THE KNYSNA BULL

Bicycling (South Africa) - - STORIES -

WHAT

A four- day stage race in Knysna, with the quirk that the first day is a town- based pro­logue past sub­ur­ban lawns and through shop­ping cen­tres, with a sprint fin­ish along the fa­mous la­goon.

LAST YEAR’S EVENT

‘The Bull’ was held for the first time in 2017. Each day started in a dif­fer­ent part of Knysna, with all routes fin­ish­ing at Th­e­sen Is­land. High­lights were def­i­nitely the ele­phants watch­ing us start at the Knysna Ele­phant Park, and the in­cred­i­ble trails through Hark­erville on Day 3. From a rac­ing per­spec­tive, this was a mel­low ef­fort, with five of us rid­ing to­gether for the three days.

WHERE

Knysna

WHY DO IT?

The pro­logue is spe­cial (es­pe­cially the last twist into a park­ing garage, when you’re rac­ing your chums and the cheeky bug­gers have done a recce with­out you and send you out the wrong exit). No tents re­quired; you set up ‘camp’ in your favourite B& B or ho­tel. For se­ri­ous rac­ers, it's per­fectly timed to stretch the legs ahead of the Absa Cape Epic.

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