The Western Cape hosts the ‘Tour de France of mountain biking’

From the slopes of Cape Town’s Table Mountain to the outlying countryside, this iconic 8-day premier South African cycle race has become known as the ‘Tour de France of mountain biking’, says race founder Kevin Vermaak.

In 12 years the Absa Cape Epic has evolved into the world’s premier mountain bike stage race, attracting top riders from all parts of the globe. Every year Olympic medallists duel with world champions over a Prologue on Cape Town’s Table Mountain, followed by seven stages   through stunning Western Cape countryside.

But it is back in the field where the race’s legend is created: the Absa Cape Epic is unique in that ordinary mountain bike riders who have taken on the challenge of their lives rub shoulders with the very best that the sport has to offer.

In 2016 the Prologue will again take place on the slopes of Table Mountain before the riders head off to Tulbagh, Wellington and Stellenbosch. The Grand Finale (final stage) is the ride to the finish at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.

The explosion in mountain biking that followed the founding of the Cape Epic has also resulted in hundreds of trails being built and developed in the province, and the 647-kilometre route for 2016 includes the most gruelling singletrack in the history of the event. More than 110km of trails snake through some of the most rugged parts of the Western Cape. The pleasure that participants take in riding singletrack might, however, be tempered by the fact that the 2016 race will also have the most climbing per kilometre in the history of the event.

The Grand Finale attracts thousands of spectators and fans for a day of fun at Meerendal. Those of a more energetic bent can take part in the Liqui-Fruit Trail Runs or enter their youngsters in the Liqui-Fruit Kiddies MTB Ride  while waiting for their heroes, spouses, family or friends to finish.

One of the smallest most incredible wine regions in South Africa

There lies in the Mother city one of the smallest wine regions, yet perhaps one of the most magical wine regions in South Africa, the Durbanville Wine Region. It is to this evergreen wonder that Cape Town Helicopters is waiting to fly you too. The actual flight which departs at the Cape Town Helicopter base at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront and takes one of the most incredibly scenic trips across Table Bay into the Durbanville Wine Region, will wait for you whilst you enjoy a superb luncheon at one of the three prescribed wine estates or else a wine land of your own choosing, before taking you back across the beautifully awe-inspiring scenery, to safely land at the V & A Waterfront again. The luncheons which are on your own account are prescribed to be enjoyed at one of the following three magnificent estates, but the choice is invariably up to you. Continue reading “One of the smallest most incredible wine regions in South Africa”