The Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 20 January 2019 with the start and finish at Val De Vie Estate. The Western Cape’s second-largest road cycling event will once again act as the final premier seeding event for the 2019 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
The 102-kilometre route remains largely unchanged and will still feature some 1285-metres of total ascent. The proverbial sting, however, now lies in the tail. Cyclists leave the picturesque Val De Vie Estate via the R301 before turning onto Lustigan Road – as in the past – and on to Denneboom Road.
There are a few rolling bumps to get the legs firing before the first real drag up Bo Dal Road. The first water point is bound to be a welcome sight just before Wellington, from where cyclists will turn left onto Champagne Street. This will take them West past the Windmill Winery toward the second water point at 40km.
From there they will head South toward Stellenbosch on the characteristically rolling hills of the R44. It is only once the R44 is dealt with, that Helshoogte Pass, the biggest challenge of the day, beckons.
From there it is a fast 30kms to the finish via the long descent into Pniel. A right turn at Boschendal will see cyclists head back on the R301 (Wemmershoek Road) and turn left into the finish at Val De Vie Estate.
The route takes in the finest winelands and mountain scenery of the Boland – and offers every opportunity for a fast time and the opportunity to improve your seeding for the Cape Town Cycle Tour.
“The Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour is an ideal event to increase awareness for Medihelp Medical Scheme and the service and products offered”, said Heyn van Rooyen, Principal Officer of Medihelp. “The Western Cape is one of the key growth areas for Medihelp and it is important to associate the Scheme with established events such as the Stellenbosch Cycle Tour. We look forward to seeing all the cyclists at Val de Vie Estate in January”, Van Rooyen said.
For more information visit www.stellenboschcycletour.co.za