Get ready to put on a blue Smurf jersey and ride one of the longest gran fondos in the world with pro Willie “Smurfy” Smit on 12 December at the Smurfy 500 Gran Fondo in South Africa.

The 27 year-old Burgos BH Pro Team rider has been organizing the gran fondo race while on COVID-19 lockdown in Andorra and waiting to restart he UCI professional race season.

The gran fondo, in concert with the Willie Smit Foundation, will raise funds for development of young riders in South Africa.

At an epic 500km in length, the race starts at midnight in Pretoria.

Besides the challenge of finishing the 500km gran fondo (only 4 riders completed it in 2019) there will also be:

– “Dash for Cash”- winner take all R10000 prize for the Pro-women and Pro-men.

– Cycling club challenge to see which club can ride the farthest with three riders.

– Corporate challenge for teams of 10+ riders.

A 250km “medio fondo” is also available for riders looking for something a little less epic.

Get all the Smurfy details here.

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