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Western Cape’s top economic        will find a higher demand for        in excess of 700 million Rand       A PLACE
growth initiatives for the         accommodation, bike servicing        for our economy each year.          WHERE
province with the intention to     and restaurants along the full       Visitors and participants of        HERITAGE
grow tourism. In a recent release  length of the route. “The route      these races include individuals     AND NATURE
by Bicycling Magazine, Minister    will act as a catalyst drawing       from across the world. This route   MEETS,
Winde explained the objective      visitors to the region, who will in  will hopefully become a must do     CREATING A
of the new route. “Our goal is     turn explore areas surrounding       item on most bucket lists.          PHENOMENAL
to establish the Western Cape      the cycling route. This increased                                        ATMOSPHERE
as the trail capital of Africa.    economic activity will drive new     As if to finally cement its status  THAT IS BOTH
In addition, we want to be the     employment opportunities for         as the go-to hub for all local and  EMPOWERING
most cycle-friendly destination    residents,” said Minister Winde.     international adventure seekers     AS IT IS
in Africa. This will result in     “This project forms part of my       alike, the coveted Expedition       INDULGING.
more residents cycling, leading    goal to attract 100  000 cycling     Africa, part of the Adventure
to healthier lifestyles and a      tourists to the Western Cape         Racing World Series, is being
healthier society. Through this    each year,” he says.                 held in the Garden Route this
route, we also hope to foster                                           year. Adventure racing, is a
increased tourism opportunities,”  The plan is to build the route       multi-discipline endurance sport
said Minister Winde.               using both existing tracks and       where competitors compete
                                   new tracks over a period of five     in teams, navigating from
The route presents significant     years. The first leg will include    control point to control point
economic benefits along            a 160km trail between Plett and      in a number of disciplines.
its length. A project of this      Mossel Bay, hopefully to be          Disciplines include: mountain
magnitude allows for the private   completed by 2017. The route         biking, trekking, kayaking,
sector to invest and create        is intended to accommodate           rope work and orienteering.
jobs. Cycling is big business      both beginner and experienced        Teams are expected to navigate
internationally, a sport that has  riders and includes challenging      using a map and landmarks
been earmarked by South Africa     mountain trails, scenic forest       and must be able to operate
as one of the fastest growing      single track, jeep track and road    in harsh remote environments
in popularity for the country by   riding.                              in all weather conditions. The
both those who reside here and                                          thing that makes this such a
for tourists looking for a unique  Premier cycling races currently      challenging
outdoor African experience.        hosted in the region, including
With the launch of the trail, you  the ABSA Cape Epic, generate

        Expedition Africa
participants take to the

     water in Swaziland.

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