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 formAccommodation options
Stage 2 is a winner and stays the same as last year (although an easier option has been added near the end – see below)
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.
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
|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|
||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
|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 /firstname.lastname@example.org||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 / email@example.com||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|
|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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
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:
TURBO CHARGE your performance with Compexrecovery programs!
Add another 7 different beneficial effects,
Sports Massage treatments :
Compex Treatments :
Put your name on the list when you finish each day. Masseurs will work in order from the list.
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.