The 24th Coronation Double Century team cycle event will take place on the traditional route on Saturday, 26 November 2016 when 250 teams of up to 12 riders each will cycle 202km around the Overberg towns of Swellendam, Montagu, Ashton, Robertson and Bonnievale.
Although a section of the traditional event route is still under construction, the CDC organisers have secured access to the roads for the duration of the event.
Following extensive discussions and negotiations between the CDC organisers, Provincial Government, the road contractors Basil Reed and local Swellendam authorities, and Minister Donald Grant and his team in the Provincial Department of Transport for their assistance and co-operation in facilitating the discussions that have led to the securing of the route.
“In an effort to ensure that safety of all participants is prioritised, we have had to meet and satisfy all concerns around risk mitigation and safety in taking a cycling event of this nature through a construction site,” says David Bellairs, a director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust (CTCTT).
“As such, an extended neutral zone will be implemented as a safety measure on the stretch of road between Montagu and the feed zone in Ashton. A strict speed limit will be implemented and timing mats will be deployed at the start of the construction area and the Ashton feed zone. Any cyclists exceeding the prescribed max speed through the area will receive a 30 minute time penalty for their team.”
Bellairs advises those wishing to participate in the 24th Coronation Double Century, to acquaint themselves with the changes for this years event, as they will need to accept the conditions under which the 2016 event will be held, including the extended neutral zone which will include a 400-500m graveled section of road.”
The Coronation Double Century is a Pedal Power Association event organised by the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust on their behalf.
The following temporary road closures have been approved by both the Swellendam Municipality and Provincial Department of Roads and Public Works for the duration of the event.
|Road Closures: Roads affected||Times of closure|
|Somerset Road, Swellendam||04:00 – 07:30|
|R324 – Tradouw Pass||06:00 – 09:00|
|R62 Cogmanskloof Pass||08:15 – 12:00|
|Van Riebeek Road – Montagu||08:00 – 11:30|
|Van Eeden Street – Swellendam||11:00 – 17:00|
|Murray Street & Stasie Street on either side of the Swellendam Show Grounds||04:00 – 16:30|
|R317 – (From Rooibrug to Bonnievale Cellars)||10:00 – 14:30|
|Zandvliet Road – Ashton||08:30 – 12:30|
Thank you for your understanding and patience during the short delays that may be experienced as a result of the Coronation Double Century.