Long-time cycling supporter Liberty has thrown its weight behind the Cape Winelands MTB Encounter, a three-stage, five-star mountain bike race that starts in Stellenbosch on April 17. the inaugural 175km race, which is presented by ASG and MTB Adventures, will see an exclusive field of just 100 two-person teams enjoying some of the country’s best mountain biking terrain around Franschhoek, Paarl and Wellington. According to organiser Wynand De Villiers of ASG Events, the race combined historic towns, wineries and mountains with personalised service, five-star daily meals and world-class single-track riding: ‘The Liberty Cape Winelands Encounter represents the next significant chapter in mountain bike stage events in South Africa. It promises to be the most scenic multi-stage event in the country.’

The 67km first stage rolls out from the historic Lanzerac Hotel in Stellenbosch towards Franschhoek, taking in the Jonkershoek Forest and Single-track through Banhoek Conservancy. The second stage covers 53km between Franschhoek and Wellington, skirting the major mountain ranges in the area and passing through the Drakenstein Prison, where Nelson Mandela was held during his final years of incarceration. The 55km final stage follows an out-and-back route from Wellington and includes some of the well-known Cape Epic trails in the area.

For more information, visit www.capewinelands.capetown.

Photo: The picturesque wine-growing region around Paarl, Wellington, Stellenbosch and Franschhoek will be the site of the inaugural Liberty Cape Winelands MTB Encounter. This three-day, 175km race starts in Stellenbosch on April 17.
Photo credit: Jetline Action Photo