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The Cape Rouleur 2016

28/02/2016 - Franschhoek - Multi-Day

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The Cape Rouleur is a multi stage endurance road event that covers 600km and over 6000m of climbing. It is a pro style event that has rolling road closures and full logistic and crew support.

Cape Rouleur rider's also get the opportunity to gain seeded entry to the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, the world's largest individually timed cycle race followed by VIP hospitality. This gives participants a full week of cycling, comprising the three stages of the Cape Rouleur, a 112km Festival ride into Cape Town escorted in style by the City traffic police. 

The Cape Rouleur takes riders through the stunning South African scenery in the Western Cape, over mountain passes such as Franschhoek, Viljeon's and Houw Hoek, around Paarl Mountain and through the Perdeberg National Reserve. Riders will enjoy the stunning Clarence Drive from Gordon's Bay - called by Phil Liggett "my favourite stretch of road on the planet". Riders are based in one of the oldest towns in South Africa and the heart of gastronomy and wine in the country, Franschhoek. As with all HotChillee events, it is organised to bring enthusiasts as close to the Tour de France experience as possible, with motorbike outriders, ride captains, lead and support vehicles from Vehicle Partner Hertz and access to masseurs and mechanics provided by Local Retail Partner, Cycle Lab.

How To Enter:

Early Bird entry for the Cape Rouleur 2016 will open on 9 March 2015 at midday. Payment can be made in instalments or made in full.  Entries can only be performed online at


Sunday 28 Feb:

Sign On for the Cape Rouleur, Franschhoek

Rider briefing followed by 7.6km seeding prologue

Monday 29 Feb:

Stage 1 of the Cape Rouleur (128km, 527m ascent, max gradient 2%): Stay in Franschhoek. This stage sees riders leaving Franschhoek in a north-westerly direction past numerous wineries before turning northwards onto rolling roads. Turning right skirting the Perdeberg National Reserve and the Perdeberg mountains to arrive at the day's lunch stop at Ridgeback Winery at 82km ( After lunch, rolling southwards before turning left to pass the Fairview winery - famous also for goats as well as cheese. Then negotiating southern Paarl to turn for home but not before stopping at the Drakenstein Prison where Nelson Mandela was released on 12 February 1990. The final push into a hopefully not too strong prevailing south-easter brings the riders back to Frankschhoek to end Day 1.

Tuesday 1 March:

Stage 2 (146km, 1,939m ascent, max gradient 8%): Stay in Franschhoek. This is the toughest day of climbing, heading east over Franschhoek pass, then south to Theewaterskloof dam. The route then heads south over Viljoen's pass to Elgin stopping for lunch at 66km at the Houw Hoek Farm Stall before climbing the Houw Hoek pass returning via Villersdorp, the Theewaterskloof dam and back over the Franschhoek pass home.

Wednesday 2 March:

Stage 3 (208km, 2,006m ascent, max gradient 8%): Stay in Franschhoek. This is the longest day and will require an early start before sunrise, so lights will be obligatory. Leaving Franschhoek in one peloton riders will climb Helshoogte ("Hellish Hill") and descend into the university town of Stellenbosch before turning southwards. A quick stop at the Mooiberge Farm Stall, famous for strawberries and scarecrows, for a coffee and muffin, and the riders will be re-started in their groups to continue to Somerset West and onwards to Gordon's Bay. From there we take one of the most scenic coastal roads in the world, passing Rooi Els, Pringle Bay and Betty's Bay and its resident penguins. It is almost certain that riders will see a troop of baboons somewhere en-route. The ride then turns inland at Kleinmond stopping for lunch at 132km at the Salandra Farm Stall before climbing back over the Houw Hoek Pass from the other direction to return again via Theewaterskloof dam and the final climb back over the Franschhoek pass home.

The day is followed by prizes and a celebration dinner with dignitaries and press at the Grand Finale Dinner & Presentation in Franschhoek.

Thursday 3 March:

A slightly more relaxed ride, albeit still 112km long (414m ascent, max gradient 3%) , in groups from Franschhoek. The lunch stop is at Nitida Wine Farm at 66km ( Escorted from there into central Cape Town as one "Festive" peloton of 200 riders by the Cape Town motor cycle police, followed by a celebratory drinks reception on the Waterfront.

Friday 4 March:
Rest Day

Saturday 5 March (Optional):
Unescorted Twitter ride with Stephen Roche.

Sunday 6 March (Optional):
The Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour seeded entry, followed by VIP finish line hospitality.

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Event Website

HQ/Start Address
Address Line 1 Franschhoek
Address Line 2 Nr Cape Town
Town South Africa
Event Facilities
Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event) Food & Drink (Pre/Post Event)
Sign-on at HQ Sign-on at HQ

Support for Participants
Route card with emergency contact details Route card with emergency contact details
SAG wagon following laster rider(s) SAG wagon following laster rider(s)

Organiser Details
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County Antrim

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