Franschhoek Pass

The majestic Franschhoek Pass is known for its long, steep climbs, panoramic views and vistas of surrounding moutains.

The majestic Franschhoek Pass (also known as Lambrechts Road), is a long, steep and dramatic pass that follows the northern edge of the Franschhoek Mountains between the Wemmershoek Mountains and the Franschhoek Valley.

Known for its panoramic views and vistas of the surrounding valleys, gorges and mountains, the pass is a firm favorite for local cyclists. The 7km climb up to the top of Mont Rochelle is demanding, but well worth it. To extend your route cycle down the other side and go all the way to the T-junction at Theewaterskloof Dam and back (about 50km round trip). There are numerous stopping points along the route allow for breaks and photos. Always be aware of other road users especially on the weekends as the pass is a favorite driving route for city folk, tourists and motorcyclists.

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  1. Beautiful pass, fun part of tour to Worcester

    I did this pass as part of a tour to Worcester and back. The pass was really beautiful, especially the Theewaterskloof side, and easily manageable with a loaded tourer. I rode it at midday on the way back, and strongly recommend a swim in Jan Jouberts Gat (halfway up from Theewaterskloof side). Very little traffic around 6.30 am, lots around midday, including some joyriders. Most drivers used appropriate care when overtaking. Flat section after the pass was more stressful in terms of cars as they were going faster.

    1. Wonderful to hear that you enjoyed cycling the pass! That swimming hole sounds amazing, we will definitely add it as a stop off point 😉
      Thanx for sharing your experience.

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