SKYFALL AND BOSCHENDAL NOW PART OF STAGE 1
The news just keeps getting better for participants in the 2017 Liberty Winelands Encounter, which takes place on 21-23 April next year. The organisation this week announced significant changes to stage 1 which will see the stage for the first time incorporate the impressive single track at Boschendal Estate after coming down the equally legendary Skyfall single track on Bartiney Estate on Helshoogte.
Overall the vertical ascent on the stage will also come down significantly courtesy of some wonderful new route access the event has received over the prestigious L’Ormirans Estate.
Boschendal, one of the largest Wine Farms in the world, has just completed a wonderful array of delightfully flowing single track.
The Encounter won’t access the intimidating single track high up on the Simonsberg, instead we’ll remain lower down and include the Inferno and Sugar bowl sections which are lightning fast and non-technical.
After exiting Boschendal on the Drakenstein Mountain Range side, the route will enter the L’Ormirans Wine Farm, home of the world famous Franschhoek Motor Museum for some well earned free voyager miles on the beautifully sculpted farm roads on the farm (numerous of which are even paved!).
Instead of going high up towards the impressive Drakenstein Mountain on L’Ormirans the event will remain lower down just above the motor museum on the escarpment, which will make this section nice and quick compared to last year.
A final tweak on stage will come before the Bergriver Dam where riders won’t do the big climb before the dam. Again the route will remain lower down before accessing the purposely built single track around the Dam before the final undulation towards the finish line at Le Franschhoek Hotel.