Route description for Tour de Boland 2019 Stage 3, on Tuesday 5 March 2019
Slanghoek to Montagu
We leave Goudini and retrace the last bit from yesterday, to Aan-de-Doorns, where we turn left towards Route 60. Turn right towards Robertson (and start climbing ever so slightly and hardly noticeable at first) to reach the highest point for the day at 47km and then free down the next 10kms to the breakfast stop under the Big Red Chair at Rooiberg Wine Cellars.
Freedom of choice
Just after Graham Beck Wines (63km in) is another hill, turning 90 degrees to the left. Enjoy the freewheel into Robertson and then we have a choice of two route options. The simplest and flattest is to stay on the current road and continue through Ashton and Cogmanskloof to Montagu. The alternative adds another 25km and a small climb over Skilpadhoogte Pass. In order to make use of this longer alternative, you have to turn right at the traffic circle on the outskirts of Robertson and follow the Breerivier into Bonnievale, where we turn left into Voortrekker road and head up out of Bonnievale for about 10kms before we rejoin the R60 by turning left towards Ashton & Montagu.
The very last stint of this stage is by far the most spectacular, as we head out of Ashton onto the start of the iconic Route 62. Amazing rock formations will open up around you as we pass through Cogmanskloof to finish in the rock climbing capital of South Africa, Montagu.
One or two. If you opt for the longer Bonnievale loop then you will add Skildpadhoogte.
And everyone will pass through Cogmanskloof. No climbing.
Montagu is about 180 km from Cape Town in Western Klein Karoo. It is named after former secretary of the Cape Colony, John Montagu, but was once known as Agter Cogman’s Kloof, Cogman’s Kloof linking the town and railway station. It is situated at the confluence of the Keisie and Kingna rivers. Montagu is near the Robertson Wine Valley, and is most easily reached via the Route 62 scenic route (the way we reach it on ouir bicycles).
Montagu was founded on the farm “Uitvlugt” in 1851, and is known for its hot mineral springs and scenic mountains. It is also an agricultural centre, where orchards and vineyards are in production and local herbs are grown. The farming area, ‘Koo’, lies north of the town and is famous for the quality of its apples, pears, apricots and peaches. Nearby rock formations make it one of the country’s major rock climbing venues. The 1266 m high Bloupunt peak overlooks the village and offers several hiking trails, as well as kloofing and mountain biking trails further afield.