South Africa – Part 1

Posted: 5th May 2019 by kathrynpringle

In March, myself and a good friend Lizzie (who is co-founder of an amazing business ThreeZero12) headed out to the Western Cape to meet our partners who were completing the Cape Epic.

The Cape Epic is an eight day mountain bike stage race through the Western Cape, covering 624km and around 18000m of climbing. It runs through the most beautiful mountain ranges and most stunning areas in SA. Our first stop from our flight was straight to Stellenbosch, where they were arriving in from their second to last day. The atmosphere was truly amazing and to see the boys come in after a gruelling 8 hours on the bike, having not seen them for over 10 days now was super special and so emotional.

After this, they had only one day left to go before they finished. The next day, we headed to Val de Vie where the race was going to finish. This has got to be one of the most beautiful places you can ever live. It’s luxurious housing set on a Polo Farm, with everything you could possibly wish for.

The guys came in, making history and becoming the first ever disabled team to complete the race. One of their biggest achievements to date and everyone was truly blown away by what they had just done.

We spent the next few days eating and drinking until our hearts were content, basing ourselves on a beautiful wine farm in Paarl, we took a wine tour around Franschoek and over indulged in everything South African. One of my fave restaurants being Roca. It has the most insane views of sunset and the food is next level. It took me a while to get used to the price of the food, from being used to eating out in London. The food here was way better than anything you can get in the UK, for about a fifth of the price… eek.

After an incredible few days spent in the Western Cape, it was time for us to head up to Johannesburg to see some of Jaco’s friends, whilst Lizzie & Stu headed to Cape Town to explore more.

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