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2019 ROUTE

START – CHECKPOINT 1

The race starts with 15 km of farm roads taking riders in a northerly direction towards the Swartberg Mountains. A short section of tarred road makes way for arguably the second hardest climb of the race up to Spitskop, around 36 km into the race. A tricky fast descent takes riders towards De Rust and Dysselsdorp to Checkpoint 1.
Start Elevation 330 m
Finish Elevation 375 m
Ascent 887 m
Descent 850 m
Min. Elevation 344 m
Max. Elevation 863 m
Distance 63 km
Waterpoints Dysselsdorp

Waterpoint 01 | Checkpoint 1: Dysselsdorp • 63 km

  • All riders have to move through this checkpoint have their numbers clipped
  • Relay riders will complete stage 1 of the relay at this checkpoint, they also have to check-in and do the hand over to the next rider
  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and a hot meal will be served
  • Rider race containers will be available here
  • Back-up vehicles allowed
  • Spectator point
  • Checkpoint 1

CHECKPOINT 1 – 2

The longest stage of the race, but in relation to the distance, it is the stage with the least amount of climbing. From Checkpoint 1, undulating gravel roads pass Waterpoint 02 at Scheeperskraal and Waterpoint 03 at Volstruisvlakte, onto Mount Hope where Waterpoint 04 awaits. This stage has no major climbs, only the open roads and darkness. From Waterpoint 04, the riders traverse the northern slopes of the Outeniqua mountains heading into Volmoed to Highgate Ostrich Show Farm where Checkpoint 2 is.
Start Elevation 375 m
Finish Elevation 273 m
Ascent 1 668 m
Descent 1 771 m
Distance 117 km
Waterpoints Scheeperskraal, Volstruivlakte, Zebra, Volmoed
Min. Elevation 270 m
Max. Elevation 669 m

Waterpoint 02: Scheeperskraal • 90 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Waterpoint 03: Volstruisvlakte • 128 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Waterpoint 04: Mount Hope • 152 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Waterpoint 05 | Checkpoint 2: Volmoed • 180,5 km

  • All riders have to move through this checkpoint and check-inn.
  • Relay riders will complete stage 2 of the relay at this checkpoint, they also have to check-in and hand-over to the next rider
  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks and fresh fruit
  • A hot meal will be served
  • Rider race containers will be available here
  • Back-up vehicles allowed
  • Spectator point
  • Checkpoint 2
  • This is also the start point for The Half

CHECKPOINT 2 – 3

Probably the hardest stage of the race judged on proximity into the event and more serious climbs. With Volmoed behind, the riders head in a westerly direction towards the northern sections of the great Gouritz river. Sharper steeper sections find its way to the southerly slopes of the Rooiberg Mountain – with around 270 km in the legs, this bump in the road feels quite severe. The descent usually coincides with sunrise over Calitzdorp, the port capital of South Africa.
Start Elevation 273 m
Finish Elevation 228 m
Ascent 1 680 m
Descent 1 720 m
Distance 100 km
Waterpoints Paardebont, Rooiberg Bottom, Rooiberg Top, Calitzdorp
Min. Elevation 117 m
Max. Elevation 117 m

Waterpoint 06: Paardebont • 216 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Waterpoint 07: Rooiberg Bottom • 242 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Waterpoint 08: Rooiberg Top • 254 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Waterpoint 09 | Checkpoint 3: Calitzdorp • 280 km

  • All riders have to move through this checkpoint and have their number clipped
  • Relay riders in the Challenge will complete stage 3 of the relay at this checkpoint, they also have to check- in and hand-over to the next rider
  • Stocked with Coke, electrolyte drinks, Biogen supplements and fresh fruit
  • Relay riders in the Relay Half will complete stage 1 of the relay here and they also have check-in and hand over to the next rider
  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks and fresh fruit
  • A hot meal will be served
  • Rider race containers will be available here
  • Back-up vehicles allowed
  • Spectator point
  • Checkpoint 3

CHECKPOINT 3 – FINISH

Sun on the back and home sweet home in sight makes the narrow farm roads past Groenfontein and Kruisrivier seem easier – undulations and fast downhills bring riders ever closer to Oudtshoorn past Lategansvlei and onto Kleinplaas Holiday Resort – 361 kilometres done and dusted!
Start Elevation 224 m
Finish Elevation 330 m
Ascent 1 050 m
Descent 942 m
Distance 81 km
Waterpoints Kruisrivier, Lategansvlei, Kleinplaas
Min. Elevation 224 m
Max. Elevation 745 m

Waterpoint 10: Kruisrivier • 306 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Waterpoint 11: Lategansvlei • 342 km

  • This waterpoint will be stocked with coke, electrolyte drinks, fresh fruit and something light to eat
  • No back-up vehicles allowed

Finish: Kleinplaas Holiday Resort • 361 km

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