My first stop was the harbour town of Knysna which hosts the Garden Route 300. This year’s edition of the race saw a different format as only solo entries were allowed and stages were shortened to accommodate those who would go on to compete at the Cape Epic just 2 weeks later.
Stages one and three started and finished at Quay 4 restaurant on Thesen Island while stage 2 was held from the Garden Route Trail Park situated between Knysna and Sedgefield.
I had a very consistent race placing 3rd on every stage to secure my 3rd spot on the overall podium by the time all was said and done. Robyn de Groot won the ladies category with Catherine Williamson in 2nd place, both of their daily placings matching their overall results.
The Garden Route in the Western Cape is a beautiful part of South Africa. Every year at this event I’m thankful to Garden Route Events for organising a mountain bike stage race through the pristine Knynsa Forest. The race route with its 4560 m of climbing was by no means an easy feat but battling it out in beautiful surrounds made the physical challenge a lot more bearable.
Currently I am travelling down to Cape Town for the CT Cycle Tour. As Garmin is the technical sponsor of the event I’m sure it will be a busy week but more of that later…..