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Friday, 03 June 2016 01:35

Gearing Up for the RECM Knysna 200

The RECM Knysna 200 is now less than a month away and the chances to join the Garden Route Events crew and the RECM Asset Management team for a weekend of mountain biking bliss in Trail Town South Africa are slipping through your fingers.

Hosted in the idyllic Garden Route town of Knysna the RECM Knysna 200 boasts a lagoon side race village; a singletrack packed route, which is both challenging but manageable; and a vacation-like vibe. The relaxed atmosphere is of course aided by the Youth Day Public Holiday which falls the day before the race, allowing you to get to Knysna in your own time rather than rushing after work.

Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events has gone to great lengths to put together a route which cuts out most of Knysna’s toughest climbs but includes most of the area’s best trails. For those familiar with the mountain biking in the town which is quickly becoming known as Trail Town South Africa will know that the routes around Knysna feature a climb or two – so cutting out the most strenuous of them is no mean feat. Stage 1 of the 2016 RECM Knysna 200 in particular has benefited from Mosterd’s extensive knowledge of the forest trails as he’s cut two mean climbs from the day’s route to ensure you finish the stage with a massive grin on your face.

The daily start times of 09:00, barring Stage 3 of course which starts at 08:30, adds to the relaxed vibe and allows the milky winter sun to rise a little higher in the sky – hopefully ensuring the starts aren’t too chilly. If you’re of the racing frame of mind don’t think it’s all about chilling at the RECM Knysna 200 there are team and solo race categories with great prizes up for grabs too.

The three stages each feature a unique start venue, allowing you to explore more fantastic Knysna singletracks without having to ride strenuous distances to do so. Each of the starts are within 20km from the centre of Knysna and are clearly signposted off the N2. There will be secure parking available at the start venues and Avis will be providing a complimentary shuttle to take you back to your vehicle from the race village.

For the foodies there’s a treat in store too; the race buffet lunches will be served at the Tapas Bistro while dinners will be hosted by Sirocco. The restaurants are within a two minute stroll of each other in the heart of the picturesque Thesen Island Harbour Town.

If you haven’t entered the 2016 RECM Knysna 200 yet you can do so and find out all about the race at www.recmknysna200.co.za. But be warned entries close on the 30th of May, so don’t delay. You can book accommodation for the duration of your stay in Knysna too by clicking here. In addition to three days of fantastic mountain biking, with two water points per day, scrumptious lunches and dinners and a race garment from Cape Storm if you enter the RECM Knysna 200 you’ll go into a lucky draw to win a weekend’s stay at the Endless Vineyards boutique lodge on Windekrans Wine Estate.

RECM Knysna 200
Dates: 17 – 19 June 2016

  Stage 1 Stage 2 Stage 3
Start: Knysna Elephant Park Quinta da Montanha Harkerville
Start Time: 09:00 09:00 08:30
Distance: 66km 66km 57km
Climbing: 1 550m 1 350m 1 000m
Finish: Tapas Bistro Tapas Bistro Tapas Bistro

Race Village: Tapas Bistro, Thesen Island Harbour Town
Entry Fees: Team R8 600 | Solo R4 800 (Close 30 May 2016)
Website: www.recmknysna200.co.za
Facebook: Garden Route Events
Twitter: @gardenroute300
Instagram: gardenrouteevents

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Friday, 18 March 2016 01:09

The Amazing RECM Knysna 200

For 2016 Garden Route Events raised the bar with their GR300 and GRLite races which arguers well for would be RECM Knysna 200 entrants. The 2016 RECM Knysna 200 is now set to take Garden Route racing to even more impressive heights.

Taking place from the 17th to the 19th of June 2016 the RECM Knysna 200 boasts more amazing singletrack than ever; a race village centred around one of Knysna’s most popular restaurants, Tapas Bistro; and a small field limited to 350 riders. The daily routes are manageable in distance at around 65km per day, with race director Patric Mosterd choosing to highlight the best possible trails in the area. He’s also mindful of the climbing, with the hilly nature of the Garden Route it’s not always easy to limit the altitude gain, but Mosterd managed to do so for the 2016 GR300 and has a few more tricks up his sleeve for the RECM Knysna 200 routes, including shortening Stage 1 to save your legs for a secret singletrack in the closing stages of the stage.

The three day stage race is sponsored by Capital Management firm RECM and the firm views it as an excellent opportunity to unwind in a town they love, participating in a sport they adore as they recharge their batteries. The intimate nature of the race, with only 350 riders means that by Stage 2 you’ll recognise all your fellow riders. For RECM this means they have the chance to answer rider’s questions on the complex world of investments personally.

With the routes showcasing the best of the Garden Route’s trails the additional incentives to entre take a back seat, but they need not! RECM Knysna 200 entrants can expect amazing lunches and dinners catered by Tapas Bistro; a daily finisher’s beer from the grandfather of the South African craft beer scene Mitchell’s Brewery; limited edition race kit; well stocked water points with nutrition by Hammer Nutrition, hydration by Just Water and bike care by Squirt Lube. Plus Knysna Tourism are going out of their way to ensure everyone has the best possible time in Trail Town South Africa because they want you to keep coming back year after year, for every one of the Garden Route Events hosted in Knysna…

The 16th of June is the Youth Day public holiday so take a slow cruise up, or down, to Knysna bring along your whole family and make it a weekend to remember. Entries are open online on www.recmknysna200.co.za or you can click here to go directly to the entry portal. Remember to book your accommodating in Knysna too and you can do so by clicking here.

RECM Knysna 200
Dates: 17 – 19 June 2016
Distances: 55 - 65km per day
Format: 3 day stage race
Stage 1: Knysna Elephant Park
Stage 2: Quinta da Montanha, Bibby’s Hoek
Stage 3: Harkerville Forestry Station
Finish: Tapas Bistro Thesen Island
Race Village: Tapas Bistro, Thesen island Harbour Town, Knysna
Early Bird Entries: Team R8 000 | Solo R4 360 (Close 21 March 2016)
Entry Fees: Team R8 600 | Solo R4 800 (Close 10 May 2016)
Website: www.recmknysna200.co.za
Facebook: Garden Route Events
Twitter: @gardenroute300
Instagram: gardenrouteevents

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