The circular route the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century currently takes is the 10th version the event has used, and will be traversed for the 17th time in 2023. It offers the best balance between route toughness, accommodation options, overall beauty and quiet roads. It starts in Swellendam and visits Suurbraak and Tradouw Pass, Op de Tradouw, Montagu and Ashton, while side-swiping Barrydale, Robertson and Bonnievale before heading back to Swellendam. Riders will experience a mix of dairy farmland, canola fields, mountain passes, a hint of the Karoo, vineyards, river-crossings, historical towns and plenty of picture-postcard moments as they pedal their way round this special corner of the Western Cape.
Cyclists, take note of the day’s twists and turns.
Start in Swellendam
Exit the town via Swellengrebel Road and turn left onto the N2
Left towards Suurbraak
Left onto the R324 up Tradouw Pass towards Barrydale
32km Refreshment Station at the top of Tradouw Pass (32km into the ride). This station will have Coca Cola and Water
Left onto the R62
Over Op De Tradouw to Montagu on the R62
65km Feeding Station at Op De Tradouw. You will need to go slightly off the route and into the Tradouw Fruit Packing Facility if you would like to stop here.
Here you will find Coca Cola, water and a selection of food (boiled and salted baby potatoes, banana bread, cheese sandwiches and some fruit).
Through the town of Montagu and through Cogmanskloof Pass.
112km into the ride as you exit Cogmanskloof Pass, a neutral zone will start which will include the town of Ashton and the team support zone in Zandvliet Road. Each team’s time will be paused for up to 40 minutes.
115km into the ride, you will find your support vehicle at the team support zone in Ashton. Please ensure that your support vehicle carries all your team’s nutrition and drinks. Water will not be available.
Left onto the R60 towards Robertson.
Left at the Robertson circle towards Bonnievale.
145 km Before reaching Bonnievale, turn right onto the R317 (Stormsvlei Road) over Rooibrug towards Bonnievale Cellars. There is a Refreshment Station here with Coca-Cola and water.
160km The second Team Support Zone starts 2.7km before Bonnievale Cellars. Your race time will be paused for up to 30 minutes. This is the only other point on the route where the support vehicle is allowed to feed the team. Please ensure that your support vehicle carries all your team’s nutrition and drinks. Water will not be available at this point.
At the T-junction, turn right towards the N2.
Turn left to head towards Drew
176km The Drew Feeding Station is the final stop of the race and will provide cyclists with Coca-Cola, water and food (boiled and salted baby potatoes, banana bread, cheese
sandwiches and some fruit). NB: Please fill up with liquids here as it can get quite hot on Race Day and the last 26km to the finish are pretty brutal!
Turn right onto the R60 and continue towards Swellendam over the Three Stooges, a testing triplet of longer-than-they-look-with-tired-legs climbs that bring you into Swellendam.
Cyclists will turn left into Van Eeden Street towards the finish line, which is at the crest of a final 500m climb, just to remind you that finishing the Old Mutual Wealth Double Century is a proper achievement.
The Finish: You have just completed the 2022 Old Mutual Wealth Double Century! Thank you for participating and safe travels home!
All six official stops on the route have limited toilet facilities available.
Approximately 2 100m of climbing.
A comprehensive list of traffic directives on the day, including closed roads, one-ways and stop-go areas.