Route description for Tour de Boland 2018 Stage 1, on Sunday 4 March 2018
CPT Stadium to Franschhoek
Start in Cape Town, at the famous World Cup stadium, under the shadow of the more famous Table Mountain. Take pictures, send to friends. Meet the Boland Team – Nico, Carinus and partners. Ride – as one group – all the way to Bloubergstrand, for breakfast by the sea – and some pictures for your loved ones with Table Mountain in the distance. Most of day one will be one group – so the pace will be leisurely, as we discover the sights and sounds, as well as each other.
We cross the busy R27 after Melkbosstrand, and then we go south for a bit, in order to reach the quiet rolling hills leading us to Klipheuwel – for a bit of water and energy – and then onto Simondium, more snacks down the road – our final haul towards Franschhoek is fast – depending on the wind, but do make sure to look around at this amazing winelands-world of which we are very proud.
Flat to up
There are no mountain passes on Stage 1, but we do have a subtle incline all the way from the coast to the finish.
Franschhoek is a town in South Africa’s Western Cape with centuries-old vineyards and Cape Dutch architecture. Trails wind through flowers and wildlife at Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve to views over Franschhoek Valley. The Huguenot Memorial Museum and neighboring monument honor the area’s French settlers, who arrived in the 17th and 18th centuries. Franschhoek Motor Museum displays vintage cars amid mountain farmland.