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There will be lots of fun and entertainment for the whole family at this year’s SPUR Children’s Cycle Tour at the SPUR Race Village where families are invited to spend time before, during and after the events.

The cycle tour takes place on Sunday 23 June at the Knysna High School Sports Field with three different routes and distances for different age groups:

2-4 years – 400 m:
A circular loop on the field. The ride is open to anything on wheels including prams, pushbikes, tricycles, small bicycles with training wheels and scooters. Helmets are recommended. All accompanying adults must be on foot.

5-7 years – 1,5 km:
From the field to Hedge Street, then Waterfront Drive, onto the old railway line, past the station to turn at the turntable, then back to Hedge Street and onto the field for the finish. This ride is small bicycle-friendly, and helmets are compulsory. Accompanying adults may be on foot or bicycle.

8-10 years – 2,5 km:
As per the 1,5 km race, but riders will continue along the railway track to Long Street, turn into Waterfront Drive and then back to field. This ride is small bicycle-friendly, and helmets are compulsory. Accompanying adults may be on foot or bicycle.

Entry fees are R100 for the first rider and R50 per child for additional family members. Registration will be from 07h30 – 08h30 and the first start is at 09h00. There will be medals and goodie bags for every participant. Parents and guardians should wear flat, comfortable shoes if they want to follow their younger children on foot!

Don’t forget to dress up because there are great prizes for the best dressed participant, parent and ride! So, make sure you pimp your ride before the start!

Ongoing entertainment at the SPUR Race Village will include face painters and cheerleaders.

The SPUR Children’s Cycle Tour forms part of the annual Knysna Cycle Tour. The event is all about fitness and fun and is a great way to entertain the kids and family. You can enter your children online before 14 June at www.knysnacycle.co.za.

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When was the last time you hiked through the beautiful Knysna Forests, swam in the magnificent Knysna Estuary or had Sunday Lunch at one of our great local restaurants?

The 2019 Knysna Oyster Festival is arranged and hosted by locals and we are proud to announce that it will be one of the best yet! We always say “support local”, so why not get out there and enjoy our beautiful area, with drinks at The Turbine Hotel (22 & 28 June), Burgers at the Burger Exchange (22 June), Forest Hikes with the family, Live music with friends (27 June) and a round of golf at the Pezula Golf Course (27, 28 & 29 June).

Get out your camera for the Woodcutter’s Trail (25 June) and River of Gold Forest Walk (27 June), tie your shoes laces for the FNB family hike or trail run (24, 26 & 28 June), hold your breath for the Lagoon Mile Swim (28 June) or get involved in one of the sport tournaments, many of these being hosted by the ever-friendly Hornlee community.

Not the outdoor type? Enjoy a Murder Mystery Dinner (28 June), book a babysitter for the Not So Secret Something (adult only) Comedy Show (23 June) or attend the Flavours of Knysna (26 June) for some really good food!

We have something for everyone and invite, encourage and challenge you to make the most of this year’s Knysna Oyster Festival!

Visit the website www.KnysnaOysterFestival.co.za for more details of our fully packed programme and regularly updated eatery and activity specials.

Enquiries :
Nadine Kidd
Visit Knysna Information & Promotion Office
40 Main Road, Knysna
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Tuesday, 20 March 2018 12:35

2018 Knysna Oyster Festival on track!

The Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival has announced that this year’s event will take place from 29 June – 8 July 2018, and with more than 100 activities spread over ten days, visitors will be spoilt for choice. The premium sport and lifestyle festival has become an institution on South Africa’s winter calendar, and provides sports lovers, families and adventurers a chance to experience some of South Africa’s most spectacular natural scenery while enjoying a host of activities.

Indulge in good food and drink with local restaurants offering special themed menus. Enjoy the best talent on various stages with concerts, comedy, fashion shows and more, while an adventure filled programme keeps the kids busy.

The sporting events of the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival attracts top athletes and enthusiasts, and this year the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour celebrates its 31st anniversary. The Mountain Bike Events take place on Saturday 30 June and offer an 80km, 50km, 30km, and 15km route, as well as the newer 30km E-bike race. The Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour Road Races are on Sunday 1 July, with both a 115km and 50km route.

In an exciting development this year, the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour has confirmed that the 80km and 50km MTB events and the 115km Road Race will be seeding events for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.

The Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon & Half Marathon are two of South Africa’s most sought-after running events and this year they take place on Saturday 7 July. Runners experience breath-taking views over the Knysna Lagoon towards the Knysna Heads, the perfect inspiration as they approach the finish.

Entries for the Momentum Knysna Cycle Tour and the Momentum Knysna Forest Marathon are available now.

So plan a winter holiday and discover the wonders of the Garden Route by enjoying walks in the indigenous Knysna Forest, viewing the famous Knysna Heads and taking a ferry across the lagoon to the Featherbed Nature Reserve. Following the devastating fires in June last year, the regrowth of the region has been phenomenal, supported by the Knysna Tourism #Knysnarises campaign.

Come and support the Knysna community and enjoy ten days of fun and adventure! Enter the marathons at www.knysnamarathonclub.com/forest-marathon. Cycle tour entries can be found at www.knysnacycle.co.za.

 

Get the full Festival line-up here:

http://www.oysterfestival.co.za/programme-of-events/

For news and updates follow us on Facebook @KnysnaOysterFestival, Twitter @oysterfestival or Instagram @knysnaoysterfestival

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Nearly 4,000 riders competed in the first major sporting event of the 2016 Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival this morning - the MTB events of the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour.

Marketing Director for the race, Andrew Finn said that conditions for the race were perfect for mountain bikers. “It was slippery and muddy because of all the rain we had yesterday, and I think that is why times were not as fast as last year.”

Riders set off in clear but chilly conditions from 08:00 this morning when the gun was fired by Knysna Executive Mayor, Georlene Wolmarans, but the sun shone through a cloudy sky and there was no rain.

First over the line in the main event of the day, the 80 km MTB, was HB Kruger in 03:01:50. A sprint over the line saw Waylon Woolcock finish second (03:01:51) and Matthew Beers third in a split second time difference. (Last year’s winner, Matthys Beukes finished in a course record of 02:52:12.)

Speaking after the race, Kruger said that conditions were quite technical. “It was very muddy, and I had actually deflated my tyres too much and had to stop to bomb them to get the pressure up again. But it was a nice route and a good challenge.”

Kruger, who races professionally for Team Telkom, established a lead from the start in a group with five other riders. “I was with my team member Johann Rabie, and Matt Beers, Waylon Woolcock, Renay Groustra (King of the Mountain) and James Tennant for the first 30 km. Then James and Renay dropped back a little and coming into the finish it was myself, Waylon and Matt. I knew I had a bit of a kick and with my road background I was able to get a good sprint to the finish.”

This was Kruger’s first Knysna Cycle Tour race and he will be racing again tomorrow in the 115 km road race with Telkom Team members Nolan Hoffman and Reynard Butler, who were first and second in last year’s race.

Ladies Elite winner Yolande de Villiers agrees that the route was “slippery, and very wet. I’m usually sick at Oyster Festival time so I’m very glad I was able to ride this year. It’s a challenging course, starting with the steep climbs up the Simola and Gouna hills and this year there was a new section near the end with lots of single track. It was awesome. I really enjoyed the race.”

De Villiers beat Samantha Sanders by two seconds in a time of 03:24:26. Third lady over the line was Carmen Buchacher with a time of 03:31:06.

Carel Bosman, Sponsorships Manager for Momentum, one of the two naming sponsors of the cycle tour, said that he was delighted with the event. “I was particularly pleased to see so many moms and dads riding with their children today. Momentum is very much about families and it’s great to see them enjoying and participating in the events together. I was also delighted that the numbers of young development cyclists have increased this year to about 100, with 50 percent of these coming from Knysna. The Oyster Festival is about giving back to the local community and assisting development cyclists is a great way to do this.”

All provisional MTB race results are available on the website, oyster.events.

Tomorrow the Momentum Weekend Argus Knysna Cycle Tour presented by Rotary road races take place with the first start at 08:00 am.

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