Tuesday, 11 April 2017: Hermanus has gees! Winning the Best Town Spirit competition of the recently held 2017 ABSA Cape Epic tournament, which coursed through the Overstrand amongst other areas during the gruelling 8-day mountain bike adventure, just gives further credence to this increasingly well-known fact.
Added to that, Hermanus High School being crowned the victor of the Epic’s Flyover competition was the proverbial cherry on top of the cake for the Cape Whale Coast. Their waving whale tail - an appropriate welcome for visitors – proved a firm favourite of the judges.
Cape Whale Coast Tourism Manager Frieda Lloyd could barely contain her joy on receiving the news earlier in the week, saying: “Overstrand officials have worked very hard behind the scenes to ensure the organisation of this world class extravaganza appeared effortless and seamless to event goers. These committed individuals deserve a special mention”.
“Moreover, Hermanus High School pulled out all the stops and the race village flawlessly integrated endurance racing with education. Local businesses were furthermore prepared for the influx and ready to welcome cyclists, supporters and organisers to the Overstrand.”
“Particularly heartwarming was the loud cheers of support for Team Hermanus High cyclists Mathew Browne, Claude Tyers, Braam Gericke, Anel Henn and Francois Mostert – who coincidentally were the only brother/sister entrants. A marimba band playing at Newton Johnson, jingling Swiss cow bells at Creation Wines and Stanford school children waving international flags all contributed to a festive atmosphere that lightened the load of those participating in this tough race,” enthused Lloyd.
Beaming with pride at the celebration ceremony held in his office on Tuesday, the 11th of April, Executive Mayor Ald Rudolph Smith stated “Hats off to all involved – these awards are testimony to our ability to work together and use our incredible collective skillsets to host mega events like the Absa Cape Epic to best effect, whilst also showcasing the Overstrand as a great place to play, work, live and invest.”