King Price Race to the Sea, a thrilling 100-mile gravel race from Franschhoek to Hermanus, traverses some of the most picturesque landscapes in the Western and South Eastern Cape regions in South Africa. In our opinion, it’s the most scenic ride in the country, but then again, we might be just a tad biased 🤪. If you entered this event for the first time, you might wonder what you’ve gotten into. So, in this blog post, we’ll dive into what you can expect from this AMAZING race, along with some delightful family-friendly activities to explore in Hermanus and Franschhoek during and after the event.
What to Expect:
King Price Race to the Sea is not your average 100-miler. For one, the 2400 m elevation gain over a distance of approximately 160 km makes this route particularly challenging. Be sure to include ample hill training in your training schedule in the weeks leading up to the event.
The race starts off with an eight-kilometre climb up Franschhoek Pass and over the Franschhoek Mountains. Incredibly scenic and a great icebreaker, as you’ll be nice and warm within minutes.
Mountain vistas, vineyards, field upon field of golden Overberg canolas and coastal views are par for the course.
Expect an atmosphere of camaraderie and excitement as you ride alongside fellow gravelleers. The race is well-organised, with six water points strategically placed to ensure you stay fuelled and hydrated throughout the journey.
Training and Preparation:
To make the most of this extraordinary race, it’s essential to prepare adequately. Training for a 100-mile gravel race demands a mix of cardiovascular endurance, strength training, and bike handling skills. Begin your training well in advance, gradually building up your mileage and incorporating off-road rides to get accustomed to different terrains.
Ensure your bike is in excellent condition, with suitable tires for gravel riding. Familiarise yourself with the race route and elevation profile, so you know what to expect on the big day. Remember, this isn’t just a race; it’s an adventure that will leave you with incredible memories to cherish.
Where to stay?
Since your 100-mile gravel adventure starts in Franschhoek and finishes at Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus, the question remains, where to base yourself… In Hermanus or Franschhoek? With morning and afternoon shuttles from Hermanus to Franschhoek transporting riders between the start and finish venues, it is absolutely a personal choice. Shuttles can be booked directly with Fabian’s Bicycle Transport.
And if the family travels with there is much to do and see in any of these iconic towns.
Family-Friendly Activities in Hermanus and Franschhoek
Hermanus, a charming coastal town in South Africa, offers a plethora of activities for families seeking relaxation and entertainment.
- Whale Watching: Hermanus is famous for its whale-watching opportunities, especially between June and November when Southern Right Whales frequent the area. Take a boat tour or watch from the shore for a chance to see these majestic creatures up close.
- Fernkloof Nature Reserve: Explore the wonders of nature in Fernkloof Nature Reserve, which features a network of hiking trails suitable for all ages. Enjoy scenic walks amidst fynbos and breathtaking views of the coastline.
- Hermanus Beaches: Spend quality time with your family on the sandy shores of Hermanus’ beautiful beaches. Grotto Beach, Voëlklip Beach, and Kammabaai Beach are popular choices for a fun-filled day by the sea.
- Heaven & Earth Trails: Whether you have never been on a horse before or are toughened by the saddle, their experienced horse riding instructors will guide you on their trails which take you through fynbos, wildflowers, orchards, vineyards or beautiful mountain scenery.
- Thoza Tours Township Tour: Visit Zwelihle township (A place of beauty in Xhosa). Experience life in the Township – visit Traditional Healers, Schools, Community development projects and more! Enjoy a Traditional dinner made the African way!
Franschhoek, known for its vineyards and gourmet delights, offers a perfect blend of indulgence and family-friendly activities.
- Wine Tram Tour: Hop on the Franschhoek Wine Tram and embark on a fascinating journey through the region’s vineyards. Enjoy the scenic views while sipping on some of the finest wines.
- Franschhoek Motor Museum: Showcasing over 100 years of automotive history it caters to tourists, local families and motor enthusiasts alike. The museum’s collection exceeds 220 vehicles – such as the 1898 Beeston motor tricycle – with more than 80 exhibits that are available to view at any one time, displayed in four de-humidified halls with a total floor area of 2700 mÇ, and presented in chronological order. With a unique and exciting collection of vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles and memorabilia in the magnificent setting of L’Ormarins, Franschhoek, you can book a museum tour, have a snack at their deli, or take a tram ride to Anthonij Rupert Wines for a wine tasting.
- Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve: Open all year round, the Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve (part of the UNESCO-declared Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve) has several hiking routes of varying difficulty. Situated in the Franschhoek Mountains, the Reserve offers spectacular views of the Franschhoek Valley, diverse plant life and over 30km of safe, well-maintained hiking trails (ranging from one-hour walks to day hikes).
- Huguenot Memorial Museum: Delve into the rich history of the Huguenots at the Huguenot Memorial Museum. Learn about their heritage and the significant impact they had on the region.
- First South African Perfume Museum: At the first South African Perfume Museum you can explore an extensive and comprehensive permanent collection that includes antique masterpieces., You’ll also experience engaging, cutting-edge exhibitions and workshops that reflect a fresh view of the amazing world of perfume. You can even create your own personal scent with their expert guidance. Booking is essential.
The King Price Race to the Sea is not just a race; it’s an extraordinary adventure that allows you to push your limits and discover the beauty of South Africa’s landscapes. The race will challenge you physically and mentally, leaving you with a sense of achievement and an unforgettable experience.
After crossing the finish line, unwind with your family in the charming towns of Hermanus and Franschhoek. With a host of family-friendly activities available, you can create lasting memories together while basking in the beauty and hospitality of these South African gems.
So, saddle up, gear up – King Price Race to the Sea awaits!