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 To join the fully supported tour, or to find out more details about support packages, contact Diana at 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|
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