Even though the entries for the Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast are sold out, there is still a back door for riders keen to compete in the iconic event.
To secure one of the limited number of entries available, however, cyclists will be required to enter the Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic before the end of May.
Explaining the situation, event co-owner Zandile Meneses said: “You can still secure an entry for the Lions Karoo to Coast if you enter the Dr Evil Classic before May 31.
“Riders will also get a preferential start group in the Karoo to Coast if they ride both events.”
Meneses said proactive riders would qualify for a R200 discount on their Dr Evil Classic entry if they contacted her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Now in its fifth year, the three-day Pennypinchers Dr Evil Classic will feature a number of new innovations, chief of which is having a different start and finish village for each of the three days.
Taking place from September 15-17, the stage race will offer a rare opportunity to experience some of the prime private farms and nature reserves in the regions of Plettenberg Bay, Wittedrift and the Crags.
Days one and two will each be around 80 kilometres in length, with the third day less than 50km to give some respite to the riders who are also doing the Lions Karoo to Coast.
The routes will be made up of a combination of single track, scenic district roads and forest trails.
The event prides itself on the fact that nowhere in the country can you ride through indigenous forests such as you find on the Garden Route.
Not only that, the entire event is also “all about the rider”.
“Our philosophy is all about taking care of the rider,” Meneses said. “From the stuffed goodie bag to gorgeous meals prepared by our chef, plus a complimentary Red Bridge Craft Brewery beer after stage one, and award-winning Kay and Monty wine with lunch each day.”
The event was sold out in 2015 and there will be space for just 350 riders this year, of which only a limited number of spots are still available. Don’t delay – enter today.