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Diversity a key feature of shorter TransCape route

Moving the start for the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter from Knysna to George has resulted in a slightly shorter overall distance, but has enabled route director Wayne Collett to make significant improvements.

The seven-stage mountain-bike race, sponsored by Volvo, takes place from 2 to 9 February, and will end at La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek.

Previously the overall route, which started in Knysna, was more than 650 km. Next year’s riders will take a 591 km journey through some of the most popular and scenic trails in South Africa.

Collett said the decision to start in George not only allowed the route planners to bring in a strong element of diversity to the stages, it also enabled them to incorporate some exciting new sections.

By starting in George they were able to add terrain diversity to the race by bringing the Klein Karoo back into the mix, he said.

Collett added that the only technical section would come in the final stage, when half the route was devoted to a single track.

“It is not so hectic that a rider may have to push for kilometres, but there are some hairpins which can test you.

“But it is really a case of perhaps hopping off your bike for 10 or 20 metres to negotiate a switchback, and then you will be able to ride again.”

For more information, go to www.transcapemtb.co.za.

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