Tour de Braai conquers mighty Rooiberg Pass

On day three of the Tour de Braai, riders left Calitzdorp for a 45km cycle to the Rooiberg Lodge, which is nestled precisely in the middle of nowhere. 

To get to the day three overnight stop, the 20 Tour de Braai participants had to first conquer the mighty Rooiberg Pass, a 6.6km climb that goes high into the Klein Karoo sky. 

Once at the top, there was a reward for all, with port and wine tasting courtesy of De Krans. The Rooiberg Pass braai was a highlight, with lamb sosaties and homemade atchar served for lunch. 

“We have enjoyed excellent Garden Route and Klein Karoo hospitality in our first three days of riding,” says Jan Braai, the man behind the National Braai Day initiative and now the Tour de Braai.

“At the start, the riders were very keen to come to breakfast in their cycling kit, but that is not the ethos of the Tour de Braai. We are here to see beautiful scenery and to enjoy ourselves. So far, both those objectives have been achieved.”

The Tour de Braai (7 – 12 May) is a five-day gravel ride from George to Swellendam, conceptualised by Jan Braai, the man behind the National Braai Day initiative. Taking in some of the most scenic passes in the Klein Karoo and the Western Cape, the Tour de Braai offers riders the opportunity to cycle at leisure and then enjoy their post-ride surroundings to the maximum. As the name suggests, the Tour is also about lighting a fire and enjoying a braai.  

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