The Houw Hoek Tour is a non-competitive 2 day MTB stage event. The objective is to give MTB’s and newcomers to multi-stage events (NOT NEWCOMERS TO MTB) the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of scenic, fun and non-competitive riding. However, make sure that you are fit as each of the two stages are approximately 50 km, mostly on gravel roads (including jeep and single tracks) and that you can and love riding single tracks.

Event Dates 05 & 06 May 2018
Start times 08h00 on both days
Registration 16h00 – 20h00 on 04 May at the Houw Hoek Inn & 06h00 – 07h30 on 05 May at the Houw Hoek Inn
Start venue Houw Hoek Inn, Elgin
1st Finish venue 5 May – Houw Hoek Inn, on the lawn at the back of the Inn – see http://www.houwhoekinn.co.za/largemap.html for map
2nd Finish venue 6 May – Whalehaven Winery at Wine Village at the Hermanus & Sandbaai robot intersection - see http://www.hpf1855.co.za/winery/cellar-location for map
Entries Online entries open at 08h00 on 01 March 2018 – ONLY 900 available entries
Entry fee R 900 per person (individual entries, not team entries), which excludes a Houwhoek event T-shirt, accommodation and meals.
An event T-Shirt can be ordered @R 100
and a long sleeve viscose sweater @R 200.
Luggage transfers Drop your bag on Sunday morning before the start of the Tour at the Registration venue and we will transport your bag from the Inn to Whalehaven Winery.

*Please ensure that you download and sign the indemnity form! download form

Accommodation options

STAGE 1


  • The first 10 km to Thandi (Water Point 1 at 15 km) is different as it by-pass Lebanon Village, with sufficient open roads to limit bottle necks;
  • From Thandi WP, up the switch backs, along the railway line, via Kromco and then into Paul Cluver;
  • NEW – we’ve eliminated Kili Hills 1 & 2, as the Rietfontein damwall was increased with 9m and we’ll build an alternative route to Witklippieskloof, (at 450m);
  • From Witklippies down to the Amphitheater (Water Point 2 at 25km), in the Bike Park to cross Raka, Swing, Kransvoel and the Ark;
  • Then test your skills on the Cobra switchbacks, if you walked / battled, then take the non-technical alternatives at Mamba and Pofadder;
  • From the Jakkelsriver Dam the same route back to Houwhoek Inn, with a T Split option, Left technical or Right non-technical, near the Finish.

STAGE 2


Stage 2 is a winner and stays the same as last year (although an easier option has been added near the end – see below)

ROUTE INFORMATION

The Houw Houk Tour gives you the opportunity to cycle some of the W2W RACE routes. The Tour also aims to let you explore and experience what a multi-stage event is all about and offers a relaxed and supportive atmosphere as no timing is done.

Stage 1 starts at 08h00 on Saturday 5 May 2018 and finishes at the Houw Hoek Inn. This stage includes the Thandi, Paul Cluver, Korteshoven and Houw Hoek single tracks. New single tracks have been added in Paul Cluver, eliminating Kili Hills 1 & 2.

Stage 2 starts same time on Sunday 6 May 2018 from the Houw Hoek Inn. The route takes you down the historic Katpass, via Beumont and the Wildekrans Winery trails, along the Botriver. Onto the Karwyders tar road, over the Steel bridge and then on single tracks that link the four historic cottages on Bot river farm. At the De Bos dam wall you turn right down the Onrust river into the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, along Jan’s beautiful single tracks.

ESTIMATED RIDING TIMES

Winners: 2 hrs for each stage, whilst the "leisure riders" should finish within 4 hrs

The following accommodation sites offer a variety of sleeping facilities, within a 10km radius from the Houw Hoek Inn. Please arrange own accommodation.

Accommodation Site/Email Contact Number Accommodation Type
Aanhouwen Cottages http://www.summerescape.co.za/accommodation/aanhouwen-cottages-2358 082 299 5667 Self-Catering
Akkerdoppie 072214 2510 Self-Catering
Apple Mountain Guest Farm 021 849 8771 Guest House
Applecreek True North 072214 2510
Arabella Hotel http://www.africanpridehotels.com/arabella-hotel-spa.html 028 28400 00 Luxury Hotel
Avolonte Lodge
www.avolontelodge.co.za 021 859 2222 Self-catering Cottages
Back2Basics www.b2bcamps.co.za 021 849 8519 Campsite
Barton Villas www.bartonvillas.co.za 028 284 9283 Self-Catering
Beaumont www.beaumont.co.za 028 284 9194 Cottages
Bodemloos Cottage 021846 8298 Self-catering
Botriver Hotel http://www.bothot.co.za/ 028 284 9640 Backpackers
Brookelands Stone Cottage www.elginfarmstay.co.za 082 658 5744 Self-Catering
Button Quail Tents www.buttonquail.co.za 072 820 6166
Luxury Tents
Coot’s Cottage 021849 8692 Self-catering
Eikenhof Lapa Cottages 082805 6517 Self-catering
Elgin Hills Tented Camp www.elginhills.co.za 021 846 8119 Luxury Tents
Elgin Training Centre www.elf1.co.za 021 848 9413 / 082 761 0719 for Ilze Beyers Backpackers
Galileo Farm www.galileofarm.co.za 021 849 8692/ 076 151 0035 Self-Catering
Glen Stuart Cottages 021 844 0197 Luxury Cottages
Glenbrae Cottages 021844 0011 Self-catering
Goede Hoop 082458 3790 Self-catering
Goedvertrouw Wine Estate 028 284 9769 Guest House
Grabouw Lodge www.grabouwlodge.co.za 021 859 3780 Lodge
Houwhoek Inn www.houwhoekinn.co.za 028 284 9646 Family Hotel
Inn on Highlands www.innonhighlands.co.za 082 498 5246 Luxury & standard cottages
Iona Cottage 028284 9678 Self-catering
Klipkop Chalet www.chaletklipkop.co.za 021 859 4836 Self-catering
Kogelberg Backpackers 021846 8337 Self-catering
Kolkol Mountain Lodge www.kolkol.co.za 028 284 9406 / 082 654 5090 Mountain Lodge
Lavender Cottages 072 377 8251 Self-catering
Libertas Guest House www.wheretostay.co.za/lavendercottages 072 377 8251 B&B
Lilybank Cottage www.capestay.co.za 021 859 1258 Self-catering
Malplaas Cottages www.malplaas.co.za 028 425 3004 / 083 662 1560 Self catering Cottages
Mountain View B&B 021 859 3952 B&B
MTO Ecotourism 021 859 2606 Self catering Cottages
Mizpah Youth Camp 021846 8224 Self-catering
Mofam River Lodge http://www.mofam.co.za/ 021846 8345 B&B
Oak Lane www.oaklane.co.za 021 844 0248 Cottages on Farm
Oak Valley Cottages www.oakvalley.co.za/cottage
021 859 2510 /0825651559 /Riana@oakvalley.co.za Self-catering Lux Cottage
Old MacDaddy Lux Trailer Park www.oldmacdaddy.co.za 021 447 8105 Lux Trailer Park
Pippins Country House www.elginvalley.co.za/member_view.aspx?id=189 021 848 9158 /083 738 3665 /pippins@iafrica.com Cottage
Porcupine Guest Farm www.porcupinehills.co.za 028 284 9066 Guest Farm
Rockhaven Farm http://rockhavenfarm.co.za/ 021849 8518 B&B
Rose Cottage 083261 0674 / mandy@hwi.co.za Self-catering
South Hill Guest House
www.southhill.co.za 021 844 0033 Luxury Guest House
South Hill Lux Guest Villa www.southhill.co.za 021 844 0033 / 082 774 1101 Lux Villa
Tinanda Guest Cottage 082728 2491 Self-catering
Tri-active www.triactive.co.za 021 844 0975 Luxury tents
Villa Exner Boutique Hotel www.villaexner.com 028 284 9066 Boutique Hotel
Vredelust http://www.vredelust.com/ 028840 1735 B&B
Vredenhof Lodge 082 552 5489 Lodge
Weltevrede Cottage 076405 7536 / anellacock@yahoo .com Self-catering
Wildekrans Cottages www.wildekrans.com 084 228 2824 Self catering Cottages
Wildekrans Guesthouse www.wildekrans.co.za 028 284 9827 Guesthouse

Euodia Cycles will service and do bike repairs at Houw Hoek Inn.

The are 2 options available for getting back to Houw Hoek Inn

OWN VEHICLE TRANSFER

Helderberg Sunrise Rotary Club will be providing a transfer service. Rotary members transfer vehicles on Sunday morning (6 May 2018) from the Houw Hoek Inn to Whalehaven Winery at a donation of TBC per vehicle.

Book your vehicle on line at http://vehicletransfers.hsrotary.co.za

For more information contact Anthony Wait on 082 566 4994 alternatively at transfers@hsrotary.co.za


BUS TRANSFER

The Houw Hoek Tour finishes on Sunday 7 May 2017 at Hermanuspietersfontein Winery (in the Wine Village, next to the Hermanus, Sandbaai robot intersection).
You can book a bus transfer back to the Houw Hoek Inn (incl. your bike on a trailer) at R 300 per rider

To book your transfer, please contact Ayub Baker on 078 447 4444 alternatively at ayub.baker@sport24hrs.co.za

As leaders and trainers in Compex, TEAMXCEED we will be using Compex to assist with post day recovery.

DAN GROBLER BIOKINETICS,
supports and underwrites TEAMxCEED, the only registered Compex Competence Centre in South Africa.

As we get closer to our starting date, cyclists will invariably be planning their training and race tactics thoroughly and with care. Planning your post RACE STAGE RECOVERY to ensure that injury is dealt with (or avoided) is probably the most important factor in ensuring your best performance. Simply your body needs to heal itself as efficiently and quickly as possible.

TEAMXCEED is the only RECOVERY TEAM in South Africa who provides highly qualified Sports Masseurs combined with Compex recovery treatment

7 reasons why massage helps recovery:

  • Excellent way to improve mood, reduce anxiety and lower blood pressure.
  • Reduces the waste of metabolites around the muscle.
  • It reduces pain felt in the week following the race.
  • Helps reduce the swelling after enduring exercise.
  • Release of tight muscles, especially hamstrings and quads.
  • Contributes to healing of soft tissues, increasing all the feel-good chemicals in the body such as dopamine, oxytocin and endorphins.
  • Relax! You did it! Massage is a wonderful way to relax and take time out to feel pampered after such a grueling training regime and race.

TURBO CHARGE your performance with Compexrecovery programs!

Add another 7 different beneficial effects,

  • Elimination of Lactic Acid and other toxins;
  • Contributes to a rapid recovery of the muscular tissue;
  • Calms pains associated with training;
  • General relaxation process produces a localized anti-spasmodic effect;
  • Allows you to face the next race day in optimum condition, therefore maximizing your performance and better assimilating the work conducted;
  • Reduce inflammation of the muscles, get rid of waste build-up, extend the overall life of your sporting career.
  • Ultimately, it accelerates muscle recuperation after an intense race day.

Sports Massage treatments :
Compex Treatments :
Put your name on the list when you finish each day. Masseurs will work in order from the list.

image001 xceed logo As leaders and trainers in Compex, TEAMXCEED we will be using Compex to assist with post day recovery.
As leaders and trainers in Compex, TEAMXCEED we will be using Compex to assist with post day recovery.
DAN GROBLER BIOKINETICS, supports and underwrites TEAMxCEED, the only registered Compex Competence Centre in South Africa.
DAN GROBLER BIOKINETICS, supports and underwrites TEAMxCEED, the only registered Compex Competence Centre in South Africa.
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SPONSORS


WINERIES


BENEFICIARIES

Hermanus Rotary Club

Rotary Club - Hermaus

Hermanus Round Table

Round Table - Hermaus

These are self-timed Strava and other GPS device results. It is not a full result list, as the MTB Tours are not officially timed.