Stage 1 Quick Releases

Tour Route

White River - Sabie - Long Tom - Brondal - White River

Start Time


Start and Finish

Casterbridge, White River


15:00 (8 Hours)


113 km

Total Ascent


USN Waterpoints

3 (approx 35km/60km/90km) and at the finish

2017 Winning Time




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2018 Stage One

Route Profile



Route Description

Day 1 is a long day in the saddle with some tough climbing. Riders head through White River onto the R537 towards Sabie which is a steady drag including the 5km pass to the top of Spitskop which is a Hotspot for the first Sub Vet, Vet, Masters and Tandem categories across the line so don't let your partner drop you.  This will also be the first water point hosted by PPS (35km).

Then it is a 15km big ring ride down to Sabie. If you have the time and inclination, stop at Petena's for pancakes. The rest of you, get your friends and families to cheer your team at Sabie because you will need stout hearts and legs with the 9km steep climb up the foot of Long Tom Pass. You turn onto the Nelspruit road with a short sharp climb then it's fast to the next waterpoint to be welcomed by Gumtreez to refresh after a long 68km.

The next section offers panoramic views of the Lowveld with long undulating climbs and fast descents.  Here you can get into a fast rhythm and the kilometers will fly by.  The Bicycle Company will be at 90km and is famously hosted with pizzas and vodka!

Descending back into the Lowveld will give you a well deserved break before the last 20 km on the Brondal Road back towards White River. The Brondal section has three climbs with the last one being tough on the mind (Heidel Eggs) and the legs but you are so close to the finish. Dig deep for this and the reward is the finish line at Casterbridge.

It will then be time to take in a massage and some good food before race briefing and relax until Stage Two.

Entries close on 9th March 2018