22 KM ROUTE:
The 22km is the perfect beginners route with under 300m of climbing on mostly open dirt roads and tracks. The route follows 70% of the standard annual 30km challenge route and riders can expect a fast course.
You’ll ride through vineyards orchards and large stretches of fynbos and can expect beautiful views of the Stellenbosch and Helderberg mountains.
The 22km route will have one water point stocked with Powerade, water, fruit, jellies, music, Squirt tech zone and Bikeshop.
50 KM ROUTE:
The 50km mirrors the 2017 route with of course the exclusion of the town based route sections. To make up for these excluded sections we are adding routing on the south western side of the course, including more riding in the Vlaeberg area. To the best of our knowledge, these additional routes have never been used in a mountain event before. It is in the Vlaeberg area that riders will reach the first of 3 waterstations at 20km, after quite a few rolling hills that are sure to be the cause of some thirst. The Stellenbosch Hills farms will ensure for a festive stop with wine tasting planned, among other treats. The views from the 1st half of the course is stunning with wide vistas of the Western Cape on offer.
After the 2nd stop on Skilpadvlei, riders descend back to Vlottenburg and Spier for the final 15km of flatter riding. A final waterstation with around 10km to go means that there are ample support on route for those that are a little more challenged on the day.
With around 800m of climbing the route can be considered as fairly easy and non-technical.
The 50km route will have 3 water points:
Water point 1: Stocked with Powerade, water, fruit, jellies, banana bread, meatballs, music, bubbly point, Squirt tech zone and Bikeshop.
Water point 2: Stocked with Powerade, coke, water, fruit, jellies and banana bread
Water point 3: Stocked with Powerade, water, fruit, jellies, music, Squirt tech zone and Bikeshop.