Better known as South Africa’s braaing expert, Jan Braai has set himself up to taste something different after entering the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter next month.
The 614km Western Cape race from Knysna to Franschhoek, hosted by ASG events in partnership with STANLIB and Volvo, starts on February 4.
A keen cyclist, with 25 consecutive Cape Town Cycle Tours to his name, Jan said he was excited about the seven-day race and was relishing the social aspect of the event.
“The food definitely excites me,” he said, “but the TransCape also traverses a truly magnificent part of South Africa, with incredible scenery and beauty.
“Riding point to point from Knysna to Cape Town will be a privilege.”
What he enjoyed most at events such as these was hearing people’s stories, advice and tips, he said.
“Everyone has a trick up their sleeve and eventually you acquire a treasure trove of tacit knowledge by listening to all the tales.
“Sitting next to guys and girls on a bicycle all day, talking nonsense, is also a great way to get to know people.”
Jan, who grew up in Stellenbosch and now lives in Sea Point in Cape Town, is the head of the National Braai Day initiative, which began more than a decade ago.
“Since 2005, our aim has been to encourage all South Africans to unite around a fire, share our heritage and wave our flag on September 24,” he said.
Adding that the TransCape was famous for its fantastic food, Jan said he did not think he could improve the situation much.
“The catering and braai team at the event are very good and, frankly, I don’t think they need my help.
“I will gladly eat a few testers while filling the chef’s wine glass. And if there are any water points with braai fires, I will be the guy who spends a while there.”