Much more than the bike fest

2017-05-11 06:03

THE South Coast Bike Fest has concluded, and what a weekend it was. Margate and surrounds were very busy over the long weekend but there has been a great deal more going on beyond the fest that really spiced up our tourism at month end and for early May.

In Scottburgh, the iconic Joberg 2 C cycle race ended in Umdoni and on Monday the South Coast Striders held their marathon which is a qualifier for the Comrades Marathon. Many athletes came from other parts of KZN and beyond to sweat their stuff.

Last week a fortnight of Inter Provincial and National Pool Championships commenced at the Ugu Sport and Leisure Centre. It has been reported that each of the 800 participants will have spent a minimum of a week here which translates to 5 600 bed nights as well as the important daily spend in our restaurants, pubs and retail.

I have spoken to participants who have come here from as far away as the West Coast in the Cape that’s how passionate these players are for their indoor sport.

To cap it all the ever popular bowls week in Margate started this week and hundreds of bowlers have congregated to enjoy their matches in our glorious autumn sunshine.

We have supported these events all of which add to the tourism economy of our district, busy times indeed as we prepare for the promotion of our mid-year Sardine Season 2017.

In conclusion during the South Coast Bike Fest I spoke to literally hundreds of up-country folk and they were very complimentary about their visit and experience - well done South Coasters, you, the great weather and worthy events made a wonderful time for our valued visitors.

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