We start off from the Riebeeck Vallei Hotel and head for the mountains – retracing the route back to Wellington as per our first day. We cycle on the outskirts of Wellington, hit the main drag, and then start climbing. It is much easier going up Bainskloof from this side, even though it is steeper and there’s more climbing. (Intermittent switchbacks provide the relief.) We reach our highest point for the day around 54km in, at just under 600m above sea level. From here on the remaining 38kms to the finish line is fairly fast and flat. Just be careful going down Bainskloof. Don’t miss the turnoff to Goudini via Slanghoek.
- Left onto the R46 at 6km
- Left into Oakdene rd at 37km
- Right into Addy rd at 38½km
- Left into Kollege str at 40km
- Kollege becomes Church str (the R301 up Bainskloof)
- Right onto the R43 at 70km
- Right onto Slanghoek rd at 73km
- Right into Goudini weg at 92km
Mountain passes for the day
We have just one formal pass, in the form of Bainskloof, but there is another noteworthy stretch of road we encounter just before the end – the spectacular Slanghoek valley road.
Slanghoek valley road
At the end of the Slanghoek Valley road, Rawsonville is a small wine growing and farming community. It lies in a scenic part of the Breede River Valley, on the eastern flanks of the Du Toitskloof Mountains, 90km East of CPT and 15km West or Worcester. The climate is hinterland (further from oceanic influences, more inland) Mediterranean, with cool, rainy winters and warm, dry summers. The area is known for the Breedekloof Wine Route with its 22 Cellars and Wine Estates. The economy is reliant on serving the agricultural community, but tourism is growing fast.