Stage 3 - Details

  • Date: 5 March 2022
  • Start: Faure Street Stadium, Paarl
  • Finish: Top of Du Toitskloof Pass, Paarl
  • Distance: 159 Km
  • Elevation: 2250 meters
  • Race Inclusions: Paarl | Wellington | Paardeberg | Paarl | Stellenbosch | Helshoogte | Pniel | Simondium | Du Toits Kloof Pass
  • Direction: Anti-clockwise
  • Download Route File: GPX | KMZ

Stage 3 is the queen stage of the tour, and really is one of the toughest single day challenges on a road bike in South Africa. From the centre of Paarl at the Faure Street Stadium the race heads out towards Wellington via the well-known Sonstraal and Swaelstert Roads and then does a loop towards Malmesbury via the Paardeberg Road before heading around the Paarl Mountain via the Suid-Agter Paarl Road. It hops onto the Simondium Road and turns right at the well-know Vrede en Lust Estate. At Klapmuts it takes a left turn and then its onwards to Stellenbosch on the beautiful R44. It touches on the outskirts of Stellenbosch before taking a left turn to the first big obstacle - the old Helshoogte Pass. On the other side of the pass the route takes a right at the Alle Bleue T-junction, and left on the beautiful Wemmershoek Road (R301) which runs between Franschhoek and Paarl.

And then Du Toits Kloof Pass awaits after a right turn at Boschenmeer Golf Estate onto Drakenstein Road. After the finish, riders freewheel back down the pass to the Faure Street Stadium without having to turn the pedals.