Knysna Cycle Tour – one of the iconic sporting events of the Knysna Oyster Festival

Knysna Cycle Tour
Photo credit: Knysna Cycle Tour

The Knysna Cycle Tour will take place in the scenic Garden Route town of Knysna over the weekend of 22 – 23 June 2019 and is one of the iconic sporting events of the Knysna Oyster Festival – now running for over 30 years.

Andrew Finn, marketing director for the Knysna Cycle Tour, said that the 2019 event will provide an exciting weekend of cycling for the whole family. “The main events – the MTB Races, the Road Races and the SPUR Children’s Tour – will be back to thrill and challenge the thousands of participants who flock to Knysna every year for the tour,” said Finn.

The 80km and 50km MTB events and the 104km Road Race are official premier seeding events of the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

“This year we’ve relooked at our routes and made some exciting changes, particularly to the longer road race for elites and experienced roadies. This 104km route is much more scenic now with the inclusion of Buffalo Bay and a section of the historic Seven Passes road between Barrington and Karatara, which is a 2,1km stretch of gravel road.”

With a total ascent of 1,351m and a maximum elevation of 239m, the 104km road race route will also be more challenging than ever. The route will take riders on a thrilling, scenic adventure through one of the most picturesque sections of the Garden Route, revealing stunning views of ocean and beach, mountains and pristine forest along the way. The 50km road race will follow the same route as previous years, from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

There are also some changes to the MTB events which consist of two premier races – the 80km race for elite riders and the 50km event for experienced MTB cyclists – and two family events – the 30km and 15km rides. This year, the 80km, 30km and 15km events have been reinvigorated with changes to the routes and new challenges. The route for the 15km race, which was introduced in 2017, will remain the same. This race is for children under 16 and their families.

Says Finn: “We are very excited about our new routes. We wanted to make the events more challenging for both those competing in the Cycle Tour for the first time, as well as our regular participants and I think we’ve succeeded.”

“These races are set to become iconic, bucket-list events on the national cycling calendar.” Another first this year is the new venue for Registration on Friday 21 June from 10:00 – 21:00 at the Thesen Harbour Town Parking Garage. Thesen Harbour Town is the bustling commercial centre of the Thesen Islands residential development with two boutique hotels, restaurants, bars, shops and a kiddies play area as beautiful indigenous forest display which will be created by SANParks.

The start for all the races will still be on Waterfront Drive next to the Knysna High School Sports Field.The third event of the Cycle Tour weekend is the Children’s Fun Race on Sunday, 23 June for kids aged 10 and under. This popular race will take place on the Knysna High School sports field.

The other main sporting events that will take place during the Knysna Oyster Festival are the Harbour 2 Heads Lagoon Challenge on 23 June, the FNB Family Forest Hike 24 – 26 June, and the Houtkapper Trail Run and the Knysna Forest Marathon and Half Marathon on 29 June.

The Knysna Cycle Tour is organised by local volunteers and is the biggest fundraiser for Knysna Rotary, raising substantial amounts of money for local charities every year.

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