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Riders gathered on Friday evening at Taki's to meet their fellow participants and enjoy good wine and food together. With rain falling outside and an overnight temperature of 2 degrees, the fire was a welcome comfort for all.

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As an official supporter of the Tour, Haute Cabrière was the wine of choice.

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Jon Adams and Jamie Osman share some stories.

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Carbo-loading for the first stage in the morning.

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Saturday’s 44km first stage took riders up and over the Franschhoek Pass and back again.

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Early morning registration. USN supplying energy snacks and drinks.

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A classic Pinarello for a classic race.

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CHIC riders enjoying a warm coffee before setting off.

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Although it was cold and wet, riders still took the time to get to know each other and, of course, check out each other's ride.


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ccs-62657-0-90682100-1469698032.jpgsongo.info were out in full force.

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Sacred Ground was the meeting point on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Their fresh coffee warmed bodies before heading out into the morning cold.

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Jon Adams taking care of the rider briefing.

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A quick group photo before tackling Franschhoek Pass.

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International media interest was at an all-time high as the riders prepared to head out.

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After each stage, the riders gathered in the Tour de France Fan Zone to enjoy lunch and watch the final two stages of the French event together.

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On Sunday the 50km route included the notorious Helshoogte Climb among its three King of the Mountain sections, which were linked together by neutral zones.

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Guillaume Wessels talking tactics with the other riders.

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Back at base times were uploaded to Strava to see who took the day's King of the Mountains.

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Overall winner Azukile Simayile and Guillaume Wessels in their maillot bleu. The other category winners were Wolf Stinnes and Quinton Ivan.

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Following the two days of riding together, participants met at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant just outside Franschhoek for prize-giving.

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A jolly bunch of people.

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The winners of the Bollé sunglasses celebrated in style.