The annual Encounter Series will continue to be a major attraction in South African mountain-biking after Liberty renewed their sponsorship for 2019.
The series includes three multi-stage races under the ASG Events banner, getting under way with the seven-stage TransCape journey from George to Franschhoek in February.
Following a route of 591km from George to Franschhoek in the Western Cape, the TransCape combines a proper mountain-biking challenge with a luxurious experience off the bike.
“The whole focus is on the high-end journey,” said Fritz Pienaar of ASG Events.
“We have developed an up-market product and an example of this is that we will host the riders in guest houses as we are doing away with tented accommodation.”
He added that the five-star offering was also a feature of the three-day Winelands and Waterberg Encounters.
“These are the shorter events, but the focus remains on providing a memorable experience on the bike, along with world-class hospitality.”
The Winelands Encounter takes place in the Western Cape from April 12 to 14, while the Waterberg will be held near Bela-Bela in Limpopo Province from June 7 to 9.