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Stage 3 will finish at the stunning Lord Charles Hotel in Somerset West where we have our finishers braai and stay the night.
All luggage will be transported from Franschhoek to the Lord Charles.
Riders who are booking an Entry Only package (without accommodation in Franschhoek) will have the option of booking the Lord Charles on Wednesday night as an optional extra or you can organise your own accommodation nearby.
The Festival Ride into Cape Town (Thursday 8 March) will follow the costal route using roads only closed by one other event – the Cape Town Cycle Tour! For the first time the Festival Ride route will travel through Khayelitsha the biggest township in the Western Cape. As always we will be escorted by the Western Cape traffic police, but for the first time ride along Baden Powell Drive and into Khayelitsha where we will stop en route for coffee with our charity partners at Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy.
*excludes Entry Only package
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:
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.
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.