On Saturday the 17th of September Lakeside Lodge & Spa will be hosting the first Lakeside Lodge Cross Tri. Situated within the picturesque lakes district and the Wilderness National Park, the venue is the perfect location to host this off-road triathlon.
After a change in ownership, the lodge re-opened their doors in December 2014 and has, undoubtedly, become a choice destination on the Sedgefield map. New owner, Penny Streeter and her son, Adam, gave the lodge a much needed facelift, converting the nine self-catering units into five-star luxury bedroom suites, the outside building into a luxurious spa as well as a revamp to the swimming pool.
The family owns the Benguela Cove Estate outside Hermanus and, with the consolidation of the lounge, bar and billiard room, the newly upgraded Benguela Cove Brasserie and Restaurant has become the perfect platform to showcase their excellent range of wines. Adam, who runs the lodge, quickly grasped the potential of the venue and soon events like ‘Jazz on the Lake’, ‘Wine Tasting on the Lake’ and the upcoming ‘Rocking the Lake’ became part of the Sedgefield and Wilderness social calendar, not to mention culinary delights such as their ever popular chocolate and wine pairing.
The restaurant, with its stylish and striking décor, is as high-end as the rest of the lodge and, to make optimal use of the Garden Route’s spectacular weather, the restaurant opens up and spill onto the sprawling lawns with a breathtaking view over the lake. It is here that you will also find the ‘boma’ and ‘braai’ as well as the amphitheatre that was built into the bank overlooking Swartvlei Lagoon.
Is it any wonder then, that the Lakeside Lodge Cross Tri will be hosted here? It will be difficult to find a more perfect venue for both athletes and spectators. While swimming takes place in Swartvlei, the trail running and mountain biking will be mostly in the Wilderness National Park. Supporters can relax in the restaurant, treat themselves in the spa or just revel in the amazing scenery.
This will also be the first triathlon in the Garden Route since the newly formed Eden Triathlon Association, allowing tri-athletes from the Garden Route to compete within their own district. Considering that George alone had 21 athletes competing in the Ironman African Championship, this is momentous news for tri-athletes from the Garden Route as they previously had to register either though the Western Cape district in Cape Town or the Eastern Cape district in Port Elizabeth and East London.
Starting times for the Lakeside Lodge Cross Tri are as follows:
8:00 Start of the Sprint Tri (Sprint: 500m swim, 13km MTB, 2,1km run)
8:00 Start of the Super Sprint Tri (Super Sprint: 200m swim, 5km MTB, 1km run)
10:00 Start of the Standard Tri (Standard: 1000m swim, 26km MTB, 5,5km run)
Entry Fees are as follows:
Super Sprint: R180
Relay Team: R550
For more details about the Lakeside Lodge Cross Tri: http://trisport.co.za/trievent/lakeside-lodge-triathlon/
You can contact Lakeside Lodge and Spa on 044 343 1844
Visit their website at http://www.lakesidelodge.co.za
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/swartvlei/
Or read more about them on Tripadvisor: http://ow.ly/6H4i303WxBe
You can contact Trisport on 0836622022 (Janine)
Visit their website at http://trisport.co.za
Find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/trisportsa/
You can contact the Eden Triathlon Association at:
Franna Vorster on 082 799 3377 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Hanno Maritz 076 730 3225 or email@example.com