- Before The Race
- Race Day Information Centre
Outside the two team support zones, at Ashton and Bonnievale Cellars, riders in the Coronation Double Century are expected to be self-sufficient. There will be bike mechanics on the route, and there are refreshment stations on Op de Tradouw and at Drew, but the onus is on the team to make sure they have enough food, drink and emergency spares spread across the members to manage any emergency.
Without the support of friends and family, the Coronation Double Century would be a lonely, if not impossible affair for many teams. With 3 000 riders on the road, though, this support needs to be provided in a responsible, controlled manner…
There are two neutral zones on the Coronation Double Century route:
Montagu to Ashton, which includes the Ashton Team Support Zone
Bonnievale Cellars Team Support Zone
The neutral zone will start in Van Riebeeck Road, Montagu, and end as cyclists exit the Team Support Zone in Zandvliet Road, Ashton. This neutral zone includes Van Riebeeck Road, the whole of Cogmanskloof Pass and the town centre of Ashton. Cyclists will pass over a timing mat in Van Riebeeck Road to clock out. From here, they will have up to one hour of neutral time to traverse the neutral zone, meet up with their support vehicle and refuel in the team support zone. No cyclist is permitted to exceed an average speed of 30km/h in the neutral zone between the timing mats in Van Riebeeck Road and the beginning of the Ashton team support zone, in Zandvliet Road. Any cyclist found exceeding this average speed limit will incur a time penalty of 30 minutes for their entire team. Timing mats between Van Riebeeck Road and the beginning of Zandvliet Road will be used to monitor the average speed.
Total time allocated from the start of the neutral zone to the exit of the Team Support Zone in Ashton is 1 hour. This time will NOT count towards the team’s total riding time if all rules are adhered to.
The team’s time will stop once the team’s 6th cyclist crosses the timing mat at the beginning of the neutral zone in Van Riebeeck Road, and will start again when the first cyclist of the team crosses the timing mat at the end of the Team Support Zone in Ashton.
Zandvliet Road is closed to public vehicles. Only front- and back-accredited support vehicles will be allowed access.
The neutral zone is on the R317, approximately 2.7km from Bonnievale Cellars.
Total time allocated from the start of the team support zone to the end is up to 30 minutes. This time will NOT count towards the team’s total riding time if all rules are adhered to. The team’s time will stop once the team’s 6th cyclist crosses the timing mat at the beginning of the team support zone on the R317, and will start again when the first cyclist of the team crosses the timing mat at the end of the team support zone.
This section of road is closed to public vehicles. Only front- and back-accredited support vehicles will be allowed access. It will take approximately 30 minutes for the team’s support vehicles to get from the Ashton team support zone to the Bonnievale team support zone. Furthermore, it will take each team approximately one hour to cycle from Ashton to Bonnievale.
Medical emergencies: 087 820 5605
VOC general enquiries: 028 514 1770/71
When calling with an emergency on race day, please ensure you have the following information available:
You MUST remain at the location of the incident until help arrives!