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[On-motorcycle video material supplied by Mike Liecester / Video cover photo courtesy of Panoramio]
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Digging into the details
Getting there: Head south out of Rosendal on the R70 for 16 km to reach the northern start of the Grootnek Pass.
As the northern start of the pass is approached the farm Grootkloof is passed on the right (west), followed almost immediately by the farm Sandfontein. The first 3 km of the northern ascent are mild with easy gradients of between 1:50 and 1:20, with a change in gradient to 1:14 just before the summit of 1758m ASL. The road heads purposefully towards a low point amongst a series of hills and peaks ahead. The dominant peak to the right and close to the road has a height of 1872,6m whilst a more elongated ridge extends into the east with a maximum height of 1868m.
Right near the summit a smaller road leads off to the left (east) to the farm with the unusual name of Sinagetruide. The only change in heading occurs immediately after the summit and then by only 4 degrees to the east.
The descent is straight and has a gradient of 1:33 which is mild. The pass ends at the 6,2 km point at an altitude of 1673m ASL adjacent to the farms Uitkyk (to the west) and Arcadia (to the east). The entire area is cultivated farmland and produces vast quantities of maize which is perfectly suited to this summer rainfall region. Winters can get bitterly cold and snow and frost are regular visitors to this high altitude pass.
Cautionary: At the time of filming there were some fairly deep potholes along this pass, which are clearly visible in the video footage. Adjust your speed accordingly. Note that the video shows the pass being travelled from north to south.
|GPS START||S28.636106 E27.936369|
|GPS SUMMIT||S28.664956 E27.934385|
|GPS END||S28.691329 E27.938231|
|DIRECTION - TRAVEL||South|
|TIME REQUIRED||4 minutes|
|SPEED LIMIT||100 kph|
|NEAREST TOWN||Rosendal (19 km)|
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