Published: February 14th, 2019
by Petrus Maree
2019 is off to an exciting start and we’ve been out and about on our local trails and rivers. Its been great to share the trails with all the holiday makers over the festive season and now with more international tourists.
After Drew’s accident and partial dislocation of his shoulder in the form of an acromioclavicular joint injury which saw him in a sling from mid November to end of December, he’s back in training. Slow rehab with the advice of Plett biokineticist JJ Greyling and the ongoing help of Plett Precision Pilates and Lyno guru Fran Bailey he is running and cycling again. “The highlight so far this year has been hiking in the mountains with my son Tayo at age 13yrs ...more
Published: January 23rd, 2019
A little bit of planning goes a long way when there are so many tempting events in Plettenberg Bay in 2019. We are thrilled to be able to offer visitors adventure and sporting events, food, wine, arts and culture in our enviable natural setting. So, grab your calendar and have a browse through selected upcoming events in 2019. These are by no means all the events to be enjoyed in Plett throughout the year, but it’s a starter guide to finding your favourite event or three.
Information correct at time of publication.
FOOD & WINE
17 February │ Truck & Vine Festival
A day of sunshine, sublime wine, food trucks and music awaits in the Plett Winelands. The Truck and Vine Festival is back, this time at ...more
Published: December 20th, 2018
When your mantelpiece is filled with photos and trail trophies then you know it’s been a good year and grateful for a healthy body and great opportunities. 2018 was jam packed with events and adventure, as a team as well as many individual events. Had the opportunity to explore many different areas through our sport including new areas of the Garden Route, ADDO, Seychelles, Namaqua West Coast, Natal Midlands, Kouga and Durbanville wine farms to name a few.
During November myself and Jeanette Wylie (bubbles from team BUCO) joined forces and competed in the Sanlam Mountain Bike Invitational 2 day stage race in Cape Town. The routes are technical and the competition is fierce, it took us ...more
Published: November 1st, 2018
October's been a highlight in Plett’s adventure calendar, one we will remember for a long time!
On Saturday the 6th of October we took part in the Tour de Plett mountain bike race, myself together with many of our local amped adventurers signed up for the 60km distance and buddy (Andrew Damp) the 87km route. Cycling for education is their slogan, and what a great initiative to support, the Kwano cycling academy. Those guys are fast!!! The routes are proper, great combination of single track, some technical and dirt roads, we will be back next year! The race started from Wittedrift just outside Plett and finished on Central Beach. Congratulations to Netski taking the win in ...more
Published: October 24th, 2018
Whether you’re into laid-back scenic pedaling, slip-streaming it on the open tarmac or hardcore mountain biking along the single tracks of the forests, Plettenberg Bay is the ideal destination for devotees of two-wheeled, muscle-powered motion. This Garden Route playground features hundreds of kilometres of bike trails and dozens of different options. And we’ve whittled our can’t-miss cycling list down to three primo adventures: a stunning selection of cycling trails, the rigorous Dr Evil Classic and the annual Tour de Plett. On top of that, we introduce you to local cycling favourites Aidan Connelly and Rogan Smart, who are tackling the world of competitive cycling head on and compete ...more
Published: September 30th, 2018
Petrus Maree of Plett Adventure Racing Team reports on the races and trails they took part in during September.
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September has been mostly about riding... my new bike, the luxury of dual suspension combined with the responsiveness of full carbon frame, words cannot explain... Fitting in as many rides as possible between the September cold fronts with close to 250mm of rain, some snow... and work deadlines which in Plett, being a holiday destination, is starting to bottleneck towards December….
Some snow missions between Uniondale and Joubertina were fun and unexpected for September!
For the DR EVIL CLASSIC 3 DAY MOUNTAIN BIKE STAGE RACE I teamed up with former ...more
Published: September 10th, 2018
Petrus Maree of Plett Adventure Racing Team reports on the races and trails they took part in during August.
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August been a busy month with training back in full swing and I had the opportunity to take part in 3 races.
Graham Bird, captain of the Merrel Adventure Addicts sent me a last minute message to join their team for the Cyanosis Midlands 165km Adventure Race on the 4th and 5th of August. I was standing in for one of their team mates who could not make it. This race forms part of the A1 series. What a great opportunity racing and learning from these legends, Hanno, Tracey and Grant. After a 16hr drive we started Saturday morning 6am with a 42km trail run followed by a 43km ...more
Published: August 27th, 2018
Drew Scott and Petrus Maree, of the Plett Adventure Racing Team, competed as a duo in the recent Kinetic Events’ Full Moon Kouga adventure race. At 120km, the race is relatively shorter than the 500+km Expedition Africa, but is excellent training for our growing adventure racing community in Plettenberg Bay. Four teams from Plett took part in this race: Team Plett Adventure, Team Buco Adventure, Team 2 Dutchmen, ‘n Meisie en ‘n Soutie and Team Bike Shop Buco Adventure. Below, Drew reports on the team’s race experience, in the lovely Kouga (St Francis Bay) region and on the importance of navigation in this extreme sport.
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When Sarah indicated she could not make the ...more
Published: August 24th, 2018
The adventure racing bug is really sweeping through Plettenberg Bay and the Garden Route!
This weekend, at Kinetic Events Africa's Full Moon Kouga race, Plett Adventure Racing Team's Drew Scott and Petrus Maree will be competing in the shorter 120km race. Three additional teams from Plett will also be competing: Team BUCO Adventure, Team 2 Dutchmen, n Chick & n Soutie and Team The Bike Shop Buco Adventure!
We'd like to wish our Plett teams the best of luck as they mountain bike, trek, orienteer and paddle their way through the coming weekend!
If you'd like to follow your teams live, visit www.kinetic-events.live after 11am tomorrow.
You can also follow the Plett Adventure Racing Team on Strava.
Published: May 17th, 2018
The Plett Adventure Race Team has left for Expedition Africa, one of the highlights of the Adventure Racing World Series. Cycling, running, paddling and navigating through unfamiliar terrain is just one aspect that these super athletes have to conquer. Plett is once again immensely proud to send into battle the Plett Adventure Race Team: Drew Scott, Andrew Damp, Petrus Maree and Sarah Hearn.
The Namaqua West Coast is probably one of the Cape’s most unique travel destinations. It is a place of iconic beauty and evocative names. This year the Expedition Africa host town will be Vanrhynsdorp and race HQ and registration will be at the Letsatsi Lodge. Contestants from all over ...more
Published: April 13th, 2018
Adventure races vary dramatically from race to race unlike a triathlon where, if you sign up for a sprint triathlon, you know the exact distances and order of events, no matter where it is. In an adventure race, part of the fun is NOT knowing exactly what lies in store until the race starts, writes Patty Butterworth.
Just a few years ago, adventure racing was an obscure sport with a cult-like following. But as more sponsorship and television deals are signed and the sport attracts better athletes, adventure racing has become a more professional and mainstream sport.
The basic rules require teams of four or five, at least one of whom must be a woman, to travel together. If one member can’t ...more
Published: September 4th, 2017
Plett Tourism would like to welcome Timothy Venn Fey to the Plett Adventure Racing Team squad.
Tim and Petrus Maree will be representing Plett when they race in the Plett colours in Canada by competing in the Raid International Gaspesie race which takes place from September 7 to 10, 2017.
We wish them safe travels and strong racing and look forward to following them during the race. Make Plett proud! #plettadventure #plettitsafeeling