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  1. Hey there, I'm thinking of cycling along the garden route next week, starting from Knysna to Port elizabeth. With the recent lockdown measures there has been much less traffic in cape town. Any knows if it's the same around those places? Thanks in advance !
  2. Based out of Sedgefield, we were pretty centrally located with easy access to a list of trails - all within a 30-40 minute drive. We were however only interested in two of these, one of which is dubbed Witfontein. Forming part of the 38 000 hectare Outeniqua Nature Reserve, the Witfontein trail network is a relatively small geographical area, packed with multiple ultra flowy lines, short climbs and some eye-popping green ferns, and has such an incredible atmosphere to it that it became and an instant favourite. Which way shall we go. Turn right for dust, or left for ferns. Well, I guess the popcorn's out the bag - it's movie snacks that make him fast.... The necessary evil. Even though it totally disrupts the beautiful rolling landscape, it's rather clean and tidy compared to most industrial setups. A quick beer and pizza stop at Pili Pili in Sedgefield to wrap up the four hour drive before we head to base for an early morning rise. Sunrise over Sedgefield and you know it's gonna be a good day out. Wilderness at dawn has got to be up there with the most scenic in the world. Definitely worth the 5am alarm. In many ways, the story of South Africa. Such amazing beauty, ruined by a$$holes. This part of the country is hops central, with massive productions on both sides of the Outeniqua Pass. #getyourbeeron. With no real rain in forever, and the Southeaster sucking the last bit of moisture out of Cape Town, the contrast in environments are stark. Lush blankets of ferns and other luminous green flora, covered with droplets, line this whole network from top to bottom. Next level trail building. Constructed in the 1940's, the 14km long Outeniqua Pass connects the Garden Route to the Little Karoo. It's hard to imagine something of such scale, constructed of sandstone, was done by the hands of Italian prisoners of war and later (after the war) by local labourers. The top of the trail network is indicated by a railway line. This is the highest point of the Witfontein trails, and from here you drop down along the exposed downhill line, before entering the pine plantations that host the rest of the trails. If you looked at a map of the trails around Witfontein, you'd probably give it a miss and go and ride elsewhere. You would certainly be making a mistake in doing so! They only cover a small area but every trail is an absolute gem. Multiple lined rock gardens, punchy corners, poppy roots, and beautifully shaped jumps will mean you'll want to ride all day long in this little patch of paradise. Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica Strava = Hospital? Challenge accepted. Logging and fire roads connect the various segments of trail, and with a very mild gradient, you'll find yourself pedalling up 'one more time', a few times. Witfontein trails are somewhat of a hidden gem in the forests of George. They offered some incredibly fun riding with poppy berms and steep rock shoots among the rooty trails. There are so many trail options to choose from, each with multiple lines. I haven't had such a good day riding my bike in South Africa for a long time, as I did at the Witfontein trails. The locals really have turned the forest into a trail riders dream. Matt Lombardi *Pine Ring mushrooms add another splash of colour to the already technicolour surroundings on offer at Witfontein. Apparently they're edible - but don't quote me on that. With all but one trail segment under full canopy, this is the perfect place to ride during summer months as the trees keep the scorching African sun off your back. Keep an eye out for part two of the Garden Route Trail Daze trip... This project is made possible by: Outeniqua Nature Reserve parking GPS: 33°56'06.6"S 22°25'38.5"E Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Matt Lombardi Permit: Apparently it's free All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie
  3. Following last year's example in a desperate attempt to find greener pastures, a Southeaster-less, damp riding environment and even some loam, we headed about four hours up the N2 towards the Garden Route. Click here to view the article
  4. This episode of Trail Daze is dedicated to the people of Knysna and surrounding areas, who were affected by the devastating wild fires during June 2017. Our sincere condolences go out to those who lost so much, in particular, the tragedy of losing loved ones. For the making of this episode, we were lucky enough to visit the Garden Route in all its splendour, and I’m glad to be able to showcase that beauty here. Nature always bounces back stronger than before, and we're certain that the people of Knysna will persevere to rebuild and strengthen their towns and community once again. Ewald Sadie Following part 1 of our Fatbike adventure, we leave the quaint seaside town of Sedgefield en route to Buffalo Bay for our second and final overnight spot. More unscathed, pristine coastline, lined with jagged coral formations greeted us as we enjoyed another perfect South African autumn morning. Seemingly endless banks of black mussels lined the shore with luminous green seaweed breaking the different shades of black and grey. On our left, the tall cliffs that have dominated the skyline for most of our trip started to shrink and we stopped off at one of the caves for a mid-ride snack. Approaching the Goukamma river/lagoon mouth, the perfect Autumn temperatures gave way to an angry African sun, and we were forced to take a dip and refresh before doing the final stretch along the tar road to The River Deck. Three options of accommodation are available in Buffalo Bay, two of which requires you to bring your own camping gear, and the other (River Deck) offers a permanent canvas tent setup, good ablution facilities and bedding/towels - perfect for not carrying around too much luggage as in our case. With the sun now on maximum, we pulled into our final destination for the day and proceeded with our lunch-time tradition of ice cold beer and fresh fish & chips. Up again at the crack of dawn, we started prepping for the next leg of our journey which would include some fibreglass and paddles. We weren’t yet 100% sure if this would work but proceeded to dismantle our bikes and loaded all our luggage in our very flexible yet seemingly waterproof kayaks. A few nervous paddle strokes later and we were all set and heading off, snaking along the farmlands en route to the Goukamma mouth where we would abandon our water crafts (to be collected again by the friendly people at The River Deck). Cattle and Egyptian Geese kept a watchful eye over us as the first rays of the day popped over the hills and created some amazing reflections. But even the most amazing natural scenes couldn’t hide the fact that we weren’t ‘paddling-fit’ and we soon started to realise this rowing thing might take longer than anticipated. The banter died down, body language changed as the river bent again in the wrong direction. Arriving at the mouth, we were glad to have done this part of the mission, but also relieved to get back to using leg power to continue the rest of our trip. Day 3 was absolutely epic, it started off with a fully laden dawn kayak up the Goukama river leading to a perfectly smooth cruise past Buffelsbaai. Things got a bit tougher when we climbed out at Brenton-on-Sea and then crossed the boggy marshlands across to the old railway. A scenic ride across the railway bridge lead us into Knysna where we enjoyed some ice cold beer at Mitchell's Brewery. Dayle Holmes The short stint along Buffalo Bay beach towards Brenton-on-Sea flew by and soon we were heading up the tar climb into town. A part of this day that I was not particularly looking forward to as the gradient is not very fat bike-friendly. Let alone loaded up with luggage and under another angry African sun. Rolling over the crest however into Brenton-on-lake, we could see our final destination across the Knysna River lagoon, with only a swamp and a bridge to navigate. We followed the ribbons of ’singletrack’ revealed only during low tide, and made our way along the edge of the lagoon onto and across the decommissioned Knysna Lagoon railway bridge. As we rolled through the harbour and straight into Mitchell’s brewery, our mini fat bike adventure had come to an end and there was only one more thing to do… The timing of day 2 ended up bang on with it hitting low tide for the duration of our ride gracing us with hard untouched sand which we named the "fat bike super highway". Dayle Holmes On our last bit of trekking towards Knysna we had to climb over the neck of Brenton-on-sea. It was tough as hell after 3 days of riding with the sun baking down on us at 35 degrees. Ewald was keeping his watts high, I cursed the heavens as Dayle was flatboxing up the hill training for Sani (not really). All worth it though, when we reached Brenton-on-lake we were treated to some boggy-marsh single track goodness! Danie du Toit This project is made possible by: RiverDeck GPS: 34°02'02.6"S 22°56'22.6"E Riders : Dayle Holmes | Danie du Toit Accommodation: RiverDeck Accommodation Restaurant: RiverDeck Restaurant All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie
  5. Discussing this mission over a few beers - mostly what equipment we didn't have and still need to get - the plan manifested into a three-day ride along arguably some of the most scenic stretches of beach in South Africa. Being novices at this, we decided to keep it simple and ride from Wilderness to Knysna, averaging about 30km a day stopping at backpackers along the way. That may sound like a short daily stint, and it is, but with so many unknowns of fatbikability, heavy luggage and never intending to pedal all day to begin with, we agreed that this would fit in better with our beer drinking schedule. Fatbikability (I’m claiming the term if it hasn’t yet been) is limited among other things, by reef or otherwise long sections of jagged rock that won’t be kind to the very exposed and vulnerable fat tyres. Reaching a section of coastline that is simply impassable, could force us to double back and find a way around - typically along the N2 or a quieter alternative if available. This would make the pedal considerably longer, and needless to say road riding was something we wanted to avoid at all cost. Google Maps gave us the green light in terms of impassable sections, however Murphy has a knack for showing up in situations like these. Opting to stay in backpackers instead of camping, meant we saved a bit on overall weight, however the combined additional weight of racks, panniers and camera/video equipment still affected the average speed as to be expected. Our luggage consisted of fresh clothes for three days, basic toiletries, water/snacks and some plastic, as meals and beers were to be bought in the towns we were staying at. A great way to spend three days. We were blessed with amazing weather and got to see some epic scenery along with lots of childish banter and post ride beer drinking. It was a real eye opener to see how easy it is to trek along our coastline taking only the bare necessities and a bank card. Dayle Holmes Starting our journey in Wilderness immediately had me planning my opening shot of us crossing the Kaaimans River bridge from Victoria Bay’s side, however multiple cautionary tales of muggings and close calls with scum had us deviate from this plan. It’s unfortunate that such beauty has to be tainted by evil, but such is the story of South Africa I guess. Leentjiesklip was to be our new starting point from where we would pedal to Sedgefield, timing our ride with low tide to access the hard sand closer to water. Inevitably, the shape of the coastline forced us up and away from the hard stuff from time to time, meaning energy-sapping, slow progress as the sun baked down from above. Having grown up in the Garden Route region, I thought I knew most of the gems scattered along the coast. I didn't. The fat trek trip allowed us to see the most scenic less-touristy places. The best thing for me about the whole vibe was getting around via no means of combustion. Just three fetties. Danie du Toit Starfish, blobs of jelly, low tide reef formations, colorful coral, lone fishermen, and a cool breeze from the ocean escorted us to our mid ride stop at Gericke’s Point. We passed long stretches of unscathed beach only accessible during low tide, with not a soul in sight. Flocks of Cape cormorant huddled together further ahead or performed low level formation flying millimeters above the water. It really is a very special landscape to be passing through, only leaving temporary tracks to be erased by nature in minutes. Arriving at Sedgefield, we pulled in to Afro Cafe where we would be stationed for the night, and headed straight for the downstairs restaurant, Pili Pili. The next two hours would consist of consuming fresh hake & chips and as many ice cold beers as seemed appropriate. Bikes washed, we lounged about and killed time as the midday sun scorched the earth, before heading downtown to sample the local pub life. It was such a treat having lunch and beers at our first accommodation stop, klapping a hard afternoon nap to then leave the bibs at home and head to town for some golden hour pub hopping. Bliss. Danie du Toit Up at the crack of dawn, we headed downtown once again to stock up on snacks and fresh water for the next leg of our journey, but Murphy had other plans. The freehub body on Dayle’s bike disintegrated and had to be rebuilt roadside, as we were in the wee hours of the morning and the local bike shop not open yet. Luckily, having racked up years of first hand technical experience in the bike industry, Dayle literally MacGyver’d his wheel back to (almost) new by using a bottle cap, leatherman, some dental floss and some patience. The South African coast is scattered with small interesting towns which are often missed when using a car, I can see this being one of many fat trekking trips to come in the future. Dayle Holmes Stay tuned for the next part of this trip as we head out to our next stop, Buffelsbaai... This project is made possible by: Leentjies Klip GPS: 33°59'42.8"S 22°33'55.8"E Riders : Dayle Holmes | Danie du Toit Accommodation: Afrovibe Restaurant: PiliPili All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie
  6. Nestled at the foot of the Outeniqua Mountains and the Karatara River Gorge, lies one of South Africa's top mountain biking destinations. Proper trails cutting through lush indigenous forest with an incredible ambiance of bird sounds and other wild life, and a majestic mountainous backdrop is what defines this place. Add to that accommodation in the form of the Trail Park House, or a 20 person dorm room setup hand crafted by the land owner and trail builder Rob Dormehl, and you have the perfect place to rally together some friends and shred the 40km trail network from dawn till dusk. And with 4 trail options varying in difficulty and distance, and a pump track/dirt jump line, it really caters for all riders of all abilities. The ever-expanding network of trails and accommodation at Garden Route Trail Park is something to admire. Well built jumps in every size you could ever want, means it's the perfect place to get airtime and it's one of the few places in SA that you can ride proper singletrack under an indigenous tree canopy. Phone your friends now and plan a weekend getaway now! Daniel Dobinson | iRideAfrica The Garden Route Trail Park is definitely a must if you're going anywhere up the coast. I'm lucky enough to visit the park frequently and it's definitely on the favourites list. The trails vary from deep, dark, and dense forests with big bomb holes and tight branches, to open grasslands with amazingly flowy trails. I love riding here because of the natural forest that just makes you forget about the world for a few hours. And it's always nice to finish with a few pump track laps and a good coffee. Matt Lombardi This project is made possible by: Garden Route Trail Park GPS: 33°55'01.3"S 22°51'47.7"E Riders : Daniel Dobinson | Matt Lombardi Permit: R100 Website: https://www.gardenroutetrailpark.com/ All images by Ewald Sadie www.esphotography.co.za instagram: @ewaldsadie
  7. About an hour's drive further up the coast from last month's Trail Daze destination, we re-visited the now world-famous Garden Route Trail Park, to round off our trip up the N2. Click here to view the article
  8. I've got 2 weeks off in February, and I thought I'd do some more bikepacking. My plan is to fly to George, then cycle up through the garden route all the way to PE. I'll catch either a train or a flight back from there. Is this route possible? I'm not sure what the rules say about using the N2, and I don't see too many alternatives that will let me stay along the coast. It has to be on road, as I'll be using my little brompton. Yes I know it's not the ideal choice, but I like it and have cycled from Munich to Vienna on it quite happily. I do try to keep the distances under 50km a day though, I'm in no rush, and there's nobody to race Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
  9. Along the magnificent Garden route of the Western Cape lies a land where mystical elephants reign. A place where heritage and nature meets, creating a phenomenal atmosphere that is both empowering as it is indulging. Click here to view the article
  10. This wondrous land is home to not only beautiful Outeniqua Trail; but also to the stunning Knysna Loerie, regal Knysna Heads, the rich Afromontane forest, and now the official playground for Expedition Africa 2016. This grand Expedition adventure race is set to kick off on the 13 May 2016; where teams will descend from all parts of the world to take on the mighty 500km plus event. The power duo from Kinetic have hectares of the Garden Route National Park (GRNP) land to play with when it comes to creating a dynamic route featuring various trekking legs, cycling legs, epic rope work sections and a flat water and sea paddle. “The GRNP motto; ‘Adventure is in our nature’ is a fitting choice for the Expedition Africa 2016 event” shares Nandi Mgwadlamba of SANparks. Expedition Africa’s phenomenal Race Village and home for the week will take shape at the perfect venue nearest Sedgefield; Pine Lake Marina surrounded by beauty and found within a valley of water and light. “Pine Lake Marina is extremely excited and proud to be associated with Expedition Africa and part of this International Adventure Racing event. We look forward to hosting and looking after the teams, family members, sponsors, media crews and supporters associated with this world class event at our beautiful resort on the bank of the Swartvlei Lake” says Alan Neville. Forty “Teams of 5” will take on the gruelling challenge; as for the first time in Adventure Racing history the organisers are making it possible for all teams of 4 to bring along a 5th team member, their own media relations practitioner. This will give team’s maximum exposure as they traverse this epic course. Entries are officially open; visit http://www.kinetic-events.co.za/Adventure-Races/Expedition-Africa to book your spot in an expedition of a life time. The first 22 teams to secure their booking, will enjoy the luxurious views of the water facing cabanas Pine Lake Marina has to offer. Those teams looking for a hassle-free travel will receive free transfers from the George Airport, ensuring your ‘expedition’ is a phenomenal experience. This is the perfect venue for families and supporters alike to enjoy a trip from Cape Town or other parts of our exquisite country, indulging in the beauty of the Garden Route, while keeping tabs on the exciting and gruelling challenge of 2016’s Expedition Africa. Name: Expedition Africa Dates: 13 May 2016 – 22 May 2016 Province: Western Cape, Knysna Tourism Host Venue: Pine Lake Marina Total Teams: 40 Get in touch with the organisers! https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=273266142720354&fref=ts or simply visit http://www.kinetic-events.co.za/Adventure-Races/Expedition-Africa for constant updates of videos and other interesting information. View http://www.visitknysna.co.za/explore/knysna.html for interesting information on Knysna and the phenomenal tourism within and around the town.
  11. As you pull into the parking area, you can immediately see the level of effort that has been put into the trail park. At the entrance to the park you can find the Trail Café, where you can get light meals, snacks, cold beverages and coffee. There is also an array of bike equipment should you find yourself needing to do some minor emergency bike repairs, like replacing a tube, and don’t worry if you don’t have a bike you can rent one there too. Just across from the Trail Café is where the magic starts as this is where you can find the pump track, a great flowing never-ending loop system that offers anyone at any skill level hours of fun and a surprisingly good workout. After cruising around on the pump track for a while, Rob Dormehl the man to thank for this amazing place, came over and introduced himself to the Monster crew. What a legend, one of the friendliest and most down to earth characters you will come by. After chatting to him for a few minutes he offered to show us around and even drive in convoy with us to the top of the trails, to make sure we didn’t get lost. The drive was great and allowed us to really see all that the park had to offer, although at times the dirt road did prove to be a bit of a handful to navigate and unfortunately one of the potholes claimed the radiator of our van (the same van that we had planned on using to shuttle ourselves whilst on the trip), leaving us “vanless” for the rest of the trip. Again just proving what kind of a guy Rob is, he immediately jumped under the van to take a look at the damage, even though coolant had leaked all over the ground. After a few tears, we unloaded everything out of the van and into the Monster Energy truck, leaving only our bikes out so we could finally ride the trails. The trail that Rob had taken us to was named Jungle Fever which seemed appropriate given that a whole troop of baboons decided to take a break, from whatever it is baboons get up to, and chill on one of the long tabletops. Standing at the start of Jungle Fever was thrilling as the only thing we knew for certain about the track was that it would be a blast and had us frothing at the mouths. Jungle Fever turned out to be everything we could have imagined, it’s the main jump line at the trail park, featuring a large double jump, several large tabletops, some short and tricky rollers and some great berms. It’s fast and flows well, allowing even experienced riders to push themselves and have some fun. One thing to take note of though, and I guess this really is the case with all good trails in South Africa, is that at times there are some steep climbs, nothing that’s going to make you feel as though you’re climbing half way up Everest, but just something to take note of, although it’s only fair that one earns all the smiles you’ll be enjoying while bombing down the trails. Getting back to the Trail Café is great because, not only did you just have a fantastic ride, but you can finish it off with some cold drinks, or even a milkshake if you’re feeling a little wild. Needless to say we opted for the Trail Cafés fantastic tasting Nutella and peanut butter milkshake followed by a few more loops on the pump track. Overall the Garden Route Trail Park is an amazing place, and one that any mountain biker has to go check out, even if only once. It offers more than 25km’s of clearly marked, well looked after single track that will remind you of why you fell in love with mountain biking. Thanks again for everything Rob, you really are a champion. Do yourself a favour and plan a trip down there, you will not regret it, we promise!
  12. There has been a lot of talk about the Garden Route Trail Park lately, so much so that Monster Energy Cape Town decided to take a road trip to find out first hand what it’s like. After a long drive, we were finally greeted by a sign letting us know we were in the right place. Click here to view the article
  13. An additional 50 entries have been made available for the RECM Knysna 200, which takes place along the Garden Route from 13 to 15 June, 2015. // Photo: Full Stop Communications. According to race director Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events, the limited field for next month’s event has now been increased to a total of 350 participants across solo and team categories. “Last year we were fully subscribed and had to turn so many riders away. “This year, we’ve been able to accommodate a few more without detracting from the exclusivity of the event by increasing capacity at our race village at Thesen Island Harbour Town.” Mosterd said the 200km stage race was aimed at social riders who managed between seven and 10 hours of training a week and could comfortably complete around 65km a day. “This is about a lifestyle weekend. Most mountain bikers are ordinary, hardworking people who are raising families and striving for a little downtime while trying to handle the stresses of modern living. “It’s still not for the faint of heart or the unfit but it’s certainly achievable with a bit of committed training.” Riders in action during last year’s RECM Knysna 200. An additional 50 entries have been made available for this year’s edition of the three-day mountain bike race, which takes place along the Garden Route from June 13. // Photo: Julie-Ann Photography. While this was traditionally a team event, he said the solo category had been growing steadily and now accounted for approximately a third of the field.“It’s probably also a symptom of our busy lives that people are finding it increasingly difficult to meet up with partners who can ride at the same pace as them and find time in their day to train together.” Mosterd said the routes were largely unchanged from the previous edition but would offer a few surprises for regular participants. “On day one we start in the Knysna Elephant Park. The Wittedrift tar road section has been replaced by a magnificent new mountain ridge route heading north towards Buffalo Hills.” After traversing the well-known Petrus se Brand route through Garden Route National Park, riders would again experience his secret passage through the indigenous forests, said Mosterd. “That’s the same one many non-participants sought out, unsuccessfully I might add, after last year’s event.” The route also offered an alternative finish along contour paths and via downhill singletrack, he said. “The second stage starts in Rheenendal and heads towards Krisjan-se-Nek, Dalene Matthee’s old stomping ground and inspiration for her book Kringe in ’n Bos.” Mosterd said the historical Millwood Goldfields would lead riders past vast open views of the Knysna Heads before they hit a fast downhill section from Portland Heights and down the Phantom Pass singletrack via the old quarry. “The highlights of day two are the two fun enduro sections – one uphill and one downhill. “The uphill one is particularly spectator-friendly and family and friends are encouraged to watch their favourite riders from a beautiful vantage point at Krisjan-se-Nek in the heart of the Garden Route National Park.” He said the fastest male and female riders over the two sections would be named the Ultimate King and Ultimate Queen and claim a prize purse of R5 000. “Day three starts at the Harkerville Forest Station and follows a brand-new scenic indigenous forest route towards Plett before taking a sharp right towards the cliffs above the Indian Ocean.” The Harkerville Red Route will then take riders towards the Cape Pine plantations before the final descent into Knysna and the lagoonside stretch to the finish. Mosterd said a portion of riders’ entry fees would be donated to one of their long-standing charitable beneficiaries, the Knysna Sport School. “They do fantastic work locally by helping disadvantaged kids through sport.” Enter at www.recmknysna200.co.za and follow @recmknysna200 or Garden Route Events on Facebook for updates.
  14. Due to rider demand, organisers of the RECM Knysna 200 have made an additional 50 entries available for the three-day mountain bike race, which takes place along the Garden Route from June 13. Click here to view the article
  15. Homewood is the previous name of the colonial estate (1879–1903) on which Fancourt has been developed, representing old-world charm and everything fine, including accommodation, food and outdoor experiences at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains. The Tour of Homewood includes three stages with distances ranging from 70-80km per day with around 1400m of vertical ascent per stage on average. Each stage will start and finish at Fancourt where special Tour of Homewood accommodation packages will be made available. There will also be external accommodation options available. Participants at the Tour of Homewood will experience three days of challenging mountain biking in an incredibly beautiful region of South Africa. “There is great mountain biking around the town of George, but there is no annual mountain bike event there that makes the most of this. We feel that the Tour of Homewood will help develop George as a quality mountain biking destination in a way that Fancourt has done with golf,” said Henco Rademeyer of Dryland Event Management, the company that organises some of South Africa’s leading mountain biking and trail running events. “Instead of driving a wedge between golf and mountain biking, we’re aiming to make the most of the strengths of the two sports as many people enjoy both. While we’ll be making use of the walkways around the links for the mountain bike stage exits and entrances to and from Fancourt, the actual race stages will be tough, yet fun. It’s a proper mountain bike stage race with a golf flavour for those that love both. “There will be two coastal stages and one stage that will head into the Karoo and back. We plan to incorporate the famous Montagu Pass and the abundance of great singletrack around Saasveld and Jonkersberg,” added Rademeyer. Each afternoon there will be a short golf challenge for those Tour of Homewood participants keen to experience playing on the world-renowned courses. This will be optional but there will be daily prizes and an overall prize for the best mountain bike and golf performance combined. “The profile of the committed mountain biker today is the same as those who played golf here 10 years ago. The growth of mountain biking, trail running and hiking has given people more to do with more family involvement. We like this and feel the Tour of Homewood is a great way to give mountain bikers a first class experience with their families and friends,” said Lloyd Martindale, General Manager Golf at Fancourt. Fancourt, South Africa's premier golf resort, will be the venue for the Tour of Homewood, a new three-day mountain bike stage race that will be held from 4-6 September 2015. “While the Tour of Homewood is a serious mountain bike race, we’ll be making sure the bit of daily golf flavour is fun and all-inclusive. Come race the Tour of Homewood, but bring your clubs for some additional Fancourt fun!” Entries will be via invitation. All those on the Fancourt and Dryland Event Management databases will receive an emailed invitation. There are also corporate packages available that include flights, transport and Fancourt accommodation to and from Johannesburg. “What better than to leave the busy city life of Johannesburg on a Thursday and be flown to and from George with five-star accommodation at Fancourt for three days of high quality mountain bike racing?” remarked Rademeyer. For more information visit www.tourofhomewood.co.za.
  16. The Garden Route town of George will be transformed into a significant mountain biking destination with the introduction of the Tour of Homewood, a new three-day mountain bike stage race, to be based at Fancourt, South Africa’s premier golf resort from 4-6 September 2015. Click here to view the article
  17. Each stage of the three-day event will be unique with day one being 70km, Day two around 75km and about 50km on day three. The routes will cater for average and elite riders alike. The routes will be made up of a combination of singletrack, scenic district roads and forest trails. The event prides itself in the fact that nowhere in the country can you ride indigenous forests as you can here on the Garden Route. The 2015 route will also feature more of what every mountain biker wants - singletrack. The new day two route will start at Cairnbrogie dairy farm near the Plettenberg Bay airport. “Cairnbrogie has a lot of its own singletracks with coastal and ocean views that will be completely different to the other two days,” explains Evans. “This stage will also take in a lot of the Garden of Eden single track.” Entries for the event are now open. The event sold out in 2014 and there will only be space for 350 riders in 2015. The 2015 route maps, profiles and detailed information will be available at drevilclassic.com in the very near future. The base for the event will remain in Wittedrift just outside of Plettenberg Bay and the final day will be on Saturday 19th September. The Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge is a separate event that takes place on Sunday 20th September 2015. Riders who enter the Dr Evil Classic will receive a preferential start in the Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast Mountain Bike Challenge. Riders who enter the Lions Karoo to Coast and wish to ride the Dr Evil Classic will receive a R200 discount on their manual Dr Evil entry. In order to arrange this please contact zandile@drevilclassic.com directly if you would like a manual entry form.
  18. The fourth edition of the Garden Route’s most spectacular stage race, the Dr Evil Classic, will take place from 17-19 September 2015. Entries are open and master route designer Leon Evans has guaranteed that his signature event will once again be one to remember. Click here to view the article
  19. “This truly is a route for everybody as it offers racing snakes the opportunity to blast out from the word go, whilst simultaneously offering a great challenge to mountain biking beginners,” said race director Pax Mosterd. “The route literally covers seven mountain passes. There will be three water points planned for the 77km long route, each at approximately 20km apart to make sure that the participants are well cared for.” The inclusion of the Leeuwenbosch short route option, which starts at Karatara, will also afford juniors and those starting out in the sport the opportunity to race 36km. “The short route also ends at the Knysna waterfront – race village finish venue extraordinaire! A real wow factor is the Penny Pinchers floating bridge planned for the finish,” Mosterd continued. "This will make for a super exciting race finish and will find riders challenging themselves to make the bridge before the cut-off time." “Only riders who enter the long route and who finish within the predetermined time will be eligible to take on this dramatic race finish,” confirmed Knysna Waterfront Manager Sheldon Meese. “We are really excited about this event and specifically the floating bridge, which will add an exciting edge to the finish and make it super spectator-friendly.” Title sponsor director Marcel Deacon of Susan Deacon properties decided to join this exciting initiative in a title sponsorship capacity. As an avid mountain biker himself, he fondly remembers a similar event years ago and is happy that the new event will include more single track on neighbouring farms to add a slight technical aspect to the predominantly district road route. The introduction of a few surprise sections through privately owned properties will be pleasantly received by participants as some of the tarred surfaces are being eliminated in this way. Entries open on Friday 14 November 2014. Be sure to be one of the first 200 confirmed participants at this inaugural event in order to receive the limited edition Susan Deacon 7 Passes race item as well as a Knysna Waterfront voucher. Enter at www.7passesmtb.co.za or go to www.gardenrouteevents.co.za for more info.
  20. The new Susan Deacon 7 Passes Weekend MTB event taking place in April 2015 will start in George central and follow the famous 7 Passes road through indigenous forests, pine plantations and private farmlands. Click here to view the article
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