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The Route

2023 Route

658km | 15775m Climbing

The route kicks off with a short and sharp Prologue on the trails of Meerendal Wine Estate, before heading southeast to Hermanus, where the oceanside town hosts the race for two stages. From Hermanus, the first transition stage of 2023 pits teams against a traverse inland to Oak Valley Estate where a mid-week time trial awaits on the trails of Oak Valley and Paul Cluver. 

Once the race against the clock has been completed, Stage 5, the Queen Stage, requires concentration and dedication to navigate as it guards passage to Lourensford Wine Estate where Stage 6 stands ready, spear in hand.  

With six stages completed, and the efforts of 600 kilometres compounded, all that stands between teams and their spot in The Book of Legend is The Trail to Val de Vie. Though short on paper, it is far from short on demands.  

When the final finish line is crossed, in front of roaring crowds on the fields of Val de Vie, the achievement of eight days of limit-testing racing will be on display from those first across the line to the very last. 

Prologue

 Sunday, March 19, 2023

Distance  27km | Climbing 750m

Start Location
Meerendal Wine Estate

Finish Location
Meerendal Wine Estate

Stage 1

Monday, March 20, 2023

Distance  98km | Climbing 2550m

Start Location
Hermanus

Finish Location
Hermanus

Stage 2

Tuesday, March 21, 2022

Distance  116km | Climbing 1850m

Start Location
Hermanus

Finish Location
Hermanus

Stage 3

Wednesday, March 22, 2023

Distance  108km | Climbing 2600m

Start Location
Hermanus

Finish Location
Oak Valley Estate

Stage 4

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Distance  47km | Climbing 875m

Start Location
Oak Valley Estate

Finish Location
Oak Valley Estate

Stage 5

Friday, March 24, 2023

Distance  102km | Climbing 2450m

Start Location
Oak Valley Estate 

Finish Location
Lourensford Wine Estate

Stage 6

Saturday, March 25, 2023

Distance  82km | Climbing 2300m

Start Location
Lourensford Wine Estate

Finish Location
Lourensford Wine Estate

Stage 7

Sunday, March 26, 2023

Distance  78km | Climbing 2400m

Start Location
Lourensford Wine Estate

Finish Location
Val de Vie Estate