Franschhoek in the Western Cape is famous among overseas tourists for world-class wine and mouth-watering cuisine in a setting so lush you would think it is made for royalty. There is also a very well-kept secret amongst the nobles of the land, and that is the Mont Rochelle Reserve. Set above the town the Reserve features mountain peaks so tough they will be sure to make you wish you were running on the Sea Point Promenade instead, once you get to the top, though, the views will quickly make you forget all of the suffering. Flowing single track that seems to go on forever will suck you in and leave you counting the days till you can come back to the Reserve.
The route tackles two of the most prominent peaks, namely Perdekop and Du Toits Peak. The 22km route will give you about 1700m of vertical ascent and about the same in descent. Starting and finishing in the sleepy hollow below, spectators and supporters will be treated to a royal welcome and are sure to enjoy the day as well with views overlooking Franschoek, a beer in hand and food whilst they wait for you to come in.
The Roi (King) and Reine (Queen) du Mont Rochelle is here to find out who will be crowned the King and Queen of Mont Rochelle.
Are you royal enough?