Entries are open for the three-day races, with the Winelands (May 8-10) taking place in the Paarl-Franschhoek region in the Western Cape and the Waterberg (June 5-7) happening near Bela-Bela in Limpopo.
Organisers ASG Events have offered an early-bird discount of 25% off the premium package for the first 50 entries in each event.
Erick Oosthuizen, chief executive of ASG events, said they wanted to build on the entries they had received this year.
“Given the economy we had decent entries this year, but both races have so much to offer to a wide range of cyclists that we feel we can up the numbers,” he said.
“The most positive feedback we received was that competitors saw the events as great value for money.
“We feel the Winelands Encounter is a hidden gem, with two nights at the luxurious Le Franschhoek Hotel and Spa making for a great getaway with your partner.
He added that the Waterberg had its own special attraction.
“This is a ‘lekker’ fun weekend with great tented packages which are really five-star,” he said.
Oosthuizen said the nature of the Winelands and Waterberg races made them a perfect fit for the “corporate or club-type rider”.
“The routes aren’t super long or technical and we place the emphasis on providing a treat for the riders in all aspects of the race.”