- Sunday 3 March 2019:
Sign On & ITT prologue
- Monday 4 March 2019:
Stage 1 Franschhoek – Franschhoek
- Tuesday 5 March 2019:
Stage 2 Franschhoek – Franschhoek
- Wednesday 6 March 2019:
Stage 3 Franschhoek – Somerset West
- Thursday 7 March 2019:
- Saturday 9 March 2019 (Optional):
Social Ride, Cape Town
- Sunday 10 March 2019 (Optional):
Seeded entry to the Cape Town Cycle Tour, followed by VIP finish line hospitality
Stage routes and profiles available soon, see below for 2018:
Click here for 2018 route maps and profiles.
- 5-day event entry
- Option of 3-night accommodation packages in Franschhoek
- 1 night accommodation at the Lord Charles after Stage 3
- Airport transfer from Cape Town International to Franschhoek including bike*
- Finisher’s Braai after Stage 3
- Celebration at the Waterfront after Festival Ride
- Baggage transfers from Franschhoek to Lord Charles after Stage 3
- Baggage transfers from Lord Charles to finish line after Festival Ride
- Bike box transfer from start to finish line
- Digital photos and film
- Event t-shirt
What’s NOT included:
- Evening meals (apart from Celebration Braai)
- Alcohol and soft drinks
- Travel insurance
*Transfers are for riders choosing accommodation packages in Franschhoek only. Transfers at set times on Saturday and Sunday.
There will be three speed groups based on both ability and experience. Riders are seeded based on their times at an ITT prologue, so that they end up riding in seeded groups of commensurate ability. The actual speeds of the groups will be based on rider distribution, but will generally be as listed below:
- Group 1: Rolling course average speed 29km/h+ for 150km
- Group 2: Average speed 27-28km/h for a rolling 150km
- Group 3: Average speed 25-26km/h for a rolling 150km
Each group will have approximately 50 cyclists and ride as a peleton. They are each supported by their own lead car, motorbike outriders (which close the roads to traffic), mechanics van and medical support. Each group is also looked after by the HotChillee Ride Captains who motivate during the ride, provide assistance for the smooth running of the event, such as but not limited to, directions, peloton etiquette, drink breaks and advice.
Each stage consists of flagged race sections with social group riding in-between. The format allows for ample racing in the race groups (Groups 1 – 2) and with the “Social” level group more focused on completing the endurance nature of the event (Group 3).
The flagged race sections cover sprinting, climbing and general classification (GC). Click here to learn more about the Leader’s Jersey Competition and Age category Awards.
The Cape Rouleur Festival Ride
The Festival Ride takes place on Thursday 7 March 2019 and forms the last day of the HotChillee Cape Rouleur. As on other days of the Cape Rouleur participants ride in three speed groups each supported by the fabulous Think Bike Marshals, HotChillee Ride Captains, mechanics vehicle, ambulance and the local traffic police. There are no race sections on this day. We start from the Lord Charles in Somerset West and follow the False Bay coast line along Baden Powell Drive and into Khayelitsha, the biggest Township in the Western Cape. Here we stop en route for coffee and cake with our friends at Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy. Full info here.
Daily social rides for non-riding partners
If you are being joined by a non-riding partner who would like to take part in daily social rides supported by an experienced HotChillee rider then they are very welcome to join us. Riders will need to be able to ride 30km minimum. Bikes can be hired from Franschhoek Cycles. There is no charge for the social rides.