It was Braam’s day. Stage 4 was a beast – 112km with 2 150m of climbing between the town of Greyton and Oak Valley Wine Estate in Elgin. But along the way the Epic riders crossed Wildekrans Wine Estate, the place Braam calls home.
And they’re off. Winemakers Jacques Wentzel from Black Elephant Vintners and Braam Gericke from Wildekrans Wine Estate began their second Absa Cape Epic, known as the Tour de France of mountain-biking, with Sunday’s 27km Prologue at Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville.
When divers salvaged 162 bottles of champagne from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea in 2010, taking a sip when they reached the surface, they were surprised to discover how well the bubbly had aged after almost two centuries under water.