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A chilly morning greeted riders to the third leg of the Nissan Trailseeker MTB Series in the Hemel-en-Aarde valley, Hermanus on 6 July 2019. The stunning Sumaridge Wine Estate was the perfect venue for the race, with a picturesque backdrop of the ocean and wine valley below. Gushing winds made the race truly interesting and added to the already tough elevation.

On 10 - 11 August 2019 Die Keldery in Vredendal will be hosting the annual Namaqua Daisy Challenge. In addition to the 1-day races, they have a new challenge this year - the 2-day extreme event. These are MTB and trail running races that consists of three stages. The MTB Xtreme Challenge consists of three stages - the technical stage, a night ride, and lastly a gravel ride. The 55km technical stage kicks off with a cycle through the outskirts of Vredendal. Some singletrack, technical climbs and even a short rock garden adds excitement to this stage. Riders should remember to keep some gas in the tank for upcoming stages and enjoy the daisies in bloom. Next up is the 15km night ride. This stage will start shortly after sunset. Front and rear lights are compulsory. Cyclists finish the 2-day challenge with a 95km gravel ride. Riders will ride along the sea past Doringbaai and Strandfontein. Riders will travel via the Olifants River canal and farm roads towards Vredendal and to Die Keldery Restaurant. The race ends with a nice flat sprint, where after riders can enjoy a well deserved cold one and exchange “war” stories with fellow cyclists. There will be a R5 000 prize for the Xtreme MTB men and women overall winners and a R2 500 prize for the Xtreme Trail Run men & women overall winners. Like previous years runners or cyclists can take part in the 1-day races on 11 August. If you prefer mountain biking, register for the 15km (new route), 27km or 45km MTB routes. This year there will also be an e-bike category at the Daisy Challenge. The Daisy Challenge will be hosting a fun-filled and colorful Colour Fun Run & Ride. This event is always the highlight of the Namaqua Daisy Challenge and is perfect for children, less experienced runners and cyclists, or anyone who wants to have lots of fun. After all the races, participants and their families will gather at Die Keldery for some festivities and celebration.

Photo: Arno du Toit - Photo Credit: Nick Muzik Photography

The race attracted 700 entrants from all over South Africa to compete in one of the most scenic destinations. The routes had beautiful single tracks winding through vineyards, jeep tracks and a view from Rotary drive which overlooks the entire Hermanus bay. Both SA XCM Champions, Arno du Toit and Samantha Sanders were leading throughout the race, kept their lead solid and took the title again - two weeks in a row. On 17 August 2019 the Nissan Trailseeker Series stops over for Round #4 in the heart of the Cape Winelands which is arguably the best trails in SA. The picturesque town of Wellington is a scenic 45 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, with lots to offer to visitors both on and off the bike. The beautiful Bosman Family Vineyards is the perfect venue to host such a fun and family friendly event. New additions to the legendary trails will be unveiled, with challenging and enjoyable features for riders of all skill- and fitness levels. Riders can look forward to an idyllic ride with panoramic views, with 10km, 20km, 40km and 65km routes on offer. For more information visit

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ROBERTSON WINE VALLEY - CELEBRATING 14TH WINE ON THE RIVER FESTIVAL Satisfy your wanderlust and take a journey to the country on the scenic Route 62. Robertson Wine Valley is celebrating their 14th Wine on the River festival in partnership with Nedbank on 11 – 13 October 2019. On this weekend the most talented winemakers, innovative craftspeople and inspiring chefs from the area will be congregating on Goudmyn Farm off the R317, to treat festival goers to over 25 wine farms to showcase the best fine wines. Book your seat at this years’ Wine Theatre and be entertained by hosts, Jon Meinking and Wanda Cronje, for unique wine tasting and food pairing experiences that will satiate your senses. Use your wine tasting coupons to discover new wines on show and stock up on your favourites at the wine boutique shop. Treat yourself with a Connoisseurs ticket and be a VIP for a day in the Nedbank Lounge inclusive of all sorts of goodies and treats. Meander through stalls that will showcase local produce, artisanal fare and all sorts of beautiful keepsakes, while listening to live music. A dedicated children’s area will offer activities for all ages. The popular boat cruise will offer leisurely river trips or book a wine safari ride to take you to nearby farms. A glamping package is on offer inclusive of tickets, transport, wine and more. Tickets available from Howler and vary from R150 - R350. A VIP ticket at R750. For more info on accommodation, transport and wine theatre bookings contact 023 626 3167, or visit


Photo: Wine on the River - Photo Credit: Robertson Wine Valley

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