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Wines to Wales in Overberg
- Updated: April 20, 2010
More than 300 mountain bike enthusiasts will take to the track this weekend for the 2010 Wines2Whales (W2W) Pre-Ride in preparation for the second Contego W2W 3-day mountain bike stage race in November, which is already fully subscribed with a waiting list of more than 400 riders.
The W2W Ride is a non-competitive two-day stage event and participants can enter in three categories ÔÇô fast (3.5 to 4.5 hours per stage), average (4 to 5.5 hours per stage) and slow (5 to 7 hours per stage).┬á All categories cycle the same route and each category is guided by 2-5 guides.
According to event organiser Michael Meyer of Stillwater Sports and Entertainment, the objective of the W2W Ride is two-fold.┬á ÔÇ£We want to offer participants the opportunity to test their skills and endurance levels in anticipation of the Contego W2W Race in November, but also allow other riders a chance to experience the scenic splendour of the route in a non-competitive environment. ┬áThis is the perfect chance to experience this amazing race, which I believe will grow into one of the most spectacular races in South Africa,ÔÇØ says Meyer.
Stage one of the ride starts at 8am on Saturday 24 April at the Tri-Active Centre in Elgin.┬á The 73 kilometre route across jeep, single tracks and gravel roads runs through the forests of Oak Valley, Grabouw, Lebanon and Houwhoek and finishes┬áat the same venue.
The second stage starts at 7.30am on Sunday 25 April at the Tri-Active Centre and will follow an awe-inspiring 82km scenic route through the Elgin pass, Lebanon, Houwhoek, along the wineries in the Botriver Valley, Karwyderskraal, passing the wineries of Hemel-en-Aarde┬áand will finish at the Hermanuspietersfontein Cellar at the┬áHermanus-Sandbaai intersection.
The event allows riders to participate at their own pace. If the pace is too fast, a rider can wait at a water point for the┬áfollowing category or start the next day in a different category. Support vehicles will be available at water points to offer a lift to tired MTB riders and┬ásweepers will check that no one is left behind.
ÔÇ£The Contego W2W events offer a good balance of fun, endurance, scenery and comradeship. We will re-invest in┬ároute development and are committed to building long-term relationships with landowners and wineries in an effort to establish mutually beneficial and enduring partnerships with the product owners en-route.┬á To ensure effective destination and product marketing of the wineries, some venues are utilised as water stops and spectator vantage points,ÔÇØ concludes Meyer.
For more information on the Wines2Whales three-day mountain bike stage race, please contact Stillwater Sport & Entertainment on (021) 883-2413 or e-mail [email protected] or visit www.stillwatersports.com