The annual Coronation Double Century is the grand-daddy of endurance events in South Africa; a unique time trial that sees 250 teams of between six and 12 riders unite to ride the 202km route as fast as they can (or as happily as they can). Owned by the Pedal Power Association, the event is organised by The Cape Town Cycle Tour Trust and the 2019 edition takes place on 23 November, once again hosted by Swellendam.
The 2019 route remains unchanged; starting and finishing in Swellendam, riders head out out on the N2, before turning left onto the R324 through Suurbraak before tackling the first challenge of the day: Tradouw Pass. With that ticked off, the road rolls past Barrydale to the foot of the legendary Op de Tradouw ascent, a long grind that tests legs and minds, before the riders are tempted to swing left for coffee and more at the first nutrition stop of the day. The speedsters will skip this one and head straight down into Montagu, where a portion of the route remains under construction.
An extended neutral zone will be implemented as a safety measure on the still-untarred stretch of road between Montagu and Ashton. A strict speed limit will be implemented between the timing at the start of the construction area and the Ashton Team Support Zone, where teams can connect with their back-up crews, before tackling the final 80km past Robertson, Bonnievale and the triple-whammy finish over the Three Witches of the R317 into Swellendam.
The Coronation Double Century is more than just a bike race; it is a test of team spirit, sense of humour and camaraderie. Friendships are made, strengthened and sometimes broken, but never for long, as teams push on to meet the 16h30 Swellendam deadline, and the staggered cut-offs along the route.
Venue: Swellendam Show Grounds
Date: 23 November 2019
Time: Starts at 05:00
Cost: Entries are closed
Queries leading up to the event
Tel: 087 820 7223 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 087 820 5605| Website: www.coronationdc.co.za
To ensure the safety of the public and cyclist, traffic will be controlled on a number of public roads.
The following temporary road closures have been approved by both Swellendam Municipality and Provincial Department of Roads and Public Work for the duration of the event:
• Somerset Street, Swellendam - 04:00-08:00
• Murray and Station Streets (on either side of the Swellendam showground) - 04:00-17:00
• Cooper Street (between Kok and Murray Streets) - 04:00-17:00
• Van Eeden Street, Swellendam - 11:00-17:00
• R324-Tradouw Pass - 05:30-09:30
• Van Riebeeck Road - Montagu - 08:00-11:30
• Church Street (between Lang Street en Van Riebeeck Road), Montagu - 08:00-11:30
• Lang Street (between Church Street and R62 Cogmanskloof Pass), Montagu - 08:00-11:30.
• Kerk Street (between Lang Street & Van Riebeeck Road) – Montagu – 08:00 – 11:30
• Lang Street (between Kerk Street and R62 Cogmanskloof Pass) – Montagu – 08:00 – 11:30
• R62 Cogmanskloof (Montagu side) – 08:15 – 12:00
• R62 Cogmanskloof (Ashton side) – 08:00 – 12:00
• Zanvliet Road, Ashton – 08:30 – 12:30
• R317 from Bonnievale to Viljoensdrift – 09:30 – 13:30
• R317 (from Bonnievale to Viljoensdrift) *Traffic to be diverted to Viljoensdrift – 09:30 – 13:30
• R317 (from Rooibrug to Bonnievale) – 10:15 – 14:30