The second and third day of the race will alternate between road and mountain bike stages. All riders will do every stage, and 2 minute time gap penalties will apply to team riders.
Riders start at Welbedacht Wine Estate, Wellington, and shift to their mountain bikes for the iconic Welvanpas for 55 kilometers of single track heaven with about 1300 meter elevation gain. The usual 2 minute time gap penalties will apply for teams.
The Stellenbrau King of the Mountain will be decided at about 20 kilometers into the stage.
The famous Burger family's wine farm, situated outside Wellington, has been producing award-winning wines since their inception into the industry.
The cellar comprises pre-cooling, unique open cement fermenters and a basket press. The grapes are specially selected during vinification and bears testament to the Wellington Valley's reputation for producing great wine.
Dating back to 1830, Welbedacht was run down when the Burger Family purchased it in 1997. The name translates to 'well thought out' in Dutch, and this was how the Burger family approached the extensive restoration of this gracious property to its former splendour.
Schalk Burger Sr. was a formidable Springbok rugby player back in his day, and son Schalk Burger Jr. continues this proud tradition. They are only the 8th father-son team to have both donned the Springbok jersey. The other son Tiaan has hung up his provincial rugby boots and now manages the cellar's marketing operations.