Why I love the Tour de Boland2 min read

I’ve always wanted to organise a cycling event and immediately jumped at the opportunity. Wow, the stories we can tell…

I cycled my first Tour de Boland this year and it will certainly not be my last. At first I thought it was filled with only racing snakes and my humble goal was not to come last. Turns out I did better than expected. The slightly longer stages was a perfect fit. And not everyone is here to race — you can just come along for the ride.


A lovely week in the saddle. With distances averaging around 125km per day you and a decent amount of climbing, you’ll end off the week in better shape than you’ve started with.


Once you’re done cycling for the day, you can choose how you spend the rest of it. This year I took the laptop and did some work in the afternoons. Next time I’ll try and get off work for a week to properly soak up the experience.


The longer stages are an excellent way to build on your base training. There were also a number of Epic riders who ditched their mountain bikes to break the routine and get in some road miles. Or, if you’re like me, it might be some of the few opportunities you get to cycle uninterrupted for a whole week.


It’s during the week prior to the CTCT, which is great for two reasons. After a week on tour you’ll arrive at the start line fit as a fiddle. And we know flights are a nightmare before the Argus, so it makes perfect sense tome come down earlier — while others are stuck at the airport you’ll be sipping wine between the vineyards with some miles in your legs. Brilliant.


We take the roads less traveled. It’s safe and scenic and I absolutely love passing through quaint small towns, where people are sincere and the heart-warming hospitality will leave you wanting to come back every year. Refreshing.


Mountain bike stage races are a dime a dozen and in comparison there are very few road cycling stage events open to everyone. Remember this is a ride, not a race, so irrespective of your prior achievements there are no prizes for crossing the line first. We are here to have fun.


Every rider decides how basic or lavish he or she wants to tour. The entry fee is not loaded with unwanted extras, however accommodation, massages, meals, drop bags, transfers and tours are all available. Isn’t freedom of choice wonderful?

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What are you waiting for? Live is short. Come ride with us.

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