Plans for this year’s Knysna Cycle Tour are on track and
online entries will open on 1 March 2019. The event will take place in the
scenic Garden Route town over the weekend of Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June as
part of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.
The tour is one of the iconic sporting events of the
festival and has been 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 fun ride – will be back to thrill and challenge the thousands of
participants who flock to Knysna every year for the tour,” said Finn.
“This year we’ve relooked at our routes and made some
exciting changes, particularly to the longer road race for elites and
experienced roadies, which is also a seeding race for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle
Tour. This 104 km 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, a 3 km stretch of gravel road.”
With a total ascent of 1,588 m and a maximum elevation of 239 m,
the 104 km road race route will also be more challenging than ever.
Says Finn: “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 50 km 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 80 km race for elite riders and the 50 km event for
experienced MTB cyclists – and two family events – the 30 km and 15 km rides.
“This year, three of these events have been reinvigorated
with changed to the routes and new challenges,” enthuses Finn. “The premier
events will have more sections in pristine forest areas and more single track.
Both these races as well as the 30 km race will descend via Eastford to the
Oakhill School cycle track, thus avoiding the SImola Hill descent.”
The route for the 15 km race, which was introduced in 2017,
will remain the same. This race is for children under 16 and their families.
Both the 30 km and 15 km races will be priced for families, with only one adult
in the group paying the full price and the others paying just 50% of the entry
Says Finn: “We are very excited by 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.”
The third event of the 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 in three age group categories: 2-4; 5-7;
and 8-10. There will be goodie bags for all entrants and medals for all
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.
All events can be entered online. Race packs should be
collected in Knysna at Registration on Friday 21 June for all events and on
Saturday 22 January for the road races and the children’s race.
For more information and to enter online, visit www.knysnacycle.co.za.
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