To our Dryland Family


We’re all in this together.

While we’re mindful of the fact that the current situation and prohibition of large gatherings have a direct impact on the events industry, we thought it necessary to inform you of the current developments within Dryland and what our plans are to mitigate the current situation we find ourselves in.

We have released statements explaining the postponement of the Glacier Cradle Traverse and The 36ONE MTB Challenge mountain bike races. These were well-received by the riders who had already entered and we are thankful for those individuals’ understanding in this challenging time.

Mountain bike and trail running events may not seem that important in the light of a global pandemic, but our events make use of a large number of small businesses and individual contractors. Many of them are financially reliant on the sports’ event industry. As Dryland we will, therefore, endeavour to postpone rather than cancel events, if possible. Living and working in Oudtshoorn we’re all-to-aware of the effects of Covid-19 on the tourism sector. Tourism and sport are the lifeblood of our small town and the coming months will unquestionably prove challenging to the Oudtshoorn community.

Our primary concern remains the health and well-being of our entrants, crew members and support services employees.  At the time of writing this, we have not been affected by any infections in the Klein Karoo and whilst we’re monitoring the situation, we’re operating at full capacity (with hand sanitizers and disinfectants as our new best friends) and are here for you if you have any questions.

We are however optimistic that our other events will be able to continue, unaffected. Dryland’s first event in the second half of the year is the Glacier Storms River Traverse, which takes place from 8 to 10 August. Having seen China’s infection rate beginning to slow down we are hoping that South Africa, due to the Presidency’s swift and decisive measures, will follow a similar trend.

We’re also happy to report that we’ve had a healthy uptake on entries, of both recently opened events as well as those scheduled for later this year. Having a reason to train, be it on an indoor trainer or out in the mountains, will most definitely keep the spirits up during this time.

We can only take on a positive approach and believe that everything will be okay in the end.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any queries:

Keep calm, eat healthy and stay active!

Yours sincerely,
Henco, Carel, Bernard and rest of the team