dinner available! This will include a lovely cheese and bread table, a lamb on the spit, both meat and vegetarian ‘potjies’, traditional ‘bykosse', and of course a good old malva pudding for desert. This will all be prepared fresh at the festival by chef Bernhard Hess and his team from the renowned Mimosa Hotel. Dinner will be served at about 19:30, and will cost R200 per person (R100 for children under 12). Of course everyone is welcome to attend the festival, so bring friends and family! 

VERY IMPORTANT - If you’d like to enjoy this 3-course dinner on Saturday night, please email me at as soon as possible and confirm how many tickets you’d like. You’ll pick up and pay for your tickets at registration.

London born and bred handpoke tattoo artist and Renaissance man Dave ‘Roofer’ O’Regan will be around at the Festival too, and available for old school tattoos - anything from that obscure headbadge to the famed Columbus dove. Bring a sketch if you want one. Look out for him, he rides a red fixed gear and he’s covered in tattoos himself - hard to miss, but a friendly guy.


The KWV Gallery is hosting a small exhibition of rare bikes especially for us. If you have a really special bicycle that you’d like to bring along and display, please get in touch so we can arrange it -


For those of us who’d like to go for another little unofficial ride around town and an informal breakfast on Sunday morning, let’s meet outside the big church on the corner of Bath and Bloem streets at 08:00. Then, until next year!

- Stan, Director of Eroica South Africa




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