Just after 0800 this morning the first riders passed through Greyton. A water point was setup just opposite the market on the steps of the DRC. This made a fantastic spectator position and atmosphere was electric.
Riders were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd made up of school children and many locals. Music and an announcer keeping the crowd informed amplified the experience. The field was made up of specialist riders, locals and several famous sports personalities which thrilled the crowd.
Sadly yesterdays stage was shortened from 100km to 60km on account of the heat and finished in Caledon. Todays’ route is in and around Greyton with riders departing tomorrow for the next stage that will finish in Villiersdorp.
Photo By Emma Hill
The 14th edition of the Absa Cape Epic will take place from 19 to 26 March 2017 and will be as challenging as ever. Local and international mountain bikers will tackle the demanding eight-day adventure through the Western Cape region in South Africa.
Riders are expected to arrive in the Greyton area at Elandskloof Farm after the Hermanus to Greyton Stage on the 21st of March. On the 22nd a shorter stage in and around Greyton will take on the best that we have to offer. Riders will be attacking some of our finest routes which will present excellent opportunities to spectators both local and visitor. On the morning of the 23rd the tour will makes its way to Elgin for its next stop.
The Absa Cape Epic must be completed by both members of a two-person team with only 650 teams and 1300 entrants allowed to ride the race. The route changes every year, leading aspiring amateur and professional mountain bikers from around the world through roughly 700km of unspoilt scenery and 15 000m of accumulated climbing, over some of the most magnificent mountain passes in South Africa.
By Ewald Sadie
Just before 11 this morning the first solo and team riders arrived in Greyton. They had just completed the fifth leg which had started some 4 hours earlier in Swellendam. The riders will be on their way to Villiersdorp on the sixth leg tomorrow and then finally onto Franschoek and the finish.
The 1982 Toyota Hilux complete with tank, pump and hose trailer up in smoke!
At approx 4pm yesterday afternoon a fire started on the RSE road 3km from Greyton on an adjoining farm. High winds quickly turned this into a fire storm that moved as fast as you could run. The operator of this vehicle was very lucky to escape when it became stuck and was engulfed in seconds in an apocolyptic scene.
The vehicle operators shoes melted while he run for safety. Prior to the fire this was a 1982 Toyota Hilux with a Chev big engine. Sadly the pumping trailer also went up in flames and is a great loss to the Greyton’s bush fire fighting capabilities.
After its initial run the fire was attacked by the working on fire plane and helicopter. This along with a change in the wind slowed progress and allowing fire teams to be deployed. The fire was contained to the Gun Club and zig zag hill. Teams are still busy attending to hot spots at time of writing.
With a new set of windscreen wiper blades she will be on the road in no time again.
Greyton is well known for its amazingly epic MTB and trail running routes available to all fitness freaks (and the not so fit freaks) throughout the year. However, SOME routes are kept secret and we are thrilled to have been granted access to the pristine Greyton Nature Reserve for this exclusive event….
100% of the proceeds raised from this event go to our local village school, Greyton House. More than 30% of the children attending the independent school are accepted on reduced fees, calculated according to the parent’s financial circumstances. The school is currently in dire financial need and we hope to raise as much as we can! Thank you for your support in our endeavor to educate the little people in our village.
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Well believe it or not its that time already and the Greyton Rose Festival is on this week the 29th & 30th of October. The timing could not have been better as spring is here and the town is looking just splendid. One of the few advantages of the cold winter was a noticeably more vibrant bloom this year. Very fitting as it’s the Rose Festival’s 25th anniversary!
Everywhere there are signs that the local organizers are going all out to make this one to remember, open gardens, an exceptional Saturday market, the parade and rose show are but just a few of the many activities for lovers of all things country. This years program is much fuller than normal and needs to studied carefully. Kindly click below for your own copy.
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Members and guests of the GGC pose after a successful first attempt.
Without a doubt this weekend’s activities were a huge success. All events were well attended and you could see and feel a real buzz in town. The weather also very kindly played its part with near summer like conditions.
For the first time as part of the weekend’s activities the Greyton Gun Club was open between 2-4pm for an introduction to the sport of Trap and Sporting shooting. As club the is located 1,5km from town it was initial expected that interest would be subdued. How wrong management was, at 13h59 the first group was on the line, (see main photos). Visitors were given a safety briefing and a short overview of the range before attempting a stationary target on the hill. This was followed by a visit to the trap range for a straight away and a few shots at a bouncing rabbit target. Members and visitors took great delight alike at the novice’s success, much support was evident from the sidelines with everyone hanging on the outcome of each shot. Broad smiles and excited chatter followed each success. Many were surprised at the ease at which some quickly grabbed the basics. There may be some hidden Olympic talent lurking in the shadows about to emerge.
Of interest was the fact that many of the participants seemed to have plan for the day, choosing to participate in as many events as possible. No doubt that this was the idea of the organizing committee from the start, but it is always good to plans being executed. All in all it seems that much fun was had by all on and off the range. Many thanks to the organizer for inviting the GGC to participate in the year’s event. This weekend is MTB mountain biking which could be fun as it is raining!