Lions Karoo to Coast – Message from the Lions of Uniondale and Knysna

We appreciate all the support and understanding that we have received from the K2C riders in the last hours since the event was cancelled by the George Municipality’s Disaster Management.

The Lions of Knysna and Uniondale will determine a plan of action in terms of some sort of compensation for entrants and ask for patience in this regard. We need to assess all the expenses that have gone into event preparation over the past year by the NPO and the financial implication of it being cancelled at such a late stage.

We will communicate this and the options / workable solutions via email to the riders with regards to their purchased merchandise in the next few days. There will be no registration or merchandise pick up in Uniondale on the the 23rd or 24th September 2023. If you purchased an MTB board with your entry, you will be able to collect it at the next Finish Time MTB timed event.

In the interim – waterpoint product and the Saturday night meal prepared by the Lions will be allocated to local old age homes, schools and shelters in the area. Please see the link below for all project that the Lions Clubs of Knysna and Uniondale support.


Please see the press release issued by the George Municipality on Thursday 22nd at 21:00:


Lions Karoo to Coast event cancelled to due expected adverse weather conditions

Issued by George Municipality 21 September 2023 for immediate release


The George Municipality Disaster Management team has deemed the Lions Karoo to Coast unsafe to proceed due to expected adverse weather conditions on Sunday, 24th September 2023.

We must put the safety of people first and after deliberation notified the race organisers of this decision at 20:00 on Thursday, 21st September 2023. The event organisers will issue a more detailed release to the rider entry database on Friday 22nd September.

The Lions Karoo to Coast is an annual 100 km mountain bike race held in September down the Prince Alfred’s Pass from Uniondale to Knysna.

George Municipality apologises for any inconvenience caused due to the cancellation of the event. We thank the participants, and everyone involved for their understanding in this regard.

Kind regards,

The Karoo To Coast Team