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Cycle for Sight – Sedgefield retirees pedalling from Beitbridge to Knysna for a good cause 

HARRISMITH – Barry de Kock and George Fitzpatrick are just about halfway to their goal of cycling from Beitbridge to Knysna. The pair – who have been friends since they both worked for SAA many years ago – have undertaken the journey to raise funds for cataract operations, sponsoring a guide dog, and cornea transplants, through the Knysna Lion’s Club.

The original idea was the 62-year-old De Kock’s. He wanted to do a mountain bike ride from Beitbridge (on the border of South Africa and Zimbabwe), to Cape Point via Sedgefield and Cape Agulhas, the most southern tip of Africa.

After some persuasion, Fitzpatrick (69 – who has been managing the finish of the Lion’s Pennypinchers Karoo to Coast since 2005 – decided to join him. According to Fitzpatrick’s wife Sue – who is chairperson of Lions Knysna – he has seen the response and delight of someone that has had a cataract removed. “Also, he is so involved with the Lions and Karoo to Coast, that they decided to raise money for the Lions sight projects – hence the title ‘Cycling for Sight’,” she says.

The ride will be some 2 060km long with around 20 110m of climbing, and should take them just over a month to complete. They are riding mountain bikes and plan to stick to dirt roads as far possible, although certain sections necessitate some tar miles.

To follow their journey and to donate to the cause, check out their official Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Cycling-For-Sight-Border-to-Coast-1184494934916848/


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Team Featherbed Painted Wolf wins 2016 Expedition Africa!

KNYSNA – Team Featherbed Painted Wolf made waves in the international adventure racing series when they romped home to a massive win in the 2016 Expedition Africa Adventure Race.

Part of the Adventure World Series, this was the first time the race was held in Knysna, after stints in Swaziland, Drakensberg and Port Elizabeth.

Local athletes Mark Collins, his brother John Collins, NSRI volunteer and master brewer Darrren Berry and well-known endurance athlete Jeannie Dryer put it all on the line as they basically raced non-stop in the gruelling 500 plus km event that covers multiple disciplines.

They were chased hard by Merrel Adventure (ranked 7th in the world) and a field of 54 teams.

Local knowledge played a very small role as the organisers, Kinetic Events, made sure the course was very technical with some fast sections and some serious paddles, taking in the whole of the Garden Route. Winning by 3 hours in 3 days, 12 hours and 33 minutes, Team Featherbed Painted Wolf also earned themselves an entry into the World Championships in Australia later in the year where they will be more closely watched this time around.


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The very best of the Garden Route – the Dr Evil Classic routes revealed

The 2016 Pennypichers Dr Evil Classic will feature the best mountain-biking the Garden Route has to offer. This year will be something of a coming-of-age for the event. Now five-years-old, the three-day stage race, which takes place from 15-17 September will feature a number of new innovations, chief of which is having a different start/finish village for each of the three days.

“This means no doubling up on routes in and out the villages,” explains route designer and event co-owner Leon Evans. “It also makes for three very diverse riding days,” says Evans, who himself rides a lot and designed the routes to take in a combination of all his favourite rides.

The event prides itself in the fact that nowhere in the country can you ride indigenous forests as is possible on the Garden Route and will offer a rare opportunity to traverse some of the prime private farms and nature reserves around Plettenberg Bay, Wittedrift and Crags area.

The routes will be made up of a combination of singletrack, scenic district roads and forest trails. Stage one will be 72.4km with 1201m ascent from Wittedrift High School featuring forest and farmland trails. Stage two is perhaps the mainstay with 50.2km with some 980m of climbing taking in the memorable coastal trails of the Harkerville area. And, the third and final stage will be 37.8km with 1120m of climbing through the Plettenberg Bay Winelands.

“All routes are designed more for the average rider,” says Evans. “However they’re also challenging enough for those wanting to race.” According to Evans the emphasis of the event is on the quality of the ride and is the only time that riders will have access to the entire route, as there are many private landowners. The idea of the shorter final day is so that riders also doing the Lions Karoo to Coast to save their legs.

Indeed, the Dr Evil Classic is an ideal warm-up for Pennypinchers Lions Karoo to Coast and also the only way of still securing an entry into that sold-out event – Dr Evil has reserved a limited number of entries for those still wanting to do both events. If you’ve already entered Karoo to Coast and you enter the Dr Evil Classic, you will secure you a preferential start position.

The event sold out in 2015 and there will be space for only 350 riders in 2016, of which only a limited number of spots are still available. Enter directly through zandile@drevilclassic.com.


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Knysna Adventures launched at Indaba 2016

Knysna Adventures, a collective effort by all the adventure operators in Knysna, is launching at Indaba 2016 in Durban this year.

Chris Botes, the man who put it all together, was very excited: “It is time that we show the world what amazing activities and events in the adventure segment you have on offer in Knysna. From whale watching to skydiving to zip lining, everything is possible.

“There are also numerous competitive adventure events for the more athletic, with more than 18 events in the next 6 months! We are excited about what the future brings for Knysna and all of its adventure operators and event organisers,” he said.


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Adventure World Series comes to Knysna for Leg 4: Expedition Africa

May 2016 sees the Adventure World Series  coming to Knysna with the Expedition Africa 500km Adventure race in the most beautiful part of South Africa, the Garden Route.

Teams of 4 will mountain bike, kayak, hike etc non-stop until they reach the finish line. This is an once off life-changing event where you will go home with memories you can’t describe to others.

The Adventure World Series travels to nine countries and scenic Knysna and surrounding towns will host the 4th race in the series. More than 28 teams from across the world will descend on Pine Lake Marina and then compete in a series of grueling obstacles, challenges and events over seven days.


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KOF 2016 and Adventure goes hand in hand

The 2016 Knysna Oyster Festival is upon us and takes place this year from 1-10 July.

From the Knysna Cycle Tour on the first weekend, to the full and half marathon on the second weekend, KOF 2016 offers something for everyone.

The Big 5 Challenge is back this year, and with a vengeance. The Big 5 Lite promises some exciting action.

Featherbed plays host to the legendary Featherbed Trail Run, as well as the Phantom Night Run.

The Knysna Dragons will have their swim event and this year sees the first time we have the Momentum DualX also form past of the festival

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