The 170 km route is a tough ride that includes two challenging climbs. Right after the start, you’ll head up Helshoogte for your first big climb of the day. After a left turn onto the R45, you’ll tackle the undulating roads out towards Paarl, Wellington, Hermon and Riebeeck Kasteel. The second big climb of the day waits just after Riebeeck Kasteel: Botmaskloof Pass. From there you’ll pedal through Malmesbury and along the R304 past the silo’s and back towards Stellenbosch via the Kromme Rhee Road and the R44, finishing again on Helshoogte Road shortly before the start of the climb. There will be a neutral zone from the finish line back to the venue.
The medium (109 km) route will follow the long route before turning left at Windmeul Winery and rejoining the long route on the R304.
The new short (40 km) route will exit Stellenbosch along the R44 before returning via Kromme Rhee road to join the other routes on the way to the finish. While there are no serious climbs on this route, it does include the undulating sections along the R44. Please note the start time of the short route (which is ahead of the medium route).