I love cycling… a lot. I consider myself a “closet roadie” who has developed the ability to ride a mountain bike. Both of these disciplines give me tremendous joy for various reasons. Nothing compares to the exhilarating speed of a smooth section of tar whilst sitting in the bunch in a fast road stage, just like nothing exceeds the freedom of riding new trails and flowing along newly discovered single track. Both requiring different skill sets, but the stoke (always) remains the same.
So along came the Breedenet Cape Duo Challenge (4 days, 6 stages, 2 bikes, 1 event). A new event that offers riders the best of both and promises to be a truly unique experience for both the gravel & tar freaks like my-self. This is how it’s going down:
Day 1 (Slanghoek) Road & MTB
A Double discipline “tag” stage. The first rider completes a 41km road TT and “tags” the 2nd rider for a 25km MTB stage. Total of 66km / 860m elevation gain
Day 2 (Welbedacht Estate) Road
Teams take to their road bikes and test their peloton skills and road strategies with a hard 125km. With some proper climbs and the Boland temperatures it’s sure to be a brutal ride to be completed by both team members. The stage includes well known mountain passes in the region with a total of 1320m elevation gain.
Day 3 (Welbedacht Estate) MTB
Teams swop their super light aero bikes and gear for mountain bikes and negotiate the iconic picturesque Welvenpas that includes approximately 50km of single track! Considered the “Queen stage” of this year’s Duo (in my opinion).
Day 4 (Rhebokskloof) Road & MTB
The event concludes with another dual stage to be completed by both team members. The riders start with a 32km road stage and after transition to mountain bikes move to the beautiful Rhebokskloof “Superbowl” for the final 35km of exhilarating hilltops & descents.
To find-out more and for regular up-dates visit the Cape Duo website on www.capeduo.com or follow them on https://www.facebook.com/CapeDuoCT/. We will also be sharing up-dates on our Endurohub platform and social media sites.