It starts. Day 1 is a circular route with a short climb. This we encounter while still warming up. Our highest point for the day (350 meters above sea level) is just 9½ kms into the ride. Thereafter we quickly descent to the R45, turning left towards Wellington after 21kms. This next stretch we cycle with Paardeberg on our right, until we cross over the Berg river at Lady Loch, just before Wellington. Thereafter a nice stretch of road with a massive shoulder all the way from Wellington, through Hermon and Du Vlei padstal, back to the Riebeek Valley – turn right onto the R311 for the last 6kms to the finish line at the Riebeeck Valley Hotel in Riebeek West.
- At 6km, turn right onto the R46 (to Malmesbury)
- At 21km, turn left onto the R45 (to Wellington)
- At 45km, turn left onto a district road (to Lady Loch)
- At 51km, turn left into Lady Loch road
- At 52½km, turn left onto the R44 (to Porterville)
- At 74km, turn left onto the R46 (to Hermon)
- At 84km, turn right onto the R311 (Riebeeck West)
Mountain passes for the day
Just the 1.
About the Riebeek valley
Riebeek West is a small town situated in the Swartland, 5 km from Riebeek Kasteel and about 75 km north-east of Cape Town. The Valley is known for its wheat, wines and more recently olives. The area was first seen by Cape Dutch scouts in the late 17th century. The town (current population about 4000) was established as a parish of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1858 and named after its neighbour, Riebeek-Kasteel. It was the birthplace of General Jan Christiaan Smuts, former SA Prime Minister.