Closest Town: Knysna
Grading: Easy to Extreme | Duration: Depends on your fitness and expertise
Location (Area/Province): Garden Route
Configuration: A circular, zigzag, snake dodging stunner! 15km, 30km, 50km anhd 80km options.
Start Point: Nedbank Pavillion, Waterfront Drive
Access: Entry fees are variable but no other requirements apart from the obvious - bike, helmet and Rider.
Beware of: Snakes – real ones – on the jeep tracks during summer. Be prepared for various weather conditions. It changes in a wink.
Facilities: Parking at the Sports ground. It’s the Oyster festival – loads happening!
Cell Reception: Yes
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Knysna is the perfect town to take a break, appreciate some spectacular cycling and to join in the festivities taking place each day during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival!
On your bike
The race route starts with a fast exit from the sports field and will take you to the edge of town and across the N2 in a matter of minutes. This is where you leave the tar and go onto gravel road. Almost immediately you’ll start climbing. It flattens a little and then you climb again. After this initial climb, you’ll be riding undulating with some single and dual single track as part of the parcel. Stunning sections of indigenous forest with patches of open grassland. Plenty of views and see if you can spot the elusive Knysna Loerie. As soon as it starts raining, the surface becomes quite slimy at places and extremely muddy in other areas.
Off the bike
The Rheenendal Ramble takes you to the artists and crafters in the area, while the coastal town of Knysna will entice you with a range of action and leisure activities. Restaurants, farm stalls, art galleries, craft outlets, delis and cafés range from the quirky and quaint to drop-dead elegant.
Telephone: +27 (0)79 796 7834
GPS: 34º 02′ 193″ South and 23º 02′ 294″ East