The Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour returns to its roots on Sunday 19 January 2020 with an exciting 97 km course that takes place in the Cape Winelands’ spectacular scenery. Sponsored by Medihelp Medical Aid and hosted by the Pedal Power Association (PPA), the tour caters for both novice and experienced cyclists. The event will once again start at Stellenbosch High School and cements its status as a premier seeding event for the 2020 Cape Town Cycle Tour.
Incorporating 1 191 m of climbing, the course gets straight into the swing of things and takes you over the beautiful Helshoogte Pass through Pniel and towards Franschhoek until you get the Wemmershoek turnoff about 21 km into your ride. This will be the last stretch until you reach your first waterpoint at 30,5 km in front of Pearl Valley Golf Estate. From there you will cycle towards Paarl and at 36,8 km you will turn right onto Lustigan Road/Drakenstein Road. You will stay on Lustigan for a short distance before turning right into Denneboom and Sonstraal roads at 39,9 km.
The second refreshment station will be at the 55,1 km mark shortly after Wellington graveyard – make sure to rehydrate as your next waterpoint is on the R44 opposite Windmeul Winery at the 63,5 km mark. You will be welcomed into Klapmuts with another waterpoint at 79,8 km from where your final journey back to the venue will commence.
With only 9 km to go, the last push is in sight once you hit the Medihelp waterpoint at Knorhoek – grab a banana and have some Coke for the final stretch. The finish will be on the Helshoogte road before Idas Valley and a neutral zone will take you back to the venue, where you will receive your well-deserved medal and Coke. Take your bike to the secure bike park while you relax and enjoy the hospitality on offer.
Food and entertainment
Seattle Coffee will be there for your caffeine fix and there will be a wide variety of food and drink stalls. Kids entertainment will allow the little ones to have some fun whilst mom and dad enjoy the live entertainment on offer.
Route: 97 km with 1 191 m of climbing.
Entry fee: R350 or R330 for PPA members (remains the same as 2019).
PPA info tent: PPA staff will be able to answer any questions.
Bike shop: Situated at the start to assist with minor bike adjustments and you can buy any last-minute spares.
Prize-giving: Starting at 11:00, the winners will be receiving a total of R60 000 in prize money. There’s also a lucky draw right after, so stay put and you could win great prizes.