The Rainmaker RollerCoaster is the world’s first seven-day point to point gravel stage race, taking place in the stunning Western Cape, South Africa. It’s the latest offering from HotChillee, the cycling event group behind the renowned LONDON-PARIS and Cape Rouleur races. HotChillee has embraced the growing phenomenon of gravel riding over the past three years and have joined forces with digital disrupter Rainmaker Solutions, the title sponsor of the event.
The Rainmaker RollerCoaster offers riders the chance to race or ride 550km from Swellendam to the coastal resort of Plettenberg Bay. Riders can take part in teams of two or can ride in small groups supported by the HotChillee Ride Captains. The event is open to mountain bikes as well, but the parcours will suit the speed of a gravel bike.
“It feels like the early days of the Cape Epic.” Christoph Sauser
“HotChillee has arranged an event which truly captures the spirit of adventure that we journalists pursue the world-over. It was often challenging, but constantly stunning.” Cyclist Magazine Article
“The vibe was amazing” Bicycling Magazine SA Article
“Over seven days, a gravel bike is the perfect tool for exploring or racing and the trails and gravel roads you’ll ride showcase the amazing scenery and wildlife that South Africa has to offer. On a single stage you’ll traverse game reserves, desert, mountain passes, verdant rainforest and coastal trails. A true journey that really puts the adventure into adventure cycling.” Totally Active Magazine Article
“This inaugural Rainmaker Rollercoaster had all the feel of that first, equally exploratory Cape Epic; tough and torturous, a scenic suffer-fest. But it has an added sprinkle of bonhomie that will set it apart. I will be amazed if there will be any places available for 2019 Ride Magazine Article
“Must be one of my best weeks ever. Absolutely!” Shelley Russell
“10/10″ Leonardo Thomas Cerutti
“A proper adventure” Francis Cade, YouTube Vlogger
YouTube Coverage of the 2017 Rainmaker RollerCoaster route recce
YouTube Coverage of the inaugural Rainmaker RollerCoaster in 2018