The annual DURBIE DASH is so much more than just a mere fundraising event. It is a professionally hosted, competitive and unique event experience for all levels of cyclists, runners, supporters and anyone looking for an opportunity to experience at least a few elements of Durbanville and its surrounding vineyards and natural beauty.
The DURBIE DASH offers a carefully planned portfolio of events to road and MTB bikers.
It makes provision for the more serious and bold, weekend warriors whether young or old, but also accommodates the less experienced riders, younger children and families who simply plan to share a good experience together.
An exciting addition to the 2015 MTB longer distance events is our very 1st special MTB spectator point, hosted by Meerendal Wine Estate. Please enjoy this spectator point responsibly and don’t forget to mosey past the tasting room afterwards.
In addition to various road and MTB cycling events, from 2015 onwards, with the support of the Durbanville Athletics Club and Meerendal Wine Estate, the DURBIE DASH also proudly accommodates the more adventurous trail athlete and will offer a unique trail challenge hosted on the spectacular Meerendal Wine Estate. For more information please read more on the Trail Run page.
While the cyclists and runners are sporting their various events, supporters, family and friends will experience an enjoyable day out while being kept up to date of the various events' progress by an onsite KFM broadcast, all the time treating their taste buds to scrumptious delicacies offered by numerous cafe’s and stalls and quenching their thirst at the onsite wine and beer facilities. Life is good.
... and should the above still not catch your attention, the DURBIE DASH lucky draw sponsored prize collection valued close to R100 000.00 might just do the trick ...
Durbanville is an exquisite little town in the Western Cape province of South Africa, surrounded by rolling hills covered in natural fauna and flora as well as wine and wheat farms. It was founded in the early 19th century around a fresh water spring on the farm, Pampoenkraal and was primarily a watering station for travellers between Cape Town and the inland interior.
In 1825 a group of local farmers requested permission from Lord Charles Somerset to build their own church next to the fresh water spring.
The Dutch Reformed Church was inaugurated in August 1826 and a small village grew between the church and the outspan. Less than a year later, a new school named Pampoenkraal (now Durbanville High School and Durbanville Primary School) welcomed its first learners.
During the past two centuries, Durbanville High School played a significant role in the proud history of Durbanville and continues to do so today. In association with Chris Willemse Cycles and the support from parents and local business, the DURBIE DASH is yet another product of the continued drive of Durbanville High School to contribute not only in the classroom but invest back into the local economy and communities.
The DURBIE DASH grew from humble beginnings and prior to 2014 was known as the Durbanville High School Fun Ride. It was first hosted in 2003 with medium and long distance road events and was extended from 2009 to include MTB events. Growing in popularity year on year, it was awarded the prestigious PPA award for the Most Consistent Fun Ride in the 5 years leading to 2014 as well as the Most Consistent Road Race and Most Consistent MTB Race in the 5 years leading to 2015. The Durbanville High School Fun Ride therefore demanded more investment, independent branding, world class marketing and ultimately, evolving the event experience to be competitive to any major cycling event in South Africa.
As title sponsors, Chris Willemse Cycles and Durbanville High School embarked on a journey together to turn an already popular fun ride into a mandatory calendar event in all road and mountain bikers’ diaries – the DURBIE DASH ...
The DURBIE DASH is just for cyclists ... No, its not! OK, while the event name largely implies a cyclist event,
the day offers fun for everyone.
The road- and mountain bike event portfolio is carefully planned to offer choice without sacrificing quality and to meet the expectations of cyclists regardless of their levels of experience. These events will therefore offer sufficient challenge in its class and allow each participant to enjoy the sport of cycling while experiencing the natural beauty of our beloved Durbanville.
Cycle event participants can expect top class water point service and technical support. No effort has been spared to change
each water point into an experience in its own right with sufficiently manned stations offering sponsor branding and -participation,
excellent support services, fluids and supplements, rowdy support groups and continuous commentary and event status reporting
linked back to the main control room at the home base.
Just to prove that you don’t need to be a cyclist to enjoy the natural beauty of our farms and surrounds, from 2015 onwards, the DURBIE DASH also proudly accommodates the more adventurous trail athlete, offering a unique trail challenge that will allow you to run where you’ve simply never done before.
At the event home base you will be spoilt by a host of culinary delicacies at the numerous stalls and cafés or you may quench your thirst at the onsite wine and beer facilities. Plus lots more …
Chris Willemse Cycles and Durbanville High School have always embraced social responsibility and completed numerous wonderful projects in the past. The DURBIE DASH is therefore the ideal opportunity to collectively build on these past achievements and to further our commitment to positively change lives.
Please contribute responsibly!
The DURBIE DASH is proud to announce that our social responsibility contribution for the 2016 event wil go towards ben (Bicycle Empowerment Network).
ben’s mission is providing access to opportunities through the use of a bicycle – giving hope and a step up to those who need it most. Please read more about the fantastic work ben does here …
A few examples of the wonderful work and achievements by Chris Willemse Cycles and Durbanville High School in the past and ongoing includes, but are not limited to:
- Caring for the poor with food parcels …
- WAWWA fund raising for food, clothing and bicycle donations
- The “Winter Sleeping Bag Charity” for the homeless …
- Annual “Miles for Smiles” fund raising
- Annual participation in the “Pink Drive” against cancer
- Donating your school shoes!
- “Luck Lucy” for animal welfare
- Caring for our senior citizens …
- Toys for child cancer units & various nursery schools for the under-privileged
- Various bicycle programs for the under-privileged
- BADISA fund raising for books and stationary …
- Blood donation
- … and many more
How YOU can support us …
You may contribute responsibly by simply:
- Contacting Chris Willemse Cycles directly for your pledge. Please find our contact details here
- Contacting Durbanville High School directly for your pledge. Please find our contact details here
- Contacting the DURBIE DASH at email@example.com
- Contribute now by doing an EFT of any amount, no matter how small, into the following account:
Please note that Chris Willemse Cycles and Durbanville High School will redistribute your much appreciated EFT donation to current and future social responsibility projects.