The 2018 BUCO Lions Karoo to Coast will once again serve as an official premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Many years ago – the organisers of the Cape Town Cycle Tour showed their keen insight into the nature of South Africa’s road/MTB crossover cycling culture, by including the country’s largest point-to-point one-day MTB race in their list of Premier Seeding events.
The 2018 Buco Lions Karoo to Coast takes place on Sunday 23 September from Uniondale to Knysna. The event is somewhat unique in its design in that it is more of a dirt road race than a technical mountain bike race. The 95.95km route with some (521m ascent and 2244m descent) along the infamous Price Alfred’s Pass features some tough climbs and tricky descents, but it is open district road for the most part.
Of course, this by no means makes it ‘easy,’ there are a couple of serious climbs in the middle section with the Simola climb in the last 10 kilometers coming as the final sting in the tail, before the fast decent into town. You can calculate your potential split times on the website.
Charles Keey’s, record time of 3:03:13 (an average speed of 31.11) was set in 2012 in fairly good weather conditions and not many have been able to get in striking distance since, but perhaps this is the year.
Entries for this very popular event are limited. For riders also tackling the BUCO Dr. Evil Classic (in the three days leading up to Karoo to Coast), a shuttle will be available from Knysna to Uniondale after the finish on Saturday 22 September. Dr. Evil Classic riders will receive a preferential start in the Karoo to Coast and receive a discount of R200 on Dr. Evil MANUAL entry costs if they enter both events.
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