The Breedekloof Wine Valley region is a favourite among wine connoisseurs and is fast earning a reputation as a family-friendly getaway with quaint bistros, cycling trails and wineries that go the extra mile when hosting their guests. This hospitality extends into the Gravel & Grape.
The riding terrain of the event covers vineyards, gravel roads and single track that is freshly prepared for the riders. Hosted by the local farming community, the Gravel & Grape is a fun and friendly experience for all who enter. The trails are technical and challenging, providing a true test of the rider's mountain biking ability.
The main event is the Gravel & Grape Extreme 3-Day. The distances, for day one, two and three respectively are 35km, 55km and 50km. Even better, day one is a late afternoon/night ride!
Riders can look forward to a late afternoon start and a unique night-riding experience, starting and finishing at Botha Kelder. Day two starts and finishes at Dutoitskloof Wines while day three starts and finishes at Jason's Hill Private Cellar.
For those on a “day budget”, the Gravel & Grape Extreme 2-Day is ideal (55km and 50km) - you don’t have to worry about leaving home on a Friday. Stage race beginners should tackle the Adventure 2-Day (35km and 30km).
The weekend of mountain bike fun takes place in and around the Breedekloof Wine Valley - the nearest town is Rawsonville - while the new race village format takes riders to different wineries each day. All the rides are clover-leaf format.
All three days - and both days on the 2-Day events - include a mixture of handbuilt single track, unrivalled wine valley scenery and well-stocked water points. Cross the finish line and enjoy a wide variety of wines from the region - the main reason for entering!
At R5400 per team entry, the Gravel & Grape Extreme 3-Day is excellent value for money and an ideal event for mountain bikers looking for a change of scenery.
The Extreme 2-Day is R3600 per team, while the Adventure 2-Day is R3300 per team.
E-bikes are also welcome at the Gravel & Grape.
- 3-Day: 1-3 October 2021
- 2-Day: 2-3 October 2021
- Extreme 3-Day: R5400 per team of two
- Extreme 2-Day (2-3 October): R3600 per team of two
Adventure 2-Day (2-3 October): R3300 per team two