Cycling stars Tyler Day (who won the 2011 Cape Argus Pick ‘n Pay Cycle Tour for Team Bonitas in 2:32:10), and his brother, Dusty (who placed fourth in the event), have announced that they will ride Mossel Bay’s Great Brak Grabadoo, which takes place by tradition on New Year’s Eve every year.
They will be accompanied by Donovan Lubbe and Riaan Benson – Dusty’s team mates from Team Matlosana–Westvaal.
All four are currently on holiday in Knysna, and see the Grabadoo as an essential part of their training for the 2012 season.
“It’s incredibly exciting that a Mossel Bay-based cycling event like the Grabadoo has started to attract the professionals,” said Mossel Bay Tourism’s Marcia Holm.
“But it’s not surprising – because the standard of entertainment on offer in Mossel Bay is growing exponentially with every year that passes.”
She said that a number of local resorts and individuals provide an almost unlimited array of sporting, cultural and other events over the summer holidays.
“Most of these programmes – like the Bravo Festival at the Garden Route Casino, the Summer Sun Festival at the Diaz Strand Hotel and Resort, and The Barnyard Theatre’s summer season – are well established and have become famous for attracting some of South Africa’s biggest talent.
“But new attractions – like the delightful Monroe Theatre, with its programme of vintage movies and live performances – are coming onto the scene all the time,” she said.
As far as sporting fixtures are concerned, Ms. Holm said that athletes and fans should diarise:
The Coreen Fourie Memorial Eco-Adventure – a 5 km walk or run along the St Blaize Trail on the 26th of December at 6:30 a.m.;
The Mossel Bay Harriers/ Garden Route Casino 4 km and 10 km Night Race at the Hartenbos Amphitheatre on the 27th of December at 6:00 p.m.;
The Four Cousins Summer of Touch – touch rugby competitions on Diaz Beach on the 28th and 30th of December from 8:00 a.m.:
The start of the second stage of the Trans Agulhas Challenge – which is billed as ‘The world’s toughest inflatable boat challenge’ – and which will take place at Santos Beach on the 28th of December at 1:00 p.m. (This race, which is expected to attract more than 60 boats, begins in Plettenberg Bay, 150 km west of Mossel Bay, and ends at The Strand, near Cape Town, five days later. The second stage takes in the stretch from Mossel Bay to Still Bay.);
The 5 and 10km Pepper Tree Trail Run, which starts at the Pepper Tree Restaurant in Great Brak River at 7:00 a.m. on the 30th of December;
The 9th annual Great Brak Grabadoo, which includes running, walking and cycling races, and which starts at the Pepper Tree Restaurant at 7:00 a.m. on the 31st of December; and
The Hartenbos Drawwers’ 10 km NSRI New Years Race, which starts at Diaz Beach on the 1st of January at 9:00 a.m.
For golfers, she said, Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort will be playing their Christmas Hamper Golf Day on the 24th of December, and their Bring-a-prize-Win-a-prize Day on the 26th.
“The idea of the Bring-a-prize-Win-a-prize Day is that all players bring their ‘unwanted’ Christmas presents and put them into a pool – from which the winners get to choose the prizes they want.
“Play will start at 7:00 a.m., and booking is essential – we expect the fields to be full on both days.
“But there’s so much to do between now and the middle of January, that the only way to really keep informed is via our on-line diary at www.visitmosselbay.co.za/calendar,” said Ms. Holm. “Or you could call in at our information office on the corner of Church and Market Streets, across the road from the Dias Museum Complex.”
Pinnacle Point Beach and Golf Resort – www.pinnaclepointestate.co.za