Stage 1

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Elite Men

Elite Women

Last Rider

Start

07:00

07:10

08:05

Spectator A

08:10

08:45

10:30

Spectator B

08:45

09:20

11:40

Spectator C

09:35

10:00

13:20

Spectator D

10:45

11:25

15:40

Finish

11:35

12:15

17:20

 *Predicted times only.

 

Spectator Point A: Creation Wines

Perched on a hillock in the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley Creation Wines is the first spectator point where fans will get to see the riders racing shoulder-to-shoulder. 29.5 kilometres into the opening marathon stage and 21 kilometres from the race village, at Hermanus High School, they will be serving breakfast while the Absa Cape Epic flies by. 

Website: www.creationwines.com
Kilometres into the stage: 29.5km
Distance from race village: 21km 

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FROM RACE VILLAGE (20min)

DIRECTIONS FROM RACE VILLAGE

Creation Wines from Hermanus High School Drive
Leave Hermanus High School on Lord Roberts Street (Towards Ocean) 300m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Royal Street 700m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Main Road (R43) 3.5km
Turn RIGHT onto Hemel en Aarde Pad (R320) 16.4km
Turn LEFT into Creation Wines 200m
Turn LEFT - Direction Tasting Room 400m
Arrive at Spectator Point A  
TOTAL DISTANCE: 20.6km  
 

Spectator Point B: The One at Katkloof

The One is a recently completed wedding venue on the Katkloof Farm at the summit of the Hemel en Aarde Valley. Riders need to pass Stage 1’s Dimension Data Hotspot, atop the Katkloof Climb, to reach The One; so fans can expect the field to have spread out. It is a great spot to get a first impression of who the form teams will be at the front of the race, and one where amateur riders may need your encouraging cheers.  

Website: www.oneheavenandearth.co.za
Kilometres into the stage: 43km
Distance from race village: 30km 

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FROM RACE VILLAGE (30min)

FROM SPEC A-B (15min)

DIRECTIONS FROM RACE VILLAGE

The One from Hermanus High School Drive
Leave Hermanus High School on Lord Roberts Street (Towards Ocean) 300m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Royal Street 700m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Main Road (R43) 3.5km
Turn RIGHT onto Hemel en Aarde Pad (R320) 25km
Turn LEFT into The One  100m
Arrive at Spectator Point B  
TOTAL DISTANCE: 28.7km  
 

Spectator Point C: Solitaire Farm

Nestled between the Hartbeesrivier and the Kleinrivier Solitaire Farm is the most remote of all the 2019 Absa Cape Epic spectator points, but it is also sure to be one of the busiest. With the Tesselaarsdal Primary School students being given the morning off classes riders can expect a rambunctious welcome. With 63 of the stage’s 112 kilometres covered lots of challenging riding remains so if you are supporting a rider they will appreciate you driving the 13 kilometres, on gravel, from the R320.

Kilometres into the stage: 63km
Distance from race village: 41km 

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FROM RACE VILLAGE (40min)

FROM SPEC B-C (15min)

DIRECTIONS FROM RACE VILLAGE

Solitaire from Hermanus High School Drive
Leave Hermanus High School on Lord Roberts Street (Towards Ocean) 300m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Royal Street 700m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Main Road (R43) 3.5km
Turn RIGHT onto Hemel en Aarde Pad (R320) 23.2km
Turn RIGHT onto Gravel Road - Direction Solitaire  12.5km
Arrive at Spectator Point C  
TOTAL DISTANCE: 39.3km  
 

Spectator Point D: Spookfontein Wines

With the first riders expected past Spookfontein Wines at 10:45 mountain biking fans, especially those following slower riders, will be able to indulge in produce which makes the Hemel en Aarde Valley famous at Spectator Point D. The wine tasting deck at Spookfontein not only offers great views over the valley below but also of the racing actions, both can be enjoyed with a wine tasting. 

Website: www.spookfontein.co.za
Kilometres into the stage: 92.5km
Distance from race village: 17km 

VIEW MAP:

FROM RACE VILLAGE (20min)

FROM SPEC C-D (20min)

DIRECTIONS FROM RACE VILLAGE

Spookfontein Wines from Hermanus High School Drive
Leave Hermanus High School on Lord Roberts Street (Towards Ocean) 300m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Royal Street 700m
At the Roundabout take the 3rd Exit onto Main Road (R43) 3.5km
Turn RIGHT onto Hemel en Aarde Pad (R320) 12.5km
Turn RIGHT into Spookfontein Wines  800m
Arrive at Spectator Point D - Enter Through Tasting Room   
TOTAL DISTANCE: 16.9km  
*Please follow marshal instructions