The 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.

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The main event is the Gravel & Grape Extreme 3-Day. The distances, for day one, two and three respectively are 69, 68 and 44km.

For those on a “day budget”, the Gravel & Grape Extreme 2-Day is ideal (69km and 68km) - you don’t have to worry about taking leave on a Friday. While stage race beginners should tackle the 2-Day Adventure (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 race village is Goudini Spa. The venue is only an hour from the Cape Town city centre. The 2-Day Adventure and the 2-Day Extreme are both clover leaf format.

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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 R6200 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 R4150 per team, while the Adventure 2-Day is R3600 per team. Solo riders may enter the Adventure 2-Day; the entry is R2000.

E-bikes are also welcome at the Gravel & Grape.