Event Cost: 52 km: R155, 26 km: R145, 7 km: R120
Location: Bridge House Franschhoek
Distance: 53km, 26km, 7km
The 52 km route starts on good gravel roads with some sandy areas before crossing the Berg River near the Sterkraam dam, followed by riding on beautiful gravel roads to the back of La Motte village. The first climb of the day is some 3.2 km long with an average gradient of 7.8%, with a fast descent behind the Mont Rochelle Hotel.
From here the route moves through several farms before tackling a rocky 1 km climb and steep, technical descent. This descent usually includes large ‘wash-aways’ so please take great care and observe the warning-signs. Next follows a 3 km breather on flat and mostly gravel road, until the second big climb of the day, taking you to the top of Matoppie. After a 2.7 km technical descent, you’ll return to the venue.
The 26 km route follows the long route for the first 9.4 km. Medium route riders will then tackle a 2.6 km climb with an average gradient of 6.8%. Recover on a 2 km descent on gravel roads. Thereafter follows a fairly sandy, but flat, section and another crossing of the Berg River at the foot of the dam wall before retracing our steps to finish at Bridge House. The 7 km route for children and novices follows a gently undulating course, with one short but steep climb. This route will not be timed.