12 cyclists

2 supports

1 film crew

9 days

1025 km

1 baby

A journey to challenge all of us. For nine days, twelve cyclists will traverse the mostly un-tarred back roads of the central Karoo. We’ll be braving +40 degree temperatures, all in opposition to hydraulic fracking in the Karoo. The cycle winds through dramatic Karoo landscapes, at various points ascending and descending the mighty Nuweveldberge mountain range. Cycling through three provinces, we eventually drop down the dusty Ouberg pass into the desolate Tankwa valley, from there tracing parts of the early Cape Epic trail to end in Paarl.

This tour is about combining a love for mountain biking with our belief that there is better way for the Karoo than fracking. Fracking is not an option.

More about hydraulic fracturing and the Karoo can be found here


9 Karoo towns

80% dust roads

10,200 meters of climbing

Many punctures (tbc)



There are many organisations opposed to fracking in South Africa. These are individuals doing great work but do need your support. Communities are seldom aware of what hydraulic fracking will mean to their water supply, livelihood, health, and for the Karoo biosphere in general.

Where will funding go? All proceeds raised go directly to supporting awareness. Depending on the amount raised we are working with various people and groups on the following:

–  Music competition amongst Karoo musicians 

–  Video and film bites for distribution through anti-fracking platforms 

–  Funds to support mobilisation efforts in key communities 

–  Social media training to Karoo community members 


An Evening with David Kramer & Arno Carstens.

An exclusive evening with two of SA’s most talented musicians…. and what’s left of the cycling team. Food & drinks incl. Cyclists end their Karoo cycle on the day.

When: 18th Nov 2017, 18:30

Where: Sandstone House, Franschhoek

Tickets available on web tickets or email Joan-Anne

Thank you to our generous & loyal supporters and sponsors! 

Our first Ride for the Karoo was a huge success because of you all.

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