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 To join the fully supported tour, or to find out more details about support packages, contact Diana at before 19 April, 2017.

12 MayPlettenberg Bay to Knysna08h00Cross Cape Start PointMelville’s Corner Shopping Mall, Plettenberg Bay80
13 MayKnysna to George08h00Knysna Quays Hotel LobbyKnysna Waterfront, Knysna80
14 MayGeorge to Oudtshoorn08h00Fancourt Hotel Entrance1 Montagu Road, George80
15 MayOudtshoorn to Rooiberg08h00Mooiplaas Guest HouseVolmoed, Oudtshoorn127
16 MayRooiberg to Swellendam08h00Rooiberg LodgeRooiberg Pass (Outside Van Wyksdorp)169
17 MaySwellendam to Greyton08h00Aanhuizen Guest House6 Van  Blommenstein Street, Swellendam106
18 MayGreyton to Stellenbosch08h00Greyton Lodge52 Main Rd, Greyton107



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