A very easy ride heading from Struisbaai to L'Agulhas along the beautiful coastal Marine Drive, hugging the coastline for the most part. For those parents with young kids that can still fit into a baby chair on your bicycle, this route is definitely for you! The turnaround is just past the historic "Soldate poel", practically 50 yards away from the sea.
This will not be just a turnaround - it’s gonna be an experience! Fully laden snack table and some extra fun for the young at heart - watch out! 🙂 You will then head back to Struisbaai along the same route, but this time turning left into and up and over Malvern Drive.
This is the only real uphill of the route, VERY short and also near the end of your ride. Truly beautiful vistas will greet you from the top and will take you with a smile on your face, and the wind on your back, back towards the finish - just in time for your early morning coffee and reading your daily paper! Just come ride it....nah, don't race it, just easy enjoyable riding 🙂
The route takes you from Struisbaai towards L'Agulhas along the beautiful coastal Marine Drive for a close view (and smell!) of the ocean, maybe even some spray in your face along with a giggle.
Passing "Spookdraai" please be careful of the "spook" here. Passing through the main centre of L'Agulhas try not to blink as you will then probably miss all the action 🙂 - onto the gravel road, in the direction of Suiderstrand with the world-renowned Africa's Southernmost Lighthouse on your right-hand side.
In Suiderstrand you will turn RIGHT towards the Witpad. After about 800m riders will turn left and follow a previously disadvantaged jeep track - mostly sandy but not so much as before - lots of improvement here with the placement of reed - a lot of hard work went into this and credit should be given to the efforts of the trail prep-team! Riders will soon turn right across the Agulhas flatlands to get to a nice gravel road that traverses the backside of the dunes - this is also where the 72 km route links up with the 46 km (please be aware that there might be some riders wanting to pass - try to keep left if possible). This will take you along the L'Agulhas mountain ridge through more fynbos and beautiful scenery all the way back to the finish - truly enjoyable!
More or less the same as the 35km but turning left at waterpoint 2 towards the beach via a gradual sandy but rideable downhill - passing through and onto the beautiful beach for about 6 km towards Brandfontein where a lovely water point indicates the turning point back to Struisbaai.
Turning right onto an easy gravel road riders will traverse the back-side of the dunes - this is also where the 72 km route links up with the 46 km (please be aware that there might be some riders wanting to pass - try to keep left if possible). This will take you along the L'Agulhas mountain ridge through more fynbos and beautiful scenery all the way back to the finish - truly enjoyable!
Turning right onto Main road, Struisbaai the route heads out towards L'Agulhas all along the beach road - you will have about 7km of tarred road to warm up those party-legs or go home, before hitting the first gravel. With Africa's Southernmost Lighthouse on your right-hand side, the easy talking will most probably start to die here as the wannabe pro's start stretching the muscles. This is also the point where most people's brain muscles start to malfunction as the stupidity of trying to follow the front riders hasn't sunk in yet - well good luck! 🙂
Following the same trail as the 46km for the next 20 km before turning LEFT into the Anysberg lower sections, a lot of firm beach sand, riding for the most part just above the high watermark towards Suiderstrand - the fun and enjoyment just never stops - for the most part you will be next to the sea, less than 100 yards away and really enjoying every minute of it - some parts might be a little sandy but definitely rideable.
Lovely jeep track sections of the Agulhas plains follow, now taking you right into the heartland of the Cape Agulhas National Park. Now looping/heading left directly towards the sea, you will tackle a kind of challenge – the somewhat small matter of riding up and over the back of Anysberg! Karma is a lovely leveller in life and this mountain will be the measure of your good deeds – past and present! Your tears and crying will, however, come to an abrupt end when, from the top of Anysberg, you will be greeted with possibly the most stunning view this country has to offer – also the spot of our 2nd water point. Take your time here and drink it in – truly awesome. Going down Anysberg is fun and very quick, after a right turn at the bottom back towards Struisbaai.
Soon you will link up with the 46 km & 30 km riders (please be aware that there might be some riders wanting to give way, so be polite, use words like please and thank you here, no more chit-chat needed here unless it’s an apology to someone who recognised you from the year before...maybe not as you hope for your talents but rather your bad behaviour or the likes....just say sorry....no explaining needed 🙂 Some honest flatland cycling will bring you back to the finish - enjoy the ride and go visit the new friends you've made!!