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April Newsletter

Merchandise Sales Close 30 April

If you have not yet entered the event, please order merchandise while entering the event before 30 April.

Alternatively, if you have already entered, please use the below button to order your merchandise now. 

Be sure not to miss the option of buying the Sublimated Buff, Mask and Arm Warmers!

Avoid disappointment by using the SIZING CHART to select correct sizes first!

Children’s Event Postponed

Unfortunately, due to Covid19 regulation complications we have had to postpone the Children’s event to 2022.
Please contact us for a full refund if you have already entered.

Strava Virtual Events

In the week running up to the 2021 Rotary Knysna cycle tour, from 9 to16 July, we will be running some road and MTB virtual events in and around Knysna. Join the Knysna Cycle tour Strava club to get on results board.

Last year’s Knysna Cycle Tour Strava Virtual events showed the road ride from Knysna to Sedgefield and back to be a popular route with some competitive times set. We have therefore made this the local road event for this year’s Strava challenge. See the route.

Our local MTB route will be run on a competitive basis with participants standing a chance to win some prizes and to make a donation to Rotary. The locals will surely know this route and think they have the advantage, but maybe some racing snakes from out of town can show them up! The challenge is on!! More details on this route can be found here.

As we will not be able to run a live Kiddies event this year we will also run a Strava competition for this on the scenic Leisure Island. See route here.

Knysna Hollow COMPETITION WINNER: Sean Gibbons

Congratulations to Sean Gibbons – the winner in our early entry lucky draw. Riders entering the Knysna Cycle Tour before 15 April stood a chance to win the prize.

Sean has won himself a two-night stay for two people at the magnificent Knysna Hollow Country Estate in Knysna.

Accommodation Partners

We would like to welcome on board our two new Accommodation Partners. These beautiful establishments are Preferred Event Partners of the Knysna Cycle Tour. Without our partners support we can’t host the event, therefore we urge you to please support them with your custom wherever possible.  Please click on the logos for rates and more information!

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Knysna Cycle Tour & Darrvin E-bikes

Knysna Cycle Tour signs e-bike partnership

  • Darrvin is official e-bike partner of Knysna Cycle Tour
  • Special Knysna Cycle Tour discount offered to buyers
  • Knysna Cycle Tour entries are open

KNYSNA, South Africa, 18 March 2021 – South African e-bike brand, Darrvin, has joined the Knysna Cycle Tour as the official e-bike partner to the event taking place on 17 and 18 July 2021.

“We are very pleased to announce that Darrvin, a proudly South African brand, has elected to partner with us as our official e-bike partner for the 2021 Rotary Knysna Cycle Tour. With the huge growth in the e-bike market we had identified the need to include them across all our events, therefore partnering with Darrvin at this time is a great fit with our strategy,” says Ian Shrosbree, managing director of Knysna Speed Festival the organiser of the event.

As part of the partnership, anyone using the special coupon code EBA2021 when purchasing any model Darrvin e-bike online at or at any other Knysna Cycle Tour promotion will receive a R2000 discount off the sale price (be sure to mention your affiliation with The Knysna Cycle Tour 2021 in addition to the special coupon code).  

Darrvin is an innovative e-bike design and build company, delivering exquisite hand-built precision and superior quality at an affordable, everyday price. The bikes are not off-the-shelf, re-branded products. Thoughtful design has led to a nimble, robust and highly efficient range of e-bikes suited to off-and on-road use.

While the brand is South African Darrvin Electric are sold both in the USA and EU markets.

“Darrvin bikes are first and foremost about great value, not necessarily tied into the price point, but rather the best quality product with top quality components and functionality, packaged into a beautiful simplistic design that is attractive and affordable . We focus on every individual component of the bike, and we keep sight of the whole as part of an integrated design. We also offer a comprehensive after-sales and support service,” says Gustav Erlank, one of the founding partners.

Key information on Darrvin e-bikes:

  • The electric motor and control system is made by Bafang, a Chinese leader in e-bikes that has been making motors and systems from the early 1990’s with unparalleled quality and workmanship.
  • The motor is a 350W unit delivering 80Nm torque.
  • The governor is set at 35 km/h (most are set at 25 km/h). The bike can go faster, but the electric assist cuts out at 35 km/h. 
  • The battery is 48V*10.4Ah, a high capacity 500Wh. It recharges in 4-6 hours. 
  • The average cyclist can do 60-100Km on a single battery charge. (Further when nurtured)
  • Darrvin stocks all replacement electronic parts and spare batteries on all model bikes. 
  • All other components are serviceable at any regular bike shop.

Entries for the 33rd Knysna Cycle Tour are open at

For trail riders, the core MTB elements will be the 80km, 50km and 30km races taking place on Saturday. The 15km Family fun ride (for riders 9 years and older) also takes place on Saturday.

Keeping up with international trends, the MTB race will feature e-bikes in three events –  30km, 50 km and 80km. With e-bikes giving older or injured riders a new lease on cycling life this class is set to grow very quickly over the next few years, and the Knysna Cycle Tour welcomes all e-bikers with open arms.  

As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 100km. The road race will also allow e-bikes in both events.

Specialist elite and social riders, families as well as many MTB participants that did not get enough exercise in the previous day’s MTB races, will be putting rubber to the road. The challenging and scenic routes both leave Knysna along the beautiful lagoon road heading towards George before winding up towards the Outeniqua mountains and then returning to Knysna.

For more information please visit or call the race office at 044 382 7500

For more information on Darrvin e-bikes please visit


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New Dates 2021


Due to the recent announcement of the new school term dates by the National Department of Education, the Knysna Cycle Tour event team together with the Oyster Festival Exco have announced a change in the dates of this year’s race, these new dates now being:
17 & 18 July 2021

We will also be hosting a number of virtual events in the run up to the tour as well as during the race, details of which will be announced during March 2021. Watch this space!

Depending on Covid 19 regulations at the time of event, we may have to limit the number of participants in the race so enter now to book your place in this iconic cycle tour now to and avoid missing the cut!

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2021 Knysna Cycle Tour ENTRIES NOW OPEN!

2021 Knysna Cycle Tour Entries open

  • 2021 Knysna Cycle Tour entries now open
  • Enter this year and pay 2020 prices
  • Additional discounts for group bookings
  • Cyclists keen to get out and about again
  • Event to follow relevant COVID-19 protocols as determined at the time

KNYSNA, South Africa, 18 November 2020 – Entries for the 2021 Knysna Cycle Tour, taking place on 3 and 4 July, are open at  with discounted entry fees available to riders entering before year end.

With 2020 being a painful year for many, the organisers wish to ease that pain a little by offering entries at the same price as for the 2020 event. Group bookings can score an additional discount depending on the number in the group, which can be made up of family, friends, club members, business associates or any combination.   

The Knysna Cycle Tour, an anchor event of the Knysna Oyster Festival, was one of the many events that succumbed to the COVID-19 national lockdown regulations resulting in the postponement of the entire Oyster Festival.

In place of the live Cycle Tour the organiser, Knysna Speed Festival, reached out to its existing and new participants in an effort to keep the event in the spotlight through hosting a successful virtual event via Zwift and Strava on 27 and 28 June.  

“COVID-19 obviously threw everyone into an unprecedented situation and turned our lives upside down, but it is clear that there are so many people that want to get back to living life as close as normal again. As such, there is great demand to get cycle races on the go, and hence our opening entries now for the 2021 event,” explained Knysna Cycle Tour race director, Ivan van Lier. 

“While our virtual events proved to be a great success, there is nothing like the real thing. We are therefore excited to get our participants back into the Knysna forest and surrounding roads in July next year to enjoy one of the country’s oldest and favourite cycling festivals.”

Being one of the iconic, original cycling festivals (next year will be the 33rd edition) the Knysna Cycle Tour attracts participants from all walks of life to ride both the Road Race and MTB routes through the awesome scenery of the area.

Mountain biking DNA runs deep in the area. Knysna is one of the original mountain biking towns that rose to prominence in the late 1980s and the Knysna Cycle Tour MTB race was one of the first of its kind in the country. Since inception the Knysna Cycle Tour has become somewhat of a rite of passage for many South African mountain bikers who come in large numbers to experience the ride through the captivating forests surrounding the town.

A MTB survey by Tread magazine in 2019 rated the tour as South Africa’s fifth-best one-day MTB event over 50-80km. Its long history has not jaded its relevance and stature on the MTB calendar.

More than just a rite of passage, the unique double header event straddles two disciplines – mountain bike and road race. By running both formats a day apart, road cyclists are attracted to compete in the MTB event, and MTB cyclists participate in the road race. 

Keeping up with international trends, the MTB race will feature two distances for E-Bikes –  30km and 50 km. With E-bikes giving older or injured riders a new lease on cycling life, and E-bikes making up over 50% of new MTB sales in Europe, this class is set to grow very quickly over the next few years, and the Knysna Cycle Tour welcomes all E-Bikers with open arms.  

For trail riders, rounding out the core MTB elements will be the 80km, 50km and 30km races taking place on Saturday. The 15km Family fun ride (for riders 9 years and older) also takes place on Saturday.

As has become tradition, the road races will bring the weekend to a close on Sunday with races of 50km and 106km. The road race will also allow E-Bikes in the 50km event. Specialist elite and social riders, families as well as a large number of MTB participants that did not get enough exercise in the previous day’s MTB races, will be putting rubber to the road.   The challenging and scenic routes both leave Knysna along the beautiful lagoon road heading towards George before winding up towards the Outeniqua mountains and then returning to Knysna.

On Sunday, the Children’s Tour consists of three events for kids aged 2-10: each event for a different age category. All who complete the rides are winners and will be taking home medals and very cool goodie bags. The central field and surrounding precinct focuses on fitness and fun for the whole family.  

Support crew and family members can enjoy activities throughout the weekend on the Knysna High School sports fields. Race registration and the Expo takes place on Friday (2 July), the races take place on Saturday and Sunday. In between, music, jumping castles, a beer garden, food vendors, a market will provide food and entertainment all day long. 

“As organisers we are cognisant of the threat that COVID-19 may still pose in 2021 and we will run the event within prevailing regulations at the time. The health and safety of our participants is paramount to us. We are in constant communication with all relevant authorities and will run the event within the regulations of the time however that needs to look. As a last resort, should government legislation or the effects of COVID prevent us from running the event at all, we will carry over all entry fees to 2022. We do however hope that this won’t be necessary and that we can run a spectacular and entertaining Knysna Cycle Tour in July next year,” concluded Van Lier.

For more information please visit or call the race office at 044 382 7500


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Rain doesn’t dampen Knysna Cycle Tour road race

Thousands of cyclists turned up at the start of this morning’s Knysna Cycle Tour road races despite chilly, wet conditions and, according to Marketing Manager Andrew Finn, speaking on behalf of the organisers, Knysna Rotary, the event went off smoothly.

The event followed yesterday’s MTB races, the opening event of the annual Knysna Oyster Festival.

Rainhardt Marais, Clint Hendricks and Nolan Hoffman

First time winner of the Elite men’s 116 km race, 28-year-old Clint Hendricks (ProTouch) said it was a cold start but not too early and the race was “pretty aggressive” with lots of great riders and pro cycling teams supporting it.

Hendricks’ winning time was 2:56:10. He beat Nolan Hoffman (Team Enza) (2:57:26) and Rainhardt Marais (Alpha Bodyworks) who was a split second behind Hoffman.

Says Hendricks: “We came here with five riders, lots of sprinters, not so many climbers, so we had our work cut out today. There were lots of flurry attacks and we just had to be active. Eventually myself and Nolan (Hoffman) rode across to a big group that got a big gap and there we just tried to keep it controlled. I attacked at the bottom of the climb and I had good legs and kept it all the way to the line.”

The race featured a new route this year with a total ascent of 1,351 m and a 2,1 km section of gravel on the Seven Passes Road.

“The gravel section was very interesting. It put something different into the race and I was open minded about it. For some reason I was very relaxed and calm the whole day. There was not a lot of pressure on the team or me to win the race. There were some good lines on the gravel that you could follow so it’s not really dangerous. Obviously, the rain made it a bit soft, but it was pretty nice.”

Hendricks and his teammates are flying to Europe for six weeks next Saturday to do a tour in Poland then spend a couple of weeks in Portugal before the African Games in August in Morocco.

Lucy James and Tiffany Keep

Winner of the Elite women’s race, Tiffany Keep said that this was her first Knysna Cycle Tour event but she will definitely be back for more. She beat Lucy James (317:49) and Helen Gebreyesus (3:25:10).

Marketing Director of the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour, Andrew Finn said that the weekend of cycling events had gone extremely well, despite the wet and windy conditions. “Yesterday’s conditions were perfect for the mountain bikers because it wasn’t too wet but today there was lots of rain. It didn’t seem to dampen spirits and we were very pleased with the turnout and felt the event went smoothly.

“The SPUR Children’s Cycle Tour was lots of fun although the rain kept some families in bed this morning.”

All the results from the weekend’s races are on

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Heyns and De Groot defend MTB titles at Knysna Cycle Tour

Cyclists participating in this year’s Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Knysna Rotary were faced with windy conditions and a downpour just after the start at the first major sporting event of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival. The event kicked off with four MTB races – 80km, 50km, 30km and 15km.

The 80km event was won by Gert Heyns, his second consecutive win in two years, in a time of 3:18:16. Second was Marco Joubert in 3:20:58 followed by Robert Hobson in 3:24:27.

Gert Heyns said he was very happy to take the win again after last year’s victory.

“It was quite a good way to test my form ahead of SA MTB Marathon Champs next weekend,“ he said. “It was perfect conditions out there today, a bit windy but not too slippery.  It was a very enjoyable race.

“I got away just past halfway with Marco Joubert. We rode together for quite a bit and then I managed to get away from him and just stay out in front. It was quite hard, but I was feeling good.”

Heyns said he enjoyed the new route that Knysna Rotary designed this year.

“There’s quite a few nice new sections of single track at the beginning which makes it more interesting,” he said. “It makes everyone a bit more tired early on. It’s quite a fast three hours but it’s a good route.”

First home in the Elite women’s race was defending champion Robyn de Groot in a fast 3:47:48, with Hayley Preen more than 15 minutes behind her in 4:04:04. In third place, Courteney Webb was almost 10 minutes behind Preen in 4:14:35.

Robyn de Groot said that the race was “slightly different to last year with interesting single track at the start, which was really fun. Also, coming into the finish on the field was quite different.”

De Groot took the lead early on in the race. “I think already in the school single track I was away, so it was a bit of a lonely day out but a good session none the less. The changes to the route this year were fantastic, and the vegetation was really nice. Well done to everyone who participated under tough conditions – with the rain and the wind it was quite hard.”

Race Marketing Director Andrew Finn said that the event was a great success despite the weather. “Most of the registered riders turned up for their events and we’ve had great feedback so far about our new routes. The finish on the field worked very well for spectators. Finn thanked the sponsors, particularly Elite Marquees, SPUR, Coca-Cola and Powerade, and Allsound, as well as the cyclists. “The sponsors and riders make this event possible and their support and participation is what enables Rotary to do so much good work in the Knysna area every year,” he said.

Tomorrow sees the Knysna Cycle Tour Road Races and the SPUR Children’s Tour. The start and finish of both events are on the Knysna High School sports field which makes for great spectator viewing. There are food and sports clothing stalls on the field, a beer marquee and music for the adults and lots of entertainment for kiddies at the SPUR Race Village.

For more info visit For info about the Knysna Oyster Festival visit

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BREAKING NEWS: Route changes for the 104 km Road Race!

Due to concerns by CSA officials about the safety of cyclists riding the new Buffalo Bay section of the route, we have officially changed the 104 km route to a new 116 km route.

The new route is very similar to the route of the last eight years. Cyclists leave Knysna and ride on the N2 west through Sedgefield and then continue on the N2 until they reach Kleinkranz where they will do a 180 degree turn and ride back through Sedgefield along the N2.

From there they will proceed to the Barrington/ Karatara turn off to ascend to Barrington. At Barrington the route turns left onto the Seven Passes Road to Karatara. This is the 2.1 km gravel section of the route.

From Karatara it’s downhill to the Groenvlei intersection on the N2 and then back to Knysna.

116 km route overview:

  • Start in Waterfront Drive, Knysna and ride along the Knysna Lagoon road towards George on the N2
  • Climb Keytersnek (150 m assent) and proceed to Sedgefield along the rolling hills of this N2 section
  • Continue to Kleinkranz and do a 180 degree turn back to Sedgefield
  • Turn left off the N2 at the Karatara turnoff and climb the road to Barrington. This is the climb of the ride through farmland and indigenous bush! Hopefully your attention will be distracted by the scenic mountain views
  • At the Barrington T-junction, turn left onto the Seven Passes Road. Cyclists will ride approx. 2,1 km of good gravel road through the forest and across the bridge over the Knysna River
  • Turn left at the Karatara turnoff and cycle back down to the N2 through picturesque farmland with stunning mountain views
  • Turn left to Knysna onto the N2 at Groenvlei and ride back towards Knysna. You will encounter the mini Keytersnek 3 km climb before the final climb of the ride
  • Climb Keytersnek (heartbreak hill 150 m assent), a final 2 km climb
  • Cruise east along the beautiful Knysna Lagoon road to the Finish in Waterfront Drive
  • Total distance +- 116 km

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Top 10 things you need to know before you race!

There are a number of race rules and safety regulations which you should be aware of before your race this weekend. These are the top 10. You can familiarise yourself with the others on our website:

  1. In the event of not being able to be at registration, you can arrange with a relative or friend to collect your race pack. They need to prove that you have given them permission to collect your race pack via letter, email or sms.
  2. All riders are required to ride with RaceTec Timing devices – either a timing chip for the Road Races or a RacTec timing board for the MTB Races – these can be purchased when entering the event or at registration.
  3. Riders must wear a bicycle helmet, with the strap securely fastened tightly under his/her chin. NO HELMET, NO RIDE.
  4. Cyclists must be in their respective holding areas at least 30 minutes before the start of their race. Once in the area, participants may not leave.
  5. Participants must not use personal music devices, radio communication devices or mobile telephones whilst riding. However, members of professional teams may use radio communication devices if they are in accordance with UCI rules and regulations which can be found at
  6. Cyclists may not ride with another participant’s timing chip or number or give his/her participant number or timing chip to another participant.
  7. You may not start, or attempt to start before your designated start group.
  8. Riders should familiarise themselves with the route for their event/s which are on the website:
  9. An additional late entry fee of R50 will be charged for late entries for all MTB and Road Races, except the 30 km and 15 km MTB race, for which the late entry fee is R30.
  10. Late entries will not be accepted on the morning of the event.

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New, improved routes designed by local cyclists for this year’s Knysna Cycle Tour

This year the organisers of the Knysna Cycle Tour have announced new, improved routes for their biggest events.

Route Manager Andrew Finn said that there is an exciting new route for the longer road race, which is now a 104 km ride. 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.

“Leaving and returning to Knysna along the N2, cyclists will experience the Knysna Lagoon then, after the first big climb up Kytersnek they will turn off to Buffalo Bay with all its beautiful views of the sea en route to what is arguably the best beach and surfing spot in the Knysna area. Then, after another stretch along the N2, there will be some great climbs through natural forests and farmlands on the way up to Barrington.

“The most interesting addition to this race is a brief 2,1 km gravel pass along the Seven Passes Road between Barrington and Karatara. From Karatara, it’s fast downhill all the way back to the N2.”

The tour’s MTB routes have been designed and are being maintained by a group of keen local cyclists led by Stuart Lightley, Greg Penrith and David Correia who volunteer their time and promote the beautiful tracks available in Knysna’s backyard at every opportunity.

Lightley explains: “I was asked to contribute to a route redesign for the 30 and 50 km MTB routes and to incorporate more single track, making the routes more fun and technically challenging. The idea with both the mountain and road events is to show off some of the areas where the Knysna locals ride.

“I’ve been riding mountain bikes and exploring the Knysna forests for almost 30 years and know the forest quite well. I enjoy the more technical type of riding, and actively help and encourage others to improve their technical skills. With this in mind, I have built tens of kilometres of single track, mostly in the Concordia Contours Trails area, to the north of Knysna, near Simola. We have selected a number of these trails for the mountain bike events.”

Says Finn: “The end result is that this year, for the first time, our 50 km and 30 km MTB events will take participants along routes created by locals.  After the climb up the Simola hill both routes will use single track sections designed and built by these local track designers and builders which will add a new dimension to both events.

“Our official route managers, Corne Botha and Pat October from Jakhals Events in Oudtshoorn will oversee safety, the marshals, and all signage on these routes amongst other things.”

The MTB races have all had exciting single track added to the first sections of the route, including a lap of the stunning Oakhill Sports Campus purpose-designed track, the Life of Brian single track link to Narnia Village, the Knysna Montessori single track to the drop-off onto the Salt River farm track, and the iconic SANParks single-track Petrus Se Brand through to Harkerville.

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Fun & entertainment at the SPUR Race Village

There will be lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family at this year’s SPUR Children’s Cycle Tour at the SPUR Race Village where families are invited to spend time before, during and after the events.

The cycle tour takes place on Sunday 23 June at the Knysna High School Sports Field with three different routes and distances for different age groups:

• 2-4 years – 400 m:
A circular loop on the field. The ride is open to anything on wheels including prams, pushbikes, tricycles, small bicycles with training wheels and scooters. Helmets are recommended. All accompanying adults must be on foot.

• 5-7 years – 1,5 km:
From the field to Hedge Street, then Waterfront Drive, onto the old railway line, past the station to turn at the turntable, then back to Hedge Street and onto the field for the finish. This ride is small bicycle-friendly, and helmets are compulsory. Accompanying adults may be on foot or bicycle.

• 8-10 years – 2,5 km:
As per the 1,5 km race, but riders will continue along the railway track to Long Street, turn into Waterfront Drive and then back to field. This ride is small bicycle-friendly, and helmets are compulsory. Accompanying adults may be on foot or bicycle.

Entry fees are R100 for the first rider and R50 per child for additional family members. Registration will be from 07h30 – 08h30 and the first start is at 09h00. There will be medals and goodie bags for every participant. Parents and guardians should wear flat, comfortable shoes if they want to follow their younger children on foot!

Don’t forget to dress up because there are great prizes for the best dressed participant, parent and ride! So, make sure you pimp your ride before the start!

Ongoing entertainment at the SPUR Race Village will include face painters and cheerleaders.

The SPUR Children’s Cycle Tour forms part of the annual Knysna Cycle Tour. The event is all about fitness and fun and is a great way to entertain the kids and family. You can enter your children online before 14 June at