Roosting Rooiberg on day three of Tour de Braai

Day three of Tour de Braai took us on a forty-five kilometre route from Calitzdrop to Rooiberg Lodge via the spectacular Rooiberg Pass.

 

After another evening of incredible food paired with superb local wines and more award winning port at De Krans Wines, we casually set off at the standard 9am start time.

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Knowing that we had a seven kilometre Rooiberg Pass and the prior evenings festivities to negotiate with on the day we had anticipated a gentle start. But the high levels of gees and boyish enthusiasm within the first group resulted in a flurry of mock attacks which suitably awoke the legs and lungs, all in the name of a bit of foolish fun.

 

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A short section of tar delivered us onto the now familiar gravel as we approached the slopes of the Rooiberg Pass. The road begins to rise gently for six kilometers before it kicks up in ernest where the true climb starts over the next seven kilometres. The summit of the pass at 797m above sea level saw a number of firsts for the day: our first stop, the first glass of wine and first braai, all before noon.

 

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After a mountain top gourmet chicken burger and a glass or two of chilled De Krans Moscato we made our way down the somewhat sketchy descent on the other side of the pass. On semi slicks the few sharp and loose corners made for some exciting slippery moments as I watched those with any form of tread more confidently tackle the turns (Note to my future self: give more thought to tyres).

 

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A few testy rolling hills over the next eleven kilometers took us to our next overnight stop at an oasis tucked away in the middle of nowhere - the Rooiberg Lodge. A dip in the pool, grapefruit gin and tonics, mind blowing chocolate cake and an early afternoon massage… there’s not much more you could ask for.






12 Comments

Albatross, Nov 08 2017 07:47

looks like an absolute jol

Abdoujaparov, Nov 08 2017 11:03

Ignoring this thread.....

Fat Boab, Nov 09 2017 09:00

Jeez, is this a private Tour, or was it open to the public? If the latter, is there a webpage with info, prces etc?

 

It looks a jol!

 

Edit: I found the entry page for those interested http://braai.com/bra.../tour-de-braai/

Kylie, Nov 09 2017 11:01

"A dip in the pool, grapefruit gin and tonics, mind blowing chocolate cake and an early afternoon massage"...

 

Jealousy level: maxed out

Robbie Stewart, Nov 09 2017 12:14

blah blah blah blah "Entry fee for the Tour de Braai is R22 000 per person"...blah blah blah blah blaaaaah

Fat Boab, Nov 09 2017 01:58

"A dip in the pool, grapefruit gin and tonics, mind blowing chocolate cake and an early afternoon massage"...

 

Jealousy level: maxed out

 

Don't get jealous....get even! ;-)

Fat Boab, Nov 09 2017 02:01

I have 2 problems with this: I'm a vegetarian, and the R22k price tag. Oh sod it, I can sell a kidney, have a nibble of it before handing it over and go all in!

 

(Photos are excellent!)

Help.Me., Nov 09 2017 03:49

Man this is expensive........... how can the avg Joe like me afford to do a thing like this....jeepers

Admin, Nov 09 2017 06:17

Man this is expensive........... how can the avg Joe like me afford to do a thing like this....jeepers

It is no small sum, but my view from four days so far is that if someone were going to spend somewhere near that amount (or even significantly more) on a stage race or tour this should be a strong consideration in your calendar.

The tour can only accomodate 12-20 riders due to capacity of the guest houses and lodges in the remote areas long the way. We've stayed in some incredible places and have been treated to some of the best food and wine in the areas, served and shared with the owners... it's a truly unique experience.

It’s possible to ride all of the route on your own at a lower cost, but the experience would be very different.

Suidwes Boytjie, Nov 10 2017 08:14

I've been following this Tour De Braai since last year and every time i look at these pics and read the write ups i get tempted for a few seconds to enter, but then that 5 digit number entry fee catch my eye and i get slapped through the face with reality...

Fat Boab, Nov 10 2017 08:31

It is no small sum, but my view from four days so far is that if someone were going to spend somewhere near that amount (or even significantly more) on a stage race or tour this should be a strong consideration in your calendar.

The tour can only accomodate 12-20 riders due to capacity of the guest houses and lodges in the remote areas long the way. We've stayed in some incredible places and have been treated to some of the best food and wine in the areas, served and shared with the owners... it's a truly unique experience.

It’s possible to ride all of the route on your own at a lower cost, but the experience would be very different.

 

Can I ask how many people are riding this year? Presumably the 4-5 riders seen in the photos are the 'lead' group only with others following on behind?

Admin, Nov 10 2017 06:27

There are 12 riders, but usually 4-6 in the “lead” group in many of the photos.