Race organisers ASG Events are preparing for an increasing flow in entries when the Liberty Winelands Encounter mountain-bike race takes place in mid-April.
The second leg of the annual Liberty Encounter Series will cover trails around the towns of Boschendal, Franschhoek and Paarl in the Cape Winelands.
ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said they reached a capacity entry of 200 teams last year and he expected this year’s race from April 12-14 to be no different.
“Entries have been very steady but we believe the bulk of the riders are only getting interested from now onwards, so we are sure that will build up nicely,” said Oosthuizen.
He said their focus for the three-day race was to provide an event with the emphasis on quality, while ensuring it remained within an affordable bracket.
“The most popular category is the option at LeFranschhoek Hotel and Spa, which can accommodate 80 teams.
“The other option is an entry with lunch and dinner included at 60% of the full accommodation category, which makes it excellent value for money.”
Besides the weekend warriors drawn by the iconic trails of the Cape Winelands, Oosthuizen said it was the perfect getaway for corporates.
“I think it’s quickly becoming a must-do event, because not everyone can take the leave needed for a long race.
“It affords our participants with a passion for the sport the experience of a lifetime where riders are treated as VIPs and offered world-class hospitality at five-star venues.
“Our sponsors, Liberty, really try to connect with the riders to show them how serious they are about mountain-biking. The trails are awesome but not overly used and, simply put, it’s a beautiful stage race in the Winelands.”