Grape Escape route details

2011-03-01 13:07

Cape Town - The new Columbia Grape Escape kicks off at Eden on the Bay on Friday, March 4. This gruelling three-day stage race consists of a 225km mountain bike route, which should make for some great spectator viewing.

“The Columbia Grape Escape is a tough event, make no mistake, but that’s exactly why it is also bound to make for great viewing. We’d like to encourage friends, family and fans to come and cheer these riders on from the sidelines,” commented David Bellairs, CEO of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.

Spectators are most welcome at the start and finish each day, but the following are also good spots from which to see the race:

Friday, March 4: Eden on the Bay to Nelson Wine Estate (80km)

•    Contermanskloof, Durbanville
•    Slent Road (in the vicinity of the wind turbines)
•    Voor Paardeberg Road, Agter Paarl

Saturday, March 5: Nelson Wine Estate to Boschendal (78km)

•    Addy Road, Wellington
•    Beulah Climb, Bainskloof
•    Pearl Valley, Paarl

Sunday, March 6: Boschendal (67km)

•    Plasir de Merle, Simondium

Picnic at Boschendal

The Cape Argus Pick n Pay MTB Challenge is also taking place at Boschendal on Saturday 5 and Sunday, March 6. “We’re expecting more than 5 000 mountain bikers at Boschendal. My advice to spectators, who will be there to watch the finish of both the MTB Challenge and the Grape Escape, is to order a legendary French-style picnic from Boschendal’s Le Pique Nique,” advised Bellairs.

A special area will be demarcated close to the finish line for these bookings. Picnics cost R150 and include baguettes, a selection of meats, chicken, salads and more. For additional information and bookings, contact Boschendal on (021) 870 4200.