Graskop, Mpumalanga, South Africa

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Mpumalanga is widely re­garded as South African roadie cy­cling heaven. You can base your­self in Sa­bie, Hazyview, Graskop or White River, and ride the fairly quiet roads be­tween the four towns on con­sec­u­tive days. The re­gion of­fers a rare com­bi­na­tion of good road sur­faces, large shoul­ders, rel­a­tively low traf­fic vol­umes, and big, test­ing climbs – Rob­bers Pass into Pil­grim’s Rest, Kieper­sol be­tween Sa­bie and Hazyview, Kowyn’s Pass into Graskop, and Long Tom Pass be­tween Sa­bie and Ly­den­burg. It’s beau­ti­ful and bru­tal climb­ing, which is why riders from pro­fes­sional teams are of­ten seen slog­ging up (and sail­ing down) these hills – and they all agree that Graskop is one of SA’S choice road-rid­ing des­ti­na­tions. Know Be­fore You Go An ad­di­tional bonus is that about 10km from Graskop, on the Panorama Route, you’ll find God’s Win­dow – just one look down at the cas­cad­ing waterfalls and im­pres­sive moun­tain gorges, and you’ll know ex­actly why it got the name. Dif­fi­culty: 8 – jonathan an­cer

Spec­tac­u­lar views from God’s Win­dow in Mpumalanga.

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