The News24 Karoo Burn

Race Info

The News24 Karoo Burn race info, see details below. If you have any additional questions regarding this event, please contact us via


Entry Fee

Solo: R1 990 per person
Team of 2:
R1 990 per person
Team of 4: R1 990 per person

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  • Solo
  • Gravel
  • Mountain Bike
  • Mixed Team
  • Open Men
  • Open Women
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Date: Friday, 24 February 2023
Time: 15:00 – 19:00
Venue: Calvinia Primary School

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Race Start Venue

Date: Saturday, 25 February 2023
Time: 05:00
Venue: Calvinia Primary School

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Finish Venue

Venue: Kaleo Guest Farm, Ceres

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Prize Giving

Date: 25 February 2023
Time: 19:00
Location: Kaleo Guest Farm


Prize Money

2023 Prize Money: CLICK HERE



242 km


Cutt-off Times

Waterpoint 1:
62km – Rooiputs 09:30 (4.5 Hours)

Waterpoint 2:
111km – Halfway House 14:00 (9 Hours)

Waterpoint 3:
138km – Die Mond 16:00 (11 Hours)

Waterpoint 4/Checkpoint:
168km – Padstal 19:00 (14 Hours)

Waterpoint 5:
196km – Rietrivier 21:30 (16.5 Hours)

Waterpoint 6:
222km – Winkelhaak 23:30 (18.5 Hours)

242km – Kaleo Guest Farm 01:00 (20 Hours)

Registration Rules

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  1. Registration will be on a first come first served basis.
  2. Registration will be on Friday, 24 February 2023 from 15:00 till 19:00.
  3. Your entry is only guaranteed once full payment is received.
  4. Rider substitutions will be allowed until 03 February 2023. After this date, substitutions and rider changes will be allowed on registration day.
  5. Any rider changes will carry a R350 admin fee.
  6. Refunds up to 25 August 2022 at 75% of the entry fee.
  7. Refunds from 26 August 2022 till 25 November 2022 at 50% of the entry fee.
  8. No transfers to 2024 will be allowed.
  9. Please note that the deadline for complimentary apparel and online purchases will be 30 November 2022. We cannot place additional orders after this date, which means you will not be guaranteed to receive complimentary apparel. Entrants who are unable to attend the event, who have not made arrangements at least one week before the event date by contacting the office at or made arrangements to collect their race packs at event registration, will forfeit their chance to claim these items after the event.
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Garment Size

To ensure that you select the correct garment size, download size chart here.

The News24 Karoo Burn


Karoo Burn Race Info

Car Drive Service

Car drive service by Calvinia Primary School. Your car will be collected at the race start and driven through to the race finish. The cost of this service is R890.00. The school will be in contact after you purchased this package to discuss arrangements. 

Please note that the car drive service for 2023 is sold out. 

Karoo Burn MTB Challenge Bicycle Transport

Bicycle Transport

Relax and enjoy the race! Let us take care of your bicycle! There is no need to disassemble your bicycle with our unique “roll in roll out” system now available for transport from Pretoria and Johannesburg. To book your bike, please visit:

Karoo Burn MTB Challenge Accommodation

Accommodation & MEALS


Hostel Rooms:

Accommodation by Calvinia Primary School at their hostel.

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  • R170 per person (Accommodation only)
  • R60 per person (Breakfast)
  • R230 per person (Accommodation & Breakfast)
  • Once-off full payment, no deposits
  • 75% Refund on full payment before 7 days of arrival
  • 50% Refund on full payment in 7 days of arrival

For any bookings, questions, queries or specific arrangements please contact Leonore Spamer,
Tel: 027 341 1067 / 083 797 4628


A scrumptious meal awaits on your arrival in Calvinia.
Contact Adrene Verdoes directly to book your Friday evening meal.

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Lamb Chop
Chicken Kebab
Greek Salad

R165.00 per person


Luxury Tents:

Luxury tent accommodation at Kaleo Guest Farm Saturday.
Price: R1200
To book: log back into your profile and add it to your rider profile.


A well-deserved scrumptious dinner and breakfast awaits to celebrate your accomplishment.
Contact Alet van Heerden directly to book your Kaleo meal.

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Back-up, Support Vehicle & Checkpoint Rules

The Checkpoint is accessible to spectators. Directions from Calvinia via Google maps, CLICK HERE

Please note, back-up vehicles are not allowed to share the road with riders, therefore the quicker and safer detour as per instructions above.

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  • In the event where back-up vehicles do share short sections of the road with riders, please drive slowly.
  • Boxes can be obtained from the registration area from 12:00 on Friday, 24 February 2023 and has to be handed in on Friday, 24 February 2023 between 15:00 and 19:00.
  • PLEASE NOTE: NO boxes will be accepted on Saturday, 25 February 2023. No exceptions.
  • Each rider will be issued with one race box and this box will be transported to the checkpoint. PLEASE NOTE: The box will only be accessible at the specified checkpoint.
  • Boxes are not accessible outside of the checkpoint and riders are responsible to ensure that the boxes are correctly marked
  • Boxes can be collected on Sunday, 26 February 2023 from 09:00 at Kaleo Guest Farm.
  • Dryland Event Management does not accept any responsibilities for lost or damaged goods

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