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2020 ROUTE

START – CHECKPOINT 1

The race start is at Langenhoven Gimnasium, an abrubt right turn take riders onto the Vergelegen road past Buffeldrift and onto the first climb of the day. The descend is fast and furious and care should be taken on the sharp bends whilst traversing this undulated road towards the R62. Riders negotiate the beautiful tracks adjacent the Kammanassie dam towards Kleinshoogte for the first water point of the day at 58km. The open gravel roads lead riders to the South, past Volstruisvlakte and Daskop, eventually reaching Checkpoint 1 at Louvain Guest Farm on the Northern slopes of the Outeniqua Mountains.
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 Kleinshoogte, Louvain Guest Farm

Waterpoint 01: Kleinshoogte • 58 km

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

Waterpoint 02: Checkpoint 1: Louvain Guest Farm • 99 km

  • All riders have to move through this checkpoint and check-in.
  • 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

From Louvain the road heads Westwards towards Ezeljacht and Herold with a spectacular ride through Paardepoort onto Heimersrivier for water point 3 at 128km. From Heimersrivier the undulation makes way for a tricky section at Die Wieg where everyone cross under the tar road towards Mount Hope. The road hugs the foothills of the Outeniqua Mountains as riders approach the water point at Mount Hope at 152km. The next stop marks the halfway point – already an achievement of note
Start Elevation 375 m
Finish Elevation 273 m
Ascent 1 668 m
Descent 1 771 m
Distance 117 km
Waterpoints Heimersrivier, Mount Hope, Volmoed
Min. Elevation 270 m
Max. Elevation 669 m

Waterpoint 03: Heimersrivier • 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 make the narrow farm roads past Groenfontein and Kruisrivier seem easier – undulations and fast downhills bring riders ever closer to Oudtshoorn past Lategansvlei  – 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, Oudtshoorn
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: Oudtshoorn • 361 km

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