With less than three weeks to this year’s Knysna Cycle Tour on 2 & 3 July, cyclists have just one week left to enter one or more of the events this year before online entries close on 20 June.
Marketing director Andrew Finn says that entries are on average 10 per cent up on this time last year and Knysna Rotary, which coordinates the event every year, is looking forward to one of the biggest fields ever.
The race, which celebrates its 29th year in 2016, comprises four very popular events – MTB events, road races, the SPUR Children’s Tour and the Forest Family Dam Ride. It is one of the highlights of the annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, which this year takes place from 1-10 July.
Says Finn: “We have confirmed and prepared all routes and modified the 109 km road race route slightly as there were some concerns about the road to Barrington. Cyclists will now enjoy a slightly longer (115 km) but easier route with one less big climb, which now goes directly from Knysna to Kleinkranz, back to Sedgefield, up to Karatara, back down to the N2 and straight to the finish in Knysna. The route for the 50 km road race has not been changed. All routes and profiles are on our website.
The MTB event is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. The 50 km and 80 km MTB races are official premier seeding events of the 2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
There are four different MTB races in total for varying technical abilities – 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km, and routes include access to privately owned sections of property that are usually closed to the public.
The routes are set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil and, while cyclists will be riding through one of the most scenic areas in the Garden Route, they will also have their skills tested to the maximum.
The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour is a safe, scenic race for children from 2 to 10 years of age and consists of three events which start and finish at the Knysna Oyster Festival Grounds, for 2-4 year olds, 5-7 year olds and 8-10 year olds.
The successful 25 km Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday, 3 July, is a relaxed MTB ride. It is open to a limited number of riders, 12 years and over with some experience, and takes riders past Knysna’s three dams and through scenic forest areas.
To enter the race online go to www.knysnacycle.co.za. All the information about entry fees is available here as well as travel packages for cyclists and their families travelling from Johannesburg for the Knysna Cycle Tour.
This year, for the second time, cyclists can Pedal with Purpose and raise funds while doing the Knysna Cycle Tour with a special charity entry. Cyclists purchasing a Hospice Charity Entry will receive:
- Preferential seeding
- A Hospice ‘goodie bag’ filled with fantastic cycling goodies including an awesome cycle shirt
- VIP registration at the Hospice stall