Cape Epic Preview: Stage 1 (Hermanus - Hermanus)

Traditionally associated with the whales frolicking in its bay, in recent years Hermanus has become a favourite MTB venue with trails snaking along the mountain that looms over the town centre and in the lush Hemel-en-Aarde Valley behind it. Soon after the start the route heads up Rotary Way and along the spine of the mountain before dipping down into the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley.

Then it is up the Nine One One Climb – you’ll know it by the phonelines overhead tempting you to call emergency services – and some ups and downs along the flanks and stunning wine farms of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Then it is Tesselaarsdal and the Haarkappers Roete over the Klein River Mountains. From the bottom of a potentially tricky descent the route turns back west towards Hermanus and riders will finish the day with a fun spin along the town’s urban assault mountain biking section.



Stage 1 route profile

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