Best Images from the 2017 Double Century

The Coronation Double Century is as tough as it is scenic and spectacular. It is all about teamwork and camaraderie and the 202km course can humble even the most hardened roadie. Relive the 25th running of the 202km race with sports photographer Craig Kolesky.

NERVE SWERVE Early morning as the first teams start just after 5am

 

NATURE’S VIEW The climbing starts up Tradouws Pass

 

EARLY MORNING NERVES A long day awaits for many teams

 

A ROCK AND A HARD PLACE Up high on the climb up Tradouw’s. The first test of a long day

 

SHAKE ‘N BAKE It’s all about the group dynamic as the teams find their rhythm

 

 

EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS The biggest challenge is getting the fuel you need once over the climb up Op Die Tradouw

 

SPEED CAMERA The descent from the first water point is super fast and white knuckle 

 

LINE OF HOPE With the faster teams starting later, big groups start to build up on the road

 

DON’T LOOK DOWN Just as the muscles start to ache… you’re halfway!

 

 

NEEDLE THREADING The iconic hole in the wall at Ashton

 

PURPLE HAZE Zipping past the Jacaranda trees that line the gradual descent down towards the 150km mark

 

PALMING OFF The final 30km is peppered with short, sharp climbs where teamwork is essential

 

SALT WATER GUY The sweat stains of effort

 

ONE FINAL PUSH The final big climb is a test of survival for most of the teams

 

HIT REFRESH As temperatures rose cool waters were tempting…

 

 

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