The New Route for 2020 takes us down to the coast!
A large part of the 2020 route is all-new, as we visit McGregor, go through quiet roads to Swellendam and visit the coast at Arniston and through the Hemel & Aarde wine valley to Hermanuspietersfontein for the first time. Only days 1 and 2 are retained to a large extent, so you can still enjoy our favourite hotel and climb over Bainskloof from Wellington’s side, as it should be.
1-2-3-4-5-6 March 2020. Our Stage numbers coincide with the calendar dates so it couldn’t be easier. You could also include an optional no cost day 7 and push your tally even further by doing the Cape Town Cycle Tour, ensuring you are on the bicycle every day from Sunday to Sunday. Click to view the individual stages and download your GPX files here:
1st From Blouberg to Riebeek
The Tour starts from the iconic Table Mountain viewpoint at Eden on the Bay at exactly 8am on Sunday morning the 1st of March 2020. We will gather on the area in front of Primi Piatti by the yellow large photo frame.
2nd Over Bainskloof to Goudini
We start with a long steady climb to wake the legs up Bothmaskloof before speeding down towards Malmesbury and then behind ou Paardeberg on the R45 to Wellington, before ascending Bainskloof pass from the correct side. After the Bainskloof descent we pass Bergsig Estate and turn right into the Slanghoek Valley to Goudini Spa. Meet you at the top – save something for the Goudini climb after the finish line.
3rd New via McGregor to Montagu
Day 3 becomes our Queen Stage and starts off in familiar fashion through Rawsonville and Aan-de-Doorns to Robertson. But this is where the we mix things up in going out-and-back to McGregor before resuming our route via Cogmanskloof (yip, still not finished with that pass, however loads of improvement to date). Finish in Montagu at the Spa.
4th From Montagu to Swellendam
Stage 4 starts by backtracking through the spectacular early-morning Cogmanskloof, to the circle in front of Robertson where we turn left and go on the long and quiet way around Bonnievale (not through it) to join Route 60 to Swellendam. And yes – the biggest rolling hills are found towards the end.
5th Down to the coast at Arniston
Last time I cycled this road I met fewer than 10 vehicles over a stretch of 100kms. This remoteness (with more rolling hills in-between) becomes our theme after turning off the N2 towards Bredasdorp, where-after the road flattens our towards the coast at Arniston. We can already feel that welcome cool ocean breeze at the end. You are sure to sleep like a dream.
6th Hemel+Aarde to Hermanus
We leave the ocean to go inland for some hills all the way to Caledon, before turning left and going down the Hemel and Aarde wine valley to finish at Hermanuspietersfontein, Make no mistake, this last day is not a walk in the park and it is still an impressive distance and contains the most vertical meters of any stage on this years’ Tour – but by now you are in great condition to tackle same. Fin. Congratulations on finish TDB20.
7th (Optional) to Stellenbosch
This optional day is unsupported, but you are welcome to join our organisers in cycling back to their respective homes in Stellenbosch. En route we’ll be sure to stop for a coffee (maybe even more than once) before the scenic Clarence Drive. We debrief at the flagship Specialized store in Paradyskloof, before parting ways. Now go and grab your Argus number for the Cycle Tour Sunday (if someone has not already been so kind as to collect it on your behalf).
8th Argus on your own
And now for the grand finale. This is excluded from our ride (which ended on Friday afternoon already), but is likely why you toured with us for the whole week. You are in peak condition for the Cape Town Cycle Tour’s familiar route around the Cape Peninsula and as every year we see plenty of Tour de Boland cycling shirts going round. Have fun, and see you next year.
Your totals will be as follow
- 6 days – 660km & 6600m – for just the Tour
- 7 days – 770km & 7600m – with optional day
- 8 days – 880km & 9000m – with the CTCT