Fully Supported Cycling Tour in Cape Town, South Africa

HotChillee Cape Rouleur

6 - 11 March 2021 enter now

“The HotChillee Cape Rouleur is the best event of its kind in the world”, Cycling Weekly


 

Your 6-day cycling adventure in the Cape Winelands starts in the host town of Franschhoek and finishes at the iconic Cape Town Waterfront.

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.

Participants ease into a week of cycling with a Saturday afternoon spin followed by sundowners at the idilic Leopard’s Leap Wine Estate.

Sunday kicks off with an early morning coffee ride before an afternoon at leisure and sunset ITT Prologue with young riders from the Western Cape joining as part of the HotChillee Development Rider Programme.

From Monday things start to heat up! You will cycle in a “rider bubble” with rolling road closures, motorbike outriders, traffic police, lead cars, mechanical support and medical vehicles. This means no changing your own punchers and no stopping at red lights!

Days range between 100 – 150km per day and you’ll be done by mid-afternoon leaving plenty of time for recovery by the pool and fine dining in the evening.

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.

 

The Cape Rouleur always takes place the week ahead of Cape Town Cycle Tour, with the option of seeded entry available for all riders. 

"ENTRY ONLY"

If you’re booking your own accommodation and transfers, our “Entry Only” package is the one for you! Don’t be fooled by the name, it includes a lot more than just your standard event entry!

Entry only starts from £1098.

Find out more here.


"ENTRY + ACCOMMODATION PACKAGES"

Accommodation packages include your event entry, 5 nights accommodation and so much more! We’ve selected from the best Boutique B&Bs and the Protea Hotel, our Event HQ to ensure your stay in Franschhoek is truly unique.

"Event + Accommodation Packages" start from £1610.

Find out more here.


GROUP ENTRY

Enter as a group of 6 or more for a 10% discount on entry per rider*!

Contact [email protected] for more information.

*group discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discounts.

Entry Only:

  • 6-day event entry
  • Rolling road closures with motorbike outriders and traffic police closing junctions
  • Mechanic vehicle following each group (no changing your own punctures!)
  • HotChillee Ride Captains to encourage and support you on the road
  • Water and nutrition en route
  • Lunch (Monday - Thursday)
  • Finish-line champagne reception at the iconic Cape Town Waterfront
  • All baggage transfers
  • Bike box transfer from start to finish line
  • Access to digital photos and film
  • Event t-shirt and medal
  • 6 months free HotChillee CC Membership (for non-members)

Accomodation Packages also include:

  • Arrival transfer from Cape Town International to Franschhoek including bike (transfer time 1 hour)
  • Social Ride and sundowners at Leopard's Leap Wine Estate on Saturday 6 March
  • 6 nights accommodation (including breakfast)
  • Finisher’s Braai after Stage 3

Not Included in either package:

  • Evening meals 
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights

Yes! 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

We've spoken to the locals and put together a list of must-see activities for non-riding partners, and the top 5 places to eat after a long day in the saddle! 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.

For corporate enquiries please email [email protected]

Riders are seeded into two groups at a 7km Individual Time Trial on Sunday evening:

Group 1 average speed: 27-28km/h 
Group 2 average speed: 25-26km/h 

Each group rides as a fully supported "bubble", with the HotChillee Ride Captains in radio contact with the support vehicles and motor bike outriders to help ensure the safety of each group at all times.

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. 

A broom wagon follows Group 2 in case riders need a break, or are unable to complete the day.

The event is restricted to roadworthy road bicycles only. If you are in any doubt then contact the organisers whose decision is final. The ride takes place on tarred or cobbled roads.

Note that no bicycle is permitted to have unconventional handlebars including triathlon bars, aero bars, clip-ons, prayer bars, and cow bars.

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 are supported by the fabulous Think Bike Marshals, HotChillee Ride Captains, mechanics vehicle, ambulance and the local traffic police. 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!

More information and the route can be found here.

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.

6 months free membership to HotChillee CC is included in your event entry for non-members.

As a member you'll then have access to exclusive discounts and offers from our partners and sponsors, priority access and discounts on all HotChillee events and more! Find out more here.

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.

 

 

HotChillee Cape Rouleur 2020 Highlights

 


tour info

Itinerary
  • Sat 6 March

    Afternoon social ride & sundowners at Leopard's Leap

  • Sun 7 March

    Coffee Ride I Sign On I ITT Sunset Prologue

  • Mon 8 March

    Stage 1

  • Tue 9 March

    Stage 2

  • Wed 10 March

    Stage 3 & Finisher's Braai

  • Thur 11 March

    Festival Ride

  • Sat 13 March (Optional)

    Social Ride Cape Town

  • Sun 14 March (Optional)

    Seeded entry to the Cape Town Cycle Tour

Choose how you ride
Race

Contest for a leader's jersey or category award.

Ride

Enjoy the fully supported experience with less of an emphasis on racing.

Conquer!

Focus on completing the course in a fully supported environment.

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