Stage 2 of The Cape Rouleur, from HotChillee was another hot and windy stage. It represented the biggest day for climbing, seeing riders ascend 2513m, with the steepest gradient of 10.4 per cent. The route was shorter than Stage 1, covering 144km meaning less recovery between climbs. The day started with a long climb and ended by the same token.
The start sent riders east over Franschhoek Pass, then south to Theewaterskloof dam. The route then headed south over Vilijoen’s pass to Elgin and over the Houhoek pass returning to Villersdrop, the Theewaterskloof dam and back over the Franschhoek pass to the home straight.
HotChillee Ride Captains & Jersey Winners from Stage 1 lead the peloton at the start of Stage 2
Karl Platt managed to retain the Yellow Jersey, but a surprise fruit spillage saw the General Classification section shorted from 12km to 4km. Brandon Knowlden, who took the Red Jersey yesterday, claiming ‘King of the Mountain’ was defeated by his fellow young South African star sponsored by HotChillee, Dwayne Fisher. Professional mountain biker, Max Knox succeeded on the 1km sprint retaining the Green Jersey and Evarne Rees continues to lead the ladies in the Pink Jersey.
Stage 3 is the final day of The Cape Rouleur, covering another spectacular route and will prove itself another testing day. Who will be taking home the Jerseys?
Group 1 riders enjoying the Western Cape scenery