The new route for second edition of the Rainmaker RollerCoaster was announced this week at a Route Launch & Wine Tasting Event hosted by Rainmaker Solutions and HotChillee at 67 Pall Mall in London, with up and coming wine maker Joseph Dhafana of Mosi Wines showcasing his wines in the UK for the first time alongside industry legends La Motte.
This year’s route has been designed by HotChillee, with less climbing and more of a focus on traditional, authentic style gravel racing.
Starting once again with a 16 km time trial in the stunning Bontebok National Park in Swellendam, after which riders will embark on a 580 km journey on some of the best and unspoiled gravel the Western Cape has to offer. From the rolling hills of Overburg into the farmlands of the Duiwenhoks River valley to the semi-desert of the Little Karoo and the Karmanassie region with its picturesque mountain backdrop, the Rainmaker RollerCoaster promises an event that may be tough on the legs but easy on the eyes, while showcasing the incredible range of landscape the Western Cape provides.
On the last day, after riding through the Knysna Forest on the lookout for elephants, riders will finish their week-long adventure with a visit to the Kwano Cycling Academy in Kwanokuthula. Kwano Cycling Academy is supported by the Buffalo Foundation, a charitable foundation set up by Rainmaker CEO, Jan Joubert, together with trustees: Tim Hanley, Rainmaker COO and Sven Thiele, Founder of HotChillee. Their goal is to make a lasting difference to children and young adults living in poverty. Their focus is on sport, education and the creation of future entrepreneurs.
Riders can race the route in teams of two or can ride in small groups supported by the HotChillee Ride Captains.
Sven Thiele, HotChillee Founder: “The route between Swellendam and Plettenberg Bay will stand out as the most scenic and toughest gravel adventure race in the world. The region has so much to offer to the riders who will be visiting from all over the world.”
Jan Joubert, Rainmaker CEO, Buffalo Foundation Founder: “Rainmaker are delighted with our participation in the RollerCoaster. Not only is gravel riding niche, disruptive and enormous fun but the RollerCoaster is also focused on exposing riders from all over the world to the huge diversity in the region. Not only diversity in the incredible natural beauty and the environment through which we ride, but also the diversity of the communities who live there. And through this race, we don’t just experience that diversity, we get stuck in to help drive change in some of the poorest and most under privileged communities in the world. Come join us and make a difference!”
Saturday 5th October: Prologue Swellendam – Swellendam (16 km/ 135 m)
Sunday 6th October: Stage 2 – Swellendam – Swellendam (95 km/ 1088 m)
Monday 7th October: Stage 3 – Swellendam – Riversdale (107 km/ 2000 m)
Tuesday 8th October: Stage 4 – Riversdale – Calitzdorp (109 km/ 2100 m)
Wednesday 9th October: Stage 5 – Calitzdorp – Oudtshoorn (53 km/ 350 m)
Thursday 10th October: Stage 6 – Oudtshoorn – Uniondale (113 km/ 1453 m)
Friday 11th October: Stage 7 – Uniondale – Plettenberg Bay (90 km/ 1392 m)
Full 2019 routes and profiles: https://www.hotchillee.com/rainmaker-rollercoaster-stage-profiles/
This year’s dates: 5 – 11 October 2019
2019 entry cost currently: 13,632 ZAR (SA Residents)/ £802 (International Entry) (single occupancy dome tent with all meals) when entering the code EARLYBIRD at check out. Price increases by 5% to full RRP on 28th February.