November 08, 2023
Tags: Event

From France to the streets of Stellenbosch…

The Maxi Race Cape Winelands is not just a race, but a celebration of the breathtaking landscapes and rich culture of South Africa. Participants from all over the world gather to experience the thrill of running through vineyards, crossing rivers and conquering challenging mountain trails.

The iconic Maxi Race originated in Annecy, France in 2011 and, today, has grown to be something of a global phenomenon, reaching Europe, Asia, South America, and South Africa.

The MaxiRace Cape Winelands, presented by Banhoek Chili Oil, kicked off at Stellenbosch High School at 5am on 30 September 2023. The event kicked off with the 120km race, attracting elite athletes who pushed their limits to the extreme. As the sun rose over the picturesque Franschhoek Valley, runners continued to test their endurance and determination. The route took the entrants through lush vineyards (where the sweet scent of grapes filled the air) and past historic wine estates that have produced world-class wines for centuries.

For those seeking a slightly shorter challenge - the 75km and 45km races offered a chance to explore the diverse landscapes of the Cape Winelands.

Runners had 17 hours to complete their 75km race and take in the great mountain views.

Even though slight changes were made due to the washed away riverbanks caused by the recent rains, runners still managed to take in the breathtaking Franschhoek views.

Pre-race day runners came in their numbers promising a good turnout for one of the best trail routes the Western Cape has to offer, with new views and scenery.

“This year, we have decided to focus our attention on our longest ultra route, the 75km race, and thanks to Cape Nature, we are able to offer one of the best that the Western Cape has to offer,” said race director, Andri Stand.

Runners braved the rocky inclines, high climbs, low rugged terrains and natural landscapes and a 4000m elevation. The elevation, while grueling, added to the appeal of the race.

Friends and family came out in force to support the runners. Everyone also got to enjoy festival food and refreshments available throughout the day. There was no shortage of coffee to guard against the weather!!!

The Maxi Race Cape Winelands is not just about the distance; it's about the camaraderie and support that runners find along the way.

Local communities came together to cheer on the participants, offering words of encouragement and even handing out refreshing drinks and snacks. The spirit of unity and sportsmanship was palpable, creating an unforgettable experience for everyone involved.

In summary - the organisers of the Maxi Race 2023 did it again! 

The absolute Kings at the 75km podium: The Queens of 75km podium:
1st Brandon Hulley 1st Michele Rolfe
2nd Joshua Blackshaw 2nd Leigh de Necker
3rd Didier De Villers 3rd Caro Jordaan
The 45km Gents podium: The 45km Ladies podium:
1st Jacque Du Plessis 1st Maryke Van Zyl
2nd John April 2nd Christelle Hattingh
3rd Cornel Smuts 3rd Monique Agenbag
The 20km podium: The 20km podium:
1st Charl Cronje 1st Carina Swiegers
2nd Wano Katjiri 2nd Leani Potgieter
3rd Matthew Von Bulow 3rd Jenna Von Bulow

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Next year’s Maxi Race will present events ranging in length from 7km to 75km.

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