swartberg 100 grand fondo

The term "Gran Fondo" loosely translated in Italian means "Big Ride" another name that is commonly used for an event of this type is "Cyclosportive", these events always involve long distances with tough climbs on difficult terrain that includes cobblestones or gravel sectors.

The Swartberg100 Gran Fondo starts and ends in Prince Albert, arguably one of the most attractive Karoo towns in South Africa, it covers 170 km of which there are 3 gravel sectors covering 79 km. The final climb is over the gravel Swartberg Pass, a relentless climb of 28 km, the last 8 km being on gravel with gradients of 13% in places.