Mountain bikers with a taste for the finer things in life have a final chance to secure one of just 20 remaining team spots before entries for the inaugural Liberty Cape Winelands MTB Encounter close on Tuesday (April 7).
The debut edition of the five-star stage race will take an exclusive peloton of only 75 two-person teams through 175km of the Western Cape’s best mountain biking terrain in the vicinity of Franschoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch and Wellington.
The three-stage event starts in Stellenbosch on April 17 and gives riders the chance to explore the scenic and historic towns and wineries.
Event director Johan Kriegler said riders could expect to be surrounded by the spectacular Boland mountains and to experience top quality single-track trails.
“This area has the potential to add new and interesting trails every year and the combined competence and experience of the organisers is tops.”
The entry fee to what has been dubbed “South Africa’s most beautiful stage race” will also secure participants daily five-star meals at some of the region’s top establishments.
“Lanzerac, Lefranschhoek Hotel and Spa, Grand Dedale and Val du Charon are exceptional and settled in the most beautiful surroundings,” said Kriegler.
He said the aim of this year’s event was to give a small number of riders the opportunity to experience a brilliant off-road concept, world-class hospitality and the chance to interact personally with the organisers, venue hosts and landowners.
“We hope to receive feedback on all aspects of the event so that we can take it to new heights and exceed riders’ expectations even further next year.”
Kriegler said that because the organisers, ASG and MTB Adventures, were mountain bikers themselves, they were perfectly positioned to present a superior event.
“We have made sure that the race is easily accessible from Cape Town Airport and major roads, and have organised fantastic amenities so that riders are able to relax in style after a fun endurance ride.”
He said the race was geared towards fit and competitive mountain bikers.
“Most riders should finish each stage by lunchtime. Their bodies will have a good workout before their souls are fed by the beauty and hospitality of the race venues.”
Registration takes place at the Lanzerac Hotel and Spa from 4pm to 6.30pm on April 16, followed by dinner and the race briefing from 7pm.
Alternatively, find Cape Winelands MTB Encounter on Facebook or follow @winelandsmtb.