Sat Aug 28, 04:00 - Sun Aug 29, 00:00
Cederberg Oasis

The Ceder is a self-supported, single-stage gravel bicycle race in the Cederberg, South Africa. Starting & finishing at Cederberg Oasis, the circular route covers 245km / 150miles of mostly gravel roads with 3700m of elevation gain. The race will be a timed event with a top 3 podium for a men’s category & women’s category. Limited entries available.

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  • Gravel Bicycles only / no MTBs or E-bikes allowed unfortunately
  • Distance: 245km
  • 3700m elevation gain
  • Race it or ride it!
  • Self-Supported (NO aid-stations, NO route markings & NO checkpoints)
  • Race format: Solo / no teams
  • Limited race entries available
  • Group Start: 04:00am Saturday 28 August
  • Any emergency race support or assistance will be withdrawn at midnight Saturday 28 August
  • Strava segment: The Ceder
  • The Ceder route GPX file will be sent via email leading up to race day
  • Race results will be based on Strava times
  • To feature on The Ceder leaderboard, please follow route (no detours such as Op-die-Berg) according to GPX file & ‘The Ceder’ Strava segment
  • There will be a top 3 podium for a men’s category & a women’s category (Equal prizes for both podiums)

We encourage all participants to treat The Ceder as a self-supported race / ride. There will be NO checkpoints, NO route markings or NO aid stations. However, the safety & well-being of our riders are a priority. There will be a medical support vehicle on route & ambulance in case of emergencies. Clay Pigeon Coffee will also be providing a support vehicle (serving coffees at designated areas with water refills available) for peace of mind for those who need it. Please be sure to save necessary emergency contact numbers provided via email & at registration.


  • R1250
  • Entries open 1st June
  • Entries only available online via Quicket
  • Substitutions will be charged an additional R100, no substitutions after 31 July
  • No refunds
  • Event cancelation due to COVID related or any unforeseen issues, all entries will automatically carry over to following year


  • Goodie Bag - Follow The Ceder for goodie announcements
  • The Ceder Musette
  • Individual numbered The Ceder Casquette - Race Numbers
  • The Ceder Participant Enamel Pin
  • Race Number (Seatpost mounted)
  • Coffees (Starting line & on Route ) by Clay Pigeon coffee
  • On route Medical support vehicle & ambulance
  • Optional add-ons at online entry checkout: The Ceder T-shirt, Killat Kota Moon Handle-bar bag & MOTHER socks at reduced prices
  • Equal prizes for men’s & women’s podiums - Follow The Ceder for the prize announcements 

Attending The Ceder Event & participating in The Ceder Race, all participants do so at their own risk. The Ceder, organizer/s, volunteers, staff & Cederberg Oasis take no responsibility for any loss, damage, injuries or deaths.


  • Registration will be Friday Evening 6pm where you will receive your race number & Goodie bag at the Oasis restaurant
  • Race briefing Friday evening 7pm


  • Mask
  • Fully charged front & rear bicycle lights (with additional spare batteries or power pack) Lights to be capable of minimum 6 hours
  • Helmet
  • Waterproof jacket (TBC leading up to race day)
  • Windbreaker
  • Thermal layers (Baselayer, arm warmers or long sleeve jersey, leg warmers)
  • Buff
  • Gloves
  • Emergency Survival blanket (Space blanket)
  • Fully charged phone with saved emergency contacts (To conserve battery, leave phone in ‘Flight mode’)
  • Food, Nutrition & Hydration
  • Hydration - Minimum 1.5L capacity (Bottles or bladder or both)
  • Race Number
  • GPS device for route navigation & time tracking for race leaderboard
  • Cape Nature Day Permit issued by the reserve


Should you need to drop out of the race, you have to notify a race official immediately. If you leave the course and fail to notify race officials, you will be banned from participating in the future (unless assisted from the course by the race medic) Please report to race organizer or race officials when finished. Contacts provided on entry & at registration on Friday evening.


  • Leave no trace & take no souvenirs
  • Race participants are responsible for anything they discard, goes into a bin
  • Please respect & be aware of other road users, especially on descents and blind corners


  • ALL participants are responsible for booking their own accommodation directly with Cederberg Oasis. It is recommended to book your accommodation ASAP to avoid disappointment
  • Please provide your entry number to Oasis if you are a participant


  • Cederberg Oasis offer braai facilities (wood for sale on premises)
  • Oasis restaurant: Please visit website for menu, kitchen closes 8pm
  • Honesty bar: Please respect Oasis’ filing system & honesty bar
  • Closest shop & fuel station: Op-die-berg 65km
  • No pets allowed unfortunately
  • No 4x4 needed to reach Cederberg Oasis, although it is recommended due to condition of gravel roads

Please note that The Ceder is not sanctioning this race with any cycling association or governing body, we are following the practice of all gravel bike events worldwide.

The Ceder complies to the Safety at Sports and Recreational Events act, 2010.

If you are a pro cyclist and/or a member of a cycling association that may have rules & regulations regarding entering non-sanctioned events, please understand them before entering The Ceder.


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The 245km circular route takes you in a clockwise direction from Cederberg Oasis over Grootrivierhoogte, across Grootrivier, through Blinkberg Pass until you reach a T-junction at the R303. You will turn right (Turning left to Op-die-berg is a detour and NOT part of the race route segment) on to the R303 heading through a section of the Koue Bokkeveld & Hexberg Nature Reserve. This is all tar road & only turns to gravel closer to Middelberg Pass.

You will climb over Middelberg Pass before descending into the Olifantsriver valley, making your way into the town of Citrusdal. In Citrusdal the route turns right onto Voortrekker Street. Continue straight on Voortrekker Street, heading through & out of town on the tar road.

The route follows the Olifantsriver on your left, crossing the Algeria turnoff. This road will pass the Clanwilliam dam on your left and reach a T-junction where you will turn right heading back in the direction of Oasis. At 197km, you pass Jamaka Resort and continue until reaching the paved road of Algeria. Turn left at this T-junction, where the paved road leads over Uitkyk Pass.

From Uitkyk Pass, the route passes Sandrift & Cederberg Wines. Keep left at the Kromriver turnoff (Race route does NOT go through Kromriver) to drop down to cross Matjiesrivier. Keep right at the T-junction and head up the final climb before descending to the finish line at Oasis.

- The Ceder route GPX file will be sent via email leading up to race day

- Strava segment: The Ceder

- To feature on The Ceder leaderboard, please follow route (no detours such as Op-die-Berg) according to GPX file & ‘The Ceder’ Strava segment

- The Ceder Race route & official segment does NOT follow the Cape Cycle Cederberg Circuit or Cederberg FKT route through Kromrivier (Do not turn right down to Kromriver)


- 0km Oasis Start

- 7km Grootrivierhoogte

- 25km Blinkberg Pass

- 65km Op-die-berg Turn-off (Going to Op-die-berg is a detour - Route does not go through the town)

- 115km Middelberg Pass

- 135km Citrusdal

- 160km Olifantsriver bridge

- 197km Jamaka Resort

- 210km Uitkyk Pass

- 244km Finish at Oasis


Additional information

Age restriction No under 18s
Refund policy No refunds


Cederberg Oasis
Cederberg Conservancy, Cederberg, 8136
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