Agulhas race to go ahead as tribute to organizer

Category Cape Town Property

The scenic Cape Agulhas MTB Classic race - also known as Africa's southernmost mountain bike event - will go ahead as planned on 28 December, in honour of stalwart organizer and avid off-road cyclist Naas Vermaak, who passed away suddenly earlier this month.

The experienced Voet van Africa committee has taken over the organization of the event and has the backing of the whole Cape Agulhas community to ensure that everything goes smoothly. The main race, which starts in Struisbaai, will follow a challenging 72km course designed to test the skill and stamina of the toughest riders, but there will also be 46km, 35km and 10km rides to enjoy.

There will also be a family trail run on the Friday evening before the big race, and children's entertainment and food stalls on the day, as well as medals for all race finishers and wonderful prizes on offer in a lucky draw, thanks to sponsors such as PSG, DVH and Chas Everitt Struisbaai.

The event has already also attracted several of SA's top MTB riders, including CP van Wyk, who turned professional earlier this year after an incredible performance in the grueling Cape Epic, and placed among the top three in five other major races, including the Xterra Teams, Walker Bay Xtreme, Magoeba Trek, Gravel & Grape and Insect Science Classic events.

Van Wyk also finished ninth overall in the eight-day Crocodile Trophy event in Australia this year and plans to include the Swiss Epic in his 2020 itinerary, but is meanwhile hoping to finish off 2019 with a win in the Cape Agulhas Classic, and to join the ranks of the previous winners. These include:

Men: Women:

2013 - Linus van Onselen 2013 - Leona Kadir

2014 - Waylon Woolcock 2014 - Mia Mocke

2015 - Lars Franzsen 2015 - Hanli Cilliers

2016 - Christiaan Beyers 2016 - Hanli Cilliers

2017 - Dusty Day 2017 - Tanya Rabie

2018 - Sebastian Stark 2018 - Tanya Rabie

"We are proud to be associated with this event," says Chas Everitt Struisbaai principal Strepies Van Wyk, "because it attracts many visitors to the Cape Agulhas region, and gives them a chance to experience beautiful towns and villages such as Napier, Elim, Bredasdorp, Arniston, Waenhuiskrans, Struisbaai, L'Agulhas and Suiderstrand, and to appreciate our exquisite fynbos, beaches, vineyards and farmlands, as well as the oldest working lighthouse in SA and the recently-completed Southernmost Tip of Africa Icon at Cape Agulhas, where the Atlantic and Indian oceans meet. The icon is designed to provide an environmentally-friendly gathering point for tourists at this significant site and recently won an award from the Institute of Landscape Architects."

Author: Meg Wilson

Submitted 11 Dec 19 / Views 615