LOUIS TRICHARDT; LIMPOPO: The small town of Louis Trichardt was a hive of activity as it welcomed cyclists for the 29th edition of the for a unique one day 4 stage annual Kremetart Cycle race that started at 6:30 on the 8 June 2019 from Hoër Skool Louis Trichardt. This was a 175km race that saw cyclists battle it out for the great honours.
To date the race has grown in leaps and bounds over its 29 years of existence and it’s not stopping yet. In previous years the race attracted many cyclist and event seekers.
The Kremetart Cycling Race is the only One Day, Four Stage Race in South Africa. The Soutpansburg Mountain Range offers a wonderful backdrop to the race, with the warm winter African Sun rising over the peaks of the mountain greeting all cyclists in the early morning.
Plenty of rest in – between stages and great local cuisine gives the Kremetart Cycling Race its unique Bushveld Hospitality and Vibe. The Kremetart Cycling Race is one of its kind and a must do for any cycling enthusiast.
The business community is the biggest winner when it comes to staging this race, especially the hospitality sector. Each year when the race is staged, the town reports full occupancy of the weekend of the race and this year is not different as most of the tourism establishments in the town and surrounding areas were already fully booked by the time the race took place.
The race took place just a few weeks after a successful Tour de Limpopo which was a collaboration of Limpopo Tourism Agency and Cycling South Africa. The race commenced with 181km from Bela Bela to Polokwane, which was a new edition on the race.
Limpopo Tourism Agency’s (LTA) CEO, Ms. Nomasonto Ndlovu, said, “This race will continue to boost our tourism potential and growth given the landscape and scenic beauty of our province. Adventure Tourism is another fast growing segment in Limpopo Province. Large number of mountain bikers and 4x4 off road enthusiasts from all over South Africa and beyond are attracted to Limpopo. This finds resonance with LTA’s Marketing Strategy, particularly on the adventure tourism front. This is mainly due to the provinces scenic beauty provided by its topography. Ms. Ndlovu congratulated the winners and urged them to return to Limpopo for leisure.
We are grateful to be partners of this event and we will continue to support it because every year during this race, this immaculate town of Makhado reports full occupancy in the formalized accommodation sector”.
The race was won by a 24-year-old, Rohan du Plooy by completing the 175km route in a time of 4:12:16 and was followed home by David Maree three seconds later, Nico Bell completed the podium.
The following day on the 9th June 2019, LTA had a tour of the Traditional African Homestays South Africa (TAHS-SA) for an experience of the homestays where they were taken through the processes of booking accommodation with the over twenty members who have from one room to three to share with tourists or visitors for an authentic experience in Africa. A moving story was that of Ms. Maria Kwinda in Makushu Village in the Makhado Municipality. She was very emotional and even broke down when she explained how she built her house from scratch with her hands using stones and mud. “I can’t believe this is happening to me as I struggled raising my children my whole life but something good is now happening with the help of TAHS-SA, under the guidance of Ms. Kylie Henn and Mr. Cameron Murray. I thank them for having changed our lives”. Ms. Kylie Henn and Mr. Cameron Murray are the co-founders of the TAHS-SA which they started two years ago to make a contribution by changing the lives of the poor in the deep rural areas of Vhembe, in Makushu. “All we do is about passion for tourism but most importantly to change the lives of our people in this part of the country. We really thank Limpopo Tourism Agency for continuing to assist and bringing people to also experience authenticity of rural tourism”, said Ms. Kylie Henn.
It has been reported by one of the guides, Mr. Aubrey Mulabisane that In July 2019, the homestays are all fully booked for the whole two weeks with tourist from Europe. The homestays already received tourists from various countries including, USA, UK, Germany and Nederland for the real authentic experiences.