Endless roller hills! We leave Tulbagh, soon turning right towards Porterville and immediately encounter the only ‘pass’ for the day – Nuwekloof, weird to be known as a ‘pass’ as there is no up- or downhill really. It does set the tone for the rest of the stage – no climbs, just endless hills – which will feel like BIG climbs later in the day. Coming out of the Nuwekloof pass we turn right again, onto the R44 through Gouda and into Porterville. Our first water point is at the end of Porterville, in a majestic lane of trees, just before we turn left to stay on the R44 for the 23km to Piketberg.
Our second water point lies just before Piketberg and here we turn left onto the N7 towards Moorreesburg. A fast downhill takes us to our lowest point for the day, but then follows a 20km gradual uphill and headwind battle that peaks just before Moorreesburg. After passing the outskirts of the town we turn left onto the R311 for our 3rd water point and the last stretch to the finish line – expect more rolling hills on this last 27kms.
- Turn right onto the R46 at 3¾kms
- Turn right onto the R44 at 11kms
- Turn left to stay on the R44 at 48kms
- Turn left onto the N7 at 72kms
- Turn left onto the R311 at 104kms
- Turn right into Lang str/Riebeeck Valley Hotel at 130kms
Mountain passes for the day
Not really a pass, just a winding road between some spectacular mountains.
Some refer to Riebeek Kasteel as “the best kept secret of the Western Cape” or “Franschhoek 15 years ago”. In 2009 it was voted as one of the three most beautiful towns of the Western Cape, after Stellenbosch and Clanwilliam. Riebeek Kasteel, together with its sister town Riebeek West, is situated about 80kms from CPT in the Riebeek Valley. It is also one of the oldest towns in South Africa. The town is named after Jan van Riebeeck, after he set off on an inland expedition toward Paardeberg and discovered the fertile vista of the Riebeek Valley on 3 February 1661. And in the 19th century, two of South Africa’s later prime ministers, Jan Smuts and Danie Malan, were both born in the outskirts of this town.