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Burra 500

13th June 2025. 06:00. Hilton, Pietermaritzburg, KZN (KwaZulu-Natal), South Africa


The Burra 500 is not your average cycling event. It’s a challenge that separates the faint heart from the fearless. Set amidst the stunning landscapes of the KZN Midlands, it showcases the rugged beauty of this region during Africa's June winter. 

Pedal your way through rolling hills, dense forests, and rural villages. Embrace the climbs, descents, and points where the land may lay flat. The journey won't be easy, but nothing is impossible. 

The Burra is a 500 km route, and we limit the number of participants to only 13 in the event. A small group of bikepackers will take on the journey, but everyone will have a different adventure. You can speed to the finish line or enjoy what the heart of the KZN Midlands has to offer.

So gear up, saddle up, and get ready to write your own chapter in the story of Burra500. The adventure of a lifetime awaits in the heart of the KZN Midlands, where every mile is a testament to your courage, determination, and indomitable spirit.


Welcome to the Burra 500 Ultra Endurance Gravel Bikepacking Event, starting in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal. This challenging four-day cycling adventure will test your endurance, strength, and mental fortitude as you navigate some of the toughest terrain South Africa has to offer.Starting in June, during the winter season, riders can expect cool temperatures and hilly terrain throughout the route.

The event will kick off in Pietermaritzburg, known for its picturesque gardens and historical architecture. From there, riders will make their way through the rolling hills and lush greenery of the surrounding countryside.


The hills in the area will provide a challenging and rewarding experience for cyclists as they ascend and descend through the stunning scenery. The route will take riders through the valleys of the Midlands, where they will pass through small towns and villages, experiencing the unique culture and hospitality of the locals.One of the most challenging sections of the route will be the climb up the Drakensberg Mountains, which will test riders' strength and endurance. But the breathtaking views of the mountain range and the surrounding valleys will make it all worth it.As riders make their way back towards Pietermaritzburg, they will be rewarded with the satisfaction of having completed one of the toughest cycling events in the country.The Burra 500 Ultra Endurance Gravel Bikepacking Event is not for the faint of heart. But for those who are up for the challenge, it promises to be an unforgettable experience, showcasing the beauty and diversity of the South African landscape. So gear up, pack your bags, and get ready to push yourself to the limit as you take on the hills and valleys of KwaZulu-Natal.



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Route Highlight

Inzinga Ridge Climb

The Inzinga Ridge Climb is a challenging cycling segment located in Impendle, South Africa, within the beautiful province of KwaZulu-Natal. This segment covers a distance of 13.97km with a total elevation gain of 610m, making it one of the toughest climbs in the region.The climb begins at an elevation of 1,224m and reaches a peak altitude of 1,800m, with an elevation difference of 576m. The average gradient of the climb is 4.1%, with some sections reaching up to 10%, making it a true test of endurance and strength.The climb takes riders through the scenic Drakensberg Mountains, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding valleys and peaks. Along the way, riders will experience the unique flora and fauna of the region, including beautiful wildflowers and grazing wildlife.As riders make their way up the Inzinga Ridge, they will face a series of steep and challenging switchbacks, with each turn bringing them closer to the summit. The climb rewards riders with a sense of achievement and the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.While the Inzinga Ridge Climb is not for the faint of heart, it is a must-ride for any cycling enthusiast visiting the KwaZulu-Natal region. Its challenging gradient and breathtaking views make it a true bucket-list climb for any avid cyclist.So, whether you are an experienced cyclist or simply looking for a challenge, the Inzinga Ridge Climb is the perfect segment to test your limits and experience the beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains. Get ready to climb, sweat, and conquer this ultimate cycling challenge

Keeping the Drakensberg in sight

Embark on an exhilarating journey through the challenging Drakensberg Mountains, covering 500 kilometers. Push your limits as you conquer a staggering 10,000 meters in elevation, navigating rugged terrain, ever-changing weather conditions, and awe-inspiring views across this legendary mountain range.

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Karkloof Forests

In the lush green heart of KwaZulu-Natal, nestled amidst rolling hills lies the enchanting Karkloof Forest. Here, where the air is thick with the scent of wildflowers and the sounds of nature fill the valleys, an intrepid explorer ventures forth.

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