THE STORY BEHIND RACE TO THE SEA
After the runaway success of the King Price Race to the Sun in 2017 and 2018, the team at Faces Advendurance could not resist the introduction of another 100-mile gravel bike race. This time in the beautiful province of the Western Cape. Little did the organisers know that the event would be postponed three times before it could finally come to pass in September 2021.
A rockfall across the Franschhoek pass necessitated a postponement in 2019. Then Covid-19 caused the event to be postponed twice more in 2020 and early 2021. By this time, everyone at Faces Advendurance was hopping with frustration, impatience and disappointment at being thwarted three times in hosting this special event.
Starting in Franschhoek, the route takes you over the Franschhoek pass, past the Theewaterskloof dam, Botriver, Caledon, through the Hemel en Aarde Vallei to finish at the exclusive Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in Hermanus. 100 scenic miles of gravel, asphalt and single track! It promises to be one of those indisputably unique events not to be missed.
King Price Race to the Sea will have double the elevation punch than fellow King Price Race to the Sun at 2300 m, and riders may expect a true test in perseverance, but, oh, what a feeling of accomplishment to cross the finish line after conquering 100 miles of gruelling gravel!
THE RACE ORGANISERS
The route was designed to challenge your inner spirit of adventure. Riders are indulged with scenic routes, varying terrains, steep climbs like the Franschhoek Pass and an experience out of the ordinary.