We leave the Goudini / Slanghoek area, with the first 28km through Rawsonville and the outskirts of Worcester quite fast and flat – the groups will stay together until just after we turn towards the R60 at Aan-de-Doorns where we begin climbing ever so slightly, hardly noticable at first. We continue along the R60 to our highest point for the day at 47km – just 380m above sea level. Just after Graham Beck Wines (63km in) is another hill, turning 90 degrees to the left. Enjoy the freewheel into Robertson and follow the Breerivier into Bonnievale. Our first official pass is outside of Bonnievale, before we return to the R60, but afterwards we are regaled with a great downhill towards Ashton. The last turn is right onto the start of Route 62, as we follow Cogmanskloof gorge (flat) into Montagu. Job done.
- Left onto Slanghoek Valley road at 500m
- (go over the N1 and the old N1 Rd into Rawsonville)
- Right into Van Riebeeck str at 5½km
- Left to cross the Breerivier at Nekkies at 17km
- Right onto the R43 at 20½km
- Left towards Over-Hex at Aan-de-Doorns at 28km
- Right onto R60 at 34km
- Right onto R317 at circle at 73km
- Left into Voortrekker rd in Bonnievale (Absa) at 101km
- Left onto R60 at 111km
- Right onto R62 at 117km, through Cogmanskloof into Montagu
Mountain passes for the day
Two of them – Skilpad & Cogman
Montagu is about 180 km from Cape Town in Western Klein Karoo. It is named after former secretary of the Cape Colony, John Montagu, but was once known as Agter Cogman’s Kloof, Cogman’s Kloof linking the town and railway station. It is situated at the confluence of the Keisie and Kingna rivers. Montagu is near the Robertson Wine Valley, and is most easily reached via the Route 62 scenic route (the way we reach it on ouir bicycles).
Montagu was founded on the farm “Uitvlugt” in 1851, and is known for its hot mineral springs and scenic mountains. It is also an agricultural centre, where orchards and vineyards are in production and local herbs are grown. The farming area, ‘Koo’, lies north of the town and is famous for the quality of its apples, pears, apricots and peaches. Nearby rock formations make it one of the country’s major rock climbing venues. The 1266 m high Bloupunt peak overlooks the village and offers several hiking trails, as well as kloofing and mountain biking trails further afield.
Things to do in Montagu