MOSSEL BAY NEWS - Regardless of whether one is a cycling enthusiast, one could not but be impressed with the professional set-up at Milkwood Primary School in Mossel Bay - the starting point of the Cape Pioneer Trek 2019 over the weekend.
The event is battled out over 548.1km during the seven race days and comprises a total climb of 11 870m.
Event organisers promised cyclists "a brand new single track, less urban areas, the grand return of the Kammanassie, a mountain top stage finish and even a night out under Karoo stars", to name but a few treats.
On Sunday, 8 September was the prologue of the race - a not-too-daunting 11,1km, named #Pinnacle Pursuit. The prologue route is said to be the most spectacular in all the years of the trek, with an added cliff-hanging single track from the St Blaize lighthouse.
Despite a sweltering 30 degrees Celsius at the start of the prologue on Sunday, riders were spirited. The first riders took off with fervour despite the intense climb of 330m ahead - the majority of the ascent being in the first few kilometres.
Fortunately the heat abated for Monday's Stage 1 or #GondwanaGlory, comprising 97km, including an ascent of 1 950km. Departing from Milkwood Primary School, riders headed toward Gondwana Private Game Reserve, with its free roaming Big Five. The first riders to finish Monday's stage were expected at around 12:00.
At the time of going to print, the results of Stage 1 were not yet available. For more information, see www.mosselbayadvertiser.com
Today, Tuesday 10 September, Stage 2 of the Cape Pioneer Trek again starts at Milkwood Primary School, taking the cyclicts on the #OuteniquaOdyssey for 114km and a 2 500m ascent. This stage finishes in George at Van Kervel School.
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- Cape pioneer trek stage 1 concludes
- Cyclists trek to stage 1
- Race welcoming back an old favourite
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