7 days of epic gravel riding in South Africa’s wilderness
Race or ride … it’s up to you!
“Constantly stunning.” Cyclist Magazine
“The vibe was amazing” Bicycling Magazine SA
“A true journey that really puts the adventure into adventure cycling.” Totally Active Magazine
“Unique and spectacular” Cycling Plus
“Tough and torturous, a scenic suffer-fest.” Ride Magazine
Join us for the 3rd edition of our 7-day gravel adventure and explore the wilderness of the stunning Western Cape by bicycle. You’ll camp in a mixture of guest farms, game farms and bush camps along the 500km route and spend the week getting up close and personal with some African wildlife!
New for 2020, riders can now enter to “race” as an individual or a pair, or if you’d prefer to sit back and enjoy the adventure you can enter to “ride” and join small groups supported en route by the HotChillee Ride Captains. We’ve also added an additional night in 2021, meaning we finish in the stunning coastal town of Plettenberg Bay and host the Rainmaker Finishers Braai on the Friday night.
See more testimonials, media and video coverage of the Rainmaker RollerCoaster here.
There are many benefits from entering a multi-day cycling experience for your company and its employees. whether it’s as part of a reward scheme, health and wellbeing programme, team bonding experience or an opportunity to host clients we can put together a bespoke package for you. Previous LONDON-PARIS participants include corporate decision makers from a variety of industries including banking, technology, finance, law and media.
If you want to race you can enter as an individual or as a team of two at registration. You will start each day before the riding groups set off and can compete in the following categories:
Racing Team Categories: U23 Competition Men’s Team Competition Women’s Team Competition Mixed Team Competition
Individual Racing Categories: Amateur Men Competition Amateur Women Competition
If you are not racing and plan to ride in a small group with support en route by the HotChillee Ride Captains then please do not enter as a team – but do still bring your buddies! You will start each morning after the racing group sets off. The route is signed with water stops approximately every 30km. Enjoy the adventure with the camaraderie of the HotChillee Ride Captains and your fellow riders.
If you are creating a racing team and have a team-mate in mind already, you must create a password to ensure your friend gets your second place (just don’t forget to share it with them) and if you are feeling extra generous you can also pre-pay for their place too! As the team captain, you will have the difficult task of naming the team, so make sure you pick something good and nothing rude, no pressure!
If you are joining a racing team, all you have to do is select your (hopefully really good) team name from the drop down menu and enter the password that your team mate has very kindly created for you.
If you wish to upgrade to share a luxury tent or a room at a B&B, you will both need to ensure that you have selected the same relevant optional upgrade purchase. You can add upgrades, transfers and optional packages to your registration at any time … until they sell out!
It will not be technical but there will be a fair amount of climbing involved so you will need a good level of fitness. For an idea of what you're in for you can see the Rainmaker RollerCoaster 2019 routes here. If you are in doubt as to your fitness then we recommend you have a medical check-up before registering.
The nearest and recommended airport is Cape Town. Transfers to and from the start/ finish line will be available to book via your registration form. We will also be running a transfer service from Cape Town Waterfront. Available transfers as follows:
Saturday 2 October 2021: pick up at Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel, Cape Town Waterfront at 10:00 (transfer time 3.5 hrs) and Cape Town International Airport at 11:30 (transfer time 3 hrs).
If you are booked on the 10:00 Cape Town Waterfront to Swellendam your arrangements are as follows: Please meet at the Tsogo Sun Cullinan Hotel, 1 Cullinan St, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa at 09:30 to pack bikes and luggage. We will depart promptly at 10:00 so please do not be late. Estimated transfer 3.5 hours. Lunch is not included on Saturday so please bring food with you for the journey. We will stop for food en route where you can grab a pie or sandwich if you prefer. Snacks will be available at Sign-On.
If you are booked on the 11:30 Cape Town International Airport to Swellendam your arrangements are as follows:Please meet at Vida Cafe Coffee stand at the International Arrivals gate at 11:00. We will leave promptly at 11:30 so please do not be late. Estimated transfer time 3 hours. Lunch is not included on Saturday so please bring food with you for the journey. There are plenty of options at the airport. Snacks will be available at Sign-On.
Saturday 9 October 2021: 09:00 transfer available to the Cullinan Hotel, Cape Town Waterfront (6.5hours) via Swellendam (3 hours) and Cape Town International Airport (6 hours).
Mobile phone with charger and adapter for SA sockets
Travel/personal insurance document
Eyewear for sun protection
Some basic first aid, plasters and antiseptic for blisters, pain killers, anti diarrhoea, anti inflammatory, salt tablets
Sunscreen and sunblock
Bike repair tools including multitool, puncture repair, spare derailleur hanger, pump or CO2 cannnisters
HRM monitor, strap and charger
Cycling clothing for a week
Gels, drinks and energy bars
Cash and/or credit card
Sleeping bag, pillow and towel – unless you are opting for the luxury tent or B&B option
Off bike clothing (casual)
Flip flops for showers
Plastic bag for dirty kit
A spare mech hanger and any bike specific spares (we will be in the wilderness for the majority of the event and while our mechanics will be prepared for most repairs, we recommend bringing a spare hanger and any bike specific parts you think you may need.)
Yes! We ask that all riders take out travel insurance and recommend our Insurance Partner onepro insurance. Travel Insurance and/or Medical Aid details must be added to your registration and, if requested presented at Sign On.
Our preferred insurance partners, One Pro Insurance Solutions offer flexible cover and protection for you and your cycling lifestyle. Their mix and match bike and accessories policy means you only buy the cover that you need, whether that’s for one bike or five! Choose from a selection of optional additional covers such as public liability, legal expenses or personal accident. Created by cyclists for cyclists, getting a policy is quick and easy online. Find out more here.
With over 300 members worldwide, exclusive discounts and offers from our partners and sponsors, priority access and discounts on all HotChillee events included in your membership, HotChillee CC is more than your average cycling club.
HotChillee CC have plenty of rides throughout the year to keep you motivated, both on the road and off it! You can find our calendar here, rides for the following month are usually posted two weeks in advance. HotChillee CC members have 48hr priority entry but you don't have to be a member to join the rides if you're signed up to an event.
Our coaching partners Njinga Cycling also offer all HotChillee events participants a 5% discount on all of their services including indoor classes, benchmark testing, pedal technique coaching, off bike conditioning and more! Find out more here or contact [email protected] for more information.