RACE ROUTE

Stage 1

Sunday 3 February 2019
Distance:  83km
Start Location:  Olympia Estate
Finish Location:  Chandelier Game Reserve

STAGE 1 ROUTE DESCRIPTION

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For the first time the Trans Cape journey kicks off in the beautiful Garden Route town of George, at the foot of the majestic Outeniqua Mountains.
Our new race registration venue at Olympia Estate is also the starting point for stage 1 of the 2019 adventure. An easy roll on the tar neutral zone followed by a short gravel section gets the legs warmed up and leads you straight towards the mountains and your first climb of TC19. This is followed by a very enjoyable, winding jeep track section though mountain fynbos and indigenous forest. You exit this fun stretch straight onto the Montagu Pass road, where a quick stop is required at the historic old Toll House to pay your ‘toll fees’ before you can commence your attack up this famous old pass. Once on top, take a moment to admire the view and then buckle up for a super-fast decent. The next 30km’s or so is all beautiful, fast-flowing gravel as you leave the lush garden route behind and work your way deep into the heart of the stunning, semi-arid Klein Karoo. The last 20km’s is certainly another highlight of the day as we head north along one of the rustic back roads and into the famous Chandelier Game Lodge. Then it is fun! fun! fun! all the way home …except for the ‘backstabber climb’ that provides a last little sting in the tail. But once up and over, you are handsomely rewarded with some fantastic, fast-flowing single track back down and fun jeep track all the way to the finish line! 

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Stage 2

Monday 4 February 2019
Distance:  83km
Start Location:  Chandelier Game Reserve
Finish Location:  Rooiberg Lodge
 

STAGE 2 ROUTE DESCRIPTION

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We start off with a short roll back down the valley before taking a right turn and straight into a challenging and rocky jeep track climb that is vintage Klein Karoo. A short and technical descent takes you into the next valley where another stretch of fun jeep track leads you out of Chandelier and into some private land. A short tar crossing connects onto another enjoyable jeep track section as we continue down the valley in the direction of Gamkaberg, providing an imposing backdrop and some painful, yet very proud, memories for all riders of previous TransCape editions that crossed this formidable beast. Exiting the valley and jeep tracks section, it is now onto what is arguably one of the Klein Karoo’s most scenic back roads as it twists and turns its way along the foothills of the splendid Gamka and Rooiberg mountains. There are a couple of biting climbs early on before the road eases off into what is essentially a long and fast drop all the way down into the Gouritz River valley. Temperatures will no doubt be heating up by now, so take some time at the river crossing to freshen up in the cool clean water as there is some work to be done on the way out. The road surface is good though, so the climbing, although significant, is still flowing and as always, the scenery is fantastic. We join the main Rooiberg Pass road a couple km’s from the lodge where a last short climb takes you to an exhilarating descent right into the reserve entrance. Then it is just a short dash up the valley to the finish line at Rooiberg Lodge where warm hospitality, great food and a cool swimming pool awaits!   

Stage 3

Tuesday 5 February 2019
Distance:  78km
Ascent: 1300m 
Start Location:  Rooiberg Lodge
Finish Location:  Langenhoven School Riversdal
 

STAGE 3 ROUTE DESCRIPTION

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The scenic reserve road heading out from Rooiberg Lodge winds through the reserve and is sure to get you in the mood for another great day on the bike! We take a right turn out of the reserve and start to work our way southward through some more great rolling back roads. We cross a river, followed by an enjoyable private farm section which links us back up to the main Van Wyksdorp road. A quick gravel dash later and you find yourself at the entrance of the by now legendary Kanga section. The next 35km is some truly honest mountain biking through private game farms teaming with wildlife and spectacular scenery. This is certainly one of my favorite TransCape sections. Just you, your bike and some truly unique wilderness …and the KangaKrusher. Get up this short sharp double stinging little beast without pushing and you will finally be able to justify why you absolutely had to pay that much for your bike. We exit the Kanga at the foot of Garcia Pass where one last obstacle stands between you and the finish line. You hit the tar for a short run to the last off-road section up a stretch of the old gravel pass before rejoining the tar. Now it is ‘sit back and enjoy the ride home’ time. The tar winds gently upwards through some of the most pristine fynbos environment you will ever see. Then grip your handles and enjoy the flight down Garcia pass. You never knew you loved tar this much! Then give it all you got on the fast flat run into Riversdale where a hero’s welcome from all the kids at Langenhoven School awaits.

Stage 4

Wednesday 6 February 2019
Distance:  104km
Start Location:  Langenhoven School Riversdal
Finish Location:  Gaikou Lodge

Stage 5

Thursday 7 February 2019
Distance:  98km
Start Location:  Gaikou Lodge
Finish Location:  The Oaks
 

Stage 6

Friday 8 February 2019
Distance:  76km
Start Location:  The Oaks
Finish Location:  Houw Hoek Inn
 

Stage 7

Saturday 9 February 2019
Distance:  69km
Start Location:  Houw Hoek Inn
Finish Location:  La Couronne