Franschhoek is situated just a 1 hour drive from Cape Town, with breath-taking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and fine wines making it the perfect host town.
Ease into your week of riding with a social spin followed by sundowners at Leopard’s Leap Wine Estate on the first day. Day 2 kicks off with an early coffee ride and then an afternoon exploring at your leisure. The day finishes with a sunset ITT Prologue where riders are seeded into one of three speed groups for the rest of the event.
On the three stages groups are fully supported with rolling road closures, motorbike outriders, lead cars, HotChillee Ride Captains, mechanical and medical support. All you have to worry about is turning your pedals and taking in some of the most stunning scenery in South Africa.
The stages range between 100 – 150km per day and you’ll be done by mid-afternoon. This leaves plenty of time for recovery by the pool, fine dining in the evening and sampling the world renown local wines. You’ll make lifelong friends both on and off the bike and, if you’re bringing a non-riding partner, there’s plenty for them to do while you’re riding and many African experiences you can share.
60 experienced support crew
The Cape Rouleur always takes place the week ahead of Cape Town Cycle Tour, with the option of seeded entry available for all riders.
Let us take care of everything with our event accommodation packages. Accommodation packages include your event entry, 5 nights accommodation and so much more! We’ve selected from the best apartments, Boutique B&Bs and the Protea Hotel, our Event HQ to ensure your stay in Franschhoek is truly unique.
Event entry + accommodation packages start from £1610. Find out more here.
Enter as a group of 6 or more for a 10% discount on entry per rider*!
Membership to HotChillee CC is included in your event entry!
As a member you'll have access to exclusive discounts and offers from our partners and sponsors, priority access and discounts on all HotChillee events and a FREE HotChillee CC Jersey. Find out more here.
There are many benefits from entering a multi-day cycling experience for your company and its employees. whether it’s as part of a reward scheme, health and wellbeing programme, team bonding experience or an opportunity to host clients we can put together a bespoke package for you. Previous participants include corporate decision makers from a variety of industries including banking, technology, finance, law and media.
Riders are seeded into three speed groups at a 7km Individual Time Trial:
Group 1: 29km/h+ Group 2: 27-28km/h Group 3: 25-26km/h
Each speed group rides as a peloton for the rest of the event, with the HotChillee Ride Captains in radio contact with the support vehicles to help ensure the safety of each group at all times.
The format consists of tempo group riding with timed race sections allowing the faster speed groups to compete for Leader’s Jerseys and Age Category Awards, whilst those looking for a more social experience can enjoy the endurance nature of the event in a fully supported environment.
Whatever your speed group, you will be looked after like a pro-cyclist with a mechanics support van following each group carrying service wheels and service bikes so no more fixing punctures at the side of the road.
HotChillee Cape Rouleur 2021 participants have the option of registering with a non-riding partner. Whilst you are on your bike your non-riding partner can lay by the pool and soak up the Africa sun, or explore the delights of the Western Cape winelands.
Non-riding partner upgrades include:
Accommodation with rider in either twin or double room
Transfer from Cape Town Airport to Franschhoek on arrival
Transfer from Franschhoek to Gordon’s Bay after Stage 3
Option of daily social rides
Ticket to the Celebration Braai after Stage 3
Transfer from Gordon’s Bay to the Cape Town on the last day
Reception at the iconic Cape Town Waterfront event finish
The Festival Ride takes place on Thursday 11 March 2021 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. Find out more here.
Yes! We ask that all riders take out travel insurance and recommend our Insurance Partner onepro insurance. Travel Insurance and/or Medical Aid details must be added to your registration and, if requested presented at Sign On.
Our preferred insurance partners, One Pro Insurance Solutions offer flexible cover and protection for you and your cycling lifestyle. Their mix and match bike and accessories policy means you only buy the cover that you need, whether that’s for one bike or five! Choose from a selection of optional additional covers such as public liability, legal expenses or personal accident. Created by cyclists for cyclists, getting a policy is quick and easy online. Find out more here.
HotChillee Cape Rouleur riders have the option to book a guaranteed seeded entry to the Cape Town Cycle Tour. A seeded entry means an earlier start time, ensuring that you can ride ahead of the crowds and in a speed group that suits your ability. We'll send out the group entry link as soon as we receive it!
If you’re staying in Cape Town after the Festival Ride or for the Cape Town Cycle Tour we recommend staying at the Southern Sun Cullinan, the hotel of choice for the HotChillee Ride Captains and event team!
Have you thought about staying in South Africa after the HotChillee Cape Rouleur? Speak to our friends over at Bonamy Travel – experts in bespoke African holidays. From walking safaris in the Greater Kruger, driving down the Garden Route or simply unwinding on a beach, they’ll create the perfect post-tour trip for you! More information will be available shortly.
HotChillee CC have plenty of rides throughout the year to keep you motivated, both on the road and off it! You can find our calendar here, rides for the following month are usually posted two weeks in advance. HotChillee CC members have 48hr priority entry but you don't have to be a member to join the rides if you're signed up to an event.
Our coaching partners Njinga Cycling also offer all HotChillee events participants a 5% discount on all of their services including indoor classes, benchmark testing, pedal technique coaching, off bike conditioning and more! Find out more here or contact [email protected] for more information.