Then it is up the Nine One One Climb – you’ll know it by the phonelines overhead tempting you to call emergency services – and some ups and downs along the flanks and stunning wine farms of the Hemel-en-Aarde valley. Then it is Tesselaarsdal and the Haarkappers Roete over the Klein River Mountains. From the bottom of a potentially tricky descent the route turns back west towards Hermanus and riders will finish the day with a fun spin along the town’s urban assault mountain biking section.

Stage 1 route profile