Discover the Jewel of the Eastern Free State on spectacular gravel roads

The Highland 100

The picturesque little village called Clarens has been known for its sandstone mountains, little art shops, craft beer, coffee shops and a whole host of outdoor experiences. This year the same organisers who has delivered the hugely successful Safire Berg 100 for the past 8 years will present a new and exciting MTB gravel race in the heart of Clarens. Based on the same principles of the gravel grinding race, Safire Berg 100, the organisers used a recipe that works and offers the riders the most enjoyable gravel experience possible.

The Highland 100 will take riders on a 100km MTB  postcard tour of the Eastern Highlands, discovering fast gravel roads with the view of the Maluti’s in the background. The riding is designed to make the route fast, not technically difficult. But don’t be fooled this is not an easy day out for everyone as the rolling hills of the Eastern Free State will eat at those calve muscles.

The Highland 50

For those who feel a bit intimidated by the 100km distance, there is a 50km option promising just as much excitement and stunning scenery. It will take riders on a similar yet 50km shorter route than the 100km event.

The Route

The great thing about this event is that the race starts and finishes in Clarens Town Square, no need for someone to fetch you and your bike at another finish location.


Unlike most race routes nowadays, this route is aimed at making a very long ride non-technical. The difficulty of this race lies in the distance , not the terrain.
A large portion of the race takes place on district road, and when you are trying to crush 106 kilometers, that’s a good thing. It allows you to have a higher average speed and that means a faster finishing time. 

There are relatively few big long sustained climbs on the route with the total gain being 1172m.

R450 entry fee includes race shirt and other goodie bag items.


Using a large portion of the 100km route this race will take riders along gravel roads (no single track), through farmlands and all the while surrounded by the stunning Eastern Free State sandstone cliffs and farms. The total gain on the 50km route is 529m

This is a ride to be enjoyed!

R270 entry fee includes race shirt for first 200 entrants

MTB and E-Bikes are all allowed to participate. Sadly road conditions not ideal for Gravel bikes in 2019.

Being a long weekend, it’s the perfect chance to combine riding and a family weekend away, savouring the sights, sounds and tastes Clarens is famous for.

  • When: 21 September 2019
  • Where: Clarens Town Square
  • More race info here
  • Enter here