Start dusting off your bicycles for the Cape Duo Challenge, a four-day, multi-discipline cycling event aimed at 600 amateurs competing in paired teams that challenges riders’ prowess both on and off-road.
The first-of-its-kind multi-stage cycling event will take place from Thursday, 5 October to Sunday, 8 October 2017.
For founders Peter Diesel-Reynolds, Ernst Viljoen and Pieter Joubert, years of corporate experience coupled with an enduring passion for the sport, makes this event a Proudly South African reality, and an international first too.
“Every current single stage or multi-stage bike race in South Africa, and the world over, is either a road race or a mountain bike race. Since the explosion of mountain biking, the industry has started lacking innovation,” says Diesel-Reynolds, CEO of Skills Resource Group.
“Many events are losing attraction because they are just repeats of the current format. This is especially true for small scale races, which are now taking place every weekend in just about every province in the country.”
The cycling event industry needs innovation.
“Everyone is waiting for a new, fresh challenge,” Joubert, adds and this is it!
The first day of the race kicks off in the picturesque Slanghoek Valley at Slanghoek Wine Cellar. It will take on the format of a tag-relay race, with one rider completing the road leg and then tagging his/her partner to send him/her off on the off-road leg.
On the second and third day of the race, riders move on to Schalk Burger & Sons’ famous wine estate, Welbedacht, situated under the picturesque Groenberg mountain range, Wellington. Riders compete as a team, with day two dedicated to road cycling and day three to off-road. Two minute time gap penalties between riders will apply.
The fourth (and final) day of the race sees riders competing in the historic Paarl Winelands. Riders will have the pleasure of making their way through the mountainous back roads of the region and drink in the views of the lovely surrounding wine farms and orchards.
“More than 50% of the approximately 1 million South African cyclists are more than just casual riders and approximately one hundred thousand will participate in some event over a three year cycle,” says Viljoen. “Most amateur multi-stage races are becoming expensive; the Cape Duo Challenge is a well-positioned and priced event.”
Finally, Ground Level Projects – an organization that targets children in drug-torn and poverty stricken areas of the Western Cape and provides them with education and life skills – will be the main beneficiary of the race.
The Cape Duo Challenge is an opportunity for South African cyclists who are passionate about the sport to experience something truly unique and novel, and to create history in doing so.
To find out more and to enter, view the Cape Duo Challenge’s website here:
The entry fee will be R9950 (incl. VAT) per team of 2 riders.