Route overview for Weskustoer 2018 Stage 4, on Saturday 26 May 2018
Kraalbaai to Riebeeck
Today our highest point will be just before the end, so keep something in the tank for the finish. We leave Kraalbaai and cycle through the park to the R27 gate at 21kms. Turn right onto the R27 and stay in the yellow lane for 10kms. At the Yzerfontein intersection (at 31kms) we turn left from the R27 onto the R315 to Darling. A gradual incline and some rolling hills follow. We reach Darling at 47kms, just before halfway for the day. Just outside of Darling we turn left to stay on the R315 to Malmesbury, which we reach at 80kms. The R315 becomes the R45 in Malmesbury and outside of town (just after the Swartland Kelder) we turn from the R45 onto the R46 (at 86kms). Just 15kms to go and from here on we start with a gradual climb to summit Bothmaskloof.
All good things come to an end. See you next year.
This is the home of Tannie Evita Bezuidenhout, the most famous white woman in South Africa. At Evita se Perron you can meet Tannie Evita, plus many of SA’s most loved icons & loathed aikonas, along with other respected yet scandalous members of Evita’s family.
Mountain passes on Stage 4
Finally, on the last day, just before the end, we have our first official mountain pass. But even this one is quick and easy to negotiate. Welcome to Bothmaskloof.
About the Riebeek valley
Riebeek West is a small town situated in the Swartland, 5 km from Riebeek 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, Riebeek-Kasteel. It was the birthplace of General Jan Christiaan Smuts, former SA Prime Minister.