This infamous race returns in 2017 with a new route that leads aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through approximately 700 kilometres of the unspoilt nature of the Western Cape.
(There will also be approximately 15 000m of climbing over some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa.) Seeing as early bird tickets sell out in about nine seconds, you’d be hard-pressed to enter for the 2017 event: but watching the biggest field of international pros compete for their share of R1,6 million will be a great day out. (They were the first race in South Africa to offer equal prize purses for men and women riders; in 2014, their prize for women was the biggest in the world.)
Have a look at the video below for an idea of what it entails:
The Prologue will again be held on the Meerendal Wine Estate trails and include parts of neighbouring Hoogekraal. Then it is on to Hermanus, where the 101km opening stage starts and finishes at the local high school. Here are some more details on the route. The biggest day is the Grand Finale on the last day: this year it’ll be a brand new venue at Val de Vie.