THE dates for the third edition of the TransCape MTB Cycle Race has been confirmed for 5 to 11 February 2017 and mountain bike enthusiasts are urged to submit their entries as soon as possible.According to Lenore Collett, race owner, the seven-stage event will (as with the past two years), take competitors along a challenging 750 km route from Knysna to Franschhoek, but with a few changes made to certain stages of the race from previous years.“We listened to the comments of riders on the first two races who found stage two, from George to Calitzdorp, and stage four, from Riversdal to Swellendam, particularly tough,” says Collett.“With this in mind, our route coordinators are working on some tweaks to these sections and fine-tuning the other five stages of the race to make it a little less intense.” However, riders should not be fooled by this, she warns. “It still won’t be a walk in the park, so riders can still expect a challenge with all the amazing scenery, fine dining and creature comforts competitors have come to expect from the TransCape.”While it will provide a stern, but fair, challenge for professional riders, dedicated amateur mountain bikers will also find it achievable, with every finisher sure to leave with a true sense of accomplishment.The seven-day event, open to individual riders and teams of two cyclists (men’s, women’s or mixed), will see the field taking on a classic route from Knysna to George on day one, moving on to Calitzdorp on day two and heading to Riversdal on day three.Stage four will see the group of riders tackle the tweaked route from Riversdal to Swellendam before the field heads to Greyton on day five with the next stop being Villiersdorp on the penultimate day. On the final day it is a short (under 80 km’s), but hard ride, from Villiersdorp to the finishing line and a medal of honour at the beautiful La Couronne Wine Farm in Franschhoek.As has become customary, cyclists will spend their evenings enjoying the best wine the Cape has to offer, while enjoying local fare prepared under the watchful eye of well-known chef Nic van Wyk. Riders also get to spend race nights sleeping snuggly in hotels, guest houses and other comfy sleeping quarters. To make sure each participant gets personal attention and are treated like a king or a queen from start to finish, only 130 entries are accepted. To avoid missing out visit www.transcapemtb.co.za now to enter or call Collett on 082-575-0716 for further information.