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CORONATION DOUBLE CENTURY CYCLE CHALLENGE
DATE 24 November 2018
TIME 05h15
ORGANISERS Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust
DISTANCE 202;
PROVINCE Western Cape
START VENUE Swellendam Primary School,Fairbairn Street ,Swellendam
PRIMARY CONTACT
NAME Race Organiser
NUMBER 087-8207223
EMAIL info@coronationdc.co.za
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WORK NUMBER 021-6814333
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Pre-entries: www.coronationdc.co.za. This event is strictly pre-entry.




DIRECTIONS

Race Start Coordinates: -34.024638512914315,20.44437217817176 

Race Finish Coordinates: None

THE RUN


This epic ride starts with a relatively undemanding 10 kilometre stretch from Swellendam to Suurbraak. Most of this is on the N2 and in the interests of safety it is wise to stay in single file and keep as far left inside the road shoulder as possible. Make no mistake; this can be a tricky section. Roughly 10 kilometres outside Swellendam the route turns onto the R324 towards Suurbraak. This picturesque hamlet originated in 1812 as a settlement for the London Missionary Society. Later, in 1875 it was taken over by the Algemeende Sending Kerk. Suurbraak is in a beautiful valley with a river meandering through it, the historic buildings tell stories of days long past.

To be sure here is a place to slow down and drink in the fragrance of a quaint little town. With this sleepy little dorp behind you the first real climb of the day awaits you, the Tradouw Pass. Seasoned mountain cyclists may well scoff at the idea of this climb being called a pass but it will make its challenge felt. The Pass was built in 1873 by Sir Thomas Bain. ‘Tradau’ means 'the way of the women’ and is believed to be derived from the Khoi words ‘tra’ meaning ‘women’ and ‘dau’ meaning ‘way through’. Take some time to look at the incredible roadwork with its detailed stonewalls and cobbled lay-bys. Once over Tradouw, the route goes towards Barrydale. Here lies the real challenge of the race, a nasty seven kilometre drag called ‘Op de Tradouw’.

Take heart, this is the last major hill of the day. The route becomes pleasantly undulating from this point with some long, easy downhill stretches thrown in for good measure. Soon enough you reach the scenic town of Montagu. The town offers some great restaurants and farm stalls - perfect for stopping for a quick cup of tea and a muffin. From Montagu, the route goes through Kogmanskloof and onwards towards Ashton, well known for its racehorse-breeding and fruit-cultivation. Now with more than 100 kilometres behind you, the route turns left onto the R317 just before Robertson.

This is a good time to smell the roses for which this area is famous. The R317 is arguably one of the most scenic routes in the area following the banks of the Breede River towards Bonnievale. En route the race passes several well known wine estates. Around the 160 kilometre marker you will reach the down-to-earth farming town of Bonnievale. There is a water point and you will be able to pop into one of the cafés, supermarkets or farm stalls for something a bit more substantial. Once through Bonnievale the route turns right onto the R60 towards Drew and then left onto the road leading back to Swellendam, the third oldest town in South Africa. The final right turn onto the R60 secures your approach to the finish at the foot of the Langeberg Mountains. Most of South Africa’s youngberry crop comes from the Swellendam area and visitors are encouraged to do their own picking in November.


MEDIA RELEASE
Race Name Release Date Media Release
ORGANISER
NAME Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust
PROVINCE Western Province
EMAIL info@cycletour.co.za
WEBSITE www.cycletour.co.za
ADDRESS 65 Ave De Mist Rondebosch

CONTACT PERSON
NAME
PROVINCE
EMAIL
NUMBER 087-8207223
ADDRESS

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EDITORS NOTES



EDITORS NOTES

The Coronation Double Century has been consistently ranked in a number of our surveys as a well organised and well presented event. This is very different to a normal fun ride. It combines the competitiveness of a team event with the pleasures of long-distance cycle touring. Teams of six to 12 cyclists participate, with the first six riders across the finish line counting for the team’s standing. Tandems will be allowed to participate in either the social category or as a tandem-only.



Time Limit: 10:30

Finishers: 0

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