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Jooste and Schoeman win tough Knysna Cycle Tour Road Race

A tired but ecstatic winner of the 115km Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Race, Chris Jooste, BCX, said that he was excited to come to Knysna in the middle of the season, but was not sure what to expect. “You could have good form, but you could end up having bad legs, and I haven’t raced a lot in the last two months,” he said.

In the end, he found his strong legs and narrowly beat NAD Pro’s Matt Beers in a thrilling sprint to the finish in a time of 2:42:34. Third was Theuns van der Bank in 2:44:12.

“It was a very hard day actually,” says Jooste. A group got away early on the first climb and stayed together up until the Karatara hill, when Beers and Jooste got away and Beers clinched King of the Mountain.

“It was a bit too far from the finish to commit with four guys chasing us and not knowing how far behind the bunch was,” he explains. So, it became a tactical game and on the last climb Matt got the gap.

“It took a big effort to get across to Matt and then we worked together for the last bit. I was confident of being a bit faster than him and also knew that he had done the MTB yesterday, so I banked on him being a bit tired and it worked out well.”

Beers, who was also second in Saturday’s 80km MTB event, joked that he was “destined for second” this weekend. “We got away on the first climb with a bunch of strong riders – that was the plan. I knew that if we all worked together that we could pull it off. We needed about a 2-minute gap at the turnaround point and we managed that and then kept it steady up the Karatara climb. Then Chris and I got away and forced the other guys to chase us.

“Everyone knew we were going to attack on the last climb. I made the move – Chris stayed behind then jumped across to me and then drove it all the way home. I raced against Chris at the beginning of the year, so I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me. I had him a little bit and just didn’t get it. But I’m happy with the result. I’ve never done this well in the road race here.”

Anriette Schoeman, who came third last year, was first female over the line in 2:59:56 beating Candice Lill by two seconds and Lucy James by three seconds.

“The guys were riding really aggressively, and it was a high pace the whole way, she says. “Candice rode such a classy race! Hats off to Lucy James as well – she put on a brave fight. We were fighting it out for Queen of the Mountain and, seriously, ride of the day goes to Candice because she was just amazing after a brutal MTB race yesterday. I was lucky to take the win today; I think she had tired legs.”

Marketing Director of the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that the weekend of cycling events had gone extremely well, due in part to the fantastic weather. “Yesterday’s conditions were perfect for the mountain bikers with a bit of overnight rain making the forest wet and quite muddy, and today the weather played ball for the roadies with warm temperatures, plenty of sunshine and absolutely no wind.”

All the results from the weekend’s races are on


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Heyns and de Groot win Knysna Cycle Tour in perfect MTB conditions

A muddy course and perfect conditions for mountain biking made for a brilliant day of cycling at the first major sporting event of this year’s Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour kicked off with four MTB events – 80km, 50km, 30km and 15km.

The 80km event was won by Gert Heyns in 2:53:59. Second was Knysna home boy Matt Beers in 3:01:00 and third was HB Kruger in 3:03:19.

First female home and ninth overall was Robyn de Groot in 3:25:14 with Candice Lill a split second behind her. Third was Sarah Hill in 3:25:35.

Gert Heyns said it was “quite muddy out there today but not too cold, so in the end it was actually good riding conditions. The last 20km was quite a lot of puddles and you could feel the gears grinding a bit but it didn’t really affect the race.”

Heyns and Beers made a breakaway early in the race and stayed together but Beers admits he did not have the gas to stay with Heyns.

Says Beers: “It was super muddy.  It was actually a lot worse than previous years. Obviously, the forest is always quite damp but was a good race. We set a hard pace from the beginning. Gert and I got away up Simola and stayed away the whole rest of the race. We were attacking each other all day and just on the last climb he attacked again… he had the stronger legs today and he took it.”

Says Heyns: “I knew that the finish was quite fast and it’s quite hard to get away. Last year I came second with a sprint against Matt so I was quite confident that if I couldn’t get away for the finish I should still be able to take the sprint. I felt quite good today and I think about 10km out on the last little climb I attacked.”

Robyn de Groot said that she didn’t realise it had rained so much overnight. “It was muddy out there! But it actually made for really nice racing; it wasn’t too slippery – it was actually perfect.”

It was an extremely close finish for the Elite women. Says de Groot: “I was lying in third place most of the way and caught Candice with about 20km to go, or maybe even less, and then we rode together and sprinted for the finish. I was happy with that.”

A mud-spattered Carel Bosman, head of sponsorship at Momentum said after his 50km race: “Rain overnight was exactly what mountain bikers are looking for. It was a little wet, a little bit slippery, but this part of the word is sublime for mountain biking and today was just absolutely perfect,” he enthused. “To have this type of weather today and tomorrow for the Road Races is a real blessing because there’s some colder weather coming in on Monday.”

Bosman said that the town of Knysna had taken a massive knock with the fires last year. “For Momentum to be part of the rebuilding process is a great privilege. The people here are still rebuilding mentally and financially, and the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival brings an economic boost to Knysna. It’s great to be part of that and make some sort of contribution.”

Race Director Elwin Thompson of Knysna Rotary thanked the sponsors, particularly Momentum, as well as the cyclists. “The sponsors and riders make it possible to have this event every year and their support and participation is what enables Rotary to do so much good work in the Knysna area,” he said.

Tomorrow sees the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Races, the Forest Family Dam Ride and the SPUR Children’s Tour.

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Results are available here.

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New attractions & old favourites at the Oyster Fest

If you aren’t already planning to be at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival from Friday, 29 June – Sunday, 8 July, here are a few ‘tasters’ to entice you to book your holiday now and join us for “the best 10 days of winter”.

Flavourful foodie fun

Among the more than 100 activities arranged over the 10-day period, a first this year is the fun
“Flavours of Knysna Tour”, a culinary journey to some of the best restaurants in and around Knysna. Taking place on Wednesday, 4 July, you’ll plan your own route using our hop-on-hop-off shuttles to visit some of the best eateries in the area and experience delicious tasters and signature dishes. An exciting competition will also run on the night, where you can cast your vote for your favourite restaurants in various categories.

Tickets can be purchased online via Webtickets or at the Money Counter at Pick n Pay stores in Knysna and George. Make sure you don’t miss – space is limited! Date: Wednesday, 4 July 2018, tickets cost R180, includes tasting voucher, free hop-on hop-off shuttles and area available at the Money Counter at Pick n Pay Knysna and George stores.

Old favourites, new venues

The Knysna Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay may be an institution, but this year’s location on Thesen Island will be a first. Come and experience the best of South Africa’s wine farms on Monday, 2 and Tuesday, 3 July. Tickets cost R150 and including a tasting glass, available at or the Money Counter at Pick n Pay Knysna and George stores.

Loerie Park will this year play host to various kiddies’ entertainment options and sporting events such as the Athletics SWD, Oyster Festival rugby and soccer and netball tournaments.

The Comedy Festival is always an entertainment highlight and will take place at Mitchell’s Brewery.
Don’t miss the chance to see some of SA’s top comedians and other well-known comedy personalities in action.


In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 115km road race, along with the 80km and 50km mountain bike races will be seeding qualifying events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

An e-bike event was introduced last year and will again be on offer, in the form of the 30km Electric Bike MTB race.

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Look out for the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival pop-up shops and info desks located in Festival zones, where you’ll be able to be to purchase Festival-branded goodies and get any info you may need.

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A treasure trove of sports events at the Knysna Oyster Fest!

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival, taking place this year between Friday 29 June and Sunday 8 July, has long been an annual pilgrimage for marathon runners and cyclists; and over the years the range of sporting events on offer at the Festival has grown significantly to include a swim across the lagoon, paddling, trail running, mountain biking, golf, as well as the Momentum BIG5 and BIG5 Lite Challenges for accomplished multisport athletes.


The first weekend sees the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Events kick off festivities on Saturday 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. The challenging trails through the Garden Route’s forests and farmlands attracts serious mountain bikers and enthusiasts alike.

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Race on Sunday 1 July features a 115km and a 50km route. In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 115km road race, along with the 80km and 50km mountain bike races will be seeding qualifying events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday 1 July is not a timed race, but a more relaxed scenic 30km or 20km route for mountain bikers, into the forests above Simola and past some of Knysna’s dams.

Also on 1 July, the Spur Rotary Childrens Cycle Tour makes the cycling at the festival a family affair, and parents of 2-10 year olds can watch their children take part in the 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10 year-old categories at the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival grounds on Waterfront Drive.

The Momentum Health MTB X on Thursday 5 July sees four categories of mountain bikers choose between 1 and 4 laps of an 8-km loop, with between 8 and 10 obstacles of different difficulties to suit riders of all skill levels. The categories of Children, Youth, Amateur and Professional (CSA seeded and registered riders), means that anyone interested in cross country mountain biking is catered for.

Other Sports

The Harbour2Heads Lagoon Challenge, a marathon-style paddling event on the beautiful Knysna Lagoon Estuary, takes place on Sunday 1 July. Two distances of 11km or the main event of 22km is for paddlers of all abilities. K1’s, K2’s, K3’s and surf-skis are all welcome.

The Knysna Oyster Festival Bowls Tournament is on Monday 2 July, as is the first in the series of the FNB Forest Family Hike. The hike also takes place on Wednesday 4 and Friday 6 July. Young and old can take in the beauty of the Harkerville trails through the Knysna Forest and learn about the ecological importance of forests while enjoying a 10km or 6km walk.

On Wednesday 4 July, Pezula Championship Golf Course hosts the Motus Festival of Golf Ladies Day, with great prizes and entertainment on the day, and the Motus Festival of Golf Mens Day is on the following day, Thursday 5 July. On Friday 6 July, the Europcar Knysna Classic Golf Tournament is a 4-ball charity event with proceeds going to Knysna Hospice and the Knysna Animal Welfare Society (KAWS). The Motus Festival of Golf ProAm tournament rounds off the golfing on Saturday 7 July. On Sunday 8 July the final match of the Knysna Oyster Festival Soccer Tournament takes place.


Runners are catered for on the first weekend of the Festival with the Ikasi 5km Colour Fun Run on Sunday 1 July, starting at the Sanlam Mall, moving through the township of Knysna and ending with a splash of colour.

Community based events take place on Monday 2 and Tuesday 3 July, with the ASWD and KMC Cross Country Relay Race and the very popular ASWD and KMC Street Miles, focusing on youth from the greater Garden Route area.

On Tuesday 3 July, the Momentum Featherbed Trail Run provides an 11km Seahorse and a 15km Coelacanth option. It starts at Buffalo Beach and ends at the Cruise Café restaurant on Remembrance Drive. Taxi transport will be available from the Cruise Café to the start but self-drive is welcome. The Buffalo Bay start is a 25-minute drive from the Cruise Café.

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most popular running races and take place on Saturday 7 July. Runners can look forward to experiencing the incredible views over the Knysna Lagoon towards the Knysna Heads as they approach the finish line, providing all the inspiration they need to get there.

The Houtkapper Trail Run on Sunday 8 July has 9km, 15 km and 27 km trails that have been chosen not only to challenge the intermediate to experienced trail runners, but to provide them with an opportunity to experience single track and exciting terrain of the Garden Route National Park.


The Momentum BIG5 Challenge and BIG5 Lite is for athletes who choose to participate in five of the selected Festival sporting events between 29 June and 7 July. Ranked by their cumulative time, the athlete who completes all five events in the least amount of time will be the race winner. The Momentum BIG5 Challenge has become a bucket-list item on the international endurance and adventure race calendar, mainly due to the challenging events, but also because of the  unbelievable natural beauty experienced at  all of the five races.


Enjoying the fun and entertainment on offer throughout the week of the Festival is a great way to relax after you have made your mark on the sports events, so sign up now and get your training on track to enjoy an action-packed holiday. Still looking for the perfect place to spend your ‘Best 10 Days’? Then look no further, visit to view our specialized packages or to  search for the perfect setting.


For the full festival line-up, with links to enter all the sporting events, can be found on the website at:

Direct links to the following events can be found on:

The Momentum BIG5 Challenge and BIG5 Lite multisport events. Enter here:

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour MTB Events on Saturday 30 June, with 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km routes, in addition to the newer 30km E-bike race. Enter here:

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Race will take place on Sunday 1 July; and offers a 115km and 50km route. Enter here:

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most-hotly contested running races and will take place on Saturday 7 July. Enter here:

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Wooden bikers to ride Knysna road race

Look out for the COCO-MAT wooden bike team of 12 who will be participating in this year’s 50 km Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour road race on Sunday 1 July!

Their beautiful wooden bikes are made in Greece from oak wood. They are exclusively designed for COCO-MAT by a Greek industrial design team and handcrafted by dedicated artisans in Xanthi. The bikes, which weigh 18 kg, are stylish and comfortable and equipped with a Stram Automatix two-speed hub, which changes gear automatically based on speed. The bike decelerates when you cycle backwards.

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Safer roads is a shared responsibility says PPA

Drivers and cyclists are on the same side, says the Pedal Power Association. We all breathe the same air, live in the same neighbourhoods, use the same shops, our kids go to the same schools– and we all want safer roads.

Speed is a major contributor to the death toll on our roads. Collisions, which exceed 45km/h, give cyclists a less than 50% chance of survival. Even if a cyclist is hit at slower speeds, they face suffering severe injuries. “Always look out for cyclists on the road,” says CEO Robert Vogel of the Pedal Power Association. “There is this belief that cyclists have less right to the road and should keep out of a motorist’s way. Both have equal rights on the road. We need mutual respect and tolerance among all road users,” says Vogel. “Remember that when you need to turn or change lanes, there could be a cyclist next to you. Make an extra effort to double check your blindspot and mirrors, before you turn or change lanes. Motorist also need to be aware of cyclists approaching from the front, when intending to cross the path of oncoming traffic.

Drivers should not underestimate the speed of a cyclist,” Vogel explains. “ If we all obeyed the rules and showed a bit of courtesy to other road users, we’d realise that our journey is not more important than the journey of any other person. We’d reduce speed, stop overtaking on white lines and skip red lights. Motorists hold the key to making roads safer for everyone.”

What to do in the event of an accident:

If a driver does knock down a cyclist, the normal duties of a driver in an event of an accident as provided by Section 61 of the Act apply:

  • The driver must immediately stop and report to the accident to the SAPS
  • The driver needs to check for injuries and render assistance if he is capable to do so
  • The driver must provide his/her details to the authorities or witnesses
  • The drive must report the accident as soon as possible, if a person was killed or injured it has to be reported within 24 hours after the occurrence of the accident
  • A vehicle involved in a fatal accident may not be removed from the scene unless authorised by a traffic official.
  • In the event that a motorist knocks down a cyclist and the State decides to pursue a criminal case, the State will have to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the driver is in fact guilty in terms of the criminal law.
  • Should a motorist be found guilty of reckless, negligent or inconsiderate driving or driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, a harsh sentence awaits him/her. This may include imprisonment for culpable homicide.

As much as we advocate for drivers to give cyclists ample space when passing, cyclists need to obey the rules of the road as well. Some of the most important things cyclists should do in order to stay safe on the road include:

  1. Make sure you are visible.
    When you are out cycling, it is safest to assume that the cars around you, won’t be able to see you. Be visible by wearing bright clothing with reflective strips, attach a white light to the handlebar and a red flashing light at the back of your bike. Try and ride in a group. The more of you there a
    It’s essential to ride with a good quality helmet; this is without a doubt the most important safety precaution you can take. Aside from it being against the law in South Africa to cycle without a helmet, a head injury can have permanent side-effects . Get a new helmet if yours is materially damaged in any way. Another important safety rule is not to listen to music while you ride; if you can’t hear the cars around you, you can’t avoid potential accidents.
  2. Obey road rules like any other road user
    As a cyclist, you’re expected to follow the same rules of the road as anyone else. Although you have the advantage of being able to cycle in the yellow line or on bike lanes, you still have to stop at stop streets and red lights, giving way when you are required to, and being considerate towards your fellow road users, including drivers and pedestrians.
  3. Be considerate at all times
    Cyclists know that not all drivers are considerate of cyclists, but drivers are still in a position of power compared to a cyclist. Don’t hold on to cars to hitch a lift or keep your balance; and avoid hurling abuse or swearing at motorists for the same reason that road rage is a bad strategy when you’re in your car: things can escalate quickly. Keep yourself safe by keeping your cool.

“Be sure to keep yourself safe on our roads and be the best cyclist you can possibly be; every time you head out, you’re an ambassador for all cyclists on the road. This is a great responsibility; don’t take it lightly. The same goes for motorists. You need to remember, you must give a cyclist a gap of at least 1 metre when passing. A driver is allowed to cross a solid line to give the cyclist the required gap, if it is safe for him or her to do so. If in doubt, don’t pass the cyclist and wait for an opportunity to pass safely. Space and time saves lives”,  Vogel concludes.


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E-bike event returns after successful launch last year!

Last year the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour introduced a 30 km electric bike route, the first e-bike event in the country! The event was a great success and will be part of this year’s programme once more.

The Knysna Cycle Tour defines an e-bike as follows:

“An electric bicycle, also known as an e-bike or booster bike, is a (MTB) bicycle with an integrated electric motor which can be used for propulsion and must be combined with the ability to be pedalled by the rider.”

Only e-bikes that are mountain bikes may enter the e-bike 30 km category – tyres must be knobbly mountain bike tyres. No recharging or battery replacement may take place during the event.

No electric road bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or motor bikes may enter this event.

E-bike riders will have the opportunity to ride the Knysna Cycle Tour MTB event, a bucket list event for cyclists worldwide because of the beautiful and challenging routes, which are set up and managed for us every year by Leon Evans (Dr Evil), and include access to sections of privately owned property that are normally closed to the public.

You will ride through sections of the Knysna Forest and scenic farmland areas, and be exposed to the beauty of the natural fauna and flora of the exquisite Garden Route, while testing your skills to the maximum.

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Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour announces seeding events

The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour is on track for its 31st year, and the organisers have confirmed that three of the races will be seeding events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

One of the two biggest sporting events of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival (29 June – 8 July), the Knysna Cycle Tour will take place on 30 June and 1 July, the first weekend of the popular annual festival. The tour comprises MTB Events, Road Races, the SPUR Children’s Tour, and the Forest Family Dam Ride.

The 80 km and 50 km MTB events and the 115 Road Race have been announced as seeding events for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.

Race Director Elwin Thompson said that this was a very exciting development for the Knysna Cycle Tour. “There has been a big demand for us to provide seeding events as this ensures that riders wanting to do the Cape Town Cycle Tour are able to start the race with others of similar ability and fitness. This helps reduce bottlenecks and the need to overtake slower riders on the route, which means it’s safer for all riders.

“There is no doubt that this is a big drawcard for our event and will attract an increased number of cyclists to Knysna this year,” said Thompson.

The MTB event on 30 June is one of the biggest in southern Africa and includes outstanding cycling routes through the Knysna forest. Traditionally the event consisted of four different MTB routes for varying technical abilities – 80 km, 50 km, 30 km and 15 km. Last year, the organising committee changed the 15 km route to an easier, fun ride for all ages, and introduced a 30 km e-bike route. Set up and managed by Leon Evans, known as Dr Evil, the MTB routes test the skills of competitors to the maximum.

“This year, following the fires of June last year, we will be looking to change the 50 km route slightly to divert cyclists from some of the badly burned pine forest where all the trees have now been cut down and the landscape has changed completely. We want to make our MTB routes as scenic as possible to maintain our reputation as a bucket list event.”

The challenging 115 km road race on Sunday 1 July, which is also a seeding event, will follow the now-familiar route from Knysna to Sedgefield and Kleinkranz, then back to Knysna via Sedgefield and Karatara. Says Thompson: “It was designed for enthusiastic, competitive roadies and always delivers!”

The 50 km road race route is from Knysna to Sedgefield and back along the N2.

The SPUR Rotary Knysna Children’s Cycle Tour on Sunday 1 July is a fun, safe event for children aged 2 to 10. There are three events for different age groups, all starting and finishing at the Knysna Oyster Festival venue.

The popular Forest Family Dam Ride on Sunday 1 July consists of two events: a 20 km and a 30 km ride. Both rides are scenic MTB routes through the Knysna forest and past some of the town’s dams. The 30 km event is for more experienced riders, while the 20 km ride is for MTB riders of all ages and competency, including children aged 12 years and older. They are guided fun rides and will not be timed.

Says Thompson: “We are looking forward to a great event this year. Online entries are now open and our team will also be at the Momentum stand at the Cape Town Cycle Tour expo from Thursday this week until Sunday to answer questions and assist anyone who would like to enter one of our races.”

All details about the Knysna Cycle Tour are on the website

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Knysna is ready for a great 2018 Cycle Tour!

The Greater Knysna area is recovering beautifully after the 2017 fires. Much needed rains following a lengthy dry spell which contributed to the spread of the devastating fires of 7 June, have encouraged regrowth everywhere and the fynbos is slowly returning to the areas that were burnt.

In addition, a number of accommodation establishments which were damaged in the fires have reopened and others, which suffered severe damage or were destroyed completely, are being rebuilt. Some of these will be open in time for this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival!

We are looking forward to a great 2018 Knysna Cycle Tour and hope that all our supporters from areas outside of Knysna will be back to see how we have recovered, in part because of the fantastic support we received from many of you last year!

Knysna has ‘moderate’ water restrictions

The status of Knysna with regards to water restrictions as indicated on the Western Cape map, which appears on the Western Cape Water Wise Tourism website, shows “Moderate Water Restrictions”.

This reflects the situation in Knysna where Level 3 water restrictions are in place to ensure the security of water for all users.

At the same time, we would like to remind all our residents and visitors, that Knysna is a water-scarce town so it is vital for everyone to be water wise.

While we are not as severely affected by the drought as other parts of the Western Cape, we continue to encourage residents and visitors to be conscious of our limited water resources.

See you in Knysna 30 June and 1 July!

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Save the dates for this year’s Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour!

Friday 29 June 2018:  Registration

Saturday 30 June 2018:  Mountain Bike Events

Sunday 1 July 2018:  Road Races | Children’s Events | Forest Family Dam Ride

Online entries for all events will open on 4 March 2018!

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