HotChillee Cape Rouleur, Cape Town, 06 March 2013: Stage Two of HotChillee’s Cape Rouleur greeted cyclists with cooler conditions and breathtaking scenery as riders climbed 1500m over the 146km ride. Stage Two was the day for the climbers in the peloton.
Group Three Cyclists departed first at 07h30 after enduring the hottest of the soaring temperatures during Stage One, followed by one-hour interval starts by Group Two and Group One. After a steep 736m climb, cyclists reached speeds of 80kms per hour on a speedy descent over the Franschhoek Pass. The route took cyclists from wine country to apple country, through Viljoen’s Pass and Grabouw with the riders settling down for lunch at the quaint Houw Hoek Farm Stall. The cyclists continued through Villiersdorp and Threewaters Nature Reserve before making their way back to the scenic town of Franschhoek.
The route map for Stage Two of HotChillee’s Cape Rouleur
Team Bulls’ Urs Huber claimed the number one position on the second day of the event, putting him in the Pro Riders’ Yellow Jersey for the start of Stage Three. Team mates Thomas Dietsch came in second place, followed by Tim Böehme in third.
South African Tim Carter wears the Amateur’s Yellow Jersey for the final stage of the event today. In the women’s category, Vanessa Haywood showed her strength and determination by retaining the Women’s Pink Leader Jersey.
Cape Rouleur riders enjoying the scenic beauty of the Boland
Group One riders cycle through the Boland during Stage Two of HotChillee’s 2013 Cape Rouleur
Cape Rouleur riders begin their final descent in to Franschhoek
Karl Platt from Team Bulls was the first out of his saddle some distance before reaching the Red Flagged Climb Section, but Tim Böehme from Team Bulls managed to break-away with team mate Huber close behind him to secure the ‘King of the Mountain’ Pro Red Jersey for Stage Three. Geddon Ruddockal, owner of a local bike shop in Franschhoek, will don the Amateur Red Jersey.
Platt initiated the start of the sprint at the Green Flagged Section 20km before the finish line and managed to hold on to his Pro Green Jersey for Stage Three. Dlamini will wear the Amateur Green Sprinter’s Jersey after holding off stiff competition in the amateur’s sprint section.
Stephen Roche, 1987 Triple Crown Winner, gave special mention of the camaraderie of the riders throughout the event. “There has been some great banter between the guys on today’s route, and it is fantastic to see Team Bulls mentoring the amateurs, especially Nicholas Dlamini who has shown his mettle on this ride today,” said Roche.
South African Rugby legend and cycling enthusiast, Joel Stransky was pleased with kinder weather conditions and the great atmosphere. “The guys are in high spirits today and we are all really enjoying the cooler weather. The pace is a bit faster today and it’s nice to get the wind in our hair,” said Stransky.
Vanessa Haywood with the two Development Riders, Reyatile Mthakathi and Nicholas Dlamini, with the Founder of HotChillee, Sven Thiele
For a full set of results from the first stage of the Cape Rouleur, visit www.caperouleur.com