Smurfy500 Gran Fondo set to launch boasting R50K grand prize

The Willie Smit Foundation is thrilled to be hosting the first ever CSA Sanctioned Smurfy 500 Gran Fondo in the East of Pretoria on the 12th of December 2020 at Fire and Wine Function venue. The venue is ideal as it allows riders to refuel each lap. You can stop as much as you would like - just make sure you don't miss the cut off for the distance that you are aiming to complete.

Participants can choose from two distances 250km and 500km. This will be the longest official road cycling one day event in the country. The route consists of a 45km lap on the Boschkop circuit making this event unique, you choose the distance you want to ride.

For the Pro’s there will be a Dash for cash where they can race each other for one lap and the winner takes all. A full R10,000.00 for the first place men's and women's rider on the day for the dash for cash. On top of that there will also be R50,000.00 prize money for the person completing the 500km in the quickest time on the day. Get your friends to come pace you. It will not be prohibited. It will make the format extremely interesting.

This is not just another road event with the most prize money in South Africa, it's an experience and an opportunity to bring the cycling community together and ride their bikes and share the war stories afterwards. It is also a unique opportunity to rub shoulders with the county's best road cyclists that will be joining us on the day. Bring all your friends, family and kids as well to join in the day's fun!

The vision and goals of the Willie Smit Foundation is for the profits from the event to be used to fund and support South African riders. The foundation has decided to collaborate with Cycling South Africa and Gauteng North Cycling in identifying riders that the event will be able to support.

In last year's edition only four riders managed to finish the gruelling 500km.

“ It is mental and physical. Focus on the rider in front of you and enjoy the scenery. Your legs are not the only thing that will hurt. Invest in a good pair of bibs & chamois cream” said Adolph Krige, one of last year's finishers.

Another of last year's finishers, stalwart and SA Masters champion Graeme Cronje  says “ It is not a cycle race. It’s a life experience where courage can be grown”.

Mornay van Heerden  was  a little more philosophical saying “ The SMURFY500 can mean different things to different people. The sooner you accept your fate and make peace that it will be a long, hard day on the bike the easier it will get. Come watch yourself deteriorate as the kilometers pass by. It is painful but worth every pedal stroke.

Smurfy500 patron and host Willie Smit offered this advice, “ Treat your bike and the road with respect and it will take you to great places. I’ve found the biggest obstacles in ultra endurance events and it has changed me”.

Online Entries will open on williesmit.org next week. So keep an eye out for early bird entries with discount on our limited edition event shirts. Unfortunately entries will be capped so don’t miss out.

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