Mountain-bike enthusiasts have an opportunity to earn a significant discount in the Winelands and Waterberg Encounter Series events, entries for which are now open. The three-day races take place in May and June next year, with the Winelands (May 8-10) incorporating iconic routes in the Paarl-Franschhoek region in the Western Cape and the Waterberg (June 5-7) happening near Bela-Bela in Limpopo.
Organisers ASG Events have offered an early-bird discount of 25% off the premium package for the first 50 entries in each event. Erick Oosthuizen, chief executive of ASG events, said they had received some positive feedback from this year’s events and were aiming to ensure they remained must-do events in 2020. “Given the economy we had decent entries this year, but we would like to build on that because both races have so much to offer to a wide range of cyclists,” he said.
“The most positive feedback we received was that competitors saw the events as great value for money and we aim to ensure next year is another experience for the memory bank. “We feel the Winelands Encounter is a hidden gem, with two nights at the luxurious Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa making for a great getaway with your partner.
“When you throw in the awesome trails with clear route marking, wonderful water-points and a special race village vibe, this is not one to miss.” He added that the Waterberg had its own special attraction.
“This is a ‘lekker’ fun weekend with great tented packages which are really five-star,” he said. “Then there is the fantastic atmosphere at the race village in Elements Private Golf Reserve, which, coupled with the special bushveld trails, make for a special time, both on and off the bike.”
Oosthuizen said the nature of the Winelands and Waterberg races made them a perfect fit for the “corporate or club-type rider”. “The routes aren’t super long or technical and we place the emphasis on providing a treat for the riders in all aspects of the race.”