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2020 Stage 4

Thursday, March 19, 2020
Distance
101km
Climbing
1950m
Start Location
Saronsberg
Finish Location
CPUT
 

 

 

The Forgotten Valley

After three days with precious few free kilometres the transition stage from Saronsberg, in Tulbagh, to the Cape Peninsula University of Technology’s Wellington campus appears on paper to be an easier day. The first 100-kilometre plus stage includes more asphalt than any other in the race. Yes, the early kilometres may tick past with unnerving ease, but once the surface begins to roughen the challenges will come thick and fast. Brutally uneven dual tracks through a private game reserve provide a sudden shock. Kluitjieskraal Climb reinforces that this is the Absa Cape Epic after all. A truly untamed section of riding follows; remote and rugged, concluded with the stage’s Land Rover Technical Terrain, Bull Run. Bainskloof Pass is by no means the most strenuous of the Cape’s iconic mountain passes; but be warned, do not burn too many matches racing up it. A final sting provided by the Wild Boar Trails’ white trail climb will catch those who have left nothing in reserve. 

Land Rover Technical Terrain: Bull Run

Descending from the Zuurvlakte towards the Wolseley Valley the Land Rover Technical Terrain showcases the rockiest section of dual track on the stage. Eroded by wind, water and the hooves of seemingly feral cattle even the route partner’s vehicles will need to engage low range 4x4 to master the descent. For riders it is a matter of focus and knowing where to back-off the limit, the Bull Run is not the place to take undue risks.