Christoph Sauser Wins Inaugural 7-Day Gravel Adventure Race | HOTCHILLEE

Christoph Sauser Wins Inaugural 7-Day Gravel Adventure Race

13 October 2018

Plettenburg Bay, South Africa


The world’s first 7-day gravel adventure race was won by former MTB World Champion Christoph Sauser and Craig Boyes, riding for team


The pair dominated the 7-day Rainmaker RollerCoaster, with only one other team claiming a stage win. South African riders Shameeg Sallie and Kevin Benkenstein for team Velokhaya won a hard fought victory on Day 4, pipping the overall winners to the line by 2 seconds.


Christoph Sauser: “It was an amazing gravel ride, and an excellent new event for the calendar. Exploring beautiful new landscapes with my bicycle, together with great company made me very happy”


The mixed team competition was won by newly weds Marion Pelata and Carlos Clement who rode the event on their honeymoon, with the Masters jersey category won by Pretoria cyclists Bruce Reyneke and partner Roberto Gnudi.


Participants can either race the event in teams of two, or ride in one of the “ride” groups supported by the HotChillee Ride Captains. Riding for fun this year were former Italian national rider Leonardo Thomas Cerutti, Daniel Hughes of Meteor X Giordana, Austin Texas and UK YouTube Vlogger Francis Cade.


Leonardo Thomas Cerutti: “10/10.”


Dan Hughes: “What an experience. Huge mountainous descents, lung busting climbs and super fast gravel rollers as we rode in awe of this supreme South African beauty.”


Francis Cade: “It was awesome.”


Next year’s event: 5 – 11 October 2019

Registration will open at 10:00 BST on Tuesday 16 October 2018

Entry cost start from ZAR 12,900 (single occupancy in a dome tent including all meals)


Click here for further event information 


Winners Christoph Sauser and Craig Boyes descending the Montagu Pass on Day 6, Oudtshoorn – Knysna (140km/2150m)


Stage 4: Riversdale to Calitzdorp (109km/2100m)

Leading race group on Day 4 Riversdale – Calitzdorp (109km/2100m)


Winners of the mixed team competition honeymooners Marion Pelata and Carlos Clement                                                                                                                                            


For more information contact:

Charlotte Montague

+44 7931 270 684

(United Kingdom)


About HotChillee                                                                          


HotChillee specialise in cycling events around the world. Their global event series is made up of multi-day endurance events, with the best known being the internationally acclaimed LONDON-PARIS road event, now in its 15th year. They launched their first gravel “Explorer” event this year with the HotChillee Atlas Mountains 2018. Events include:

HotChillee Cape Rouleur (South Africa)

HotChillee Atlas Mountains (Morocco)

HotChillee London-Paris (UK and France)

HotChillee Dolomites (Italy)


HotChillee also manage cycling specific projects on and off the bike including the Team Bäckstedt HotChillee development rider programme.



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