The Funky Fynbos Festival was held on Flower Valley Farm in September – with more than 500 mountain bikers and trailrunners, and their families, getting to know the farm and enjoying the scenery.
This was the third Funky Fynbos Festival – and the first where Flower Valley Farm hosted the start and finish of the races. The festival aims to showcase the Gansbaai region as more than a marine destination, but also as a fynbos hub – with many fynbos species only found here, and nowhere else globally.
Sounds of the Gansbaai Academia’s Marimba Band created an unforgettable ambience, while the Shark Lady filled in the gaps with her DJ skills. Boerie rolls, beers and creative crafts were on sale, providing the crowds with sustenance and entertainment while waiting for their families to complete the races.
Race contestants commented on how tricky and challenging the trails were, although they agreed that the flourishing Walker Bay fynbos made the challenge worthwhile.
Karen Clement, the event coordinator of the Funky Fynbos Festival, thanked the sponsors and exhibitors. “The festival really captured the essence of the Gansbaai community and promoted our Gansbaai and greater Overstrand area.”
From Flower Valley Conservation Trust, our thanks to everyone who joined us on Flower Valley Farm. We look forward to next year and hosting you again.
Some quotes from Funky Fynbos Festival attendees:
“I’ve ridden some of the route and I don’t think there are many better races you can do. Lots of climbs and lots of fun descents and great views.”
“The fun race calendar is so packed with events it’s hard to compete, I guess. I would far rather do the FFF than any of the other crowded-out races on smooth boring trails. Please keep the event alive!”
“Thanks for hosting us and well done on an excellent event. The 45km (mountain bike) was damn hard, can’t imagine what the 64km must have been like.”
“We encountered a herd of “wild” horses galloping along the trail at one point which added a bit of spice to the ride. The organization was superb as were the trail markings. There was great beer on sale at the finish area and the cheapest boerie rolls I have seen for a while @ R15 a pop! The fynbos in the area is amazing and I had a good view of it as I pushed up some of the last hills.”
“Gansbaai trails are always fun. Spectacular scenery; photos don’t do it justice.”