Participants in the Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter will be in for a treat from the La Couronne Wine Estate when the 614km race takes place from February 4 to 10.
A selection of award-winning wines from the estate will be on offer at the end of each stage to make it a memorable experience off the bike as well.
La Couronne marketing and sales manager Eldorette Carinus said the wines would range from red and white varieties to rosé and would be offered complimentary to the competitors.
The highly rated wines will add further value to the seven-day mountain bike race, which was granted UCI status in October.
The organisers have also opened the race to e-bikes, the first event of its nature to do so in the country.
Carinus said grapes had been cultivated in the region surrounding Franschhoek for over 300 years.
“The estate covers 40 hectares, of which half is under cultivation for wine production. Wine-maker Henk Swart uses only the best viticultural technique to produce top-quality wine from the grapes that are hand-picked on the farm.”
La Couronne’s wines that received gold-medal recognition this year are their 2015 chardonnay (Vitis Vinifera), 2014 portside red (Goldwine Awards) and this year’s merlot rosé (Vitis Vinifera, Michelangelo Awards, Rosé Rocks and Goldwine Awards).
The fourth Liberty TransCape MTB Encounter starts in Knysna on February 4 and finishes at the La Couronne Wine Estate in Franschhoek.