Why Tour France when you can Tour de Krantz?
Join Le Team on their annual week of mountain biking, this time along some of the best back roads in the Eastern Free State
For some of us, to ease on down the road is a simple matter. For others, it can be a painful process that needs to be soothed with a cold gin and tonic in a very easy chair.
When our experienced guide Stephen Forster of Ride Away Tours talks about the advantages of cycling ‘tubeless’, I believe he is referring to bicycle tyres. I regret I am not ‘tubeless’, as carrying that spare tyre round my middle makes $ % #¿
Since 2008, Le Team of long-standing pals gather annually to celebrate our retirement years rather more vigorously than gracefully, by spending a week mountain biking on some of the best country roads our beautiful land has to offer. Why tour France when we can Tour de Krantz at home?
Stephen understands our discerning tastes and has created a tour that is expertly tailored to provide country living at its best, with cycling, hiking and highlights of the Eastern Free State for all to enjoy.
Our tour begins with an absolute gem at the Prynnsberg Estate near Clocolan, where an imposing late-Victorian manor house is beautifully crafted from the sandstone rocks that pile up against it.
Sue and Rick Melvill, our hosts who bought this property in 2002, have undertaken the mammoth challenge of restoring this unique estate. The art nouveau aura of the property is such that I expect to see ladies in graceful dresses
À $ pearls, and gentlemen in pinstriped trousers, tailcoats and top hats. Instead, middle-aged men and women in luminous lycra, and cycle helmets, are checking their frames, gears and joints, of bikes and bodies alike. (We believe the new ‘middle age’ is the late 60s/mid 70s).
As the cyclists set off to explore the estate, guided by Stephen, the walkers accompanied by Sue enjoy hiking through the formal gardens, plains, koppies and hillsides of the estate, stopping to visit the still functioning old stone church, St Saviours, built in 1900.
Sue explains how they have pledged to uphold the ideals of Charles Newberry, the diamond magnet who, when he built the mansion in
1881, established a game reserve on the estate to preserve ‘beautiful and various antelope from the dangers of being exterminated’. This game is still seen on the estate today.