Lusus: Cycling Events
Lusus: Cycling Events

Cape Classic 380

Location: Montagu

Date: 09 November 2018 - 11 November 2018


After the launch of the Cape Classic 380 in 2014, the event has attracted those looking for a multi-stage road event and has become particularly popular with local triathletes and those undergoing a training programme building up to the Coronation Double Century. This year the event is set to take place from 9 - 11 November 2018. This is a challenging, superbly organized fun 3-day cycling event based in Montagu in the Western Cape for amateur enthusiasts looking for a friendly event with an optional competitive angle.

The event founder, Andrew Selby, is moving on to new pastures and has passed the event on to Craig Edwards of Cape Cycle Tours under whose “Captainship” the event will continue.

The event will retain the founder’s ethos of being a relaxed and informal affair, but the event stalwarts, of which there are a number, bring their own competition and old rivalry into the race sections. However some changes are planned to the previous 3 day format.

Day 1 will be slightly shortened to around 100km, although the nature of the out and back route, along the little travelled Koo Valley out of Montagu, offers the flexibility to increase the distance if required.

The price for a shorter day 1 is, well, a longer Day 2….Day 2 will comprise 160km of the Coronation Double Century route but starting from Montagu, riding via Swellendam, through the Tradouw pass returning over the main challenge of the day – the Op de Tradouw climb – and back to Montagu. This will enable DC participants to experience the infamous final 3 “rollers” of the DC into Swellendam, but this time on fresh legs.

Day 3 will comprise the Day 2 of previous editions, being a 106km loop from Montagu to Bonnievale via Robertson and return via the Cogmanskloof Pass.

Therefore the whole of the DC route will be comprised within the routes of Days 2 & 3 and the logistical challenges of the transfer to and from Ceres of previous editions will be avoided.