Home we go. Leave Riebeek Valley Hotel and go through Riebeek West to Riebeek Kasteel and turn right onto the by now familiar Bothmaskloof pass. This is our highest point – and only pass – for the day. After the summit we head towards Malmesbury and turn left at the T-junction onto the R45 at 20kms. Our first and only water point will be just before the Wellington intersection (at 50kms, Florida Farm with amenities, koeksister, if in season, and melktert) where we turn right towards Stellenbosch and up a hill. Carry on through rolling hills, with the Paarl Mountain Nature Reserve on our left, until we go over (under) the N1 highway towards Stellenbosch via Klapmuts, a dormitory town in the midst of the winelands.
Delheim and Muratie are what we aim for, which will be found after a leg-numbing scenic drag halfway up the Simonsberg.
You’ve done it. Tour de Boland 2017 has come to an end and by now you are in peak condition for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Enjoy the rest day tomorrow and we’ll see you at the Argus.
- Turn left onto R46 at 5kms
- Turn right onto R45 at 20kms
- Turn right onto R44 at 50kms
- Turn left onto Knorhoek road
- Turn left to Delheim / Muratie
Mountain passes for the day
Welcome back to our old friend from day 1.
Stellenbosch is situated 50kms from CPT, along the banks of the Eerste river. It was founded in 1679 by the Governor Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. It is also known as Eikestad, due to the large number of oak trees planted by its founder, to grace the streets and homesteads. Stellenbosch boasts some of the oldest schools in the country, produced the first national rugby team captain when Paul Roos lead the Springboks, is home to the Stellenbosch University and has a modern science park on its southern side, Technopark. The South African wine industry produces about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually and Stellenbosch, situated in the centre of the Cape Winelands, is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research. Oh, and it boasts some of the best mountain biking sporrts in the country.
Things to do in Stellenbosch