Cape Winelands getting sporty for the warmer season

Cape Winelands getting sporty for the warmer season

The Cellar2Cellar Trail Run and Wine Experience is set to take place in Stellenbosch on Saturday, September 3; while the Slanghoek and Jailbreak triathlons are similarly much-anticipated events on the province’s sporting calendar.

“The Cellar2Cellar Trail Run offers the best that Stellenbosch has in the way of wine, beautiful scenery and outdoor athletics,” says Pieter du Plessis, race director and founder of Iqela Events.
The event includes three options – a 12km trail run and a 20km trail run, and the 12km “flower-power wine experience”, with the added drawcard that the best-dressed male and female wins their weight in wine. Blaauwklippen, Waterford and Stellenrust are just a few of the wine farms that will be offering wine tastings along the route, with a Fairview cheese pairing.

The Slanghoek Triathlon in the beautiful Slanghoek Valley outside Rawsonville will run over the weekend of October 22 and 23. It caters for all categories, from beginners to elite athletes, with four different races to choose from. On the Saturday there’s the mountain bike triathlon, with the option of doing either a standard or a sprint distance, while on the Sunday the road triathlon take places, also with standard- or sprint-distance options. This event has become a great weekend getaway for the whole family, with many festivities at the end of the races.

This year, Iqela Events will be organising the Jailbreak Triathlon on December 10 for the first time, with a new route to be revealed early in September at a launch at Land Rover at N1 City. “We’re very excited to be revitalising this well-known triathlon,” says Du Plessis. This themed race starts near Paardeberg at Doran Vineyards, with athletes and sponsors nominated to be “parole officers” or “prime suspects”. All athletes compete hard to win their “freedom” at the end of the race, and great prizes are up for grabs.

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