Cape Town - A memorable experience at a
good price is what ASG Events has set out to achieve as they look forward to
the Liberty Winelands Encounter next month.
Part of the Encounter series,
which includes the TransCape and Waterberg, this three-day event takes place in
the Cape Winelands from April 13-15.
Trails will cover areas
adjacent to Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl.
Having already received a
positive response, with the all-inclusive package virtually sold out, ASG
Events acting chief executive Fritz Pienaar believes they are well placed to
attract a variety of cyclists.
is a perfect event for riders of all levels who want to do a stage race which
has an element of luxury,” he said.
will experience some awesome trails in one of the most popular mountain-biking
regions in the country, with three days of riding which are not as difficult as
many other stage races.”
Pienaar added that their
target market for the event was amateur riders keen to experience a stage race.
energy goes into giving them the best experience possible,” he said.
want the Encounter events to be seen as races for the discerning mountain biker
looking for a more luxurious experience, while still providing good value for
believe it is the perfect event for couples and corporate teams.”
He said there was plenty on
offer for the competitors.
only R12 100 for a team of two you ride some of the best trails in the country
and enjoy two nights’ accommodation at the
luxurious, four-star Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa.
meals are included, plus a Winelands-branded Italian Ftech cycling shirt and a
long sleeve shirt, as well as HIGH5 products, valued at over R2 000 per
Pienaar added that there were
still places available in the basic package, which excludes accommodation.
Route designer Johan Kriegler
said they were fine-tuning the routes to ensure they suited riders across the
example, we have changed the starting venue for stage one, which used to be in
Stellenbosch,” he said.
we found it was quite tough as it included the Botmaskop climb and the
switchback climbs were too technical for the average Liberty Winelands rider.”
He said this year’s race would start at Zorgvliet Wine Estate at the top
Cyclists would face a
combination of single-track, jeep-track and gravel roads, added Kriegler.
one, which includes the Boschendal and Franschhoek single-track sections, has
about 70% gravel roads.
second stage starts and finishes at the Le Franschhoek Hotel and does a
circular route around the Bergriver Dam -
the ratio of single to gravel is about 45 to 55.
final stage starts at the hotel and finishes at the Nederburg Wine Estate, with
plenty of open gravel roads offering ample opportunity to appreciate the scenic
autumn colours of the Cape vineyards.”
Kriegler said the stage
distances ranged between 45 and 55km, with a maximum of 1 600m climbing on the