Cape Country Unplugged Mountain Bike Tour
The Cape Country Unplugged has it’s origins in the Cape Country MTB Tour which was started in 2012 by Johan Kriegler of MTB Adventures.The event was characterized by it’s laid back vibe, great camaraderie, amazing non technical routes and was experienced by all as being more of a journey than a ride. It ended in Knysna the day before the annual Knysna Oyster festival which enabled the riders to compete in the events associated with the festival.
The event was limited in size due to overnight accommodation restrictions along the route and the last tour was held in 2015.
In 2017 Albert de Bruijn contacted Hans Degenaar to partner him in revitalising the Cape Country MTB Tour. They decided to name it the Cape Country Unplugged, epitomizing the laid back nature of the event without compromising on the basic necessities needed to make such a journey an experience to remember.
Albert de Bruijn
Albert is a keen mountain biker and has been directly involved on the organisational side of numerous mountain biking events over the past 5 years. He is a key member of the management teams of Stillwater events (Origin of Trails, X-Terra, numerous major participant running events). He was also involved in the inaugural stages of the original Cape Country Tour. He has also been in charge of the Wines2Whales start at Lourensford for the past few years with further exposure to ASG events (Tour of Good Hope, Transcape, Liberty Winelands). Albert has gained a reputation as a specialist in en-route logistics, with a clear understanding of the needs and expectations of riders.
Hans is a semi-pensioner who has redeployed himself into his passion, namely mountain biking events. He has vast experience in most spheres of MTB events, being contracted by ASG Events on the multi-stage Transcape Tour, Liberty Cape Winelands, Sanlam Invitational, FNB Varsity Cup and Tour of Good Hope(road). He is also contracted by Johan Kriegler on his MTB-adventures events which include the Houwhoek- and Greyton Tours. He was also involved from the inaugural stages in the original 2012 Cape Country MTB Tour. He has also been responsible for the finish venue at Onrus for the Wines2Whales, route planning of the highly successful PPA Pennypinchers Paul Cluver event and was responsible for the detailed planning, layout and construction of the highly rated Rhebokskloof MTB single tracks.
Based on Hans and Albert’s vast experience of the previous Cape Country events as well as involvement in numerous other MTB events, they have packaged the Cape Country Unplugged to bring back the downright core of mountainbiking. A Tour of great fun on great routes!