Distance
97KM
Ascent
2650M
Start
Langenhoven Gimnasium, Oudtshoorn
Finish
Swartberg Mountain top, Oudtshoorn

Stage 5: #SwartbergShowdown

This stage will have to stay, even though rated as the hardest in 2017 it was also praised as the best one. The mighty Swartberg Mountain is making another return to the 2018 route and to cap it all, she boasts a mountain top finish. The queen stage will again be challenging, but those views make up for the effort. It will elevate riders more than 2500 meters vertically finishing at close to 2000m above the sea.

 

This stage leaves Oudtshoorn in an Easterly direction negotiating the foothills of this great mountain as riders slowly find their way to the top. The final 8km is straight up to the best finish of any mountain bike race – the World Heritage site of Swartberg Mountain welcomes each and every one to its beauty and splendour.

The overall yellow and pink jersey wearers should be decided here, tomorrow is Champagne day!

Stage 5: #SwartbergShowdown

1. TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 1 ONLY | AT WATER POINT 2 - GPS S33° 26.613' E21° 57.985'
THIS IS ONLY A TECH ZONE AND NOT ACCESSIBLE FOR SPECTATORS. FROM OUDTSHOORN TAKE THE R328 TOWARDS THE CANGO CAVES AND TURN LEFT TOWARDS PRINCE ALBERT, PROCEED UNTIL YOU REACH THE MATJIESVLEI TURN OFF TO THE LEFT, PROCEED LEFT FOR 16.8 KM AND THEN TURN LEFT ONTO THE LATEGANSVLEI ROAD AND 2.8KM DOWN THE ROAD THE TECH ZONE WILL BE ON THE LEFT. PLEASE RETURN ALONG THE SAME ROUTE BACK TO THE NEXT POINT.

2. SPECTATOR POINT 1 | TECH AND FEEDING ZONE 2 | AT WATER POINT 3- GPS S33° 23.266' E22° 06.381'
FROM OUDTSHOORN TAKE THE R328 TOWARDS THE CANGO CAVES AND TURN LEFT TOWARDS PRINCE ALBERT, PROCEED UNTIL YOU REACH KOBUS SE GAT TO THE LEFT, PROCEED LEFT. THE SPECTATOR POINT IS ON YOUR LEFT, PLEASE PARK OUT OF THE WAY