Underberg Gran Fondo Media Release
21 July 2023
Written By: Tim Whitfield
Gran Fondo out to offer
something for everyone
Underberg - Following a successful first edition in 2022, the
organisers of the Underberg Gran Fondo are out to provide riders
of all abilities with another exciting challenge on Sunday, 30
The event forms part of one of the world's fastest growing
disciplines in gravel racing and riders have n opportunity to
enjoy the beautifu surroundings of the Southern Drakensberg while
they ride along the various farm and district roads that surround
The event has added a shorter 45km ride this year to include
riders that want a day out but might not be able to cover the
90km distance and it seems to be gaining traction as entries
continue to stream in.
The flagship 140km ride has once again attracted some top riders
as well as seasoned riders who are eager to get into the
discipline of gravel racing or are keen to test themselves
against a strong field of riders.
Experienced South African road rider and triathlete Donovan van
Gelder is diving into the gravel scene and will use the Underberg
Gran Fondo as his first gravel race.
"I hit a bit of a mid-life crisis at 52 years old and decided I
wanted to do something new," Van Gelder said. "I didn't want to
learn something from scratch so I thought that gravel riding
would be a great idea and so far it's been fun.
"I've been out on three rides on my Cannondale gravel bike and
I've learnt a few things along the way. It is nice being able to
still learn things while riding."
With the appeal of gravel riding growing, for Van Gelder it's the
next logical step for riders in South Africa.
"I've ridden most road races in South Africa multiple times and
this offered up a new challenge but we've seen the road riding
scene battle through with logistical issues like road closures.
"I was never good at mountain bike riding and so this offers up
an alternative to both road and MTB. There are so many places you
can take gravel races and it can appeal to riders across
"It's definitely the next big thing in South Africa so I'm
looking forward to getting involved," he added.
Entries for the Underberg Gran Fondo are open, and you can enter
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triathlete and road cyclist Donovan van Gelder will take on his
first gravel race at the 140km
Underberg Gran Fondo on Sunday, 30 July.
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