“We are delighted to announce that the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour taking place on 20 January 2019 will start and finish at Val de Vie Estate,” said David Bellairs, Media, Marketing and Sponsorship director of the Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust.
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.
“Partnering with Val de Vie is really exciting,” said Bellairs. “We are always looking for ways to innovate and improve our events and this world class venue will raise the stature of the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour. We look forward to working with Ryk Neethling and his team who are all so passionate about the sport.”
“We’re thrilled to be hosting the Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour,” commented Val de Vie Marketing Director and Shareholder, Ryk Neethling. “Our residents lead active outdoor lifestyles, embracing all 917 hectares of natural splendour that Val de Vie Estate has to offer.”
According to Neethling there are well over 100 active cyclists who live on the estate and participate in this popular event each year. “It was a natural fit,” he said.
The Medihelp Stellenbosch Cycle Tour will take place on Sunday, 20 January 2019 and, while the start (and finish) venue has changed, 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 here 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.
However, some might ask why it is still called the ‘Stellenbosch’ Cycle Tour if it is now hosted outside of town. Neethling has the answer. “The new bridge over the Berg River we recently completed links directly to the R45 Simondium Road and means we are 15 minutes away from Stellenbosch,” he said.
The Yard at Val de Vie Estate will play host to the event. This state-of-the-art lifestyle centre will feature an Olympic-size outdoor swimming pool, Reuben’s & Co. Café by Reuben Riffel, 1000m² gym with CrossFit facilities as well as an ASG indoor cycling training centre and small bike shop.
Entries for the 2019 race opened on Tuesday 9 October.
To enter, visit www.stellenboschcycletour.co.za. Entries cost R330 for PPA members and R350 for non-PPA members.