Residents invited to join the inaugural Cross Cape cycle ride

Cross Cape

The inaugural ride of the Western Cape’s Cross Cape cycling route kicks off in May.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, announced that the first ride along the 742km route from Plettenberg Bay to Stellenbosch would start on 12 May. Ahead of the ride, Minister Winde will outline the route at an event in Stellenbosch.

Minister Winde, who is leading the inaugural ride, invited residents in each of the participating towns to join the group as they travelled through each leg.

“The inaugural ride officially opens the route and we are very excited about the economic opportunities Cross Cape will unlock in towns along the route.

“Individual riders will be able to complete the route, event organisers can arrange races and local entrepreneurs will package their own offerings around the route. There is no cost to ride the route, and it is open to all throughout the year.”

Cross Cape is an initiative of the Project Khulisa growth strategy, which outlines a set of action plans in high-potential sectors, namely tourism, agri processing and oil and gas. As part of Project Khulisa, there is the target of adding a further 100 000 jobs to the tourism sector.

Wesgro CEO Tim Harris, said:  “We’re incredibly excited and proud to launch the new Cross Cape Cycle Route. This route will provide cyclists in the Cape dynamic trails as well as a multitude of invigorating experiences ranging from delicious culinary offerings to awe-inspiring sights and sounds.”

Stellenbosch Executive Mayor, Gesie van Deventer, said: “It is very exciting to be included in the first Cross Cape cycling route. It is an honour to host the pre-ride event in Stellenbosch and welcome Minister Winde and the participants of the inaugural ride. This new route opens up new job opportunities across various sectors for our residents and visitors will have the opportunity to discover and explore the many hidden gems tucked away in our valley.”

Be the first to experience a 742km journey through the senses

You are  invited to  join Minister of  Economic Opportunities, Alan Winde, for the inaugural ride of  the Cross Cape, the first route  of a  cycle route network mapped by  the Western Cape Government to  grow cycle tourism. Come ride along with us for all or    part of it – how much you do, and how you do it, is up to you! For  further information, and a  copy of  the route map, contact  Hayley Roodt on [email protected]. To join the fully supported tour, or to find out more details about support packages, contact Diana at [email protected] before 19 April, 2017.

DATE ROUTE START TIME DEPARTURE POINT ADDRESS DAILY DISTANCE
12 May Plettenberg Bay to Knysna 08h00 Cross Cape Start Point Melville’s Corner Shopping Mall, Plettenberg Bay 80
13 May Knysna to George 08h00 Knysna Quays Hotel Lobby Knysna Waterfront, Knysna 80
14 May George to Oudtshoorn 08h00 Fancourt Hotel Entrance 1 Montagu Road, George 80
15 May Oudtshoorn to Rooiberg 08h00 Mooiplaas Guest House Volmoed, Oudtshoorn 127
16 May Rooiberg to Swellendam 08h00 Rooiberg Lodge Rooiberg Pass (Outside Van Wyksdorp) 169
17 May Swellendam to Greyton 08h00 Aanhuizen Guest House 6 Van  Blommenstein Street, Swellendam 106
18 May Greyton to Stellenbosch 08h00 Greyton Lodge 52 Main Rd, Greyton 107

 

Disclaimer

By using the CCR, you understand that it involves physical exertion and poses other dangers and agree that it is your sole responsibility to be medically

fit and safety conscious while riding the CCR. The roads identified in the CCR include busy roads that may not always make special provision for cyclists, thus requiring users to navigate traffic. Cyclists must follow any and all traffic rules to ensure their own safety and to minimise the disruption of any

traffic on  the roads. WCG, Wesgro or  their employees or  any of  its entities will not be  liable for any claim for any damages, losses, injuries or  expenses  to  your person or  property, which may  arise directly or  indirectly as  a  result of  using the CCR or  any part thereof.

An initiative of  the  Western Cape Government