Route description for Tour de Boland 2019 Stage 5, on Thursday 7 March 2019
Tulbagh to Riebeeck West
The Bain Legacy
Engineers Andrew & Thomas Bain — find out more about this Father & Son team and their contribution to some of the best roads in South Africa here.
We start by retracing a couple of kms, turning right to go through Wolseley and at the next T-junction right again, towards the Slanghoek Valley. After yesterday’s valiant effort you deserve a treat – and it comes in the forms of the most iconic climb of the Tour – Bains Kloof Pass. This never-ender with a false summit will have to mesmerized all the way to the top. We stop for breakfast at the top, while overlooking Wellington (and the spectacular mountain bike trials around Welvanpas).
Be wary of the many roots the lifted the tarmac on the descent down Bains Kloof towards Wellington – you’ll likely be quicker on a mountain bike than a road bike here. We shy away from the centre of town, heading to Hermon, then the farm stall (last stop, might not even be necessary). Finish through Riebeek-Kasteel to the Riebeek Valley Hotel in Riebeek West — can anyone say Jan van Riebeeck?
Bains Kloof. You have to experience this. We take the long way up.
About the Riebeeck valley
Riebeeck West is a small town situated in the Swartland, 5 km from Riebeeck Kasteel and about 75 km north-east of Cape Town. The Valley is known for its wheat, wines and more recently olives. The area was first seen by Cape Dutch scouts in the late 17th century. The town (current population about 4000) was established as a parish of the Dutch Reformed Church in 1858 and named after its neighbour, Riebeeck-Kasteel. It was the birthplace of General Jan Christiaan Smuts, former SA Prime Minister.