Cape Classic 380 Routes
The Cape Classic will be based in Montagu, in the Western Cape on the famous Route 62, each day starting at the Montagu Country Hotel, 27 Bath Street.
|Day 1: The Koo Valley||100km||1500m|
|Day 2: The Tradouws||160km||1870m|
|Day 3: Robertson - Bonnievale loop||105km||830m|
Day 1 The Koo Valley - out and back
8 November 2019 7:00 am Start
Riders will assemble at the start venue and ride up the majestic Koo valley where the formidable Burgers and Rooihoogte passes await. In between two climbs will be a light hearted time trial of 7.5kms for those who wish to compete for the sponsor's prizes and also to beat the sponsor's own average speed record of 52.9kmph set in 2018. The Stage will be 100km long and involve a total climb of 1500m. We will ride as a peloton but given the nature of the climbs and descents some splintering of the groups will be inevitable.
A little known but beautiful valley, little used but with good road surfaces provides two challenging climbs on the way out and a lightning fast descent on the way back to our lunch stop at Oupa Batt se Winkel. After lunch a 39km cruise back to Montagu.
Day 2 The Tradouws
9 November 2019 7:00 am Start at The Montagu Country Hotel
We head out of Montagu again through the Cogmans Kloof pass and turn left before Ashton towards Swellendam At 35km we join the final part of the Coronation Double Century route passing over Bakoondhoogte pass and those rolling roads. Negotiating Swellendam with the assistance of Swellendam Provincial Traffic department will see us on the N2 before turning for Suurbraak and the stunning Tradouw Pass. After turning left onto the R62 a further 12 km will see us at our lunch stop at Joubert-Tradauw wine farm. Straight after lunch comes the climb of Op de Tradouw and its fast descent towards Montagu. The longest stage at 160km and 1870m of climbing will be challenging but rewarding.
Day 3 A Cruise around the Breede River
10 November 2019 9:00 am Start at The Montagu Country Hotel
The ride will be through the picturesque Breede River valley in a loop from Montagu out towards Robertson and returning via the outskirts of Bonnievale. The stage will be 105km and involve a less daunting 830m of climbing. The ride will be in a peloton with a designated Points Jersey section prior to our waterpoint stop at Bonnievale Cellars. We’ll cross the Breede River twice, once via a trestle bridge and once over a drift bridge. Given the river valleys we will be going through the riding is mostly through lush rolling terrain, although we do have a finish climb over Remhoogte on our return towards Ashton. Finishing in Montagu at the Kloof Padstall for a champagne reception, lunch and prize giving.
AccommodationThere are various accommodation options available in Montagu, whether it be hotel, B+B or self catering.
The Montagu tourist association is very helpful and friendly and you can contact them on 023-614-2471 for advice/guidance on options in Montagu.
This will take place on the evening of Thursday 7 November 2019 at approximately 20.00 at the Montagu Country Hotel.
A delicious packed lunch will be provided everyday during the Stage and will be sourced from a local supplier. Included in the entry fee is a Saturday night braai at Mimosa Lodge.
Masseuses from Transforma Life will be available at the end of each ride to help get those legs in shape for the next day.