“THE ROCK” is organised by Darren Herbst and Wynand de Villiers. These two individuals have more than 20 years’ experience in presenting cycling and running events.
As Hero Adventures, owned and managed by Herbst, and De Villiers Cycling Events, owned and managed by De Villiers, they have made the decision to combine their efforts to establish Paarl’s biggest mountain-bike and trail running weekend.
They both live and work in Paarl.
Herbst’s field of expertise is race management, trail building and the establishment of mountain bike parks, which he has done successfully under the Hero brand at Rhebokskloof, Spice Route and Malmesbury.
As a premier event activation company, De Villiers Cycling Events provides cyclists, sponsors and stakeholders with impeccably organised events and activations. Over the past 20 years, De Villiers has created some of the biggest and most diverse cycling events in South Africa.
De Villiers started the drive to vest Paarl as South Africa’s premier cycling destination five years ago by establishing the Tour of Good Hope, which is now South Africa’s most prestigious and biggest road cycling tour, attracting participation from a host of the world’s best cyclists.
The next chapter will see “THE ROCK” become a household name for cyclists and trail runners from all over the country who are set to converge on Paarl.
De Villiers and Herbst have been at the forefront of adventure sports organisation for the past 20 years and have noticed some drastic the changes in the cycling and running industry.
Although the running and cycling are still growing and showing no signs of slowing down, races have come under the magnifying glass courtesy of economic pressures, lack of variety, and consumer time constraints.
Their message is: “We hear consumers loud and clear!”
Hence the approach of “THE ROCK” in making the entry fees to the event affordable allowing as many mountain-bikers and trail runners to experience all the fun over the weekend.
No frills, no fuss… just great trails, tough racing, wonderful camaraderie, and great hospitality – WITHOUT THE HEFTY PRICE TAG!
To contact Wynand de Villiers email
To contact Herbst email