The second annual Brewery to Brewery Beer Festival & MTB Challenge took place this past weekend with 450 riders participating – more than double the amount that took part in the inaugural event last year.
Riders met in Greyton on Saturday for registration at the Old Potter’s Inn, where they later relaxed and enjoyed what can only be described as a mini Oktoberfest as they were treated to music by the famous German band Wurstzipfel. They also had the opportunity to enjoy traditional German food and delicious craft beers before getting a good night’s rest for the race on Sunday. The last of the riders arrived early in Greyton on Sunday morning for registration before the race began at 07:00 from Uitkyk Primary School.
Participants enjoyed near-perfect weather on the 85 km route, although some parts were muddy and many of the riders arrived at the finish line covered in dirt, yet smiling from ear to ear. The route took them through the Overberg along 67 km of scenic gravel roads, 10 km of tarred roads and 8 km of single track with a 1 450m ascent.
The riders we spoke to agreed that the MTB event was one of the best they had participated in, with many commenting on the beautiful scenery, as well as how well organised it was.
In the men’s category, Matthew Beers finished first in a time of 2 hours and 45 minutes, followed by Zander Kurger in second place, Andreas Studer in third and Hermanus rider Gys Malan in fourth, just seconds behind Andreas. In the women’s category, Nicky Giliomee finished first in a time of 3 hours and 31 minutes, followed closely by Sarita Louw, Jeanie de Villiers and Nikki Biesheuvel.
Besides being a fantastic mountain biking event, Brewery to Brewery also shines a light on some of the best craft beers in the Western Cape, including Feral (Cape Town), Woodstock, Hemel-en-Aarde (Hermanus), Old Potter’s Inn and Brewhouse (Greyton) and Shackleton (Cape Town), which riders could enjoy after the race, which ended at The Brewery in Hermanus. Besides the German food and music of the night before and the craft beers, the event was given an Oktoberfest vibe by The Brewery’s staff who dressed in dirndl dresses and lederhosen shorts for the event.
Brewery to Brewery has quickly become an event not to be missed!
*Please note that masks were removed for the group photos.