New Cape to Plett Cycle route gets R4m boost

2016-04-25 10:57 - Selene Brophy
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Cape Town - An exciting new cycling route, traversing the most scenic parts of the Western Cape is set to become yet another tourism draw card for the province.

Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities, said the 160km track between George and Plettenberg Bay should be completed by March 2017.

Set to include road track, mountain trails, jeep and forest tracks, the first phase of the Cape Town to Southern Cape cycle route to be known as Cross Cape will see a R4 million investment into the initiative, aimed at establishing the province as the "Cycling Capital of Africa".

The province already hosts premier cycling races, such as the Cape Town Cycle Tour, the Cape Epic and the Cape Rouleur generate, which is estimated to generate in "excess of R700 million.

"By the end of March next year, our goal is to have completed the track between George and Plett. As part of this process, the signage, which complies with international standards, will be erected. We’ll also complete an audit of accommodation, existing cycle tracks and bike shops. Part of our strategy will include launching the route through an international event,” said Minister Winde.

The development of the new route is being driven by the Western Cape Government, Wesgro, local municipalities and private sector stakeholders in the region.

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