The Around the Pot Overberg 100 Miler event was started as a dream while some Swellendam local cyclists were out on their normal Saturday cycling routines and only become a reality in 2017.
The idea was to create a winter tourism influx into the town of Swellendam while making use of the beauty of the yellow canola fields. The yellow of these fields creates a unique opportunity for cyclist to experience the beauty of the region in full bloom combined with the crossing of the only hand driven ferry in South Africa at Malgas makes this a very special event.
This is the only event in the world that we know of where cyclist cross a majestic river on a ferry.
Riders will depart from Swellendam and will experience 160km gravel road racing towards the Potberg mountain. They will then cross the Malgas ferry in a 45min neutral zone before riding the last 60km back towards Swellendam. There will also be a shorter 98km ride also crossing the ferry, and a 40km fun ride through Bontebok National park. This creates an opportunity not only for mountain bike riders, but also for Cyclocross bikes which is now starting to become a new trend in the cycling world.
Riders will experience a superbly well-organized event with some great goodie bags, well stocked water points and stunning on route scenery. Every rider will receive a Roosterkoek at the Malgas ferry and a finisher Hamburger with all food prepared by the local small Buffeljagsrivier primary school. The start and finish venue for this event will be at the Swellendam showgrounds.
With an expected rider count of 500 – 600 riders in 2018 with only 5% being local riders, the expected tourist visiting the town on the weekend of 21 July 2018 can be around 2000 people. Also to create opportunities for the whole community to benefit from this event and to create sustainable jobs for the unemployed.
Event organizers have also started a mutually beneficial relationship with charities like Railton Foundation to create opportunities to previously disadvantaged people and the Foundation contributes enormously to make this a safe and flowing event to all riders.
The aim for this event in future would be to bring 2000 riders to Swellendam and create massive winter tourism influx into the region, not only from all over South Africa, but also to attract international riders.
For more information visit www.petrichoradventures.co.za