From 27 October - 29 October 2017

Cape Classic 380 Routes

Day 1 Cape Classic Route – Day 1

The Cape Classic will be based in Montagu, in the Western Cape on the famous Route 62, which will be having it annual Rose Festival over that weekend.

Day 1: There and Back Again, a Koo Valley Tale

27 Oct 7:00 am Start at the Start Venue (The Montagu Country Hotel, 27 Bath Street)

Riders will assemble at the start venue and ride up the majestic Koo valley where the formidable Burgers and Rooihoogte passes await. The Stage will be 140km long and involve a total climb of 2228m. We will ride as Pelotons but given the nature of the climbs and descents some splintering of the groups will be inevitable.

Spring should be in full bloom when we ride and the fruit blossoms will provide a perfumed carpet of flowers around us if you have the energy to look up!

Day 2 Cape Classic Route – Day 2

Day 2: A Cruise around the Breede River

28 Oct 7:00 am Start at the Start Venue

The ride will be through the picturesque Breede River valley in a loop from Montagu around Bonnievale.

The stage will be 108 km and involve a relatively tame 1089m of climbing. The ride will be in Peloton with 2 designated sprint points.

We’ll cross the Breede River twice, once on a Trestle Bridge and once through a ford, plus go over the Groot Rivier.

Given the river valleys we will be going through the riding is mostly through lush rolling terrain, though we do have a 250m climb at the 76km mark to keep us honest.

We’ll pass through a number of famous wine estates, perhaps some sampling after the ride?

Day 3 Cape Classic Route – Day 3

Day 3: Historic South Africa

29 Oct 7:00 am Start at the Start Venue

Stage 3 will take the ride from Montagu (founded 1851) through the beautiful Slanghoek valley with a mountain top finish at the top of Michell’s pass. 140km of cycling with 1323m of ascending complete the tour. There will be one designated sprint point and Michell’s Pass will count for King of the Mountains. .

As we ride out of Montagu for the last time we’ll be under a rolling start al la the Grand Tours, which will give us some time to notice the National monuments down Long street (the most in 1 street in South Africa) and the English Fort perched on the rocks above the tunnel as we exit Montagu.

The ride will then go through Ashton (1897), Robertson (1853), Rawsonville and the magnificent Slanghoek Valley (1709), where will will take a refreshment break.

We’ll then turn right towards Ceres, with the historic Bainskloof Pass (1853) on our left, the last climb up to the top of Mitchell’s Pass (1848 also built by Andrew Bain) for the finish and then a short cruise into Ceres for our final celebratory drinks.

Accommodation

There are some accommodation options available with our partners that are detailed in the accommodation Tab.

Alternatively you are more than welcome to make your own arrangements, the Montagu tourist association are very helpful and friendly and/or you can contact Helen Gooderson on 082 886 8023 who is willing to give advice/guidance on options in Montagu.

Registration/ Briefing

This will take place the evening before Day 1, at approximately 20h30 at the Start Venue.

Food

A packed lunch will be provided everyday during the Stage and will be sourced from a local delicious supplier.

Sore Legs

Masseurs will be available at the end of each ride to help get those legs in shape for the next day.

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