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Explore the Winelands like never before

The Winelands Encounter showcases the beautiful riding terrain that links Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl with a two night stop-over at the majestic Le Franschoek Hotel.

The Liberty Winelands Encounter is presented in partnership with STANLIB, and 2018 will see the fourth edition of the event hosting 200 teams.

2018 Liberty Winelands Encounter

13 APRIL – 15 APRIL 2018



The 2018 Liberty Winelands Encounter has been reshaped to access some incredible new riding terrain as well as spectacular host venues while also easing rider logistics by overnighting at the same venue for the Friday and Saturday evenings following stages 1 and 2.

The Winelands Encounter takes place over three stages from 13-15 April 2018, linking Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl together in a wonderful 160km 3-day tapestry of trails in the heart of the Cape Winelands.

The majestic Le Franschhoek Hotel will play host to the event for two evenings following the first and second stages while the event also boasts an impressive new finish venue at Nederburg in Paarl.

In a big coup for the race, Le Franschoek Hotel is supporting the event to such an extent that the organisers will be accommodating all riders who book the luxury tented package in the hotel itself!

Stage 1 will start at the Zorgvliet Estate while after stage 3 we will bring the curtain down on proceedings at the beautiful Nederburg Wine Estate in Paarl.

The Liberty Winelands Encounter is presented in partnership with STANLIB and 2018 sees the fourth edition of the event.

The three-day stage race affords our participants, with a passion for the sport, the experience of a lifetime. It is an encounter where riders are treated as VIP’s and where they are offered world-class hospitality at 5 Star venues.

Riders are only allowed to enter in teams of two.

…one of South Africa’s most scenic MTB Races

Participate in Teams of Two

All riders enter as a two-rider team. Teams register in one of three different categories that include Men, Ladies and Mixed. The minimum age of participation is 18 on race day. The riders in a team must remain together at all times during the race.

Entry package

The entry package includes a short sleeved as well as long sleeved Ftech branded cycling jersey. The basic entry package (R8 800 per team) includes breakfast and lunch with dinner as an optional extra while the complete accommodation package (R12 100) includes accommodation at Le Franschhoek Hotel on Friday and Saturday evenings. The full accommodation package is limited to 100 teams.