Results: Road Events
Results: MTB Events 

To all the wonderfull sponsors making it possible, to all the volunteers, some who worked selflessly behind the scenes for months on end, to all the vendors on the day that added that special touch, and most importantly, to ALL THE DURBIE DASH PARTICIPANTS, regardless of being PRO or beginner, whether doing the fun walk or 90km event, a HUGE, HUGE big thank you for an
absolutely AWESOME 2016 event!

The much needed funds raised during the event will now be put to good use for worthy causes here at Durbanville High School.

Keep those legs pumping and see you next year!
PS. We’ll do our best to disinvite the South Easter wind next year.


2003 - 2014: The beginning


2014 marked a significant milestone for what used to be known as the annual Durbanville High School Fun Ride. Growing in popularity each year since 2003, this annual Durbanville High School fundraising event was awarded the prestigious PPA award for the Most Consistent Fun Ride in the 5 years leading to 2014. It 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 initial title sponsors, Chris Willemse Cycles and Durbanville High School therefore embarked on a journey together to turn an already popular fun ride into a mandatory calendar event in all road and mountain bike cyclists’ diaries – the Chris Willemse Cycles DURBIE DASH

And then there was 2015


The 2014 event built on all prior successes and as a result, the Chris Willemse Cycles DURBIE DASH received two more prestigious PPA awards in June 2015 for being the Most Consistent Road Race as well as the Most Consistent MTB Race in the 5 years leading to 2015. This achievement spurred the title sponsors on to ensure an even bigger bash in 2015 with more challenging events to choose from, more sponsors and volunteers to support the best possible rider experience and finally, even more lucky draw prizes than the 2014 event …

Massive success, major kudo’s received.

And so we came to 2016


The ever growing success of the Chris Willemse Cycles DURBIE DASH attracted even more attention this year round and we are extremely proud to welcome two more major sponsors from 2016 onwards: Ribbens Office National and Simply Store. You guys rock! The only downside to all this attention is that the poor website adminsitrator now has to type out “Chris Willemse Cycles DURBIE DASH in partnership with Ribbens Office National and Simply Store” about a gazillion times, so for this reason, the rest of the content on this site will just refer to the DURBIE DASH …

May the good times never end!

NEWSFLASH: The 2015 Chris Willemse Cycles DURBIE DASH received two prestigious PPA awards during July 2016 for Runner-up Highest Scoring Road Event as well as the
Most Improved Road Event. Sweet …
 

ABOUT



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 ...
 

HISTORY & BACKGROUND



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 ...
 

ACTION ON THE DAY



The DURBIE DASH is just for cyclists ... No, it’s 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 it’s 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 …
 

SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY



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 …



 
Projects


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 donations@durbiedash.co.za

- Contribute now by doing an EFT of any amount, no matter how small, into the following account:

Bank : ABSA Bank
Account Name : Durbanville High School
Account Number     : 0100 535 3935
Account Type : Current Account
Reference : CWCDD Fund
Confirmation to : donations@durbiedash.co.za

Please note that Chris Willemse Cycles and Durbanville High School will redistribute your much appreciated EFT donation to current and future social responsibility projects.