500km. Self-supported.

This means no aid stations, no route markings. You get a route gpx file and you ride it your way.

Do it over the full 60 hour cut-off and stop where you like, or test your mettle and ride it non-stop (with a short break during curfew hours).

There is no prize money. You get a high five.

Event Info

Starting and finishing at the Cascades Centre in Pietermaritzburg, the route will take you over more than 10 000m of climbing through the lower Drakensberg, Natal Midlands, and the infamous Karkloof.

It is compulsory to ride with your own Spot tracking device or a similar type of tracking unit. We won’t have any devices to rent.

If you would like to rent a Spot CLICK HERE

Spot Africa will also be launching a promotion on their site shortly CLICK HERE

As this is a unsupported race you as the rider must be certain that you can cover the distance, there will be no vehicles on route to pull you off if you cannot complete the distance. This is a test of perseverance and character, anyone found to have a support vehicle on route will be immediately disqualified.

Your entry will include:

  • Full time medical team on route
  • Cycling Cap with your race number on it
  • Route GPX file

Race Info:

Start: 05h00 Friday 2nd July 2021
Venue: Cascades Centre, Pietermaritzburg
Cut-off: 17h00 Sunday 4th July 2021
Entry fee: R1950
Race Format: Solo (no teams – riders can however ride together if they wish. Drafting is allowed)

Curfew Hours

Currently the curfew hours stand at 23h00 – 04h00. We will be neutralising the race between those times. We will have more info on this and how it will work exactly in the coming days.


Registration will take place on Thursday 1st July at the CoffeeBerry Bistro in the Cascades Centre, Pietermaritzburg. Registration will open at 18h00 and there will be Pizza and beer for sale. Other meals are also available. Check out their site for their menu options.

Abandoning the race:

If you do pull out and find your way back to Pietermaritzburg, you are to please inform the Race Director immediately. Failing to inform the RD will result in the rider being banned from competing in the Burra500.

Compulsory Gear

The rest of your gear is up to you. Please bear in mind the average temperature for the 60 hours will more than likely be around 8 degrees. It is going to be very cold, with possible snow in the Midlands. The compulsory gear is mainly for an emergency situation when you are waiting on medical support.


It is the responsibility of the rider to book their own accommodation once they have have decided where and when they would like to sleep. If you decide to wild camp, please make sure to not litter. Leave the area as you found it.

Refunds Policy

If the event is cancelled for any reason a 50% refund will be given.

If a rider cannot make the race anymore a 50% refund will be given. No refunds will be given after 14th June.

It is the responsibility of each participant to arrange their own personal accident insurance, ambulance cover and income protection insurance before participating in the Event to cover any unforeseen personal costs you may incur due to ambulance trips, medical expenses or time off work due to injuries sustained whilst participating in the Event. When entering you acknowledge that you do so entirely at your own risk.

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