Scenic road over the mountains down to Mossel Bay. Lots of fast sweepers. A few tight corners.
An alternative route back from the R62 towards Cape Town. This road is a little bumpy in places but not bad. It has two distinct passes and both are enjoyable in either direction. From Monatgu you head out along a B road past the wine farms and you arrive at Burgers pass, speedsters need to hit the anchors hard, this pass is a series of short straights and very tight switchbacks that climb up and over the mountains into the Koo valley. Once out past the Koo valley you start the climb out of Rooihoogte pass, a long,fairly steep in places typical pass with some lovely sweepers to get the knee down.
There are a couple of longish straights between the passes where you can get the blood pumping. Over all this road makes for a fun, if a little long, detour when returning to Cape Town.
A tale of two passes that reach across the face of the Langeberg Mountains between Ashton and Swellendam. The road surface was recently re-done and is an absolute pleasure. Both of the passes are fast sweeper types with only the two middle sections having any hazards. In both cases it's large wine co-ops with the accompanying traffic.
This ride could be one of the forgotten treasures of the western cape.
I would recommend that it is enjoyed by running down to Swellendam along the R60 then have breakies in any of the numerous cafes. After breakfast head for the Tradouw pass and over to Barrydale, Lunch at the Pumpkin then hit the R62 back to Montagu and head for home.
I've regularly do this run on a sunday and you should give yourself the whole day for a gentle ride or 5 hours if you plan on hammering it, and trust me you can give it stick on all the roads out of town.
Stunning high speed run over approx 65km of newly surfaced road. From both directions you are introduced to the pass by a fairly sudden left/right sharp corners. Once in the pass you are surrounded by the mountains and the river below. If you are in it for the photo ops there are plenty of places to pull over. The only hazard, this goes for all the Western Cape passes, are the troops of baboons.