The prize-money in each category will be R18,000 for the winners, R10,000 for the runners-up and R5,500 for the third-placed teams.
The race is set to begin in Stellenbosch on 21st April 2017 before moving to boutique race villages at Franschhoek and Wellington.
“In terms of the split, the purse would be shared equally among the men’s, women’s and mixed categories. We live in an equal society, so we believe that is the way to go. There was naturally a focus on attracting top riders, they also acknowledged the importance of providing a race which everyone could enter and enjoy. The Winelands Encounter is definitely a race for everyone.
“You obviously need to be a relatively skilled and experienced rider to complete the event comfortably, but it’s by no means just shaped around the pros. The race as the fastest growing three-day mountain bike race in the country and felt the overall package was full value. I have taken part in a number of three-stage offerings and the Encounter offers the best on all fronts.
“The package includes world class venues, the beautiful Winelands scenery and routes that don’t have their equal. Entries were filling up fast, with the cap set at 250 teams. To date we have 220 entries and there is a strong spread across all the categories.”