The cornerstone of the Greyt Escape weekend is the three day stage race, which is supplemented by the Greyt Ride and the Greyt Run. The stage race boasts routes of 59, 60 and 41 kilometres in length across the three days and the altitude gained daily is a manageable 1 150, 1 145 and 850 meters respectively. The Greyt Run and the Greyt Ride meanwhile take place on Saturday the 17th of June and feature 5, 12 and 21 kilometre distances for trail runners and a 40 kilometre distance for mountain bikers. The long distance trail run is limited to 100 entries though, as it passes through a sensitive ecological site to which the daily entry limit is just 100 people.
As any visitor to Greyton knows the spectacular Sonderend Mountains make the area the ideal mountain biking and trail running playground. The mountain biking routes include famous local trails like the UFO climb, the Middelplaas singletrack, the Riverside Speedway, Koggelmander Spoor, Blue Hippo Climb, the Nguni trail, the Maermanskloof Climb, the Bakenskop Cobra switchback climb, Davey’s Sprocket, Rocky Horror, and your last treat of the weekend Die Luislang.
Packages for the weekend provide the options of including lunches and dinners, or not, and are available for team or solo riders. There’s also the option to purchase additional meal packages for the non-riding members of your family, so they too can enjoy the scrumptious catering.
Accommodation in Greyton is limited so Greyt Escape you are encouraged to book into a bed and breakfast or self-catering cottage when you enter the event. All accommodation bookings can be made via the Greyton Tourism website, www.greytontourism.com, where you can also find out all about the area. While there are currently still accommodation options available, please be warned Greyton is nearly as famed for being fully booked over adventure weekends as it is for the excellence of said weekends.
For more information on the Greyt Escape, and to enter online, visit www.thegreytescape.co.za. On the official event website you’ll also find links to the accommodation, additional meal packages, the option to purchase a Ciovita Greyt Escape cycling top, or book your EPT sports recovery massage. To stay updated on all things Greyt Escape you can follow the event on Facebook, Instagram or on Twitter @greyt_escape.
Fast Facts: 2017 Greyt Escape
Date: 16-18 June 2017
Venue: Old Potter’s Inn, Greyton, Western Cape
The Greyt Escape 3 Day MTB Stage Race
The Greyt Ride 40km MTB
The Greyt Run
Facebook: The Greyt Escape