All 2021 routes are subject to permissions from Traffic Authorities, Municipalities and other regulatory bodies.
Once permissions have been granted we will confirm route and announce timed race sections for Stages 1 -3.
SATURDAY SOCIAL RIDE WITH SUNDOWNERS
Expect an easy start to the week’s riding with a social spin on Saturday afternoon, stopping for sundowners at Leapord’s Leap vineyard. Don’t let this ride fool you, there’s a tough week ahead … but when in Rome. The ride’s included for anyone booking an accommodation package, and can be selected as an optional extra for “Entry Only” riders.
SUNSET ITT PROLOGUE 7.6km – 95m
Sunday starts with an early coffee ride before Sign On opens in the afternoon and things kick off officially with a sunset ITT Prologue that evening. Times will be collected and riders seeded into 1 of 3 speed groups for the rest of the event. Expect a short, sharp, lung busting effort starting on Robertsvlei Road, roughly 1km from the race village, to the Berg River Dam and back to seed riders for the stages ahead. Whether you’re a race snake, or just riding with mates, this time trial counts towards your overall General Classification (GC) placing. Be sure to keep some gas in the tank for the climb on the way back to the finish!
STAGE 1 162 km – 1,735 m
In at the deep end!
Stage 1 takes the peloton out to the rolling farmlands of the Swartland region – we’ve eased you in gently over the weekend and now things will start to get real. Expect a tough day on the bike with two stunning climbs before an optional stop on the way back at the Drakenstein prison, site of Nelson Mandela’s release in 1990.
STAGE 2 114 km – 1,634 m
The three passes
At 114km, Stage 2 is the shortest of the 2020 Cape Rouleur but by no means the easiest. The route takes each group back to Stellenbosch and over the Helshoogte pass, through the town of Stellenbosch, and on to Gordon’s Bay. The next part of our route is over St Lowry’s Pass which is renown for it’s high winds and heavy traffic, so for this reason all riders and their bikes will be transported from Gordon’s Bay to Peregrine Farm Stall where lunch will be served. Straight after lunch the road heads skywards once again with the 5 km Red Climb on Viljoen’s Pass. There is little chance to waste thereafter as we pass the Theewaterskloof Dam before the slow grind to the base of the Franschhoek Pass will test even the strongest riders with 2 climbs already in their legs. And to add insult to injury, even with all the racing done, there is still one final challenge of Stage 2, the 8 km climb up Franschhoek Pass. After enjoying the view from the top, the day’s work almost done, it’s a quick roll down to Franschhoek and recovery time.
STAGE 3 144 km – 1,728 m
Stage 3 takes us through some of the most scenic and iconic routes in the Western Cape as we leave our base in Franschhoek for the last time and journey to the grand finale in Gordon’s Bay. Right from the start it’s up and over Franschhoek Pass as a rude early leg-tester. Once settled on the other side, a flat and fast section via Villiersdorp takes a southerly aspect with lunch at 65 km at Gabrielskloof where some shade and a refuel will be more than needed. With a further 76 km of Stage 3 after lunch, however, there is no room for complacency. Turning south-west the Ocean calls, but beforehand 40 km of rolling roads beckon and the frenetic nature of this section quickly gives way to the tranquil view of the Indian Ocean as we make the turn along Clarence Drive. Breath-taking scenery will provide sufficient distraction as the kilometres whizz by. In no time at all Gordon’s Bay will come into view, marking the end of Stage 3 and the beginning of the post-race festivities. The stunning Krystal Beach Hotel awaits, where the HotChillee crew will welcome riders!
FESTIVAL RIDE 100km – 768m
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. For the last few years we have stopped at Velokhaya Life Cycling Academy to see the excellent work done to support their young members living in one of the toughest areas in Cape Town.