Sunday 28 February:
Sign On for the Cape Rouleur, Franschhoek
Rider briefing followed by seeding prologue
Monday 29 February:
Tuesday 1 March:
Wednesday 2 March:
Stage 3. The day is followed by prizes and a Celebration Braai with dignitaries and press in Franschhoek.
Thursday 3 March:
Festival Ride from Franschhoek to Cape Town.
Saturday 5 March (Optional):
Flash Ride in and around Cape Town.
Sunday 6 March (Optional):
Seeded entry to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, followed by VIP hospitality.
Detailed information regarding each stage including maps and profiles will be published in due course. See below for details of the 2015 edition.
Stage 1 of the Cape Rouleur (127km, 527m ascent, max gradient 2%): Stay in Franschhoek. This stage sees riders leaving Franschhoek in a north-westerly direction past numerous wineries before turning northwards onto rolling roads. Turning right skirting the Perdeberg National Reserve and the Perdeberg mountains to arrive at the day's lunch stop at Domaine Brahms Wine Estate at 82km. After lunch, rolling southwards before turning left to pass the Fairview winery - famous also for goats as well as cheese. Then negotiating southern Paarl to turn for home but not before stopping at the Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released on 12 February 1990. The final push into a hopefully not too strong prevailing south-easter brings the riders back to Frankschhoek to end Day 1.
Stage 2 (208km, 2,006m ascent, max gradient 8%): Stay in Franschhoek. This is the longest day and, for most, will require an early start before sunrise so lights will be obligatory. Leaving Franschhoek riders will climb Helshoogte ("Hellish Hill") and descend into the university town of Stellenbosch before turning southwards. Groups 3 & 4 riders will make a quick stop at the Mooiberge Farm Stall, famous for its strawberries and scarecrows, for a coffee and muffin. The riders will be re-started in their groups to continue to Somerset West and onwards to Gordon's Bay. Groups 1 & 2 will depart Franschhoek later riding through uninterrupted. From there we take one of the most scenic coastal roads in the world, passing Rooi Els, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay and its resident penguins. It is almost certain that riders will see a troop of baboons somewhere en-route. Lunch is at 122km at Arabella Hotel and Spa before the riders climb back over the Houw Hoek Pass from the other direction to return again via Theewaterskloof dam and the final climb back over the Franschhoek pass home.
Stage 3 (147km, 1,939m ascent, max gradient 8%): Stay in Franschhoek. This is the toughest day of climbing, heading east over Franschhoek pass, then south to Theewaterskloof dam. The route then heads south over Viljoen's pass to Elgin stopping for lunch at 66km at the Houw Hoek Farm Stall before climbing the Houw Hoek pass returning via Villersdorp, the Theewaterskloof dam and back over the Franschhoek pass home.
A slightly more relaxed ride, albeit still 112km long (414m ascent, max gradient 3%) , in groups from Franschhoek. The lunch stop is at Nitida Wine Farm at 74km. Escorted from there into central Cape Town as one "Festive" peloton by the Cape Town motor cycle police, followed by a celebratory drinks reception on the Waterfront.
Flash ride with HotChillee ambassadors and Ride Captains.
The Cape Town Cycle Tour seeded entry, followed by VIP finish line hospitality.
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