We've received a few queries: YES, everyone who rides with a Ractec transponder, will receive a result (both PPA members and non-members). If you do not yet have a Racetec chip, you can buy one at registration - PPA members now get a 10% discount on Racetec chips bought at the PPA Office or from the PPA admin staff at events, as a direct member benefit.
Exciting new routes! Come and pedal the fantastic single track and farm roads on the Paul Cluver Wine Estate, including some sections on the popular Oak Valley MTB trails. Prize money for the top three male and female participants in the 70 km and 45 km routes (which will both be seeding events for the 2016 Wines2Whales).
Stunning lucky draw prizes, including a R5 000 voucher from Tiletoria. Lots of FUN at the finish, including food stalls, wine and cider tasting and sales, celebrity MC Deon Bing on the microphone, and more...
For accommodation options, please contact the Elgin Valley Tourism Association (click here for their website)
But hurry... entries close on 15 August
THANK YOU to all our sponsors, in particular Tiletoria (title sponsor), Subaru Cape Town (vehicle sponsor), Paul Cluver Estate (venue sponsor) and all our lucky draw sponsors.
The 70 km route is aimed at fit, experienced cyclists and will take you over the tough and technical climb over Groenlandberg. Seeding requirements will apply to the 70 km route, with participants in this route needing a PPA seeding of MA-MC. If you have a lower PPA seeding and wish to enter the 70 km route, please send us an email with your motivation and some other results we can look at, and we’ll gladly see what we can do.
Here is Robert's overview of the 70 km route:
Expect to climb around 2000m over a distance of 72km. Eina! But it’s going to be a fantastic experience!
The start is relaxed, winding through the fruit orchards of Paul Cluver, before heading into the sweeping single track on Oak Valley. You’ll head down to the site of previous W2W and Cape Epic race villages before beginning a long, gradual climb to the top of the farm. The route swings left and crosses over on to Fruitways farms, dropping down to Eikenhof dam. You will cross the dam wall and follow the edge of the dam, all the way around to the “Huisies”. A short climb is followed by a descent into the shadow of the Nuweberg. You will tackle “Lower Nuweberg” this time and make your way to the Nuweberg Forestry Station and on to the main entrance where the big climb of the day looms: The Groenlandberg!
This year we tackle the beast the traditional way around. Settle in for a 10 km climb to the Mast, with a bit of respite along the flat sections, before the route ramps up again and again. The views along the way are spectacular, take them in if you can. At the top,the route swings left past the cairns of Burry Stander and Pieter Visser. If you’re too busy racing to get off your bike for a second at the cairns, do spare a thought for these guys as you catch your breath.
The descent is steep and washed-out in places - please temper your speed take care. At the Twaalf Fontein junction, the route turns left and follows a contour dual track around the Groenlandberg. The rock formations are amazing and the views of Theewaterskloof Dam sublime. This is remote mountain biking at its best. Keep an eye out for Klipspringer - we saw four on a recent recce ride. There are plenty of streams along the route.The recent rains have made sure they’re running strong.
At the 50 km mark,you begin to climb up to “The Nek”. The track is rocky and you’ll need to spin the pedals to keep your momentum. Over the top and you drop into a hidden valley along a technical dual track, before the views open up towards Caledon, Hermanus and the Elgin Valley below. A fast jeep track descent gives you some time to recover, before a short climb back on to Paul Cluver farm. You’re almost home now and can enjoy the dual single tracks in the forest, before sweeping through “The Berms”. This is where you rejoin the medium routes once again for the final run-in to the finish at the amphitheatre.
The 45 km and 70 km routes will both be seeding events for the 2016 Wines2Whales.
The two middle routes (45 km and 30 km) incorporate a few climbs to make sure you get a good workout – have a look at the profiles later in the week. Cyclists who have ridden on Paul Cluver before will recognize and look forward to these sections: Witklippies, Raka, the Swing, Cobra, Mamba, Boomslang, the stunning bridge at Pofadder, the Pine Singles and Huppelland. The 45 km and 30 km routea are also including some sections on Oak Valley.
The 15 km will be untimed. This route is aimed at newcomers and novices. Youngsters are most welcome on this route too (please remember that kids u/12 must, for safety reasons, be accompanied by an adult at all times). The 15 km route takes in as many flat areas as we could find on Paul Cluver Estate, and is designed in a “figure of 8” which passes close to the start/finish venue. This means that, if you have completed the first 8 km loop and feel you’ve had enough, you are welcome to call it a day.
15 km ROUTE
30 km ROUTE
45 km ROUTE
71 km ROUTE
DIRECTIONS TO VENUE
Travel on the N2 from Cape Town, continue over Sir Lowry’s Pass towards Botriver, pass Peregrine Restaurant (on the right) and turn left immediately after Kromco at the sign to Paul Cluver. GPS: 34°05′27.0″S 018°51′20.5″E
Before the ride, coffee and pancakes will be on offer to provide the necessary fuel. Afterwards, several food stalls will offer tasty treats for sale. For liquid refreshments, Paul Cluver wines and cider will be on sale, as well as coffee and cooldrink. For the first time, we’ll even have a beer truck at the event offering four different kinds of craft beer on tap.
Celebrity MC Deon Bing will be on the microphone. The top three men and female riders in both the 70 km and 45 km routes will receive prize money, while many awesome lucky draw prizes can be won in the lucky draw, including a R5 000 Tiletoria voucher.
PRIZE MONEY for the podium winners (men as well as women) in the 70 km is as follows:
1st: R3 500
2nd: R2 000
PRIZE MONEY for the podium winners (men as well as women) in the 45 km is as follows:
1st: R1 500
2nd: R1 000
Pre-entries only, closing on 15 August or as soon as 1000 entries have been received, whichever comes first.
Remember to bring your PPA MTB frame number. No helmet, no ride. No transponder, no time. Unique medals to all finishers.
Entry Fees (PRE-ENTRIES ONLY)
PPA members’ discounted entry fee