Fancy a 3 day fully supported road cycling tour…

The Cape Classic 380  is a fully supported 3 day road riding tour that happens on the 27th, 28th and 29th of October in and around Montague. It’s not a race, let’s get that out the way first. It’s a tour, guided by a lead vehicle, paced by ride captains, supported by safety motorbikes, followed by mechanics and tracked by ambulance. You won’t get dropped or left alone on the road. You won’t go hungry as we provide lunch every day! What you will get is one heluva an experience in group riding to kick start your summer fitness regime!

What we need from you is to be riding 80kms comfortably by the start of the tour. If that’s a bit daunting, then join one of our Embark programs now and get you fitness to the right level over the next few months.

The beauty of the Cape Classic 380 is that there are ‘race’ sections inserted into each day of riding, for those that want to give it some stick during the days. But remember, you will never get left behind or isolated because of the nature of the support.

Cape Classic Route – Day 1
The Cape Classic will be based in Montagu, in the Western Cape on the famous Route 62, which will be having it annual Rose Festival over that weekend.
Day 1: There and Back Again, a Koo Valley Tale
27 Oct 7:00 am Start at the Start Venue (The Montagu Country Hotel, 27 Bath Street)
Riders will assemble at the start venue and ride up the majestic Koo valley where the formidable Burgers and Rooihoogte passes await. The Stage will be 140km long and involve a total climb of 2228m. We will ride as Pelotons but given the nature of the climbs and descents some splintering of the groups will be inevitable.
Spring should be in full bloom when we ride and the fruit blossoms will provide a perfumed carpet of flowers around us if you have the energy to look up!

Cape Classic Route – Day 2
Day 2: A Cruise around the Breede River
28 Oct 7:00 am Start at the Start Venue
The ride will be through the picturesque Breede River valley in a loop from Montagu around Bonnievale.
The stage will be 108 km and involve a relatively tame 1089m of climbing. The ride will be in Peloton with 2 designated sprint points.
We’ll cross the Breede River twice, once on a Trestle Bridge and once through a ford, plus go over the Groot Rivier.
Given the river valleys we will be going through the riding is mostly through lush rolling terrain, though we do have a 250m climb at the 76km mark to keep us honest.
We’ll pass through a number of famous wine estates, perhaps some sampling after the ride?

Day 3: Historic South Africa
29 Oct 7:00 am Start at the Start Venue
Stage 3 will take the ride from Montagu (founded 1851) through the beautiful Slanghoek valley with a mountain top finish at the top of Michell’s pass. 140km of cycling with 1323m of ascending complete the tour. There will be one designated sprint point and Michell’s Pass will count for King of the Mountains. .
As we ride out of Montagu for the last time we’ll be under a rolling start al la the Grand Tours, which will give us some time to notice the National monuments down Long street (the most in 1 street in South Africa) and the English Fort perched on the rocks above the tunnel as we exit Montagu.
The ride will then go through Ashton (1897), Robertson (1853), Rawsonville and the magnificent Slanghoek Valley (1709), where will will take a refreshment break.
We’ll then turn right towards Ceres, with the historic Bainskloof Pass (1853) on our left, the last climb up to the top of Mitchell’s Pass (1848 also built by Andrew Bain) for the finish and then a short cruise into Ceres for our final celebratory drinks.

So if this tickles your fancy for a fantastic 3 day road riding tour, then please enter here

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