The Routes

Montagu is the official home of Eroica South Africa, and our routes will stay the same for the foreseeable future. Our three beautiful vintage bike gravel routes have been named after the Keisie, Kogman and Kingna rivers that meet in the spectacular Montagu valley. From now on we will have an additional Nova Eroica race route as well, that includes beautiful sections of the 140km and 90km routes.

The routes for the all the Eroica categories will be well marked, and each rider will receive a map of their respective route. The Eroica Classic riders are not permitted to ride with any kind of GPS-enabled devices on their bicycles, but they can study the routes in detail on the GPX files downloadable below. The NOVA Eroica race category riders are allowed GPS-enabled devices, and can download their GPX route file below as well.
Remember, spectators are very welcome!
 

Kingna - 45km

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 17 March 2018 from our Eroica Festival venue

 

Kogman - 90km

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 17 March 2018 from our Eroica Festival venue
 


Keisie - 135km

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 17 March 2018 from our Eroica Festival venue

Nova - 155 km

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 17 March 2018 from our Eroica Festival venue
 


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