As part of the launch of the Cross Cape cycle route, Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities will be traveling on a bicycle for seven days and says they are exploring a few routes throughout the Western Cape they would like to develop.
The plan is to eventually use cycling tourism as an economic driver.
The route Winde will be using starts in Plett. From there, he will travel through Knysna, Rheenendal and George. The route then crosses over the Montague Pass into the spectacular Klein Karoo, touching Herold, Oudsthoorn, Calitzdorp and Van Wyksdorp, before heading back into Riversdale, Suurbraak and Swellendam. The last leg takes riders through Riviersonderend, Greyton and into Stellenbosch.
Winde explains that they will be engaging with locals from the villages and small towns he'll be cycling through.
He says part of the cycle tour is getting the locals to put forward their entrepreneurial skills by selling refreshments and offering hospitality to the cyclists.
The inaugural ride which kicks off on Friday (12 May 2017) at 8am at Mellville’s Corner Shopping Mall in Plettenberg Bay.
For further information, and a copy of the route map, contact Hayley Roodt on Hayley.Roodt@westerncape.gov.za.
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