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5.Other racing initiatives at the RECM Knysna 200 include RECM Enduro sections and the Ultimate Cycling Knysna King and Queen of the Mountains points. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman.

5. Other racing initiatives at the RECM Knysna 200 include RECM Enduro sections and the Ultimate Cycling Knysna King and Queen of the Mountains points. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman.

The RECM Knysna 200 takes place this weekend in the slice of mountain biking heaven which is Knysna. The three day stage race is geared specifically towards riders looking to spend three fantastic days on their bikes, but there’s a competitive racing aspect too and both sides of the RECM Knysna 200 will be showcased live this weekend.

If you can’t join in the racing and fun in Knysna then you can follow the action live on Twitter by following @recmknysna200. The racing up front promises to be frenetic as Nico Pfitzenmaier has targeted defending the title which he won in 2015. While in the ladies race the ever effervescent Candice Neethling will challenge each other for victory in the absence of 2015 champ Robyn de Groot. The daily starts and prize giving ceremonies will be broadcast live on Periscope too – click on the relevant link to download the application so long from the Google Play or AppStore in anticipation of the RECM Knysna 200.

The daily videos and photo galleries will be up on the Garden Route Events Facebook page for you to voyeuristically indulge in the beauty of the area and the amazing trails. You can also see some of the best images of the event on the Garden Route Events Instagram account and view the RECM Knysna 200 rider’s photos by checking out the hashtag #RECMknysna200. You’ll also be able to recap on all the action right here by reading the daily news features from the RECM Knysna 200 from Friday afternoon onwards.

The RECM Knysna 200 is famed for its relaxed family atmosphere. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman.

The RECM Knysna 200 is famed for its relaxed family atmosphere. Photo by: Julie Anne Hoffman.

The 2016 race gets underway with a 71km first stage from the Knysna Elephant Park at 09:00 on Friday the 17th of June. Each of the three stages feature a different start venue around Knysna, so as to better showcase the scintillating singletracks of the area without having to clock up too many kilometres in doing so. Stages 2 and 3 are 70km and 57km long, and start at Quinta da Montanha and the Harkerville Forest Station respectively. Each of the three stages finishes on Thesen Island and the RECM Knysna 200 riders will be able to unwind in the scenic lagoon-side race village centred on Tapas Bistro and Sirocco Restaurant.

For riders driving to Knysna for the event registration opens at 16:00 on Thursday the 16th of June at Tapas Bistro, while dinner will be served at Sirocco from 18:00. The race briefing will take place during dinner, at 18:30, at Sirocco. For more information on the RECM Knysna 200 please visit www.recmknysna200.co.za.

RECM Knysna 200

Dates: 17 – 19 June 2016

Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Start: Knysna Elephant Park Quinta da Montanha Harkerville
Start Time: 09:00 09:00 08:30
Distance: 71km 70km 57km
Climbing: 1 250m 1 350m 890m
Finish: Tapas Bistro Tapas Bistro Tapas Bistro

Race Village: Tapas Bistro, Thesen Island Harbour Town

Website: www.recmknysna200.co.za

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