Franschhoek Wine Valley

Race to Sea

4 September 2021

Race to the Sea is a 100-mile (162km) mountain- and gravel bike journey from Franschhoek to Hermanus. 

  • 164km
  • Franschhoek to Hermanus
  • Entry Fee Solo: R1150
  • Entry Fee Team of Two Relay: R750 per rider
  • Race start: 07h30
  • Race cut-off: 18h30
  • 6 Water points
  • Superb value virtual goody bag
  • Gold, Silver, Bronze and Finisher’s medals
  • Cap

Starting in Franschhoek, the route takes you over the Franschhoek pass, past the Theewaterskloof dam, Botriver, Caledon, through the Hemel en Aarde Vallei to finish at the exclusive Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate. 100 scenic miles of gravel, asphalt and single track, with a total elevation gain of 2300 m – this promises to be one of those truly unique events not to be missed!

Entries are open but limited to COVID-19 event numbers. Get your entries in asap to ensure your spot on the start line.

Entry is risk-free. Should the event be cancelled by the Organiser due to COVID-19, full refunds will be given.

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Franschhoek Wine Valley exists to:

  • Develop and implement marketing plans to profile the Franschhoek Wine Valley
  • Arrange and advertise events that support the Franschhoek Wine Valley brand image and which encourage visitors to the Valley
  • Represent the business interests of our members to the Stellenbosch Municipality
  • Aggregate the combined buying power of our members to leverage economy of scale benefits from service providers
  • Coordinate free advisory services and discussion forums to support our member’s businesses

Our Accolades

  • TripAdvisor’s Travellers’ Choice Awards 2020 - Top 25 Emerging Worldwide Destinations (15th position).
  • Tripadvisor Traveller's Choice Destination Winner 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015
  • Most Memorable Wine Route 2014, 2013 & 2012
  • Service Excellence Award - 2015
  • Best Tourism Event 2015 - Franschhoek Bastille Festival
  • Best Local Tourism Authority Information service 2013 & 2012

Tourism Levy

Certain establishments in Franschhoek may levy visitors with voluntary contributions towards the running of the FWV and to support local charities. Should visitors not wish to contribute to these causes, please indicate this to the relevant merchant.


Maintenance & validity of all business operating permits, licences and registration certificates are the responsibility of the business owner. Franschhoek Wine Valley takes no responsibility for the renewal of the required legal business operating documentation.


Contact Us

Franschhoek Wine Valley

Physical Address
62 Huguenot Road

Office hours
Monday: 09h00 – 12h00
Tuesday to Friday: 09h00 – 16h00
Saturday: 09h00 – 13h00
Sunday: closed

Contact Details
+27(0) 21 876 2861