Route description for Tour de Vine 2018 Stage 5, on Friday 16 March 2018
Riebeeck to Stellenbosch
We leave to Riebeek Valley Hotel and Riebeek West through Riebeek-Kasteel and turn right at Kloovenburg onto our first and only climb for the day – the sweeping bend of Bothmaskloof. After the summit we chase down to the T-junction, then right and through the outskirts of Malmesbury before hopping on to the R304 towards Stellenbosch. Continue on this wide-shoulder road all the way across the N1, then left after Joostenberg onto the R101 Old Paarl road for 3kms before a right hand turn onto the Muldersvlei road at De Meye. Pass the Agricultural Training Institute of Elsenburg before we turn left onto the R44 and left again to finish at Delvera.
Congratulations are in order. We look forward to riding with you again, soon.
Bothmaskloof, right at the start.
Stellenbosch is situated 50kms from CPT, along the banks of the Eerste river. It was founded in 1679 by the Governor Simon van der Stel, who named it after himself. It is the second oldest European settlement in the province, after Cape Town. It is also known as Eikestad, due to the large number of oak trees planted by its founder, to grace the streets and homesteads.
Stellenbosch boasts some of the oldest schools in the country, produced the first national rugby team captain when Paul Roos lead the Springboks, is home to the Stellenbosch University and has a modern science park on its southern side, Technopark. The South African wine industry produces about 1,000,000,000 litres of wine annually and Stellenbosch, situated in the centre of the Cape Winelands, is the primary location for viticulture and viticulture research. Oh, and it boasts some of the best mountain biking sporrts in the country.